Policies can’t always be relied on

When working out what should guide public institutions and policies, those who chime in have advanced various proposals and they have often been divided into two groups. Members of one of these advance certain basic principles that ought to ground the institutions and policies, while those of the other suggest the way to decide is [...]

Music can be soothing to soul

There’s a famous story that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. I looked it up, and it turns out Nero supposedly played an instrument called a cithara. There is another problem with that story. He couldn’t have fiddled, because fiddles weren’t invented until much later. There’s even disagreement over whether he played any musical instrument at [...]

Government seeking new ways to snoop

Freedom New Mexico T he White House wants additional power to snoop on private e-mail and social- network communications in the interest of national security. These are thorny issues, not easily resolved. Our advice is to go slowly. Once government intervenes, even for the best of motives, that authority rarely is rescinded. There also promises [...]

Greyhounds have foreign flavor


Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Eastern New Mexico University has 10 foreign-born players on its 30-man roster. The Hounds are ranked 17th in this week’s NCAA Division II poll. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team is as culturally diverse as some professional soccer teams. There are six [...]

Curry County holding meetings on jail complex

Curry County will host a pair of public forums Monday and Oct. 12 regarding the general election questions for the first phase of the proposed Curry County Criminal Justice Complex. Both forums begin at 6 p.m. at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. Those attending will be able to ask questions about the two ballot [...]

Blessing of animals in fourth year


CNJ file photo Three area churches plan to hold a pet blessing ceremony Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church on West 21st Street. Sharna Johnson Organizers are hoping to have a zoo Saturday on the lawn of the Trinity Lutheran Church. The fourth annual pet blessing ceremony begins at 3 p.m. and will bring together pastors [...]

Jury hands down guilty verdict in 1993 slaying

By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico A jury has convicted 38-year-old Arnoldo Navarette of first degree murder in the May 1993 shooting death of Reynaldo “Rey” Ornelas. The guilty verdict was handed down around 4 p.m. Thursday in Portales District Court after the jury deliberated for several hours. District Judge Teddy Hartley presided over the [...]

Religion feature: Youth group joins effort to help Ugandan women


Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan First United Methodist Church youth group members Sam Rice, left, and Maranda Stone show examples of jewelry made by women in Uganda. The youth plan to sell the jewelry and loose beads Oct. 16 to raise money for the Ugandan women. Argen Duncan PORTALES — A group of Portales teenagers [...]

Sharing faith an in-house activity

Made in the USA…That is just one of the phrases that seems to be seen less on tools, toys, cameras, cell phones and televisions that we buy. Last week I bought an inexpensive plastic measuring spoon sets. On the back of the tablespoon measure: Made In China! I was interested in what kinds of things [...]

Friday morning briefing: Colleges, (Hotel) California and campaign contributors

Welcome to October, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Friday morning briefing.