White House needs changes in policies, not faces

Editorial We’ll abstain from clichés about rearranging deck chairs, but the personnel changes at the White House in recent weeks, while they may matter greatly to inside-the-Beltway pundits and the immediate families of those involved, don’t suggest that significant policy changes are in the offing. That’s unfortunate, because changing policy in significant ways would do […]

Be happy amidst changes of life

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Life is filled with changes. Children grow up and leave. Job situations can require uprooting, moving far away from friends and family. A loved one’s illness requires many changes. Retirement brings challenges. In all of these circumstances adjusting to changes is hard. Knowing that changes are inevitable, planning ahead can soften […]

Benefit changes not appealing to coalition

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Military Coalition, a powerful league of 35 service associations and veterans’ organizations, has warned a blue ribbon panel studying military compensation to be wary of claims by senior Defense officials and outside economists that service pay and benefits need business-like reforms. Coalition representatives testified on Wednesday before the Defense […]

New bonuses, pitfalls for taxpayers in 2005

By David Irvin A new tax season often means new tax laws. This year is no exception. There are a number of changes that may assist taxpayers in filing their taxes and may qualify some for larger deductions and less taxes. IRS Spokesperson Bill Brunson said this year’s changes are just business as usual. There […]

Aug. 22 Dora School News

There were a sweet dozen kindergarten students that started school in Dora this week. The preschoolers didn’t come until Thursday. I don’t know how many they had and it will probably increase in numbers the first week or so. It is nice to have most of our last school year students back, and we welcome […]

Prices could rise at Oasis State Park

Mike Linn State officials are proposing price increases at Oasis State Park, and all state parks in New Mexico, to help supplement low admissions across the state due to drought conditions. Oasis State Park Director Jim Whary briefed the Portales City Council at Tuesday’s meeting about the proposed changes, claiming the state is in the […]

In a fast-paced world, Jesus remains unchanged

Joan Clayton Our son gave us a DVD player for Christmas. The old model we had has fallen behind the times. Besides that, we couldn’t see the new DVD movie disks he also gave us. Now if I can only learn how to operate it all I’ll be in good shape. Technology has developed faster […]

Residents share resolutions

Tony Parra The new year symbolizes a fresh beginning for most people after the champagne toast, the next day brings about new year’s resolutions. People brainstorm new year’s resolutions and begin working on them in the first week of January. Some Portales residents are not so sure people can achieve their goals throughout the year. […]

Commodity program to improve

Tony Parra Officials involved in the commodities situation in Roosevelt County seem optimistic the new changes will be implemented in late October or November. “We’re hoping to find out the best solution,” Executive Director of the Life Saver Food Bank Nancy Taylor said. “We’ve been working on this change since January. At the latest we […]

Letters to the Editor 7/30

Editor’s note: Pat Merritt, president of American Postal Workers Union, Clovis Local, said her letter represents the opinions of the majority of area APWU members. Dear Editor: The President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, appointed in December, is considering a major overhaul of the nation’s mail system. In a report due to President Bush […]