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, [...]