Keep government out of holidays

Merry Christmas! I hope you can take some time to appreciate all you have, and that you can spend the holiday however it brings you the most joy. I also hope you’ll allow others the same liberty. The winter solstice probably gave our prehistoric ancestors hope because the days which had been growing shorter finally […]

Cell phone ban distracts from true danger

The Nanny State is wagging its finger at us again. This time it’s the National Transportation Safety Board, which wants to ban all use of cellphones by drivers — even the “hands-free” kind that are increasingly popular — supposedly to cut down on traffic accidents. Many new cars even come with Bluetooth devices that automatically […]

PHS students gearing up for performance

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Alisa Boswell Portales High School students are gearing up for their second time performing the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” which will be performed at the Lyceum Theatre in Clovis this weekend. Theater teacher Bill Strong said the students did a wonderful job their first time around, but attendance was down due to other […]

Salvation Army donations slightly lower than same time last year

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Kevin Wilson With roughly two weeks to go before Christmas, the Salvation Army’s local Empty Stocking Fund effort is slightly lower than its performance from the same time last year. Maj. Rachel Gallop of the Salvation Army said as of 5 p.m. Friday $2,300 had been collected, mostly from kettle donations in front of area […]

Thursday morning briefing: A truck pull, bright lights and free trade

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Muscle time Southwest Cheese is hosting a Moo-ve It truck pull fundraiser 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Curry County Events Center. Teams of 15 members each test their strength by attempting to pull a truck. All proceeds benefit United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]

Lawmakers paint brighter Legislature picture

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor What a difference a year makes. This time around the tone from lawmakers is radically different than it was just a year ago, as they tune up for a January budgeting session of the Legislature. “Last year we started at $240 million in the hole and were in some […]

Real spirit of Christmas easy to catch

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist During this time of year, it’s so easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. It’s also not that hard to rediscover it. I remember one Christmas, when I lived in Abilene, Texas, and my daughter Laura wanted a Barber Shop Cash Register. I called Wal-Mart Supercenter. They […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A recital, meet the lawmakers and some old time music

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Recital set Eastern New Mexico University will host the junior recital of Franklin Piland at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 575-562-2377. Meet the lawmakers […]

Parade time in Clovis, Muleshoe

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Benna Sayyed It’s Christmas parade time — weather permitting — Saturday in Clovis and Muleshoe. The season’s first major wintry blast was set to arrive Friday, but KVII-TV MeteorologistSteve Kersh said conditions will be improving by parade time, especially in Clovis. “There may be a few flurries blowing in behind the departing storm system (Saturday) […]

Seeking local discussion on liberty

While liberty is a full-time passion of mine, writing about it is merely a part-time urge. A pretty strong urge that will not be ignored, but one which can be delayed when necessary. Life is usually pretty full of other things, which tend to get in the way of things I plan to write about; […]