Rams dominate Wingate in opener

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Daniel Boan flips in a layup in the second quarter of Friday’s game against Wingate. Boan had eight points in Portales’ 52-37 win. Portales (6-7) faces Artesia in an 8 p.m. game to close out the Portales Shootout. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — In what turned out to be […]

Fight for human liberty takes vigilance

By Tibor Machan At year’s end, after columns and commentaries galore lamenting the state of contemporary society with respect to the slow growth and frequent setbacks on the road to individual liberty, it’s worth asking whether an attitude of pessimism or optimism is warranted. These attitudes are, unlike, say, hope or anxiety, capable of being […]

Rams turn back Steers in tourney

Freedom Newspapers SHALLOWATER, Texas — A balanced effort gave Portales its first win of the season, a 50-39 win over Farwell in the consolation bracket of the Shallowater Shootout. Portales (1-2) plays against Lubbock Cooper today in the 1 p.m. (MST) fifth-place game at Shallowater High School. “They’re really young,” Portales coach Mark Gallegos said […]

Cannon supporters vow to keep fighting

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Hundreds of people stood along Commerce Way, waving and holding signs as BRAC commissioners passed by under police escort. Photo is from a KOB-TV news helicopter. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility […]

Lady Cats not satisfied with effort

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Clovis’ Tori Northcutt, left, and Cibola’s Holli Ward hit the floor over a loose ball during the second half of Friday’s game at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Clovis defeated Cibola 64-46. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer Clovis coach Miles Watters’ voice was laced with annoyance. He produced a laundry list of […]

Politics about limitation of government

By Tibor Machan California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who led the effort of the Democrats in Congress to hold up confirmation of the Electoral College vote last week, claimed the absolutely core principle of America is democracy. Because, she claimed, the past two presidential elections had threatened the democratic process, it was necessary to call attention […]

Common senses key in invasive species discussion

Freedom Newspapers A recently announced federal effort to eradicate so-called invasive species, if not taken to absurd lengths, is probably a good thing. But a lot of things are taken to absurd lengths in America, so we worry. There’s no question that exotic, non-native plants and animals have huge potential for remaking the landscape, frequently […]

Behind the scenes: Plastic dolls not picture perfect

by John Manulis: “Believe in Me” producer By now I’m sure you’ve gotten the sense that a significant part of our movie revolves around the basketball games/crowd scenes. You’ve heard how important it is to us to have strong community participation in these scenes, as we exhort you via radio, newspaper, fliers and even bullhorns […]

College deserves F for grading system

By Walter Williams Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., enforces an academic policy that defies belief. Say I’m a freshman taking your class in biology. I learn little from your lectures, assigned readings and homework. I do attend class every day, take notes and manage to average 40 percent on the graded work for the semester. […]

U.S. doesn’t need to become further embroiled in Haiti

Freedom Newspapers From a certain perspective it could be tempting in certain circles in Washington to intervene in this latest crisis in Haiti. Prudence, experience and a realistic assessment of what the United States is likely to be able to accomplish there, however, argue in favor of restraint. It’s not that the Haitians themselves are […]

Bush effort is a start to reopening immigration talks

President Bush’s new proposal on immigration has at least one virtue. It represents an effort to confront — and begin an open discussion about — an immigration system that is clearly not working. Whether you think immigration should be more restricted or less restricted, the fact that 8 million to 12 million people are in […]

Lady Cats beat Lovington

CNJ STAFF LOVINGTON — Clovis coach Miles Watters was pleased with the effort. The execution, he said, will come. Sophomore point guard Tori Quintana led a balanced attack with 17 points and senior post Monique Walker added 12 as the Lady Wildcats opened their season Tuesday with a 59-43 win over Lovington. “I think the […]

Administration needs specific goals for Iraq

Freedom Newspapers The Bush administration has a daunting task ahead as it tries to rally renewed support for U.S. policy in Iraq. It will continue to be daunting until the administration is more explicit about what its goals and strategies are. Virtually every day brings stories of U.S. casualties and wavering morale, which might turn […]