Libertarians not anti-government

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Recently in this column, which as of this week I have now been writing for a year (party hats and balloons all around!), I have been addressing the misconceptions I have heard repeated about libertarians. I think it’s important to understand your libertarian neighbors, rare though we may seem at […]

Musical legacy left behind

Music has lots of ways of connecting people, sometimes when we least suspect it. After writing a newspaper column for close to 25 years I’ve learned not to fight it when a good topic comes along. Sometimes they don’t come seeking my muse at all, the good Lord and my editor know only too well. […]

Our people: Mayhem on her mind

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Donita Massy Privett: Courtesy photo Darynda Jones of Portales enjoys writing characters who people are interested in reading about. Portales resident Darynda Jones has been writing toward publication for nine years. She realized her goal when on Feb. 1 her first book “First Grave on the Right” was published. The book, the first of a […]

Give people power to govern selves

Tibor Machan I have been writing in favor of gridlocks for some time, at least as a second-best option to the one where the government is in the hands of an administration committed to limited powers. I wasn’t thrilled with the outcome last week that sent Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer, among others, back to […]

Letter to the editor: Border would benefit from wall

Border would benefit from wall For some time now I have been trying to light a fire under the national media and one senator by writing them letters pertaining to our immigration problem … and it is a big problem. My plan to correct the situation is not my own, but has been proven to […]

Education column: Technology aids in education

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy It was in a middle school classroom that I recently saw the writing on the wall … literally. Energetic history teacher Brandi Thomas, at Yucca Middle School, carried a wireless digital tablet (about the size of a clipboard) around her classroom, and as she wrote on it, the writing appeared on the large […]

For Christians, name means security, eternity

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist On the day I am writing this column I also heard that a tropical depression is forming in the Gulf of Mexico. If its winds get to a certain point, this will turn to a hurricane and the hurricane’s name will be Alex. Alex is the first of the season. As […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Valencia Elementary School teacher Becky Duran said her fantasy dinner party wouldn’t include celebrities. “I’m very down to earth,” she said. Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach […]

Columnist follows signs, returns to writing

By Grant McGee: Local columnist In August 2008 I wrote what I thought was my last column for Freedom New Mexico. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise … I’m back. I never said I’d never be back. I closed my last column with simply, “That’s it … for now.” There were a number of reasons I stopped […]

Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, […]

Always appreciative of feedback

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Writing has always come easy to me. Sometimes research and fact checking haven’t been as natural. A good example of that was last week’s column about animated movies. It was easy to write and came together quickly. Several people told me they enjoyed it and agreed with me. Several wrote […]

Federal reports not reliable source

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The morning of this writing, I woke to a lengthy report by NASA showing alleged imminent disaster from climate changes. The report states unequivocally that some huge percentage of the change is human induced, although nothing shown demonstrates or supports this claim. The time line of many of […]

Historian considers fates of citizens

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Here I am in 2009 at age 77, still kicking and writing columns for the Clovis News Journal. Last week I found some old obituaries and they were all from 1977. Now why is that? I’m 77 and they all died in ’77? There was Ross P. Almoney, 62, born […]

PRESS RELEASE – Eastern NM Water Utility Authority Legislation

Dear Stakeholders, I am writing to thank you for your past support of the Eastern NM Rural Water System (Ute Pipeline Project).

In God we trust — not in us

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I am writing this column on January 4. Christmas is almost over. It’s not over on December 26, which is only the second of the “twelve days of Christmas,” which was a season before it was a song. I’m whistling in the wind, I know, but I prefer to stand […]

Obama’s modern ways overlooked

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist The curse of writing a column for Nov. 5 when Nov. 4 isn’t over means I have no election day results. In their place, I offer two final election thoughts: • Not nearly enough attention was given this season to the Barack Obama campaign and its use of new communications […]

Politicians aren’t miracle makers

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Any time I run across some piece of writing that contains the assertions that the world, especially the United States, has been in the grips of market fundamentalism or the doctrine of laissez-faire capitalism, I tend to drop everything and pen a firm response. It’s a lie, nothing […]

Hollywood writers have right idea

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Didn’t think the Writer’s Guild of America strike in Hollywood would affect you? Well, in support of my fellow writers, who I’m sure are likewise grossly underpaid and underappreciated for their sarcasm and — occasionally intellectually profound words of wisdom — this local columnist is joining them on the picket […]

First impressions from Mbale, Uganda

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As I’m writing from Mbale, Uganda, my problem is not that I don’t have enough to write about; it’s much the opposite.   We’ve been in Africa for just three days. We’re barely out of the jet-lag doldrums, much less qualified to hold a serious opinion or draw any […]

Even worst writers can be winners

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 […]