VA fails to meet crucial deadline

Senior Democrats and Republicans on the veterans affairs committees have joined hands to scold the Department of Veterans Affairs over missed deadlines and restrictive language drafted for implementing new benefits for caregivers of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. In an unusual letter last week to President Obama, signed by both chairmen and ranking […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Freedom must be balanced with responsibility

My mother was a homemaker. She made every old ranch house we lived in a comfortable home, which usually was not easy. She also was a neatness freak. Dishes were washed immediately after each meal — no waiting till later allowed. This was before automatic dishwashers, understand. Also, all beds were made first thing after […]

Grant McGee: Manners lesson from mom

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were having breakfast at a local eatery when I got to thinking about manners; manners in restaurants to be specific. It seems there are some manners everyone follows and others no one cares about. “You know,” I said, “You just don’t hear anyone belch in a […]

Global warming activists need to cool down

Freedom New Mexico Fred Singer, a man perhaps as responsible as anyone for debunking global warming hysteria, concedes that global warming alarmists persist in their efforts to control our lives, fortunes and economies. The chairman of the Science and Environmental Policy Project and professor emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia notes that […]

Fence posts better than banks

Glenda Price I got to know Amos several years ago. He had a fairly fancy house in town, but spent most of his time at what he called his homestead. I drove to his homestead expecting to see a crusty, bedraggled old fellow, but an urbane gentleman with wavy white hair and a twinkly grin […]

My turn: Walks to school make good stories

Helena Rodriguez There was always that one house on the way to school you’d avoid as a kid. For us, it was the home of A-Ri-Ti-Ti-Ti-Di, perhaps a Spanish form of Rin Tin Tin, a scary looking, elderly man who set dogs loose on us. Maybe we deserved it. I don’t know how he got […]

Thursday morning briefing: Paper routes, school’s out and a deadly crash near the White House

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Help needed Extra! Extra! Calling all former newsboys and newsgirls. If you ever had a paper route — delivered newspapers for the Clovis News Journal or Portales News-Tribune, we want to hear from you. The goal here is to make your story part of […]

Chairman: Where did funds go?

Under Democratic control the last four years, the House voted to pump tens of billions of additional dollars into the Department of Veterans Affairs for improved benefits and health care. The new Republican chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it’s time to learn where a lot of those dollars went and to provide […]

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 […]

Home built on love can weather any storm

Joan Clayton Build your house with love and joy that leads to peace. Even through trials and problems, God, who is honored, will never leave your house. A home committed to God has happy hearts. When storm clouds come to this house, let singing break forth. Acknowledging and depending on God preserves our earthly bodies […]

In search of ponies: Christmas adventure for house pets

Sharna Johnson ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse… When out from the living room there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter… When what to my wandering eyes should appear but my dog shredding […]

In search of ponies: Natural solution found for mouse problem

At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I would catch small flickers of motion in my peripheral vision but when I turned to look, there was nothing there. And my ears started picking up on little pockets of noise, light and easy to tune out, like branches rubbing against the house. […]

Lawmakers re-elected to caucus positions

Two local Republican legislators were re-elected to their caucus positions Saturday, according to information from the House Republican Caucus. Keith Gardner of District 66 was re-elected as Republican whip, and Anna Crook of District 64 was again chosen as caucus chairwoman. The House Republican Caucus held the leadership elections Saturday at the Albuquerque Hilton.

Portales past: Nov. 4, 1961

Nov. 4, 1961: House for Rent: One-bedroom furnished house, $27.50 at 112 N. Larado Ave. Inquire at 116 N. Larado, five blocks east, block block south of New Mexico Cafe.

Glance at top NM races

(AP) 11-02-10 19:48,, U.S. House District 1 0 of 462 precincts – 0 percent Martin Heinrich, Dem (i) 55,144 – 50 percent Jonathan Barela, GOP 54,381 – 50 percent

Grant McGee: Some insights best left so oneself

Grant McGee The Lady of the House told me about this ancient concept of the three stages of womanhood.

Oct. 26 —

Early Halloween celebrated Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Floyd schools the junior class will host its Junior Carnival. This carnival is the primary fundraiser for the Junior/Senior Prom. There will be bingo, concessions, a haunted house, games, an auction, great food, and lots of safe fun for the whole family. Everyone is […]

Pajama fashion statement not for me

Grant McGee The Lady of the House and I were getting out of the car at the supermarket the other day when a young woman caught my eye. Her attire grabbed my attention: Pink pajama bottoms with white bunnies on them, pink fuzzy slippers and a t-shirt that read “GREAT PLACES TO SAY %$&*.” When […]

Boehner simply seeking working solution

Freedom Newspapers What came over U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio? The House minority leader suggested a compromise with Democrats on taxes. Within a matter of seconds, it seemed, the knives were out. His own party ripped him, and the White House fell back on that tired political clich