Profiteering cuckoos still run baseball

Major League Baseball purists may be mad about the designated hitters, the stadiums with retractable roofs and World Series played in November, but at least one thing never seems to change about the game: The people who run it are PC — profiteering cuckoos. ESPN reports MLB decided this week the Houston Astros can celebrate […]

Portales resident presented views respectfully

Portales lost a strong voice on Feb. 10 when Kirby Rowan lost his battle with cancer. We hardly ever agreed with his left-leaning political views, which he often expressed on these pages, but we had great respect for his passion, his kind heart, and his sincere efforts to make the world a better place. Rowan, […]

McGee: This isn’t ‘Leave it to Beaver’ world anymore

I would’ve liked to have spent afternoons between Christmas and New Year’s Days kicking back and watching movies and napping but ‘twas not to be. The Lady of the House and I spent the time rebuilding our backyard fence. The night after Christmas someone rounded our street corner too fast, rammed through our fence and […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Roping in the New Year and a raisin in the champagne

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Lasso the New Year World Series of Team Roping is bringing in the New Year with two-day event starting with registration at 8 a.m. Saturday in the Curry County Events Center. Roping starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday . Information: 505-469-4388 Check […]

Keep Christmas in your heart every day of year

Have you ever thought about how this world would be had Jesus not been born? I shudder to think about it. Imagine a world of no absolutes without any standards of right or wrong. Mankind has always had a sin problem, but we do have a choice and a wrong choice brings bondage, imprisoning the […]

My turn: Hometown girl pays tribute to her roots

Sandy Fields is a true daughter of Portales, granddaughter of the peanut-growing Bordens and the furniture-selling Caltons. She and her contractor husband, Gary, were sweethearts at Portales High School 30 years ago. They travelled the world together before they came home in 2002 to build the big red barn on East 16th Street that contains […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

Portales WWII veteran visits D.C. memorial as part of Honor Flight group

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PNT staff Portales resident and World War II veteran Joe Blair recently took his first trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II memorial. Blair’s trip was part of the Honor Flight of Southern New Mexico, a Las Cruces organization that pays to fly World War II veterans nation’s capitol to see the […]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

God’s child has ‘cutting edge’

This world is a dangerous place. Hurricanes, floods, mudslides, a tsunami, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural catastrophes threaten our physical existence. Put that with accidents, terrorists, “wars and rumors of wars,” (Matthew 24:6) a multiple of diseases and you might get depressed. Throughout history mankind has struggled for survival against unspeakable odds, with one […]

Freedom limits, not population world’s problem

United Nations demographers estimate that the world’s population has reached 7 billion; it hit 6 billion just 12 years ago. Almost all commentators said this milestone was a bad thing. Worried the Center for Biological Diversity, an ecology group, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction. They’re driving species extinct, destroying wildlife […]

My turn: There’s always next year

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I like the end of baseball season. Not necessarily because it is over, but because of the World Series. Sometimes a team that starts off kind of slow can pick it up toward the end and next thing you know they are in the playoffs. Then with another win or two, they are in the […]

Playa Festival educates

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in the world. That’s what area fifth-graders are learning as part of the Playa Festivals, which have been held from September to October for the last two years. They are also learning that the playas, desert basins that fill with rain water or spring water […]

Keep the faith and never give up

Does life ever seem to be one battle after another? Do you manage to survive one hurdle only to be confronted by another one? Welcome to the club. The world has many problems. It seems we hear bad news every day. So many good things are hardly noticed. We forget to count our many blessings. […]

Our nation must continue to persevere

Freedom New Mexico In the hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the story of four of the passengers of hijacked Flight 93, which crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside, captured the interest of Americans and their supporters around the world. Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick and Tom Burnett, after […]

What they’re saying: Area residents recount 9/11 memories

The 9/11 tragedy was a pivotal moment not only for this country, but around the world. It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t remember where they were and what they were doing. Recently, some were kind enough to share those memories in a series of video-taped interviews with Freedom New Mexico. A new mother. A […]

God-fearing families keep this nation strong

Why is it so hard for the world to admit that a society governed by biblical principles is a society that flourishes? The world’s answer to this dilemma is more gun control, more laws, more policemen, more government funding and more taxes. Those who live by biblical standards seem to me to have longer lives […]

Innocence lost in today’s digital world

Young people grow wearisome of tales of time gone by, the glorious 1950s and more permissive 1960s, their simple themes captured by the TV series Happy Days and perhaps glorified by the classic film American Graffiti. “Pops! Pops! I know! You paid 25 cents a gallon for gas in 1956. I’m paying $3.75 for gas. […]

Snack to the Future: Healthy treats for our growing kids

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Trae Bodge Snacking not only staves off hunger until the next meal, but it provides much-needed energy for kids. The only problem is that most snacks for kids aren’t very healthy. So what’s a parent to do? Micki Sannar, a world-renowned chef and author of the cookbook Olive Oil Desserts, says that when his kids […]