U.N. General Assembly serves as reminder that world is crazy place

Editorial The opening days of the United Nations’ General Assembly debate were unusually entertaining last week. Americans heard Iran’s militant Islamic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rant about the evils of Zionism and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez refer to President George W. Bush as the “devil.” Such colorful discussions among world leaders don’t take place every […]

Winning the global war still our number one priority

Gen. T. Michael Moseley To the Airmen of the United States Air Force We’re at a critical juncture for the united States Air Force and the Department of Defense – a transition period that will shape the Nation’s security for a generation or more. Tomorrow’s Air Force must be and will be more agile, more […]

Let North Korea’s neighbors play tough guy this time around

Editorial North Korea’s pitiful regime no doubt intended to get Washington’s attention by testing six missiles on July 4, beginning a few minutes after the launch of the space shuttle Discovery. It may turn out to have been a severe miscalculation, as is often the case when a government operates on bravado and testosterone rather […]

Retired teacher riding for local charities

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers As a retired math teacher, Darryl Petrak has always had an affinity for numbers and making them mean something. This summer is an extension of that, played out in a big trip on a little motorcycle to benefit Quay and Roosevelt county charities. Petrak is getting set to travel the […]

Eavesdropping illegal, wastes time and money

Editorial President Bush has tried to be reassuring in defending the National Security Agency program of electronic eavesdropping on telephone calls between people in the United States and possible terrorist suspects overseas that was disclosed last December: “One end of the communication must be outside the United States.” Along with many legal scholars, we are […]

Response to letter not enough; U.S. needs to talk to Iran

Editorial May you live in interesting times, goes the old Chinese curse. Judging by the sophomoric letter apparently sent by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush, we certainly live in interesting times. Iran and the United States — backed to some degree by most of Western Europe — are involved in a potentially deadly […]

Clovis marchers focus on unity

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Tonya Garner:Freedom Writer CLOVIS — The honking car horns could be heard for blocks, as a sea of white flowed through the streets of downtown Clovis on Monday morning. Hundreds of residents, wearing white to symbolize peace, marched in support of immigration reform. The group primarily waved American flags, but a few proudly flourished the […]

Struggle to immigrate sometimes long

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Growing up, Maria Valenzuela lived in a crowded adobe house with her family in Michoacan, Mexico. They shared one room and a kitchen in home with a dirt floor. She left the coastal city — rich in agricultural products but mired in poverty — for the United States at the […]

Clovis rally draws close to 400 supporters

Tonya Garner The group of 50 immigration rights supporters rapidly swelled to 400 Monday as they marched through Clovis. Many were wearing white as a sign of peace as they chanted “Si Se pueda,” which translates to “Yes, we can,” a rallying cry of Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers Union. The rally […]

Locals express concerns about immigration reform

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By Marlena Hartz This mild-weathered Saturday afternoon, business inside Juanito’s Mexican Food Restaurant is brimming. Customers chat over chips and salsa at tables, while others cluster in the lobby to be seated. The Clovis restaurant is a bright spot on Mabry Drive, with purple porch beams and window trim, a picture of a man in […]

Market rewards better safety incentive than government regulation

Editorial Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that government […]

Specifics may help Bush gain support for war in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy on Wednesday was disappointing on several levels. First, of course, was that it was long on chest-thumping bravado and short on actual strategy, let alone details. Even more disappointing is that it suggests the president seems to see “staying the course” and being seen as unwavering […]

Today we remember those who fought for us

Freedom Newspapers Today is Veterans Day, a time to honor all men and women who served in the United States armed forces. The United States always observes Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I. This year, of course, Nov. 11 happens to fall on a Friday and the […]

ENMU debates war in Iraq

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer One Eastern New Mexico University professor said George W. Bush’s decision to attack Iraq was based on oil. Another professor pointed to a history of the U.S. overthrowing governments. The arguments were part of a public forum on Monday evening on the ENMU campus to discuss the merits of […]

Cannon celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Airman Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs “The contributions of Hispanic Americans have made a positive impact on every part of our society. Americans of Hispanic descent are astronauts and athletes, doctors and teachers, lawyers and scientists. The vibrancy of our Nation’s Hispanic performers enriches music, dancing, and the arts. Hispanic Americans serve at […]

Summit leaders trying to instill hope, pride in young Latinos

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Hope. Latino leaders from around the United States traveled to Portales to try to instill that in the young Hispanics of New Mexico during the first Latino Summit on the Eastern New Mexico University campus on Friday. Approximately 500 high school students from Portales High School, Clovis High School, West […]

BRAC Analysis

Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite his plea not “to pull a thread out,” the base closing commission yanked away at Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s intricate plan to restructure military facilities. The nine-member commission endorsed Rumsfeld’s vision of repositioning the military to face future threats and his effort to streamline the Army, […]

U.S. needs to defuse conflicts instead of exacerbating them

Freedom Newspapers C hina and Japan have been feuding of late, with an estimated 10,000 protesters surrounding the Japanese embassy in Beijing over the weekend of April 9-10, shouting, “Be ashamed of distorting history.” The ostensible reason for Chinese anger is Japanese textbooks, not yet officially adopted, that downplay Japanese war crimes during the World […]

Kyrgyzstan’s government construction will always have north-south split

Freedom Newspapers The coup d’etat or whatever has occurred in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan has developed so quickly that even opposition leaders don’t seem to have been prepared for assuming power. More than a welling up of democratic impulses, however, what appears to be happening is a redistribution of the power and wealth […]

April 1 Letter to the Editor

My old pal Noam Chomsky wrote, “The United States is unusual if not unique in the lack of restraints on freedom of expression. It is also unusual in the range and effectiveness of the methods employed to restrain freedom of thought.” In other words, Ye may babble, but don’t dare to think. If diplomacy is […]