Mixed reactions to health care ruling

La Casa Family Health Center CEO Seferino Montano declared Thursday a victory in health care reform. Rep. Stuart Ingle, R-New Mexico, said President Barack Obama's health care bill will not help the current health care system. Seferino and Ingle were two of many who expressed mixed reactions to the Supreme Court's historic ruling to uphold [...]

Business owners voice concerns over road construction

With weather and other factors putting the year-long U.S. 70 construction project behind, local business owners asked project officials Thursday how the delays would affect the schedule and their businesses. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Representatives from local restaurants, companies and Eastern New Mexico University attended an open meeting held in Portales' Memorial Building to voice [...]

Their view: Licensing creates obstacles to opportunity

Robert Kramer, a communications associate with the Institute for Justice writes about licensing. Here is a sampling: As the July 4th holiday approaches, American's thoughts will rightfully turn to the freedoms we are supposed to enjoy. But consider two facts in that context: In the 1950s, roughly one in 20 American workers needed the government's [...]

Societies shouldn’t be ‘run’ at all

When I defend liberty I constantly get accused of condoning all sorts of things I don't condone. Rather than "condoning" them, I realize that those things are simply none of my business; not mine to approve or condemn. Nor are they anyone else's business, either. Recently a fellow libertarian posted a comment on Face-book that [...]

Country founded on biblical principles

I love my country and I want it back. I don't want our anthem changed. I don't want my flag disrespected. When I pledge the flag I say, "One Nation Under God." I want my money to have "In God We Trust" on it. Our founding fathers had the wisdom to govern our constitution on [...]

Forum focuses on lack of housing

Lack of rental properties are still a problem in the Clovis and Portales communities, largely due to the influx of Cannon Air Force Base personnel, according to local real estate officials. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Kent Carruthers, chair of the Housing Task Force, introduced real estate officials, who spoke Thursday on housing needs in Clovis [...]

Portales woman jailed for overdue library books

Lori Teel says she doesn't use the Portales Public Library, never has, and probably never will after what happened to her the night of June 12. Teel, pregnant and the mother of four small children, was arrested, handcuffed and hauled away to jail in front of her kids for failing to pay library fines of [...]

Police blotter: June 29

Call logs for Portales police, sheriff and fire: Wednesday 9:17 a.m.: Caller requested an ambulance, 1300 block South Avenue D. 9:25 a.m.: Caller reported a domestic situation between a brother and a sister, 1500 block South Avenue E. 9:49 a.m.: Caller reported a reckless driver, U.S. 70 near Elida. 10:12 a.m.: Caller reported a false [...]

My turn: UFO festival fun, affordable

Other than enjoying good times of barbecuing with friends on Sunday, I should probably be embarrassed to admit that the rest of my weekly entertainment included more obsessive catching up on Netflix. I have been catching up on the television show Bones, which is about a forensic anthropologist who solves murder cases. Yes, it sounds [...]

High court upholds key part of Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay [...]