‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ surveys hit inboxes

WASHINGTON — At noon July 7, Defense Department officials e-mailed surveys to 400,000 servicemembers as part of a special review to prepare the military for a potential repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving, Pentagon officials announced. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of […]

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 […]

Every day has great surprise

Every day God sends beautiful gifts just waiting for us to open. Unless we are tuned in, these blessings will go right on by and not be noticed. I only have room for ten suggestions to start with, but there are many more. Have childlike faith. We can learn a lot from children. Children don’t […]

High court delivers another blow to liberties

Americans must be ever-vigilant that, in the name of combating terrorism, we don’t also undermine our vital liberties. That’s why we’re troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that upheld banning even clearly nonmaterial support to groups the government considers terrorist organizations. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote […]

Better Business Bureau warns of phone scam

The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican speech patterns. […]

I’m blessed to live in America

Let this Fourth of July be a renewal of respect, courage and dedication for this great country. I don’t know about you, but I get just a little weary of continual controversy over issues that would adversely affect this nation. Excuse me, but I love our country. I love the red, white and blue, and […]

Imprinting leads to confused animals

Glenda Price Animals don’t understand mirrors, so they think they are just like whoever feeds and protects them when they’re young. Psychologist types call this “imprinting.” We had a pet chicken when I was a kid that we kept in a little pen of her own. Her name was — ready for something imaginative? Sorry. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A Smokin Fourth and the Teflon Don

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Smokin Fourth This year’s Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce fireworks show is scheduled for 9 p.m. July 4 at the Eastern New Mexico University Football Practice Field at U.S. 70 and University Drive. To donate to the fireworks fund: http://www.portales.com/fireworks Alternative groundbreaking There’s a groundbreaking […]

Don’t let spirit of World Cup spill over

Freedom New Mexico The FIFA World Cup tournament is about to begin. The quadrennial global championship in the world’s most popular event, which challenges the Olympic Games as the biggest sporting event on the planet, starts today. Mexico’s national team, the local favorite, takes on host South Africa in the inaugural game. The United States […]

Their view: Don’t place blame on Blue Cross

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. The group promotes prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s what Gessing had to say about health care in a recent column:

Glad I don’t live in “24′ America

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Nine years of my life gone, but no regrets. Last week I watched the finale of Fox’s serial drama “24” about agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). I loved all eight seasons and the made-for-TV movie that bridged the gap created by a writer’s strike. I’m sure I will enjoy […]

Gates can accept ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ amendment

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates can accept a proposed congressional amendment overturning the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, but would prefer that lawmakers wait until a Defense Department review to assess its full impact is completed, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff […]

Don’t need feds to kill my bugs

By Glenda Price: State columnist I’m afraid of centipedes, the big ones. By the time one has grown to 11 or 12 inches long his color becomes grayish brown with yellow streaks. Plus those things are really hard to kill. We cut one’s head off once and laid him on the windowsill. Five days later […]

Ethnic studies don’t threaten U.S. history

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects ours, was written by the editorial staff at The Brownsville (Texas) Herald.

Our people: Teacher of the Year

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Bio Name: Drew Hatley Birthday: September 20, 1984 Hometown: Clovis Profession: Assistant baseball coach, football coach and World History teacher Family: My wife Christal and I have been married for three years. We don’t have kids but we have a golden retriever named Allie Gator.

Catching up with a friend

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist A conversation between Don and longtime friend Louis Pattison. Pattison speaks: “Don, I contacted Hoyt Pattison and neither he nor I know what the colors of the Claud basketball team were. (Now this was in December 2006). “I’m not sure they had any color as I am unaware of their […]

Guard, Reserve give thanks

By Kevin Wilson: Cannon Connections For the fifth-straight year, Clovis is providing an opportunity that National Guard and Reserve members don’t get in their everyday service — the chance to say thanks. This weekend’s Guard/Reserve Awards and Recognition Banquet is expected to draw about 150 to Clovis today and Saturday. Attendance includes National Guard and […]

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 […]

My Turn: Hooked on prairie dog fishing

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Prairie dog angling is something I don’t think many people know about. But the catch-and-release sport is real. I heard a story about a guy who moved to Texas some time ago. He was depressed, because where he lived there was no place to go fishing. One day, while […]

Delighted to be in His presence

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Don’t you love to be in the presence of loved ones? There is such a joy in sharing and enjoying the company. When my aunts in the rest home saw my husband and me coming to visit, their faces began to blossom and shine. My husband always kissed them hello […]