My turn: Spring is revitalizing

My rose garden was really in bad shape. Last year’s drought, coming on the heels of that fantastically cold winter, certainly took its toll. So I found myself on a sunny March day, pruning shears in hand, tackling the first gardening of the season … trying to get the roses shaped up. As I cut […]

Lawmakers pleased with budget, less so with other issues

The good: Tax breaks for energy superstation Tres Amigas. The bad: No driver’s license or education reform. The ugly: “The leadership (state Legislature) knows how to use procedure to get what they want and once again thwarted the will of the majority of New Mexicans.” — Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico. Those are the conclusions of […]

In search of ponies: Rats capable of selflessness

Few in the animal world have obtained a reputation quite as bad as theirs. In fact, their name is so bad, it has become ingrained in clich

My turn: In good times and bad, give thanks

Thanksgiving not only came early for me this year, it’s actually come multiple times, especially during times of difficult trials and spells of uncertainty. If there’s one thing I used to fear, it’s the unknown, and if there’s one thing I use to despise, it’s waiting. Yet these past few months were filled with constant […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

Friday morning briefing: A Charlie Brown Christmas and a really bad deal

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Christmas Light Parade It’ll be a Charlie Brown Christmas in Clovis this year. That’s the theme for the annual Christmas Light Parade on Dec. 3. Registration forms are now available at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce. Information: 309-8370 or clovismainstreet@gmail.com Voice only Eastern […]

My turn: Lent time for self improvement

Experts say it takes 40 days to undo a bad habit. Now let’s see, today is Ash Wednesday and Lent lasts exactly 40 days. Many people pick an indulgence or habit that’s not good for them to give up during Lent. I’d say that’s enough time to kick the habit completely. Contrary to popular belief, […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

My turn: I don’t think Roy did it this way

I grew up watching Roy Rogers every Saturday morning. Roy could ride like the wind. Roy could jump off of a big rock and knock a bad guy off his horse. Roy could jump off of Trigger onto a bad guy’s horse and knock him off. I was watching Roy a couple of nights ago. […]

Attack on corn unfair

In the last few years we have watched an increasing attack on corn. The skewed reasoning is: Corn syrup is available, reasonably priced, and good for the average person, therefore; it must be bad! This is the kind of logic that has been applied to farmed salmon, Big Macs, lower taxes, capitalism and pasteurized milk. […]

Wake up: Blessings are everywhere

Daily you and I seem to be bombarded with bad news. One would think it’s terrible to be alive! Seldom do we hear about the many good things in our lives. I maintain we have many more blessings than problems. Daily, God showers us with his goodness. I am reminded of the ten lepers in […]

Their view: Coyote hunt setting bad example

Coyote hunt setting bad example The Curry County community of Grady was scheduled to host a coyote hunt this weekend with two purposes — thin the coyote population that threatens cattle ranchers and raise money for school athletics teams. A Grady resident complained about the event, saying coyote killing should not be sport. Anonymous reader […]

Enhanced concussion rules great step

Freedom Newspapers After a particularly bad weekend for head injuries on the football field, Monday’s announcement by Texas’ University Interscholastic League regarding head injuries seems reasonable. The UIL, which governs extracurricular activities at Texas public schools, announced that any athlete who suffers a head injury cannot return to the activity on the same day, and […]

Trade fear for faith

Bad news seems to be all over the place. I heard of a man being so upset by the bombardment of bad news that he decided he would go on “a news fast.” It sounds funny, yet it’s not a bad idea. Fear is the most destructive force I know. It is paralyzing and tormenting. […]

Loss of tree means gain of treehouse

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House gave me some bad news the other day: Our friendly shade tree has to come down. The tree’s roots are diving big-time into the family garden. This would explain why the tree had rocketed up in just a few short years. There’s lots of tasty […]

My turn: Brussels sprouts don’t deserve bad rep

aduncan@pntonline.com I think more people would like Brussels sprouts if they were just cooked right. Of course Brussels sprouts aren’t going to taste good if they’re bland or too mature. I use frozen Brussels sprouts because they’re quick, and I season them much the way my parents taught me. A college friend who abhorred just […]

Snow pummels Portales

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A wintry mix of freezing rain, high winds and fast-falling snow Thursday blanketed the area and shut down a majority of the community. Clovis and Portales schools and government agencies closed Thursday and today after upwards of 6 inches of snow covered roadways already slick from freezing rain. Cannon […]

God shields mind from bad news

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist

Feds double up on bad financial hand

Freedom New Mexico This month’s announcement by the Federal Reserve Board that it has cut its benchmark overnight federal funds rate, the rate at which banks lend to one another, to a “target range” of between one-quarter percent and zero is both an acknowledgment of reality and a sign of panic. Since banks, even in […]

Stuck in the ‘50s not a bad work ethic

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The sight of a neighbor cutting his grass with an old-fashion push mower the other day immediately brought back memories of another neighbor — Clay Blue Mr. Blue lived next door to us when I was growing up and kept his lawn of Bermuda grass manicured to golf green […]