1919 dirt road journey covered 639.3 miles

By Don McAlavy: Curry historian You’ll never believe this: a route book from Fort Worth, Texas, to Las Vegas, N.M., by way of Clovis, 639.3 miles of dirt roads in 1919. The route book was published by the Board of City Development of Plainview, Texas, and they called this aforementioned road the F.F.F. Highway. They […]

Every profession can have bad seeds

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist As I was channel surfing the other night, I went past one broadcast channel on which I saw and heard the following sentence uttered by a young woman: “He was a businessman so he would do anything to turn a profit.” I caught a glimpse of the name and it […]

Moody planetarium hosts holiday shows

Freedom Newspapers Need a day trip diversion for the week between Christmas and New Year? The Moody Planetarium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock has a couple of special holiday programs going on through Jan. 8 that could just fill the bill for the whole family. A little science mixed with the […]

Time marked on highway of life

Grant McGee It’s time for bifocals. At least that’s what the eye doctor told me last week. My distance vision is still pretty good with my glasses on but my close vision is shot. People have been giving me a hard time about it anyway. “Why are you wearing your glasses like an old man?” […]

Let’s keep Friday the 13th under control

Bob Huber In case you didn’t notice, we had a Friday the 13th this month. To put it in a more scholarly manner, it behooves us to utilize the Freedom of Information Act in the examination of perils existing in all Fridays the 13th and offer up some time-honored, laboratory-tested solutions to make our lives […]

Accusations get more attention than retractions

Freedom Newspapers Army Capt. James “Yousef” Yee and former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill might seem to have little in common. But both have recently felt the sting of high-profile accusations from high government officials — only to have the accusations turn out to be nothing but hot air or headline-hunting. Unfortunately, while the accusations generally […]

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. […]

USA PATRIOT Act could turn US into police state

Freedom Newspapers In the days of fear and paranoia after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the United States Congress acted swiftly to show the American public that lawmakers were doing something about the terrorist threat. Unfortunately, the USA PATRIOT Act was ill-considered — many members of Congress didn’t even read the bill before voting […]