‘No’ is the right vote Tuesday

Freedom Newspaper Editorial Tuesday’s vote on Amendments 1 and 2 deserve no votes from you. They are the result of hurried legislation drafted under pressure from state leaders who believe they know best how to improve New Mexico’s public schools. Yes votes would give state leaders, including the governor, control of our public schools’ $2 […]

Teacher’s-aide says vote ‘yes’ on both amendments

Letter to the editor By now, most citizens of Quay County are aware of the special election coming up on Tuesday. As a teachers-aide of 27 years in Tucumcari and as a grandparent of six grandchildren in the schools, I am asking the voting citizens of our county to please for passage of the two […]

Amendment 2 won’t solve New Mexico’s education problems

Letter to the editor On September 23, New Mexicans will be asked to approve a funding scheme to pay for so-called public school reforms. Constitutional Amendment 2 is risky and will most certainly jeopardize an endowment created more than 100 years ago with the idea in mind that it would serve as a reliable source […]

New Mexicans must protect the land grant permanent fund

Letter to the Editor On September 23, New Mexicans will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment to increase distributions from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for a comprehensive education reform bill passed earlier this year by the Legislature. While I respect Gov. Richardson, and support his policies on economic development, tax […]

Voting ‘yes’ will provide needed funding

Letter to the Editor What does Republican Senator Domenici have in common with Democrat Senator Jeff Bingaman, Governor Bill Richardson, business leaders, former Governor Garry Carruthers, and public school employees and parents? They all agree that we New Mexicans should invest our Permanent School Fund money where it is needed; where it was intended….in our […]

Fair, a can’t miss event

By Lynn Moncus As Sept. 19 and 20 draw near, excitement mounts at Tucumcari Historical Museum. Bruce Nutt is doing handsprings while trying to get everything in readiness for the coming state archaeology Fair. Connie Montano has been delivering posters and cards as well as helping Bruce with the chores around the museum. If any […]

Beware more state control of our schools

Gov. Bill Richardson explains his education vision with a passion befitting a master politician. He’s stumped throughout the state in recent weeks to ask New Mexicans to allow him to show us all how to put our public schools on the right path to producing better-prepared children — at no extra cost. To do that, […]

Every cowman’s nightmare

Baxter Black It was every cowman’s nightmare. Owen’s ranch in Globe was a long way from the Prescott sale barn. It also involved passing through the “Gates of Hell,” as he referred to the booming, seething expanse of asphalt and dragon’s breath other call Phoenix. Girding his loins, he loaded one old bull and ten […]

What teachers did on their summer vacation

By Stewart Truelsen Sometimes it is just too far to bring urban school kids out to a farm and get them back to school before the end of the day. Yet, an understanding and appreciation for agriculture and how it affects their daily lives is incredibly important for children. The Illinois Farm Bureau has one […]

Labor Day: Our nation’s workforce deserves better

It’s Labor Day: a holiday that has been set aside to provide a day of rest for the American worker. Today, most of us will relax, perhaps spend some time at the beach or barbecue some steaks. Tuesday morning we’ll return to our work, as past generations did after their Labor Day rest, forced back […]