New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, […]

Obama urges Congress to act on credit card bill in N.M. stop

By Darlene Superville: The Associated Press RIO RANCHO — President Barack Obama urged Congress on Thursday to quickly send him legislation ending abusive credit card practices. But his populist appeal also included a stern warning to shoppers whose eyes are bigger than their budgets. “There’s no doubt that people need to accept responsibility,” Obama said […]

PHS holding blood drive

PNT Staff Report Portales High School is hosting a blood drive 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. April 8 in the school library. Donors are entered into a drawing for a $150 Visa gift card, can receive free cholesterol tests and can earn points redeemable for prizes. Appointments: Corrine Gonzales at 356-7015.

Card-check law unlikely to make dent

Freedom New Mexico California Democratic Congresswoman Hilda Solis, as President-elect Obama’s choice to be secretary of labor, will no doubt bring encouragement and even a touch of joy to union leaders everywhere. Whether the rest of us will have occasion to be pleased is another question. The larger issue nobody wants to discuss is whether […]

Crossing border soon to require passport card

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Those quick trips across the border to Mexico and Canada will soon come with new requirements for travelers. As of Thursday, all travelers 19 and older crossing U.S. borders by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean must show a government-issued I.D. card, such as a […]

August 12, 1982

• Portales Police released composite drawings of three suspects that had swindled $8,000 from an elderly Portales resident during a crooked card game. • A half-dozen carnations were on special at the Butterfly Floral for $5 boxed and $6.25 arranged. • Portales Realty advertised five acres with full water rights for $7,500.

Messenger bags not synonymous with man purses

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I saw my friend Shannon, who’s a girl. It’s a bad song, but it’s a true story. We went out to bowl, we went out for walks, we went out to see her friends. All throughout, we took photos and wrote […]

Local students extend support

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty are showing sympathy and support to those affected by last week’s tragedy at Virginia Tech University by signing a giant card to the university. While watching the news, Jeff Blake felt compelled to do something that would show support for the victims […]

Checks checking out as payment option

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When the tuition bill rolls around each semester at Eastern New Mexico University, Roma Vivas throws down her Discover card even though she has the money on hand. Several times a week, the U.S. Postal Service is a backdoor ATM when customers buy a 39-cent stamp, pay with a debit […]

Checks may be thing of the past

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m terrible when it comes to my health, but it’s mainly a personal failing of negating positive efforts. I have a multi-vitamin every day, for instance, but neglect to wash it down with water because I’ve still got a Dr Pepper in the fridge. I’m not the same way with […]