Opinion: First Amendment lets you disagree

If I could bring back the Founding Fathers for anything, I’d ask them for more clarification on the Second Amendment. Guns for any reason, or just to maintain private militias? Background checks to keep the evil or mentally disturbed from owning guns, or a wide-open system so everybody could buy tools to defend against those […]

Building Resilience: Crafting your child’s character

McClatchy-Tribune Don’t spoil your children. How we’d love to give our children everything they want_they’re so darned cute! But adults who expect everything instantly and on their terms, who feel that they’re entitled to anything they desire, are not so cute _ may I say detestable? Here are some thoughts to consider. — Don’t worry […]

My turn: Don’t take promises too seriously

I am not sure I would know anything, if it were not for infomercials. I am not talking about some really loud guy trying to sell you a paper towel. I am talking about the good stuff. The stuff that is such high quality that if you order now, not only will you pay half […]

Society can’t be victim of crime

Often when the impact of increasing liberty is being discussed, especially with regard to things some people resist on moral grounds (such as ending the criminalization of prostitution, drug prohibition, regulation of gambling, etc.), someone will claim that victimless crimes actually do have a victim: Society. What is a victim and what is society? A […]

Agent enjoys helping youth

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Portales resident Melanie Gutierrez has been the 4-H agent in Roosevelt County for three and a half years and deals with anything related to 4-H. That means she spends a lot of time with children and youth and Gutierrez said she enjoys watching the students grow and become people. In the summer, she finds time […]

My turn: Puddle fishing reels in surprise

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Have you ever been puddle fishing? Ever catch anything? I did. There were a few holes in the yard at my grandmother’s house back home. So when it rained — instant puddles. Imagine me with my fishing pole with a worm on a hook, waiting patiently for a bite. Close to the house there was […]

Their view: Candidates anything but gracious

Retired newspaper editor and sometimes columnist Ned Cantwell is annoyed with the antics of both candidates in New Mexico’s governor’s race. Excerpts from a recent opinion piece:

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The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhoundettes, sporting anything but a glamorous season win-loss mark, are still showing nothing that resembles defeatism, according to the Portales News-Tribune.

Suspicious story anything but untrue

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist If ever there was a suspicious story, thought the insurance adjuster… Walter (an alias) loved his new truck. It was a bright red, half-ton rig. When he drove it down to the Sikeston rodeo grounds, he made a point to park it at the far end of the arena away […]

My cowboy pride has taken a hard hit

By Baxter Black: PNT columnist I was wounded. I got cracked across the bridge of my nose. Not that my nose needs to do anything to attract attention. As one friend put it, “Bax, if you’d lie flat on your back in the sun, we could tell time.” Of course, the next day I had […]

Failure impossible with God in your life

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist 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. In this life we have resistance. If we never resisted anything, life could be rather dull. If no problems existed on […]

True faith never wavers

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist I had begun to seek the Lord with all my heart. I yearned for him. My soul hungered for him. God will fill a hungry heart, and he filled mine to running over. Being born again and a new creation, I wanted more than anything for my husband to […]

U.S. fortunate media can cover spectrum of bias

Freedom New Mexico For some reason, this election season seems to be more emotionally charged than is normal (as if anything is normal in presidential elections). Maybe it’s that neither major tickets for the nation’s top spot are the usual pairings of middle-age white guys. Perhaps it’s conservative talk radio providing handy sound bites and […]

My report on what I’ve learned

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Every magazine I read has one section I go to before I read anything else. In Sports Illustrated, it’s “This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us.” In Maxim, it’s the caption contest. In Esquire, it’s “What I’ve Learned.” In Esquire’s feature, well-known people tell you what they’ve […]

Humans are programmed for riding

Humans like to ride. They climb onto anything that can move and “go for a ride.” Even inveterate “hikers” catch a ride to the trailhead, the faster the better. It begins when we’re little, with tricycles, and really never ends. The milk cow was one of my favorite rides when I was young. While her […]

Cowboys like to ride

Humans like to ride. They climb onto anything that can move and “go for a ride.” Even inveterate “hikers” catch a ride to the trailhead, the faster the better. It begins when we’re little, with tricycles, and really never ends. The milk cow was one of my favorite rides when I was young. While her […]

Government’s actions miscarriage of power

Editorial One news story painted last week’s conviction of terrorism suspect Jose Padilla as “a significant victory for the Bush administration.” It was far from that. If anything, it was a repudiation of the way the administration handled his case. Padilla, 36, is the former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam and became sympathetic […]

ENMU volleyball and cross country starting fresh

By Dave Wagner, Freedom Newspapers Kim Falkenhagen wasn’t all that surprised her team was picked 13th out of 13 in the Lone Star Conference’s preseason volleyball poll. After all, she’s a new coach with a lot of new players on the squad. “I didn’t expect anything more than that,” said Falkenhagen, hired in February to […]

Classic truck source of pride

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It started out as a way to advertise a family business, but family and friends say the 1948 Ford F-1 pickup is Thom Moore’s pride and joy. Moore was surprised early this year as the truck was featured in “reader’s trucks” sections of two nationally circulated classic truck magazines. […]

Profit is a dirty word these days

By Tibor Machan As I was channel surfing the other night, I went past one broadcast channel on which I saw and heard the following sentence uttered by a young woman: “He was a businessman so he would do anything to turn a profit.” I caught a glimpse of the name and it was “Law […]