Debates can leave public well informed

Freedom New Mexico They called it a retreat. Fortunately, neither side seemed inclined to fall back. Observers say Friday’s exchanges between President Obama and Republican lawmakers were something they hadn’t seen in a long time, if ever. Obama and his political opponents engaged in lengthy debates over policies and politics at a GOP get-together in […]

Church provides MNF option

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kevin_wilson@link.freedom.com Seven days a week, the room with a few tables and chairs is called Fellowship Hall at Trinity United Methodist Church. For a few hours each Monday, it could also be called football central. Like they’ve done since 2008, a few people at the church are using the small room to give a different […]

Man stabbed at party

Freedom New Mexico An Albuquerque man is in stable condition at a Lubbock Hospital after being stabbed during a party at a Clovis residence Saturday. Police were called around 3 a.m. to the 100 block of Herb Street for a report of a fight in the street in front of a residence, records show. Capt. […]

Animal overpopulation serious concern

Not a day goes by that I do not receive a phone call from someone who needs help with an animal. In talking to the callers it is clear the so-called unseen epidemic of pet overpopulation is being seen in Clovis and the surrounding areas. The state Legislature appropriated funds that allowed the low-cost spay […]

Troop removal should be goal in Afghanistan

Freedom New Mexico Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew to Belgium early this month for what one headline called a “stealth” meeting. No reporters were invited on the trip, an unusual circumstance. The meeting included Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and other top military brass including Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Mike […]

Honduran politics aren’t U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico As foreign dramas go, the so-called coup in Honduras is one mind-twisting ordeal. The military removed President Manuel Zelaya from the presidency after he mandated a national referendum that would, ultimately, allow him to stay in office beyond the constitutionally prescribed term. Zelaya was elected as a moderate-conservative but lately has become […]

Editor’s love of western life shows in novels

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist A light went out in Clovis Wednesday morning, May 23, 1984 for William W. Southard, whom we called “Bill Southard.” He was a friend to many and a special inspiration to me, he died succumbing after a long and heroic struggle against that insidious and dreaded killer we call cancer. […]

An old-timer said it well in 1949

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist In 1949 at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Clovis High School, Cash Ramey was called on to make a few remarks. These are his words: “Way back yonder, 48 years ago this month, I came to Clovis. Clovis was a town about 100 people. “As I look over this […]

May 8 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 11 p.m. an officer responded to a residence in the 500 block of Gidding for a report of harassment. A woman said her former boyfriend had been calling her repeatedly, even though she asked him to stop. She said he had […]

Torture doesn’t necessarily bring out truth

Freedom New Mexico The release of the so-called “torture memos” last week, in response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, has renewed debate about whether torture, or “enhanced interrogation” was useful or justified as part of what officials then called the “war on terror.” The debate is healthy, but if we don’t learn something […]