Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

President needs Congress’ approval to declare war

Freedom New Mexico In olden days in foreign lands, the king only had to say, “Attack!” and the nation went to war, for whatever reason he desired. President Barack Obama’s military engagement in Libya’s ongoing war looks more like royal sovereignty than American constitutional government. Our founders constitutionally curbed executive power, requiring presidents to first […]

Japanese fiction holds life lesson

Thomas Garcia Well, it has been a while since I talked about comics or anime so I am going to talk to you a little about Rurouni Kenshin, “Wandering Samurai.” Kenshin, as he is called by his friends, is a Samurai who has vowed to protect the innocent. This vow which he has taken is […]

Exit strategy for Afghanistan should be priority

Last month the Afghan war became America’s longest, surpassing the previous record of eight years and seven months set by the Vietnam War. In his Dec. 1, 2009, speech to the nation announcing the surge of troops into Afghanistan, President Obama promised, “But taken together, these additional American and international troops will allow us to […]

Facts show U.S. immigration fears unfounded

Politics often involves a tug-of-war between perception and fact. One of the most obvious cases involves the insinuation that “illegals” are swarming across our southern border and putting the entire nation at risk. Of course, “illegals” could be harmless immigrants just looking for a way to feed their families, or sophisticated gangsters armed to the […]

Vietnam war veterans owed apology

By Baxter Black: On the edge of Common Sense This Memorial Day weekend, my thoughts will go back to a friend from college — Clovis May. He was a mild-mannered, hard working, good cowboy from a ranching family in Deming, New Mexico. I don’t recall exactly what his major was, but probably range management or […]

Christmas a chance to acheive your personal peace

By Debra Whittington Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is almost past as the year winds down. By the time you read this, most of the preparations for Christmas will be through. However for some, Christmas continues […]

Freedom something to be shared among nations

by Leonard Lauriault I grew up during the Cold War – a period of tremendous international distrust and fear of eminent world war. Even in remote parts of the Amazonian jungle in eastern Peru, where I lived during my early childhood, we had a place to hide when the alarm was sounded that, “The Russians […]

Few aware of New Mexico’s victims on death march

By Lynn Moncus Two weeks ago, we visited a while about my young friend from New Mexico State University, Debbie Widger, and her kindness in keeping in touch with old Aggies. She knows enough about us to know our habits, likes, and dislikes and often brings a reminder of that favorite campus. Knowing my affinity […]

Bataan survivor inspires spirit

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By Bunny Terry, guest columnist Webster’s dictionary defines a hero as “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” We all live our entire lives in the midst of unknown heroes – the guy next door, maybe the lady in the post office. There are people of exceptional […]