Gas prices may teach us to sacrifice

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Is everybody out there ready for $5-a-gallon gasoline? Evidently it won’t be long before a gallon of gas will be selling for more than a gallon of milk. Then again, with the price of fuel rising I suppose the price of milk and just about everything else will go […]

Immigration issue probably doesn’t have a simple solution

Editorial Massive pro-immigrant demonstrations over the weekend and continuing Monday — police estimated 500,000 in Los Angeles, perhaps 300,000 in Chicago and smaller gatherings in Dallas, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio — suggest there are two sides in the debate over immigration that can bring out numbers. That is unlikely to make it easier for […]

Freedom of Information Act marks 40 years

Minneapolis Star-Tribune When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) nearly 40 years ago, he wasn’t exactly whooping for joy. In fact, former press secretary Bill Moyers has recalled, “LBJ had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the signing ceremony.” Why the reluctance? “He hated the thought of journalists rummaging in […]

Shaming Congress away from pork barrel won’t work

Editorial There’s a serious flaw in the thinking of reformers who believe congressional pork-barrel spending can be curbed by forcing members to attach their names to the pet projects (or “earmarks”) they slip into appropriations bills, in circumvention of the normal budget procedures. They hope bringing more transparency and accountability to the process will shame […]

African drummers provide rhythm to ENMU activities

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By William Thompson The drummers of the Yoruba Cultural Troupe of Nigeria brought the “heartbeat” of Africa to Eastern New Mexico University Monday with a performance at the business school and a session at the Office of African American Affairs’ annual banquet. Among the many drums the three drummers brought to Portales were a “djembe” […]

The virtuous legacy George Washinton set forth kept us free

George Washington has become something of a mythical figure in our national consciousness, a distant and perhaps even dour personage. We may know that we’re supposed to revere him, but he was hardly cuddly. There is some truth in that image, which to some extent he himself cultivated. It is worth remembering, however, the debt […]

Portales residents remember King, message

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, but his vision continues to live on and on Monday African-Americans living in Portales took the time to remember what Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned for everybody living in the United States, irregardless of the color of their […]

Puerto Rico’s statehood comes into question again

Freedom Newspapers The question of statehood for Puerto Rico is again bobbing to the surface like a mossy coconut, as it seems to with annoying regularity. Some Republicans — including a few in the Bush clan’s inner circle — apparently have convinced themselves this would mean a political windfall for the GOP, in terms of […]

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 7

Bush in touch with Americans So our friends on the Leftist-controlled media would love to assure us that President Bush is “embattled,” out of touch with the American people and has low approval ratings. Oh? They also assure us there was “propaganda” planted by the U.S. in Iraq papers to pretend that Iraqis support the […]

Traditional dance highlights Native American Heritage luncheon

2nd Lt Tygina Bibbs Cannon’s Cultural Observance Committee (COC) sponsored a Native American Heritage Month luncheon Nov. 14 at The Landing. Uthana and Tashina Livingston of the Navajo tribe performed a traditional dance known as the Jingle Dress Dance. Tradition states the Jingle Dress Dance began in the Northern Chippewa Indian Nations and spread quickly […]

Iraq war debate carries implications of future U.S. foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers The public call by Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha, a 37-year Marine Corps veteran who has been generally pro-military and hawkish, for a prompt beginning to withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq has been a catalyst for what was bound to happen anyway: a national debate or discussion on what to do about […]

Saltclah crowned Miss Native American

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Shannon Saltclah stood proud on Thursday night with her new crown sitting atop her head as the new Miss Native American Queen for the 2005-06 school year. Saltclah, a junior at Eastern New Mexico University, was selected as the new queen in front of a crowd in the Zia Room […]

Cannon celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Airman Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs “The contributions of Hispanic Americans have made a positive impact on every part of our society. Americans of Hispanic descent are astronauts and athletes, doctors and teachers, lawyers and scientists. The vibrancy of our Nation’s Hispanic performers enriches music, dancing, and the arts. Hispanic Americans serve at […]

We hope FBI did its work in California terrorist case

Freedom Newspapers I f it all pans out, it looks as if federal authorities are doing it right in Lodi, Calif. FBI agents arrested Hamid Hayat, 22, and his father Umer Hayat, and detained three other Pakistani-Americans suspected of having a link to al-Qaida or some terrorist organization. On the basis of preliminary news reports, […]

Memorial Day a time to remember, respect

As eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle reflect this Memorial Day upon the sacrifice made by those who died in the nation’s armed forces, finding a place in memory for the prisoners of war and those missing in action is in order. Just 10 days ago, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office […]

Critics need to employ standard of liberty

By Tibor Machan: PNT columnist No one is more prone to criticize the various levels and branches of the U.S. government than I am. My complaints, however, tend to focus on how our political institutions have departed from the best ideas on which the country was founded. When you read most prominent mainstream newspapers and […]

Banquet kicks off Ag Expo

By Tony Parra Trent Loos’ message on Monday night at the banquet launching the 13th Annual New Mexico Ag Expo was clear: Stand up for the life of a farmer and rancher. Loos refers to himself as an agriculture activist and said he spoke at 30 states last year. He urged audience members to teach […]

Black History Month more than an apology

By Jim Lee This is the first Sunday of Black History Month. This observance means more than simply giving black people an occasion to point to contributions that were so long ignored or denied. Black History Month provides the opportunity for all Americans to express appreciation of the contributions of Americans who happen to be […]

June 30 Letters to the Editor

Only in places like Roosevelt County do newspapers give serious credence to citizens who defend the term “nigger” in any context. Only in places like Roosevelt County do elected officials such as a county commissioner refer to the removal of a racist term as “silly.” I guess a born Northerner such as myself just can’t […]

Local democrats meet with presidential campaign officials

Tony Parra The Iowa Caucus has kicked off the 2004 election year and the Roosevelt County Democrats are all in agreement of one thing: No more George W. Bush. About 50 democrats met to hear officials representing the campaigns of Howard Dean and Sen. John Kerry at the Memorial Building on Monday. “I’ve thought a […]