Take time to demonstrate patriotism

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist I could probably count the number of times on one hand I’ve actually been off on Memorial Day or one of the other three-day weekend holidays. Over the years I’ve worked at the newspaper on Memorial Day. Even

North Korea deal not perfect, but it works for now

Freedom New Mexico You might say the new quasi agreement with North Korea amounts to kicking the can down the road, and you might be right. But kicking the can down the road to be handled by the next administration is probably a less-worse outcome than continuing a strictly confrontational approach to the “hermit kingdom” [...]

Sanity wins on football field this week

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico I never have and probably never will meet Chris Jones, but the man has inspired me in his “Complaints: Football Coaches” column.“I’m not sure when, exactly,” Jones wrote in this month’s Esquire, “Motorola headsets started coming with a license to act like” a word which I will replace with [...]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).

Optimism overshadowed reports concerning Iraq

Editorial There’s a certain air of second-guessing from people who, quite frankly, are not in a strong position to be able to say “I told you so” in the 229-page report released Friday by the Senate Intelligence Committee on pre-Iraq war intelligence assessments made in January 2003. Only a few critics outside the political class [...]

U.S. lucky to have been led by George Washington

Editorial Think of an elected official everyone admires. It’s not so easy, is it? Now try George Washington. Twice unanimously elected by the Electoral College, the first U.S. president probably comes closest to universal admiration. Others like Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (either one), Kennedy and Reagan have sizable constituencies with axes to grind, or worse. First [...]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode [...]

Hounds have history of futility with Orediggers

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Phil Clabaugh would like to think his Eastern New Mexico University baseball team can build on last weekend’s season-opening four-game sweep at Sul Ross State. On the other hand, the Greyhounds open their home slate this weekend in a four-game set against Colorado School of Mines, and their history with [...]

Why we celebrate with black-eyed peas

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Hopefully as you read this you’ve got the Tournament of Roses Parade on your television, the lineup of football bowl games spread on the coffee table and a pot of black-eyed peas on the stove. I’ve never been too big on setting resolutions for the new year. Sure it’s a good [...]

Floyd fire probably contains heroes, lessons

Karl Terry: Managing Editor Wednesday was a day a lot of folks in Roosevelt County won’t soon forget. There’s no doubt the grass fire near Floyd was historic; it could have been tragic. As I drove to work Wednesday morning I noticed a strange-looking cloud to the northwest. The wind was starting to blow and [...]