Immigrant licenses concern citizens

I do not understand Patricia Whitney’s (June 29 letter to editor) and County Commissioner Jake Lopez’ stand concerning driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Ms. Whitney conveniently leaves out the word “illegal” when she refers to immigrants getting licenses. No one is against legal immigrants getting driver’s licenses. Ms. Whitney states “the senate decided to keep [...]

‘Scarlett’ doesn’t understand me

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“I get into enough trouble talking to people,” I said. Or at least, that’s what I would have said at the register last week. Or last December, or October, for that matter. For then I could have declined the ability to talk to my machines. The trouble started for me last week when I decided [...]

Oct. 7, 1920

According to the Portales Valley News, Mrs. Sam J. Nixon of Fort Sumner was to be in Portales the following Saturday and would address the ladies of Portales and Roosevelt County on the subject of the League of Nations. She was to also have some sample ballots and explain just how to mark the ticket [...]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode [...]

Military life foreign concept to many

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. Most [...]

Kids get cow know-how

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Children, cows and mud came together at the Curry County Fairgrounds Tuesday and Wednesday for Kids, Kows and More. Approximately 1,000 area fourth-graders attended the annual program, sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, which is designed to acquaint the students with production agriculture. Children and teachers trudged through muddy walkways [...]

America has ability to withstand all attempts at harm

Editorial It is hard now to remember the feeling that swept over our country five years ago Monday. Our country, our people, had suffered a devastating and destructive attack by a shadowy but malignant force whose motivations we struggled to try to understand. In the aftermath, however, we were all Americans together, all determined to [...]

R.M. James elementary to stress three R’s, mainly reading

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Second- and third-graders at R.M. James Elementary School will get educated in the three R’s – Reading, ‘riting and rithmetic – but principal Michael Terry really wants to stress the first R this school year. “Our goal is to make sure that every student is reading on level by the [...]

Healing through science not playing God

Jim Lee: Local Columnist I’ve been hearing a lot about the science-versus-playing-God controversy lately. I don’t exactly understand why it has to be a controversy. Maybe I’m dumber than a lobotomized rock, but I always thought God wanted us to make life better. Don’t we have a duty to work toward ending suffering? When I’m [...]

Costumes are anything but necessary these days

Jim Lee: Local Columnist Well, at 2 o’clock in the morning we get to turn the clocks back an hour and go back to standard time for awhile. I’ve been told we get an extra hour’s sleep out of the deal, but how can that happen when we have to wait up till 2 a.m. [...]