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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t take chance with superstitions

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist Do you say, “bless you” when someone nearby sneezes? Or knock on wood when you mention something is going well? Yeah, me too. Our barn door always had a horseshoe nailed to the wall above it with the open end facing down. In New Mexico several dried cobs of Indian […]

Don’t wait for life to happen

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist Life doesn’t happen to some people. Instead some people happen to life. They dare to make life the best it can be. Mediocrity is not in their vocabulary. I have a dear friend who recently had radical surgery. She was in surgery many hours. When she was at home in […]

Politics don’t belong on farm

By Glenda Price: PNT columnist Jigger Jesperson was a white-haired, skinny fellow who showed up at our friends’ ranch looking for work, insisting he was “the best cow hand in captivity.” He looked hungry, so our friend Bill agreed to take him on for a month or so. It was spring calving time, and they […]

Teen Court program focuses on alcohol prevention

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place to help children stay away from alcohol so they don’t head down that path. Teen Court programs in both cities focus on prevention. Even though April is alcohol awareness month, experts say […]

Oklahoma Lane holds many stories

By Don McAlavy: Freedom columnist If you don’t know where Oklahoma Lane is, then you’re a newcomer! Yes, that’s right, if you don’t know where Oklahoma Lane is, then you’re a newcomer. Located about six miles east of Farwell, this farming community has generated some “hard to believe, but true” tales. Here are a few […]

My turn: Don’t be afraid to settle for what’s on earth

I’ve heard many keynoters tell their audience not to “settle.” It’s inspiring — but could inspire dissatisfaction. Shooting for the stars is great if you own a spacecraft, but most of us live with more pedestrian transport. The nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 270,000 times farther than the 93 million miles to the sun. Allegorically, […]

My turn: Take time to savor life

I recently came across this most appropriate quote by Henry David Thoreau, and in the comics of all places. The timing was right. Lately, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going; sometimes it’s both, at the same time. The quote reads, “The truly efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with […]

Shock jock ought to be muzzled

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist S everal years ago, when radio shock jock Don Imus took a cheap racial shot at C. Vivian Stringer’s Rutgers women’s basketball team, Coach Stringer responded like the lady that she is: Nothing at first, then gracious forgiveness a few days later. As Coach Stringer reminded her girls, they had […]

Curry County begins jail study

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Architect Don May called Friday the “kick-off” for a study to determine if Curry County needs a judicial complex. During a special commission meeting held at the courthouse, May and other members of his firm were on hand to hear a list of objectives for the study from county […]