Study: Guys talk as much as girls

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers A hot-off-the-press study shatters the myth that women talk more than men. Did you hear that men? We are not chatterboxes. Although the more-than-likely over-funded, waste-of-taxpayer-money study is flawed because it was limited to college students, I’m inclined to believe it because, well, because I’m a female, and because I’ve [...]

Benitscheck looks toward next spelling bee

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck didn’t earn her 15 seconds of fame by winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday, but perhaps a photo of her with a blue tongue will be her claim to fame. The 11-year-old Clovis girl correctly spelled the word, “factoid” in the second round of the national [...]

Understanding key to racial harmony

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer By the time you read this, Don Imus’ racial slur aimed at the Rutgers women’s basketball team will have been talked to death. But will there be a resolution to forgive and forget? I doubt it. Since Imus recently referred to the mostly black team as “Nappy-headed hos” after [...]

Spelling bee champ buzzes with excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Christina Benitscheck survived a pentathlon, a howitzer and even a sayonara — but she never said goodbye. By spelling those words, and 30 others, correctly, she punched her ticket to Washington, D.C., as the winner of Saturday’s regional spelling bee, sponsored by Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico. Christina, an 11-year-old [...]

News isn’t just news to military families

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week, I was going to send off my column about humorous misadventures at a restaurant with some friends and a rather belligerent stranger who kept asking me if I could teach her Italian, when I watched President Bush’s speech, and decided I had a more pressing topic. I have said [...]

Floyd Jamboree sets auditions

The Floyd Lions Club Jamboree for 2007 will hold auditions at 1 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Old Gym of the Floyd School. Persons wishing to audition should have two traditional country/western or gospel songs prepared for the audition, including words to the songs and the key in which they will be sung. Extra copies [...]

Local speller ready for break

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Lucas Donaldson says he is all spelled out. The Zia Elementary student traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 79th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, Lucas Donaldson was eliminated in the second round by the word “ronquil.” Donaldson called the event nerve-racking and said he calmed himself during the [...]

Words are all we have to honor soldiers’ sacrifices

Editorial They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was serving [...]

Words of wisdom for graduates

By Helena Rodriquez: Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to believe that 21 years ago it was me walking across the stage to receive my high school diploma from Portales High School. I was filled with ambition, dreams and a strong determination to be somebody. I had a specific plan of action and then, from there on, [...]

Yearbook is not always last word

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In the last few days, I’ve thought a lot about dishonesty. I’ve thought about unrealistic expectations. I’ve thought about having the wrong priorities. Elected officials, you can relax. I’m talking about my high school yearbook. I was a recent visitor to a high school that had scheduled an afternoon for [...]