Criminal records should stay permanent

The Albuquerque Journal Every few years, it seems, there is a move in the Legislature to get various criminal records expunged. In 2007, it was sold as a way to protect victims of identity theft who were wrongly arrested. In fact it went much further, allowing for the removal of any reference to a misdemeanor […]

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: Speak up

By Lonnie Berry: PNT columnist I was watching one of my favorite television shows a few nights ago, when one of the actors complained that everyone seemed to be whispering all of a sudden. Everyone had quite a laugh about it, as no one was whispering, the actor was just getting hard of hearing. I […]

My turn: Local musicians worth checking out

Alisa Boswell I watched Captain America last weekend and it was an excellent movie. I may be biased due to the fact I’m a super hero junkie, but the story line was interesting and there was a lot of action with a little bit of romance. Not to mention, Chris Evans wasn’t at all bad […]

Friday morning briefing: About rain, the price of gas and a pop classic

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Fast fact The rainiest year in Clovis’ history was 1941 with 46.91 inches falling. To date, Clovis has received 1.71 inches this year. Price of gas AAA New Mexico reported Thursday the statewide average price for a gallon of gas is 11 cents below […]

Thursday morning briefing: Habitat help, library fact and a Triple Crown legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Volunteer-Op Habit for Humanity needs volunteers but you need to notify them by 2 p.m. Friday. The group needs about a dozen people Saturday for two work sites in Portales. Work begins is 8 a.m. until mid-afternoon with a break for lunch (provided) at […]

Thursday morning briefing: Firefighting fact, summer classes and remembering The Babe

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Fast fact The Clovis Fire Department was founded Aug. 9, 1909. ENMU summer classs The eight-week summer school term at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will run from Monday through July 29.

Relying on help disaster in itself

The videos and stories coming out of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami are heartbreaking. The fact that so many people did so little personal preparation, counting instead on government’s promise to take care of things, should be educational. Sure, you and I may be high and dry on the Llano […]

Monday morning briefing: Kiwanis history, going to the dogs and the man who changed it all

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Fast fact Clovis Kiwanis Club was organized Jan. 2, 1921. Its first president was Charles Scheurich, who’s political clout helped create Curry County. Other charter members included Carl Hatch, who became a U.S. Senator, and A.W. Hockenhull, who became New Mexico governor. Cooking tip […]

My turn: Enjoy family traditions

If there is one thing my readers have taken from my column, it is probably that I still have the mentality of a 10-year-old kid when it comes to certain things, namely toys and special events. Christmas is no exception to this fact. It might sound cheesy and clich

Government wants to track you online

Freedom Newspapers The Internet is developing so rapidly that users typically discover only after the fact that their privacy was invaded or their private online activities were revealed to strangers. Safeguards don’t seem to keep pace. That’s troubling if, for example, a private marketer stealthily follows your online activities, as the Wall Street Journal has […]

God performs miracles every day

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist Have you ever considered the fact that you yourself are a miracle? The tiny microscopic cell contains your physical characteristics, talents, abilities and personality. I find that amazing. If you ever doubt how valuable you are, read Psalm 139:13-16: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in […]

Old cemeteries historical treasures

By Don McAlavy: FNM columnist Yes, the lure of old cemeteries is no secret. In fact, one of eastern New Mexico’s biggest tourist attractions is the cemetery at Old Fort Sumner, resting place of Billy the Kid and another giant of New Mexico history, Lucien Maxwell. There are dozens of old cemeteries in the area, […]

Let’s get excited about life

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist I have discovered two ways to live: I can let life happen to me or I can happen to life. Allowing life to happen is not very exciting to me. In fact, it could be dull. The same routines and rituals do not require much enthusiasm or energy for me. […]

Happy to have reader feedback

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]

Government’s actions aren’t progressive

Here is a sad, undisputed fact: About 350,000 rather wealthy people at “the top” own as much as the entire bottom half of the remaining 300-plus million people in America, the land of the free. In a nutshell, what has happened is we have pursued a living within a system that blatantly milks the productivity […]

Just because science can, doesn’t mean science should

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist A few days ago the Hindustan Times reported that Rajo Devi, a 70 year old Indian woman gave birth to a baby girl, becoming the world’s oldest woman to birth a child. Ms. Devi and her husband, age 72, used in vitro fertilization. The fact that a woman older than […]

Election generates discussion, early votes

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer The fact that the nation will either elect the first black president or first woman vice president makes today’s presidential election historic. However, only time will determine if the election will be pivotal, according to Donald Elder, professor of history at Eastern New Mexico University. Elder said the policies […]

Pain at the pump

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Don’t expect the price of gasoline to go down anytime soon. In fact, gasoline prices are going to continue to rise, according to travel and oil industry officials. Richard Horn, who was filling his car up Wednesday night at the C&S Valero station in Portales, and said he’d noticed […]

Deputy district attorney discusses common myths about rape

By Sheryl Borden: Local columnist Information on fertilizing, myths and facts regarding rape, and making no-sew pillow covers will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Curt Jaynes, owner of GardenSource Nursery and Landscaping in Portales will explain the importance of fertilizing the yard on […]