New walking trail good to begin exercise

There will be a plethora of articles and columns about Sept. 11. I do not choose to ignore that, I simply focus on something else. I am not unpatriotic — not at all or in any way. The pain is very real, and the resolution we as a nation should maintain, is also very real. […]

Don’t mistake redistribution for prosperity

Freedom New Mexico One reason we cannot get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible adults see government programs as sources of wealth. The rabbit did […]

PHS students join ‘Little Dresses for Africa’ program

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Argen Duncan Putting their skills to work for someone else, Portales High School clothing design students are making dresses for impoverished girls. Each of the 30 students in Laura Adkins’ “Clothing and Costume Design” class is making a dress for the Little Dresses for Africa program. “I hope that they get out (of the project) […]

In tribute: Volunteer remembered for commitment to service

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Robert Lydick had a personality nobody would forget, son Chad Lydick said. But something else wasn’t forgotten — his commitment to service. “That was his philosophy, and it’s become mine too,” Chad Lydick said of his father, who died Feb. 7. “We felt that everyone should give something back.” Lydick was known for volunteerism at […]

Greyhounds rally past Wildcats

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Dave Wagner If nothing else, Eastern New Mexico University freshman guard Michael Maya has shown that he’s a patient young man. Maya was in the mix for ENMU at the start of the season, starting four games, then fell out of favor and has spent long stretches on the bench. But he was ready when […]

Mom’s love always enduring

The sacrificial love of mothers goes beyond all human understanding. She can be mistreated, ignored, rejected or taken for granted, yet she still loves her child. Mothers think their child is the prettiest, smartest and dearest in all the world. Mothers are like that. Who else but a mother is up all night rocking a […]

New Mexico’s economic freedom needs boost

Freedom New Mexico Are you someone who values freedom above all else, including health, safety and welfare? If so, New Mexico has a ways to go to reach the top tier of states. A new study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the first comprehensive ranking of “economic and personal freedom in […]

Cell phone not anyone else’s business

By Anita Doberman: PNT columnist A 6-year-old girl on my daughter’s swim team has a cell phone, which she proudly showcases to everyone who is willing to look. She’ll even allow you to play with her games, if you look admiringly at her toy. This has created a negative buzz among other parents, who think […]

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 […]

Vonnegut possessed special sort of talent

By Freedom Newspapers He struggled with depression most of his life, his early work was probably his best, and his outlook on life could be unremittingly bleak. But Kurt Vonnegut, who died Wednesday in Manhattan at 84, captured and epitomized a certain strand of American life in ways that made him iconic to what has […]

Middle man stunts health care reform

By Freedom Newspapers The 65-year history of how modern health care payment and delivery developed in America has at its center one key fact: Almost no individual pays his or her own way. From this condition, we find: that health care costs rise faster than other consumer prices; that the first question at a hospital […]

Keeping up with the Joneses breeds conformity

Jim Lee I wandered into the garden section at Wal-Mart the other day. Among all the lawn and garden torture devices, they had a large quantity of flimsy, plastic flamingo planters. Aside from the incredibly sophisticated, high-brow taste involved in parking one of those things near the front porch for the world to admire, it […]