Libertarianism offers contentment

Life. Family. Friends. Those are things that really matter. At least, to me. I hope those are the things that really matter to you, too, regardless of where you might place yourself on the political grid, or the antiquated (and never very accurate) “left/right” political spectrum. The reason I embraced libertarianism, after I discovered there […]

Their view: Senator: State should invest in growth

Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, offers his view on the state budget:

Their view: Choose character over likability

Robert Schwarzwalder, senior vice president at the Family Research Council, offers this view on the presidential election:

Their view: Navigators can’t replace insurance agents

Janet Trautwein, CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters, offers this view on federal heath reform:

Their view: Schools should be priority for funding

Sen. Pete Campos. D-Las Vegas, offers his view on education.

Their view: Cut foreign aid before cutting benefits

Karl D. Spence of Clovis offers his view of federal budget cuts.

Their view: Obama gets facts wrong while promoting bill

Michelle Malkin writes for Creators Syndicate. She offers her view on President Obama’s approach to promoting his latest government jobs bill.

Their view: No Child Left Behind Act waivers needed by states

Cynthia G. Brown, vice president for Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, offers her view regarding the president’s waivers announcement:

Food at the speed of life: Farmers’ market offers fresh ingredients

With farmers’ markets starting to sell home-grown tomatoes and basil, I had just the opportunity to try a healthy recipe with them. “Mozzarella and Tomato Salad” comes from Roosevelt County Extension Home Economist Connie Moyer’s cookbook “Fast and Fabulous.” My work schedule often makes getting to the Portales Farmers’ Market at 5 p.m. difficult, but […]

Reader-submitted content: Dairy course offers first-hand experience

Audry Olmsted When Merel Rodenburg first attended New Mexico State University’s Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium in Clovis in 2010, she expected to get technical book knowledge to supplement her studies in animal production. What the University of Arizona senior didn’t expect was the intensive hands-on experience she would get — as well as the […]

Shifting to revised index offers savings

Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week delivered his “last major policy speech” and, in it, suggested that politicians show courage in the fiscal crisis by making the military compensation system more efficient. Gates has the department preparing such a set of recommendations to be part of a $400 billion defense savings package over the next […]

SGLI offers servicemembers low-cost coverage

By Maj. Tabitha Stump: Air and Space Expeditionary Force Casualty Matters RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Having insurance is always good and not spending a lot on the coverage is even better. So, getting $100,000 in traumatic injury life insurance coverage for $1 is great. The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection program […]

Time to run ‘system restore’ on government

David Stuckenberg of Portales offers this view on how the government has been “infected.” Without updating outmoded hardware, performing software updates, and deleting cookies and remnants of files obsolete programs; your computer will waste your time and money. Today our Congress and Senate are analogous to such a computer. Lobbyists, special interests, and corruption have […]

Their view: Recession result of financial deregulation

Tucumcari resident Leon Logan offers his thoughts on the economic recession in a letter to the editor: The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common […]

My turn: Long-time hunter offers advice

Clarence Plank Rod McDermid, 61, of Portales, has been hunting most of his life. He offers people who want to become hunters a little advice when it comes to getting their first kill. • Head to class: McDermid said the most important thing is attending and passing a certified hunter’s education class because this will […]

Freedom considering purchase offers

By Wayne: Heilman Freedom Communications Six months after emerging from U.S. Bankruptcy Court protection, Freedom Communications officials said Thursday they are considering offers to buy its newspapers and television stations. Irvine, Calif.-based Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Company officials said the offers have come […]

Self-driving cars offers chance for productivity

Kevin Wilson My favorite cop-driver story comes from two friends in Portales mocking a street sign. The sign said, “Speed controlled by radar,” which led them to joke the driver was no longer responsible. On cue, they got pulled over for speeding, and tested their logic. “Actually, officer, that’s your fault,” the driver said as […]

My Turn: Chef offers cooking advice

Argen Duncan New York resident and India native Suvir Saran is a chef, chef instructor, farmer, blogger, cookbook author and restaurant owner. I met him during his trip to this area last week. Suvir is personable and articulate, and not above dishing out a little good-natured ribbing. He told me he’s cooked as long as […]

Day trip: Roswell planetarium offers array of shows

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Courtesy of Roswell Museum and Art Center The Roswell Museum and Art Center is home to the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium. Clarence Plank Place: Robert H. Goddard Planetarium Location: The planetarium is located at 100 West 11th St., Roswell, and is 114 miles or a two-hour drive from the base. What kind of activities can […]

Air Force website offers legal assistance

American Forces Press Service SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Next time clients need a will, power of attorney or just have a legal question, they can visit the new Air Force Legal Assistance website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil. The website is designed for active-duty and reserve component members, retirees and dependents. Officials created the website to […]