Domestic violence calls suddenly increase

By Sharna Johnson: Freedm New Mexico Whether it’s the strained economy, the holidays, population changes or something else area law enforcement leaders can’t be certain. But what they do know is they are seeing an increase in domestic violence calls in recent months. In Clovis, calls for assistance in domestic disputes have risen moderately. In […]

Differences can exist, but civility must win

Freedom New Mexico Regardless of whether your musical tastes ran to “Yes We Can” or “Raising McCain” this election, there’s one song you weren’t likely to hear on the 2008 campaign trail: “Kum Ba Yah.” Things got rough and tumble in a few places this year, not only in the White House race but also […]

Rock icon Buddy Holly immortalized in cheddar

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By Eric Butler, PNT Correspondent Whether Buddy Holly ever had positive feelings toward the Green Bay Packers is a matter of conjecture. But one thing’s for sure now: Buddy is a cheese head. Throughout the Clovis Music Festival, a block of cheese carved into the likeness of Holly will be displayed in the entrance of […]

City officials talk finance

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s the Hull Street overpass, the Portales wastewater plant or a patch of Tucumcari Boulevard, chances are something needs replacing in a New Mexico community. Infrastructure needs bond cities large and small, and local dignitaries are taking advantage of the New Mexico Municipal League conference to seek solutions. […]

Everything can’t be mind construction

By Tibor Machan A central topic of philosophy throughout the ages has been whether human beings can trust their minds, including their sensory awareness and thinking. Skepticism about this has been a major challenge and many from Socrates to Ayn Rand and John Searle have responded with more or less elaborate arguments defending our capacity […]

The horse, of course, must be compatible

Most children love horses, whether or not they’ve ever been on one. They love stories about horses, too. “My Friend Flicka,” “Black Beauty” and “The Black Stallion” come quickly to mind along with the classic Zane Grey novel, “Wildfire.” Most of us know and love Will James’ many books about horses, also. Lest we think […]

Military acts to reduce mental health stigma

By Anita Doberman I asked my husband and some of his military friends whether they would seek mental health counseling. Ninety-nine percent, including hubby, answered with a resounding “no.” Military men and women don’t willingly pick up the phone and ask for a referral to a psychologist or counselor. Seeking help this way is perceived […]

U.S.-prompted peace talks may not be answer

Editorial Considering the discouraging history and circumstances, it was an accomplishment to get representatives from 40 countries, including most of the relevant Arab nations, to sit down for a day just to talk about the possibility of a Palestinian-Israeli settlement. And if the real point was to use the meeting to give Sunni Arab countries […]

Satellite radio companies should be allowed to merge

Editorial Satellite radio has been a godsend to American music and sports fans who have felt marginalized by the relentless consolidation of the companies behind the traditional broadcast signals. Now, inevitably, consolidation of the two largest providers may be the only way to preserve the options that industry provides. XM, with 7.6 million subscribers, and […]

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 […]

Executive branch must base plans on reality

Editorial The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with a way […]

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 […]

Hussein’s trial should be least important aspect

Freedom Newspapers There’s a certain satisfaction in seeing a brutal tyrant like Saddam Hussein in the judicial dock, on trial for one of the outrageous crimes he committed against the Iraqi people. Ted Carpenter, vice president for defense policy and foreign affairs at the libertarian Cato Institute, said Saddam’s trial has the potential to be […]

Writing speaks about people, says local woman

Michelle Seeber Handwriting analysis can be an in-depth, life-long study or entertainment. That’s how Carol Durepos, 67, of Clovis views it. She has studied the art since 1983, she said. “Handwriting can convey health, drunkenness, drug abuse, or whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert,” Durepos said Sunday at the Main ARTeri, an […]

Jury undecided in vehicular homicide case

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com The jury in the vehicular homicide trial of Harry L. Downey recessed without a verdict Thursday night after more than two hours of deliberations. Debates about basic facts and the interpretations of those facts have been frequent since the trial began in the courtroom of […]