Trusting God gives peace

Do you dread an airplane trip, especially after hearing about a crash reported on the nightly news? When the phone rings in the middle of the night, do you imagine the worst before you ever pick up the receiver? Do you envision all sorts of physical maladies while waiting for the doctor’s test results? If [...]

My turn: One more for the road

It was the best of limes; it was the worst of limes. That’s bad, but how does one begin a farewell food column? As many of you may know, I’ve left Portales to take a reporter position at the Rio Rancho Observer. Thanks to those who contributed recipes, made comments or simply read the column, [...]

Monday morning briefing: A new trail, campus compass and the worst disaster

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some of the most important news of the day. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday morning briefing: New recreation Clovis is hosting a ribbon cutting for the Goodwin Lake Trails 10 a.m. Tuesday at 3205 N. Prince St. It’s open to the public…and feel free to [...]

My turn: Age not factor for honor

Freedom New Mexico The Oscar Awards media coverage was bothersome and not because of the best and worst dressed picks. It was what they said about Best Screenplay Writer, David Seidler, who won for “The King’s Speech.” They called Seidler a late-bloomer because his first golden statuette came in his mid-70s. What a flawed cultural [...]

Landlines, phonebooks failproof

Kevin Wilson Of all of the messages I hate to see on my phone, the worst one comes from … the phone itself. The weekend was rough on me, even before we consider the Texas Rangers ballclub I’ve followed since the early 1990s. There were high points, but the low point had to be my [...]

Don’t let fear rule your life

When a cowboy gets the worst of a horseback wreck he straightens his hat, dusts off his britches and gets back on the horse. When someone asks, “Are you hurt?” he laughs, points to his body part that hit the ground first — usually his rear end — and says, “Nah … landed on my [...]

Believe hype behind Wooden

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Some of the worst stories I’ve ever read were about John Wooden. Thanks to Wade Fraze, one of the best is too. Regarded as college basketball’s greatest coach, Wooden died two Fridays ago at 99. He won 620 games and 10 national titles, including seven in a row. For comparison, [...]

Officials hoping flu outbreak has passed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Gripped by a flu outbreak with assessment tests scheduled this week, local school officials are crossing their fingers and hoping the worst of the outbreak has passed. “It’s been pretty bad, we’ve had a lot of students and faculty out with it,” said Randy Fowler, Portales Schools superintendent. “I’ve [...]

Bad writers provide source of entertainment

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Like many aspiring writers, I turn to the works of some of the most brilliant writers of our time for inspiration. I also turn to some of the worst writers of our time for inspiration — or at least for consolation, knowing that my writing couldn’t be any worse. Every [...]