Today’s generation lacks hope

This is difficult to write. One does not want to showcase his dark side. Yet, truth must out. Here’s my dirty little secret. I have good friends who are New Mexico bankers. Yes, among that despised crowd with their imperial debit card charges and overdraft criminality are those who seem to be pretty good people. […]

Economy more pressing issue at hand

Freedom New Mexico Leave it to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to have an old-fashioned hankering to stamp out illicit drugs, to keep pushing for a solution to yet another problem that’s already well on the road to solving itself. The problem: illegal immigration. Gov. Scott told The Associated Press he hopes the […]

The best is yet to come

Do you wake up in the morning with creaky stiff bones? Do you allow “stinking thinking” to dominate your thoughts? Do you long for the good old days? I have good news. The “now” of life becomes “the good old days.” You are older and wiser. You have a treasure of experience. You have learned […]

Coverage extension comes at price

This spring, though an exact date is not yet set, TRICARE coverage will be made available to young adult military dependents out to the age 26, and that extra coverage will be available retroactively to Jan. 1 this year. But for this expansion in TRICARE coverage, by as much as three to five years, these […]

Jesus’ birth inspiring story for all

Freedom New Mexico This year might be a good one to contemplate just how unlikely and yet inspiring the Christmas story is. Christmas, of course, celebrates the birth of Jesus, who, Christians believe, came to Earth to save humankind from its multifarious sins and transgressions, to offer hope of salvation to those who believe. Yet […]

In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against the house. […]

Freedom considering purchase offers

By Wayne: Heilman Freedom Communications Six months after emerging from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection, Freedom Communications officials said Thursday they are considering offers to buy its newspapers and television stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Company officials said the offers have come […]

Weekly update —

No decision yet on LSC Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble on Thursday said school officials still don’t know the future of the Lone Star Conference. Gamble said last month the LSC is “unraveling before our eyes” because membership fees have increased from $15,000 to $50,000 in three years. Five Oklahoma schools in the […]

Structure always needed in society

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a society is being ruled by […]

No action yet on campaign ethics proposals

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican With the ticking of the clock on the New Mexico Legislature’s 30-day session growing louder every day, no legislative committee so far has acted on an ethics bill designed to prohibit political campaign contributions by lobbyists and contractors. The House Voters and Elections Committee on Tuesday discussed House Bill […]

Over-budget weapons systems need questioning

Editorial The Government Accountability Office has issued yet another study documenting gross overspending and underproduction in Pentagon weapons systems. The GAO has been doing these studies and making recommendations for the past six years, followed by promises from the Pentagon and defense contractors to improve. But the problems have not gotten better. If anything, they […]

Note jotting becomes body art

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico The other morning I had the shower temperature just right and was about to get in when I glanced at the palm of my hand. Nope can’t get in yet — important notes on that left palm. Naked, I ran out to my night stand to find a pen […]

Candidates have yet to touch on several topics

This is the first time since 1928 there has been no incumbent president or vice president running in either party’s primaries. That has made for a fairly wide-open race, with no clear favorite — or at least with all the reputed favorites having to weather serious doubts and challenges. Several candidates took a flyer on […]

Officials: Area not yet hit by flu

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer So far this fall, area doctors and medical officials are seeing patients for a variety of illnesses but they say the flu itself hasn’t hit eastern New Mexico. “The flu season has not yet hit New Mexico,” said Chris Minnick, regional public information officer for the New Mexico Department […]

‘Nativity’ reminder that Christmas requires work

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Seeing “The Nativity” movie this busy holiday season really helps put this whole Christmas thing into perspective. The greatest story every told didn’t happen in a Hallmark card setting. There was cow poop and all. My daughter Laura and I went to see “The Nativity” last weekend and I […]

Thankful for water, spiritual and physical

By Joan Clayton The 24-hour shutdown of water recently brought to my attention appreciation of the lack of, simple things. I thought of my great grandparents who had 11 children. They carried buckets to the windmill and filled them with water and thanksgiving. They had only the basics of life … no plumbing … no […]

Officials ignoring recommendations

Freedom Newspapers One of the most frustrating realities about government is that no matter how much money it gets to deal with a problem, that money usually goes to the wrong places, and the problem rarely gets effectively addressed. At the national-security level, the dollar figures are so high and the agencies are so large […]

Forty — not over hill, just near summit

Helena Rodriguez : Freedom Newspapers My sister Becky sent me an e-mail that posed the question, “Why do we women gain weight as we age?” The answer is that we women are so full of the wisdom we have acquired over the years that we run out of room in our brain to hold it […]

March 23 South County News

By Charlie Carmichael It appears the snow and freeze last week killed some early blooming fruit, as some were protected by other trees seem to be untouched. Some apricot trees have not bloomed out yet. Only time will tell about that and the wheat that is getting so big and beautiful. Update Ashley Singletary, Loretta […]