Girls over 50 just want to have fun

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers There are no rules. No dues. No committees. No officers. No charity work. No men allowed. No set meeting dates. No actual meetings or parliamentary procedure. And absolutely no responsibilities. The only requirements to be a member of the Red Hat Society is you must be a woman age 50 […]

Who You Are Is Not the Same as What You Can Do

By Curtis K. Shelburne What I am about to say is not particularly profound, but it is as true as the Law of Gravity, which I suppose is simple enough in its own way, too. But if you forget about the Law of Gravity and if you forget the truth of this simple fact you’re […]

Breast cancer — Early detection can save lives

By Michelle Seeber Former Portales resident Charles Meister lost his sister Marilyn (Meister) Emanuel to breast cancer on Dec. 5, 1988. She was a second-grade school teacher in Chandler, Ariz., and only 41 years old. She left two sons behind: Glen, 17, and Greg, 13. She lived only two years after she was diagnosed with […]

Closing newspaper in Iraq hypocritical

Freedom Newspapers Let us dispense with all the high-falutin’ talk about assuring democracy and freedom of speech in Iraq. U.S. forces recently took control of a newspaper office in Baghdad, padlocked the doors and sent the editors packing. Iraqi administrator Paul Bremer signed the order, which, according to The New York Times, “cited what the […]

Minorities make ‘gay marriage’ an issue

By Thomas Sowell The problem with the “gay marriage” issue is that the more fundamental issue is not gay marriage. The real issue is who should decide such issues — that is, what kind of country and what kind of government do we have or want to have? What does democracy mean if any headstrong […]

60 Minutes and Evangelical Christian Theology

By Curtis Shelburne It has been a good while now since our church’s program of teaching included a Sunday evening service. In fact, we try pretty hard NOT to program much on Sunday evenings at all, so that this little section of the week actually becomes for our folks, if not a “day of rest,” […]

Some bills we don’t hear about, thankfully

Ned Cantwell It’s not just long lunches at posh restaurants, glittering cocktail receptions, nifty little favors from fawning lobbyists. No, sir, when our duly elected representatives and senators gather in Santa Fe for their annual talkathon, it’s crunch time. Evidence? More than 1,000 bills have been introduced for consideration of both chambers. One thousand bills. […]

Reader disagrees with columnist on gays

From time to time, columnist Leonard Pitts expresses good ideas. However, his Wednesday column was possibly emotionally appealing to some, but lacking in rationality. The fact something “is” seldom justifies what it “ought” to be. There is corruption in politics, but I strongly deny it ought to be that way. There is immorality in some […]

Cancer aid activist honored

By Jack King Margaret “Bobbie” West has received the American Cancer Society’s national St. George Award for her 52-year-long involvement in the work of the cancer society in De Baca County. West, a resident of the Laurel Ridge nursing home in Clovis, is a longtime resident of Fort Sumner. The award was presented to her […]

Russia’s election practices preclude name ‘democracy’

Freedom Newspapers White House officials viewed election results in Russia with mild alarm, murmuring without attribution of a “retreat from democracy.” What the election results demonstrated, however, was that democracy is not enough. Democracy is simply a way of choosing rulers. For people to have a fighting chance of living in a decent society, it […]