We are all entitled to our own opinions

Recently, I have been reminded that this is a free country and that we all have freedom of speech. I assure you, I am fully aware. In regard to a recent column, I received a tremendous amount of feedback. And honestly, I can say that at least 95 percent of it was positive. So many […]

Gay pride parade scheduled

Kevin Wilson Members, and supporters, of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community of eastern New Mexico are taking to the street Saturday afternoon. The Eastern New Mexico Pride Parade is set for 12:45 p.m. Saturday, with the route running along Main Street from 14th Street to Grand Avenue. It will be followed with a […]

Hounds playing exhibition at UTEP

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will visit the University of Texas-El Paso for an exhibition contest Nov. 3 at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners defeated the Greyhounds 80-76 in last year’s exhibition meeting. UTEP advanced to the National Invitational Tournament last season.

Heat driving up feed prices for dairies

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While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is sending forage prices skyrocketing, cutting profits, local members of the dairy industry have said. Dairies deal with heat stress in cattle every summer, said Alan Anderson of Anderson Dairy near Portales. “The problem is the hay shortage,” Anderson said. Because […]

Texas couple reunited with lost dog in Tucumcari

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Russell Anglin Forth Worth, Texas, retirees Chick and Lee Gardner were devastated to find their search-and-rescue dog, a black labrador retriever named Chance, missing from their car and care while returning from a California vacation Saturday night. The couple realized that one of their three search-and-rescue dogs was not in the car with them when […]

Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

Trim budget starts with ending wars

Freedom New Mexico As the U.S. Congress haggles over raising the debt ceiling, it needs to look behind the figures. Yes, the overall numbers are staggering. The U.S. government has run up so much debt that it soon will surpass the current legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion. That’s $14,300,000,000,000.00. The budget deficit for the […]

Letter to the editor: Crossing borders illegally makes you a criminal

We don’t always agree with our Roosevelt County commissioners, but this instance we agree 100 percent. When the illegal immigrants crossed our borders they made themselves criminals. Our governor and county commissioners had nothing to do with this. Anytime you disobey our laws you are a criminal. Our laws were made for a reason and […]

National Guard hosting open house

The New Mexico National Guard is hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Clovis armory. During the event, the National Guard will have equipment on hand to demonstrate its capabilities along with guided tours of the armory. Equipment demonstrations include a ride in a HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, a […]

My turn: Family time always fun

I love holidays that revolve around quality family fun time. This Independence Day holiday definitely turned out to be a memorable one for me. The UFO Festival in Roswell had great music and other entertainment, such as a wine festival, a lot of souvenir stores and an alien costume contest. A boy around 5 or […]

Today is a gift from God

The holiday is over. The house is sadly quiet. When will I stop crying when my loved ones leave? I ask God to keep angels to guard them safely home. I find little cars under the sofa and shoes that aren’t mine under the bed. Boys that use to live here are grown men with […]

Friday morning briefing: About rain, the price of gas and a pop classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact The rainiest year in Clovis’ history was 1941 with 46.91 inches falling. To date, Clovis has received 1.71 inches this year. Price of gas AAA New Mexico reported Thursday the statewide average price for a gallon of gas is 11 cents below […]

Military mama: Soothing children’s fears part of parental duties

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There are so many times in life that I wish that I were more eloquent and far faster on the trigger when it comes to answering tricky questions. I never thought that I would be stumped long before the birds and the bees need be addressed.

Parents should separate own self-esteem from child’s performance

There’s become a common phrase for what used to be called “stage moms”. Today it’s “tiger moms!” This is not exclusive to moms, though. In the sports world there have always been dads pushing their boys to be the next great something. So just what is that all about? Lest we think this is only […]

When is the best time to start potty training?

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Tonjia: Developmentally speaking, there are two important things to remember about potty training children. First, girls typically reach developmental milestones more quickly than boys and thus potty train earlier than boys do. Second, potty training depends upon a child’s ability to control bladder and bowel functions. In most children, awareness of these functions does not […]

Are parents chilling out more at kids’ sporting events?

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By Jeremy Olson A national survey of youth soccer officials finds the majority of parents are behaving as well or better at their kids’ matches than they did two years ago. While the survey by Korrio is promotional in nature —

Celebrity Baby Scoop: Melissa Rycroft talks about life with a newborn

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By Jenny Schafer Reality TV starlet Melissa Rycroft is reveling in new motherhood. The gorgeous “Bachelor” alum and her “amazing” hubby Tye Strickland welcomed their first child, Ava Grace, on Feb. 16. The 28-year-old first-time mom — who is teaming up with Huggies and the Every Little Bottom campaign —

Apps: The Kick to Pick app names your baby

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McClatchy-Tribune As a parents, you know that an iPhone can be a great distraction for a grumpy child on a long trip, a handy way to keep in touch with your family, and now, it can also take care of your very first parenting decision _ what to name your child. The iPhone app Kick […]

Mom’s gear: Babba Cover

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By Colleen Diskin PRODUCT: Babba Cover “Airy” car seat sun-blocking cover MANUFACTURER: Babba Cover HOW MUCH: $50 WHAT: Chemical-filled sunscreens aren’t recommended for infants, so many parents resort to using ill-fitting blankets as a sunblock over strollers and car seats. This cotton cover is lined with a fabric that has an SPF/UV-blocking rating of 40 […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Parents fantasize revenge on their kids

Marla Jo Fisher Seriously, you people have been mulling this over. Last week, I wrote a column describing my plans to get revenge on my kids when I’m a doddering old lady living in their house, for all the things they do now that set my teeth on edge. For example, I plan to drink […]