While always near, God saves from “afar”

Leonard Lauriault Our preacher, Harry Gipson, passed away recently and because he liked to encourage others with a good joke, his brother, who performed the funeral, repeated some of Harry’s favorite jokes, as did other family members. Having come from eastern Kentucky, one particular joke of which I’ve heard many variations, was about the wise […]

Bureaucrats should not set health premiums

Freedom Communications State legislators are considering yet another unnecessary, counterproductive law to regulate the health care industry. As last year, with legislation passed in California and the Obamacare health law passed by Congress, this year’s Assembly Bill 52 seeks to control health care costs by using government’s heavy regulatory hand. It approaches the problem in […]

Breeding debate proves emotional

Baxter Black Last fall the animal rights groups put Proposition B on the ballot in Missouri. The bill was written to reduce the number of breeding kennels that produce usually purebred puppies for pet stores. The bill was opposed by the Missouri Veterinary Association, the American Kennel Club and other animal-related groups. The bill failed […]

Gay marriage bans hurt America

Russell Anglin The Associated Press recently reported that State Sen. William Sharer plans to propose a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the state of New Mexico. If passed, this law would preclude New Mexico same-sex couples from government and insurance benefits that their straight counterparts enjoy. […]

Sands Dorsey building concerns officials

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Thomas Garcia Three years have passed since the historic Sands Dorsey building was destroyed by fire and city officials are still seeking funding to demolish the remains. “We have not been able to find any funding for the demolition of the Sands Dorsey building at this point,” said city manager Bobbye Rose. Rose said she […]

Railroad work passed down from generation

By Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyons Although this woman from lma has rarely written about the railroad heritage in our family we certainly had our share of railroaders. Mother’s father, Frank Clough, was Super-intendent of Bridges, Buildings, and Water-works between here and El Paso when he worked for the El Paso and Northeastern Rail-road […]

Health care law still under attack

The recently passed health reform law is still being attacked by those wanting to retain the status quo. This attack is conducted by misrepresenting the content of the law, its costs and who will pay for it. What we don’t hear from conservatives is why it was needed in the first place. Here are some […]

Press release: Bill passed to allow voters to consider four G.O. bonds

Freedom New Mexico State Representative Dennis Roch (R-Tucumcari) announced that the House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 1, legislation which would allow voters to consider four General Obligation (G.O.) bonds in the November election. “In this tough economic climate, capital outlay funding is simply unavailable,” Roch said. “My colleagues and I therefore felt it […]

Ute pipeline legislation headed to president

Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The Ute Water Pipeline project has cleared Congress. Senate Bill 22, commonly known as the Bingaman lands bill, contains 160 projects, including the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System.The bill passed the House on a 285-140 vote Wednesday, and now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, chairman of […]

Death penalty repeal heads to governor

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Friday’s decisive state Senate vote to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico was a direct result of November’s election of several new lawmakers. That’s the opinion expressed both by a leading supporter and by a leading opponent of House Bill 285, which would replace the death […]