Elfers, Dollie

Dollie Opal Elfers, 94, of Clovis died Friday, April 8, 2005, at the Retirement Ranch. She was born on July 12, 1910, in Stith, Texas, to John Henry and Annie Lizza Stewart Berry. She married Alva Ford Elfers on Oct. 12, 1942. Family members said the greatest joys in her life were her children, grandchildren […]

Emerging civil society could be first step to peace

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

Prepackaged news crosses line into propaganda

Freedom Newspapers There’s been a flurry of concern recently about the use of “video news releases” by federal government agencies and by the Schwarzenegger administration in California. These taped presentations of information with a spin are packaged like a TV news report and sometimes are used by local TV stations in ways that blend seamlessly […]

Society has fascination with celebrities

By Ned Cantwell Journalists never stop wondering what makes a reader pause and actually read a news story. Why, just then, did he put down the remote clicker and zone in on the CNN report? Some of the answer is obvious, of course. When nature proves no terrorist organization can match its wrath, the whole […]

‘Ownership’ means taking responsibility

Freedom Newspapers The “Ownership Society” seems poised to make a comeback, just in time for the president’s second term. Some might remember the Ownership Society: It made a brief appearance during last fall’s campaign, as the president and his handlers took a half-hearted stab at what the elder George Bush once called “the vision thing,” […]

Where do you stand in times of controversy?

Freedom Newspapers “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King III is today 8 years older than his father was when he was assassinated at age 39 in 1968. But even as the younger King ages, his father’s cause of racial […]

Digressing moral values only beginning

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” Nicollette Sheridan’s towel malfunction and naked leap into the arms of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens in a promotion before ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” and the recent Detroit Pistons/Indiana Pacers game melee are just the most recent signs of a new culture that has emerged […]

Cooper, Bonnie

Bonnie Cooper Services: Have been held. Bonnie Marie Cooper, 76, of Cathedral City, Calif., died Friday Oct. 22, 2004, in Palm Desert, Calif. She was born on June 14, 1928, in Rotan, Texas, to Samuel and Addie Cook. She moved to Portales at an early age. She graduated from Portales High School in 1948. She […]

Moore’s movie unabashed propaganda

by Tibor Machan After finally seeing “Fahrenheit 9/11,” I am convinced those on the Left should all become libertarians. That is the only consistent position for them, given their view of government, namely as a gang of easily bought and paid off thugs. Moore’s movie — and it isn’t a documentary but an unabashed propaganda […]

America needs to regain ‘personal responsibility’

Freedom Newspapers In the Old West, the word “regulator” had a variety of meanings. Often applied to range detectives hired by large ranchers to put a stop to cattle rustling, the word also was used for vigilante groups and sometimes even the rustlers themselves. Regulators, when working as private law enforcement officers, sometimes operated in […]