Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

My turn: French art bold choice

People say to write about what you know. In 2000, however, when I, a single mom, and a former bachelor-swinging co-worker of mine had to decide who would cover the grand-opening of a new children’s museum in Abilene, Texas, and who would cover a prestigious French Impressionist art exhibit (I knew nothing about French art), […]

Our people: Clovis pastor keeps busy

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Clovis resident David Dawson has lived in Clovis for 38 years. He spends his time doing many things including being a singer, songwriter, producer, motivator and pastor. If you know Dawson, you’re wondering why he didn’t list coach. He said he’s not a coach, he’s a motivator. “Coaches have to understand the player is the […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Solutions sometimes unconventional

By Glenda Price: New Mexico columnist A couple of weeks ago we got to know B.J. Pierce, world Champion tiedown calf roper. This week I’d like you to meet B.J. Pierce, gifted school teacher. After about 13 years of solid rodeoing, B.J. retired from rodeo and began teaching school. He taught sixth grade — “whatever […]

Federal Reserve needs to undergo audit

Freedom New Mexico Free government is open government. Citizens need to know what’s going on in their government to make informed decisions on Election Day. But there is one major, nondefense sector of the federal government that never has been completely audited: the Federal Reserve System, which prints and controls the dollar and sets associated […]

What you need to know about the new travel card program

By 27th Special Operations Comptroller Squadron The Air Force is currently in the process of converting from the Government Travel Card (GTC) to a new Controlled Spend Account (CSA) travel card. According to Air Force officials, the new card will offer greater flexibility in meeting the cardholder’s travel needs. Characteristics of the new card will […]

My turn: Beer run all in a day’s work

I know that today’s Generation Me kids work hard for college essentials like iPhones and iPads — that parents and Lottery Scholarships don’t always cover — with such back-breaking labor as building fake-ID websites, selling over-priced jewelry (made by six-year-old Bangladeshis) at mall kiosks, selling plagiarized papers… By contrast, I had easy jobs: Wearing T-shirts […]

My turn: Getting to know eastern New Mexico

Some might say too much thinking is a dangerous task for me. But this time, I think it may have positive results. As I mentioned before, I had an educational week with work recently. I’ve had an idea and I am going to need the help of the community. Yes, I am calling on you […]

Unknowns surround gay policy

Department of Defense actuaries can tell you that half of all service members are married. They know that 14 percent of enlisted are women and 11.6 percent are Hispanic. They even know that 20.2 percent of members are Roman Catholic and less than 1 percent are Jewish. But, they will caution, 19.5 percent claim no […]

Military mama: Facebook opens doors for friendships

I love hearing from readers, it makes me happy to know that I’m not just spilling my guts with no one taking any note. Your friend requests on Facebook and stopping me in the store just to say “hi” make my day. I did meet my first “fan.” I say that, only because that’s how […]

Grant McGee: Hats take geting used to

Grant McGee I got to thinking about cowboy hats the other day. Well, I should make myself clear; as a long-time resident of The West I know that they’re not “cowboy hats,” they are simply hats. This was shared with me by a real working cowboy from Chaves County, Cowboy Mike. Let me back up […]

McGee: Hard work only sure payoff

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist I know this guy who’s been doing some traveling to casinos here and there around the country. He feels so good about his gambling skills that he said this is the year he’s going to declare himself as “Professional Gambler” on his tax forms. I once thought about a career […]

Do right, law or no law

You know the right thing to do. I know you do. So don’t wait for someone else to do it first and don’t wait for a “law” to tell you to. Do it now. I’m reminded of the Clovis Hobby Lobby shoppers this month who tripped up a shoplifter. Instead of watching the thief and […]

Program lets local residents adopt airmen

Cannon Connections photo: Gabriel Monte Airman First Class Joshua Johnson, left, and Clovis resident Joe Hill talk during an Adopt an Airman program mixer at the Drop Zone at Cannon Air Force Base. Gabriel Monte Airman First Class Joshua Johnson, of Mankato, Minn., said one of the reasons he joined the Air Force was the […]

My turn: Mariachi band makes history

By Alisa Bowell: PNT staff writer I went to the Fiesta Navidad de Mariachi event in Clovis last weekend and was excited to know that I was getting to watch New Mexico’s first all-female Mariachi band. Although I had no clue who any of New Mexico’s Mariachi bands were until this event, I felt privileged […]

Their view: Politicians don’t know what’s best for nation

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this letter to “everyman:” In July, my family and I visited a small living history farm, just outside of Washington D.C.. After walking miles of hallways around the U.S. capital and bustling National Mall, the change in scenery was refreshing. While strolling the quiet trails by row crops, animals […]

My turn: Halloween events unforgettable

Last week was probably one of the most fun Halloween weeks I have ever had in Clovis and Portales. Preparing the event calendars for one of our local newspapers pays off, because I now know most events happening in Clovis and Portales. Saturday night, I checked out Mark’s House of Horror on the outskirts of […]

Military mama: Son has become quite a character

Those of you who know my family personally know that my son is a sitcom writer’s dream child. The things that come out of that child’s mouth are often comedic gems rolling off a four-year-old’s tongue. All moms have moments where pride bubbles over when nuggets of wisdom come from your child, and yet there […]

Family hitting books

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Wendy Proctor, right, her son Matthew Pringle and daughter Veronica Proctor gather around the table for study time at their Clovis home. The Proctor family is on a mission and they know something about missions. Tech. Sgt. Robert Proctor is active duty military and his wife Wendy Proctor served 20 […]