65 years ago, America learned to pull together

By Freedom Newspapers Nearly every American who was alive at the time remembers what he or she was doing when the radio blasted out the news of a Japanese surprise attack on the United States at little-known Navy and Army bases in Hawaii. Support for war had been building in the country, but many believed […]

Liberty, not party label, what matters

By Freedom Newspapers While much of the obsession with today’s elections across the country is focused on whether the Democratic Party will regain control of Congress, a bigger issue looms. Yes, if Democrats should once again garner a majority in the House and/or Senate, the balance of power will shift somewhat. And there are a […]

First airplane to land in Portales, May 12, 1919

By Don McAlavy: local columnist The airplane under the active control of Lt. Smarling and Mechanic Johnson left Roswell Monday at exactly 9:30 a.m. and arrived at Portales at 10:30 a.m., the time of leaving Roswell having been wired to the stationmaster here, according to the Portales newspaper on May 12, 1919. The day was […]

Individual liberty does not come for free

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Among those of us who prize the protection of individual liberty as the primary public good, never to be sacrificed, the issue of eminent domain is troublesome. The reason is the same as with subpoenas. They both seem, at first sight, to be violations of our unalienable rights — to […]

U.S. has responsibility to keep liberty alive

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist The Foundation for Economic Education, located in Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., celebrated its 60th anniversary on May 6. On that occasion, the Foundation held its third annual Adam Smith Award Dinner, with ABC-TV award-winning correspondent John Stossel as master of ceremonies. I’m pleased to report that I was the recipient of this […]

First president’s policies paved way for U.S. freedom

Freedom Newspapers George Washington has become something of a mythical figure in our national consciousness, a distant and perhaps even dour personage. We may know that we’re supposed to revere him, but he was hardly cuddly. There is some truth in that image, which to some extent he himself cultivated. It is worth remembering, however, […]

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 […]

Local returns from Baghdad tour

Karl Terry Spc. James Montgomery, a member of the 126th Military Police, a National Guard Unit out of Albuquerque, is enjoying his first break from active duty in five months at his parents home in Portales. He is currently stationed at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. He says the sight of dirty streets with trash […]

Atheist tests

CNJ Editorial Well, here we go again. America’s most famous atheist, Michael Newdow, renewing his fight to get the Pledge of Allegiance banished from our public schools, has found a federal judge who agrees the “under God” part abridges the First Amendment. As a newspaper championing individual liberty, we first must affirm Newdow’s right not […]

Fooling around longtime spring tradition

By Jim Lee: Guest Columnist Since we survived Friday’s April Fools’ pranks, it’s time to look forward to the spring rebirth in our annual cycle. By the way, the first day of spring (two weeks ago today) and April Fools’ Day have much in common. April Fools’ Day, or All Fools’ Day, began in France […]