Libertarians not anti-government

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Recently in this column, which as of this week I have now been writing for a year (party hats and balloons all around!), I have been addressing the misconceptions I have heard repeated about libertarians. I think it’s important to understand your libertarian neighbors, rare though we may seem at […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

My turn: Marking one year with roses

This one-year anniversary of column-writing seems like a good time to recount my attempts at taking friends’ advice to stop and smell the roses. But, with 16,000 varieties, it’s been a thorny task. I’ve whiffed a rainbow of climbers, floribundas, grandifloras, heritages, hybrid teas, miniatures and shrubs, but the appeal has eluded me. They don’t […]

Our people: Mayhem on her mind

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Portales resident Darynda Jones has been writing toward publication for nine years. She realized her goal when on Feb. 1 her first book “First Grave on the Right” was published. The book, the first of a trilogy, tells the story of a private investigator who sees dead people — dead people who want her to […]

Give people power to govern selves

Tibor Machan I have been writing in favor of gridlocks for some time, at least as a second-best option to the one where the government is in the hands of an administration committed to limited powers. I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome last week that sent Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, among others, back to […]

Fairness too complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]

Dora news

Student wins Gold Key award Karen Cone, English teacher, announces that Dora eighth grader, Katie Bickley, has earned recognition in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2010. Of 154,000 submissions, only 1,111 earned Gold Keys this year.

Columnist follows signs, returns to writing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist In August 2008 I wrote what I thought was my last column for Freedom New Mexico. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise … I’m back. I never said I’d never be back. I closed my last column with simply, “That’s it … for now.” There were a number of reasons I stopped […]

Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, […]

Happy to have reader feedback

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]