Libertarian ideals still hold up

I am constantly re-examining my beliefs and principles. All of them, not just libertarianism. I try to look at them from every possible angle and twist them inside-out to see if there is a possibility I could be wrong and libertarianism isn’t the most ethical philosophy that has ever been created for relating to all […]

McGee: This isn’t ‘Leave it to Beaver’ world anymore

I would’ve liked to have spent afternoons between Christmas and New Year’s Days kicking back and watching movies and napping but ‘twas not to be. The Lady of the House and I spent the time rebuilding our backyard fence. The night after Christmas someone rounded our street corner too fast, rammed through our fence and […]

Officials: Economic improvement will be slow-paced

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Thomas Siems, director of economic outreach for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, talks to Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students and community members about economy Wednesday afternoon at the university. Three Federal Reserve Bank officials gave presentations on their economical studies. Alisa Boswell Economic improvement for the U.S. […]

Weekly update — Oct. 23

County manager not subject of investigation About the only thing Curry County officials are saying is: There is an investigation and County Manager Lance Pyle isn’t the subject. Pyle was excluded from most of an executive session Tuesday that followed the county commission meeting at Melrose City Hall, then asked to attend for a few […]

It isn’t Amazon that’s acting with greed

Freedom New Mexico How perverse is it when wanting to keep money that you’ve earned is considered being greedy? Amazon, the online retail giant, has been castigated for not collecting sales taxes in states where it has no physical presence, and therefore no legal requirement to do so. Nevertheless, critics would have us believe Amazon […]

Ranchers say USDA not giving insurance payments

Argen Duncan A number of New Mexico ranchers say the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t giving them the insurance payments they paid for and need. Last year, the USDA Risk Management Agency offered a pilot program in which ranchers in New Mexico and other states could work with private insurance companies to buy policies they […]

House GOP should make Obama blink

Freedom New Mexico This isn’t time to go wobbly. Republicans in the House of Representatives need to maintain their discipline of standing firm against any tax increases in a deficit-reduction bill. The “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill the House approved Tuesday likely will stall in the Senate. But it provides the basis of a budget […]

Family source of ideas

L ife isn’t just one big bowl of cherries for a small town newspaper columnist. Some weeks it just doesn’t pay to hand in your copy. This week could be one of those weeks. Someone once told me to write about what you know and it’ll be easy. Writing about what I know leaves me […]

Paperbacks offer new take on bible

If Sunday isn’t the best day to discuss my religious library, let she who has the worst arm cast the first stone. Thanks to my cousins, Chef Juandel and The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy, and me repeatedly joining the Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) — and faithfully completing the introductory requirements before canceling and re-joining — […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]