Missions reflect truth in defense cuts

Where’s the peace dividend? American troops now are mostly out of Iraq. And their numbers are declining in Afghanistan, with about a third of the 98,000 troops scheduled to come home by summer. Yet, defense spending is not declining despite tough budget times and a federal deficit of $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2011-12. This [...]

Our freedoms were secured by Pilgrims

Freedom New Mexico Conscience is powerful human resource. A life lived in service to truth that abides in one’s conscience can transform lives and circumstances. And, as history sometimes witnesses, matters of conscience can make all the difference in the world to ordinary people forced into extraordinary choices. This is the Pilgrim’s journey and a [...]

Freedom basis of libertarianism

Libertarianism rests upon the answers to a few questions. Which is better: Freedom or slavery? Honest possession or theft? Truth or falsehood? For any random individual the answer might be “it depends”. For one thing, define “better.” Society prospers as individuals prosper. It is not right to make different rules for different people. This isn’t [...]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth [...]

The order of cars on this train matters

Curtis K. Shelburne Samuel Taylor Coleridge uttered profound truth when he warned, “He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.” It’s a matter of priority. It’s like the toy train you might set up around [...]

Concealing truth from God impossible

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Consider the word “hiding.” The word “hide” can be defined in several ways. During World War II, Irene Opdyke along with some other Jewish sympathizers carried supplies and staples to Jewish families hiding in a deep dugout in the thick woods of Poland to avoid capture by the Nazis. A baby [...]

Religion calendar — Sept. 17

Friday Spiritual Truth and Prayer Seminar — 6 p.m. on Sept. 24, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Nationally renowned speakers, John Martignoni and Tim Staples. $10 for non-members of the parish. Information: 575-317-8942 Saturday Coffee House Inter-denominational concert — 7 p.m., First Methodist Church on Sycamore Street. Every third Saturday of the month. Karaoke offered. Bring [...]

‘Nice’ Pharisees lack compassion

Curtis Shelburne We need to ponder long and often the particularly fascinating truth that our Lord Jesus was the sinless “friend of sinners.” “Sinners in denial,” Pharisees past and present, are seriously bothered by that. “Confessed sinners,” past and present, who know they fall terribly short, love him deeply for it. Only two types of [...]

Finding camping bag more complicated than it seems

Kevin Wilson The truth can change with the passage of time. But in this case, the truth has simply become stronger. Last week, I wrote about looking forward to my first time camping since sixth grade. It turns out I should have waited another week until I went shopping for camping equipment. The time has [...]

Catholic Church should revert to its teachings

Freedom New Mexico The best public relations campaigns are based in selfless compassion, truth and transparency. As a human organization with more than 1 billion members, the Catholic Church has an abundance of internal scandals in need of good PR. Pedophiles and pederasts have joined the priesthood and abused children, just as predators have become [...]