There’s always joy to be found

To be happy we must keep our joy. Whatever happens in this life, we can still find something good. We have more blessings than problems, and we can be thankful for that. The book of James begins with a strong encouragement for Christians everywhere: “Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then […]

ENMU team camps kick off

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico From November to March, Andrew Helton is used to pleading with referees. Come June, he is one. And a teacher. And an administrator. And whatever else needs to be done when it’s camp time for Eastern New Mexico University. This is Helton’s second year running the high school boys […]

Health care not entitlement

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist I am fond of affordability. That extends to insurance.My home, car, health and sometimes travel insurance would at their best be something I can well afford. But then this is so with whatever it is that I am in the market for — shoes, food, furniture, electronics, etc. I like […]

Civil liberties not partisan issue

By Steven Greenhut: FNM columnist Government officials seek to control whatever it is they don’t understand. In my experience, they don’t understand much, so they try to regulate, tax, monitor and control everything. And now we learn the Obama administration, clueless about the nature of conservative activism in this country, wants to monitor it very […]

Editorial: Strong opinions are lifeblood of free society

Freedom New Mexico Whatever one may think of his occupation, the slaying of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller — in church no less — was a heinous and disgusting act. The person who did it and anyone who condoned the act, even indirectly or with a “got what was coming to him” wink and nod, […]

Tough to have eight-track mindset

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Sometimes I wonder whatever became of my 8-track tapes. I’ve wondered, but not enough to go search the closets at my mother’s house to see if they’re still there. The collection, prized by me through high school, but not all that impressive compared to others, was safely nestled […]

Homicide victim remembered

Sarah Meyer Friends and family remember Don Chapman as someone who would help anybody with whatever needs they had. He’s also remembered as a man whose life changed three years ago during an extended illness when he accepted Jesus as his personal savior. Scott Reeves of Wheeler Mortuary recounted Chapman’s life Saturday during his funeral, […]

Cancer study seeks participants

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By Rick White: Freedom New Mexico Penny Bailey is willing to do whatever she can to find a cure for cancer. President of the Cannon Spouses Club, Bailey lost her grandmother to cancer about 15 years ago and doesn’t want her children to experience the pain of losing a loved one like she did. Bailey […]

Life changes are like changing of seasons

By Joan Clayton: Local Columnist Autumn is approaching us. I love the crispy air of fall with chilly nights, football games, pumpkins and homemade chili. It’s the time to leave my outdoor swing and exchange it for the crackling fire in the fireplace. Fall is the time when God takes his master paintbrush and tips […]

Asking Santa to be good to me and others

By Kevin Wilson Dear Santa, Let me begin by saying what a pleasure it is to make contact with you again, after so many years. I’ve got a lot to ask of you this year, and I thought I’d make those wishes known to you through the media reach of the Portales News-Tribune, rather than […]