Libertarianism offers contentment

Life. Family. Friends. Those are things that really matter. At least, to me. I hope those are the things that really matter to you, too, regardless of where you might place yourself on the political grid, or the antiquated (and never very accurate) “left/right” political spectrum. The reason I embraced libertarianism, after I discovered there […]

amos the churchmouse: bertie s holiday depression

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. bertie s holiday depression the other day boss iran across little bertiewoeworm – […]

Wind damages area property

Robin Fornoff The National Weather Service says it was just a really strong wind. But that won’t convince Leland Pool what hit his place in Roosevelt County was anything but a tornado. Pool said the storm around 8 p.m. Friday lasted about three minutes. In that time it tore the roof off a neighbor’s barn, […]

Marcelle and Ruby Go Shopping: A mother and daughter buy back-to-school duds that aren’t duds at all

Tricia Romano If there’s one thing about the new school year that kids love and parents don’t, it’s shopping for clothes. As children get into their tweens and teens, fashion and trends play a bigger part in their lives. But single mom Marcelle Karp, of New York City, satisfies her child’s sense of style without […]

Libertarians lead invisible life

In day-to-day life, being a libertarian really doesn’t attract any attention. We are pretty much invisible. We are the neighbors who mind our own business. We probably don’t have noisy parties but won’t call the cops about yours. We are the people who pick up the dropped keys for the person struggling with grocery bags. […]

No easy escape from financial crisis

Tea party conservatives have been told to accept their victory and go home. They really took it to President Barack Obama and all the old liberals in Congress, some contend. “The winner is the tea party,” said conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer on Fox News. “They have changed the debate in the country. I think they […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Lost something? Not my problem

Marla Jo Fisher If my kids were cast into an episode of the TV show “Lost,” they would have to stay that way. Forever. This is because I have a very firm rule in my house: I do not look for kid stuff. Period. Exclamation point. End of paragraph. Some people think this one is […]

Honesty really at center of dispute

There’s quite a battle going on in Wisconsin. Just like Tea Party members have protested legislation they don’t like, employees are protesting legislation they don’t like. Newly elected Gov. Scott Walker, bolstered by Republican majorities in the Legislature, is asking public employees to make financial concessions, and give up collective bargaining rights, to help the […]

No obligation to stick with job

Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Curry County employees really want a pay raise. Is there anyone who doesn’t? Even libertarian opinionizing isn’t as profitable as you might imagine (and yes, I’m being silly). There is no reason to feel an obligation to continue to work in a job that doesn’t pay what you think you are […]

Journalists should stay off payrolls

Is anyone really surprised that MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann gave contributions to three Democratic politicians? It’s hard to summon the kind of deep outrage that drove Olbermann, host of the cable channel’s top-rated “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” into a brief suspension. If you watch his show or listen to his frequent bloviating it becomes apparent […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Comfortable cows important to dairy owners

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Freedom new Mexico: Tony Bullocks Dairy cows on Greenfield Park Dairy are provided with special mats in the milking parlor, providing extra comfort to for the standing cows during milking. Argen Duncan Cows have regular pedicures. Really. Dairy owners use pedicures — hoof trimming — along with a variety of other methods to keep their […]

God truly deserving of our trust

Curtis Shelburne Who Do You Really Trust? By Curtis K. Shelburne

When God pours, we really should drink

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It is painfully ironic that while Jesus turned water to wine—and exquisitely fine wine, at that—his followers have been sadly successful in turning it back into water in a thousand ways. We have become perversely expert at such backward distilling. Our problem has not been a love affair with […]

Quality of service often overlooked

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist One of the greatest ways to end the old year, or begin the new, is to be handed a column idea that really works by someone who doesn’t even know they are doing it. So I would like to extend a big thank you to the hostess in a local […]

Letter to the Editor: Next step is to combat sun’s effects

Next step is to combat sun’s effects I have come to a new awareness that we really have global warming, and nowI know what is the singular most significant major contributor to this climatic change. As a result, I have a quick and fairly simple solution to this warming catastrophe. On a few recent days, […]

Fed’s claim of job creation poor wording

Freedom New Mexico Washington claims 640,000 to 1.5 million jobs have been created or saved by the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. With only about 15 percent of the money spent so far by those intended to receive it, at this rate America might implausibly end up with more new jobs than available workers. Has […]

We Really Need a Cell Phone Tooth Brush?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist I admit it: I’m a nerd. I love technology mainly because I love techno-gadgets. I know. Sometimes you’ve got to wonder about the practicality of some of the gadgets. Just because it’s possible to make a cell phone that doubles as a tooth brush, should we? Do we really […]

Missing my swamp…not really

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Some years in eastern New Mexico we can go all summer with just a handful of 100 degree-plus days. Apparently this isn’t going to be one of them. With a week nearly full of temperatures above the century mark what little rain we’ve received lately has been more than offset. […]

I have all that I really need

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist