Principles cannot be compromised

It is often necessary to compromise face-to-face, but to compromise when stating principles means you have none. Something I read a few days ago had someone referring to themselves as “ideologically extreme, behaviorally moderate.” I like that phrase. I am serious about libertarianism. I also know that as long as someone is not attacking anyone, […]

KENW-TV exploring Spanish language channel

Freedom New Mexico Portales based KENW-TV is exploring the possibilities of broadcasting a third standard definition channel in Spanish in the next few years. “We have been in discussions with veme.tv to broadcast their satellite programing to our area,” said KENW Director of Broadcasting Duane Ryan. Ryan said adding the Spanish channel to the KENW […]

Grant McGee: Simple best for romance

One of the writers for the paper e-mailed me a few days ago for my thoughts on five romantic places for a date. I got the e-mail at 4 a.m. as I prepared for my day and he desired my input as soon as possible. Out of my sleep-gummed brain came a few ideas, like […]

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. […]

New developments seem familiar

Kevin Wilson There are a few ways to look at how history occurs. One is that it happens too fast to comprehend. Another is that it repeats itself far too much to ignore. Consider the 1994 video of the “Today” show, where Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel were flummoxed by this “Internet” thing. And who […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Public officials here to serve us

Would you feel comfortable if you had a few hired hands — and maybe a maid, a butler and a gardener — who insisted you had no right to know what they were doing while they worked for you, maybe even locked the doors behind them while around your valuables? Me neither. Then why do […]

Now time for GOP to rein in spending

Freedom New Mexico As a new Congress reflecting the will of the voters as of November finally assumes office, with Republicans holding a majority in the House and more effective power in the Senate, we can expect symbolic gestures and a few substantive moves in the direction of less-intrusive government. Whether legislators will move much […]

Officials optimistic about Clovis league

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico The Pecos League has submitted a few concessions it would like as it moves toward the possibility of opening play next May with a baseball team in Clovis. “I think there’s going to be baseball there (in Clovis), unless they come up and say (a park lease is) going […]

My turn: A few nuggets of Texan philosophy

During the World Cup final, my cousins, The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy (AMC) and Chef Juandel (CJ), stopped by to watch over a few root beers and roasted popcorn. As the match wore on and the pop flowed freely—becoming a celebratory arroyo after Spain’s victory—their conversation became increasingly philosophical. Having taken only one semester of conversational […]

Hounds start fall drills with few holes to fill

By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s high-powered offense is slowing gaining respect in the Lone Star Conference. The Greyhounds (3-8, 0-6 LSC South Division), making the switch this season to the North in football, were picked for fourth place in the North in the conference’s preseason poll. Moreover, they earned two […]

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the […]

4-Hers perpare projects ahead of county fair

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Argen Duncan DeOje Johnson, 14, makes sure the sheep are taken care of, holds a rabbit for a few moments and then heads out to stroke Precious, the horse under his care. Johnson is one of many 4-H members around the county fine-tuning animals or indoor projects in the few weeks before the Roosevelt County […]

News organizations should apologize for trusting Andrew Breitbart again

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Kevin Wilson Most of the media had never heard of Shirley Sherrod a few weeks ago. Strangely, they acted as if they’d never heard of Andrew Breitbart either. A video on Breitbart’s website showed Sherrod, Georgia’s State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture, talking about her hesitation to help out […]

Food at the speed of life: Friends step in, offer pointers for cooking

In a mini-quest for kitchen wisdom, I asked around in the family, at the office and on Facebook. Here are a few pointers: • In this area, use high altitude directions to heat frozen pizza and make baked goods. • Don’t salt food before you microwave it because the food will dry out. • Substitute […]

My turn: Not all fishing rules written

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Clarence Plank Does anyone know the unwritten rules of fishing? Here are a few: • Never cast out over someone else’s line in the water because your line could become entangled or snagged by your hook. • Fighting over a fish isn’t worth it. There are plenty of fish in the ponds, lakes, streams, rivers […]

My turn: Cold weather can be troubling too

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With near triple-digit temperatures expected the next few days, this seems a good time to remember the cold. Our coldest day is quite debatable, but here are a few of the contenders: • The weather.com website claims the coldest temperature recorded in Portales was minus-17 on Jan. 2, 1979. Clovis was only minus-7 that day, […]

City ways hard to comprehend

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist Three or four years ago a couple I know purchased a home in a nice subdivision in town. The guy has a special talent regarding plants, and their backyard definitely shows it. He planted a young weeping willow in the back corner of their yard, and it has become […]

My turn: Wallet essential fishing tool

Fishing can be done 100 different ways, but only a few can actually lead to fishing success. Then there are those days when nothing goes right. Here is a quick list of a few survival tips when it comes to fishing: • It doesn’t matter how long you have been fishing, it still stinks having […]

My turn: I only need a few words

By David Stevens: FNM Editor I’m a man of few words. I’ve wasted hundreds of them on reporters who don’t share this attribute. One discussion went like this: Me: “You’ve written the building was ‘partially destroyed’ by fire. Seems to me the building was either ‘destroyed’ or it was ‘damaged.’” Reporter: “Well, part of the […]