Newspapers rewarding business

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Someone recently said, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if you would write a column telling about some of your exciting newspaper experiences?” And I said, “Gee, what a great idea!” You well know that conversation never took place but you also know what’s coming. Actually, the column idea springs from a recent story in the […]

Authorities seek vandals

Freedom New Mexico Authorities are searching for whoever drove through two New Mexico pumpkin patches and caused $4,500 in damages just weeks before Halloween. Curry County deputies say someone drove through a fence Tuesday night in Curry County and damaged the pumpkin patch and corn maze at Davis Farms. Two nights later, someone did the […]

My turn: Not going to pay your way

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What do you do when someone approaches you in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They need money to go to Albuquerque or somewhere and have run out of gas and don’t have money? That’s a typical line. I get annoyed. I wonder why they’re traveling broke. Do they expect others to finance their trip? At least […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

Party lines Facebook of my time

They called them party lines way back when. Today when I mention a party line most people under 40 would think I was talking about one of those 1-900 numbers where women talk dirty to you. Occasio-nally someone on the party line would talk dirty to you but it was just because you were interrupting […]

Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

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Lisa McLeod Most people don’t like conflict. It feels risky and time consuming. They’re either afraid of it or they don’t want to expend the energy to deal with it. The problem is, avoiding conflict doesn’t work either. It doesn’t reduce tension, if anything, it escalates it. A reluctance to deal with conflict is hugely […]

Society can’t be victim of crime

Often when the impact of increasing liberty is being discussed, especially with regard to things some people resist on moral grounds (such as ending the criminalization of prostitution, drug prohibition, regulation of gambling, etc.), someone will claim that victimless crimes actually do have a victim: Society. What is a victim and what is society? A […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

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, […]

Libertarianism true love of freedom

How does a kid grow up in a deeply conservative background, and become libertarian? Probably by taking those teachings to heart and realizing there can be no double standards without compromising the principles he was taught. By internalizing the lesson that if someone is doing something you believe they shouldn’t be doing — unless they […]