Obama has no regard for principles

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist By now few who pay attention can have missed President Obama’s enthusiastic embrace of pragmatism, especially when it comes to the administration’s economic policies. Nor is it a secret that nothing much the president is proposing seems to be working. But if one understands pragmatism at its most [...]

Boys State introduces youth to government

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer In a world with expanding competition for the attention of high school students, Boys State may not hold the lofty position it once did.

Paying attention may be easiest from computer

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican So you’ve heard politicians pontificating about the need for citizens to participate in government and being the responsible, civic-minded citizen you are, you’ve decided to take them up for it and go to the state Legislature this week to push for new laws you support or try [...]

Police: fugitive likes media attention

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Investigators are beginning to believe fugitive homicide suspect Noe Torres is playing games and enjoying media attention in the three years he has evaded police. Torres on Dec. 19 left a three-minute message on a voice mailbox at the Clovis News Journal. The message was discovered Tuesday morning when [...]

Sept. 29, 1936

State Governor Clyde Tingley ran a letter in the Portales Tribune to the citizens of Roosevelt County stating that the county fair was a “splendid medium to call attention of the state and the Southwest to the great

Pelosi late to the dance on human rights

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico When Nancy Pelosi is featured on SportsCenter, it somehow gets my attention. The California Democrat and Speaker of the House is turning her attention to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and to President George W. Bush. She’s calling on Bush to boycott the opening ceremony of the Olympics [...]

Sunshine Week is all about our national freedom

Editorial Every week of the year has been designated by somebody as National Something Week, designed to bring public attention to issues and causes. Such a din of commemoration makes it likely for some of the more serious issues to get lost in the shuffle. So we devote this space today to calling attention to [...]

Walter Reed scandal shines light on health care issues

Editorial The bigger scandal is that it took a hard-hitting expose in the hometown newspaper of the federal leviathan to bring what might actually be some effective attention to the deplorable conditions faced by wounded military personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As the Washington Post revealed in a subsequent story, the attention paid [...]

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 [...]

Police warn public of phone scam

By Tony Parra Money predators are at it again, according to Portales Police Captain Lonnie Berry, as the police department has received complaints that an organization is calling with claims of Canadian lottery winnings. Berry said there were two people who called in complaining they were receiving calls asking them to send $1,000 or more [...]