Elected officials fail to represent

Elected officials fail to represent If an 800-pound gorilla actually existed, it might represent the uneasily plausible political belief that with regard to big-picture economics and long-term issues of war and peace, the average person has almost no influence. But the 400-pound version in the room is real, and to me represents the pretty obvious […]

Cannon airmen aim for big losses

USAF: 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine Justin Garrison, manager of the Clovis GNC store, offers coupons and product samples to participants at the Cannon’s Biggest Loser kickoff Jan. 10 at the base fitness center. GNC sponsors the competition, in which teams of four compete in a six-week program for total weight loss. Prizes will be awarded […]

Education column: Parkview elementary gets tech upgrade

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Parkview Elementary has begun embracing technology in a big way. Principal Christi Richards has set about equipping all her classrooms with needed technologies in this school of approximately 500 students. Between new equipment purchases and rounding up little used equipment available elsewhere in the district, she’s loading classrooms with technology and training teachers […]

Obamacare suffers first big setback

Freedom New Mexico A U.S. district judge in Virginia, Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled Monday that the individual coverage mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 — otherwise known as the new federal health care law, or Obamacare — is unconstitutional. That is a sound decision, but […]

Cartoons can’t fight child abuse

Kevin Wilson Monday was a big study day for my friend, so I told her not to expect any texts for me throughout the day. That way, she could get out of the library sooner. She upped the offer, and I caved. “This is my Facebook password,” she said. “Change it, and don’t tell me […]

Halloween festivals more fun

Karl Terry Trick-or-treating was a big part of the fall season when I was a kid but the annual Fun Festival at L.L. Brown Elementary School was a fall classic. When I was trick-or-treat age we lived in the country and so that activity wasn’t as big for us as it was for city kids […]

Thursday morning briefing: Play day, a big band and prohibition begins

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Play day Big Brother Big Sisters Big Day of Play is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Food, games, entertainment, costume contest, pumpkin carving and prizes. The event is free. Information: 742-3337 Meg Sadau. Question of the day What’s the most […]

Wednesday morning briefing: A sneak peek, sweet business and a Red scare

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Video of the day Local folks are Joking Around. Kitchen tip of the week Roll out pie crusts between wax paper for easier placement on pie plate. ENMU preview Eastern New Mexico University’s “Green and Silver View” preview day for high school seniors is […]

Monday morning briefing: A big winner, 4-H and Facebook

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Big winner You might know Lynnae Allen of the Melrose 4-H Club if you attended the Curry County Fair. You couldn’t hardly miss her…she had entries in 85 categories, including baking, sewing, canning, posters and housing interiors. She’s the fair’s 2010 sweepstakes winner. Website […]

Maguire hopes to lead Zias back to success

CNJ staff Earlier this summer, Eastern New Mexico University volleyball coach Mike Maguire might have been ready to predict a big season for the Zias. Then injuries and a couple of defections hit. Now, the projections are a bit lower. “A winning record,” Maguire said when asked what would constitute success. “That might be asking […]

August weather hotter than average

Kevin Wilson A few degrees, and a little bit of humidity, makes a big difference. It’s not a surprise that it’s hot. In August. In New Mexico. However, Clovis and Portales are experiencing a heat wave in which the average high for the first 15 day so August has been more than 3 degrees warmer […]

Politicians leave citizens big bill

Tibor Machan My favorite place to live in America is California. But don’t get me wrong — one size does not fit all. And how wonderful that is, that people differ so much that they could be quite happy living in very different places. I love this since it helps to confirm my individualist position […]

Yard sale-ing has rules

It was Saturday morning and I was deftly shooting through the streets, handling the four-door family car like a Formula 1 racer at Le Mans, hurrying to the next big yard sale. I had the situation under control. The Lady of the House saw it differently. “Playing ‘chicken’ with my car again?” She asked, giving […]

Press release: Senator discusses Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act, Kagan nomination and clean energy legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the Environment and Public Works Committee mark up of The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010. He also discussed the national effort to encourage volunteerism in New Mexico’s communities and gave comments on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the […]

Those without frozen cats shouldn’t judge

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” I announced […]

Left big fan of public funding

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist It looks like the way the Right despises ACORN, the Left does the Tea Party. It may not even be so much about their political stances, although that is part of it for sure. It is sad, though, that supporters of Obama had no problem with — indeed were proud […]

Big Brother has enough snooping powers already

Freedom Newspapers Big Brother wants to watch you more closely. Especially how you spend your money. His latest snooping plan comes from provisions in the banking bill being debated in the Senate. The bill is being pushed by Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Among other things, the bill is supposed […]

Big Give brings Cannon, local community together

By Liliana Castillo: Cannon Connections About 100 Cannon Air Force Base airmen and family members spent April in the community working in hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters, cleaning graffiti and more. The community service is part of the Big Give project. The project is a way for airmen to be involved in the community, Project […]

Thursday briefing: Win a snake, happy Earth Day and big winds coming

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. Stupid pet tricks Pet Parade video shoot is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4-Ever Pets in Portales. The pet store is providing hot dogs, drinks, and chips. They’re also raffling away a snake. Website of the day Follow the progress of Clovis’ Isaac Godwin […]

Education column: Census event family fun

By Penny Bailey: Education columnist Have you ever been at an event and found yourself with a big grin on your face, and you didn’t even realize it? Well, that is what happened to me the other night when I visited Lockwood Elementary School. As I approached the campus, I could see and smell smoke […]