Relying too much on Social Security might tarnish golden years

It seems Americans have caught a break on Social Security. According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the program isn’t going broke as fast as people thought. CBO estimates the so-called trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2052. That’s a decade beyond the estimates of Social Security trustees. Unfortunately, the most likely outcome of […]

Reagan dies at 93

By Terence Hunt: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was “morning again in America,” died Saturday after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 93. The family had turned to […]

Students get taste of government

By Helena Rodriguez Jeremy Colbert lost his bid for attorney general of New Mexico on Wednesday and now the city councilman from Alamogordo has to deal with a fraudulent claims lawsuit between two cities. Colbert isn’t losing any sleep over it, though. After all, he’s not even out of high school yet and the politics […]

Getting a foot in the door

Jack King A conference for business owners on how to obtain government contracts will be held Thursday in Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Titled “How to Get Through the Government Contracting Door,” the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics will include the state of New Mexico’s procurement assistance program, Small Business […]

‘Feel good’ laws make for confusing interpretations

A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation that turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — the courts […]

CIA publicized event, then later cried wolf

Our newspaper was in an unusual position last week when national media spotlighted our run-in with the Central Intelligence Agency. In reporting the news, we became the news by refusing a CIA request to withhold an officer’s name. He had planned to speak Wednesday and Thursday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on “the […]

Four wheels for a buck

Mike Linn Roosevelt County Sheriff Tom Gossett doesn’t shop for police cruisers at the dollar store. But he recently stumbled across a deal from an agency that sells police vehicles for $1 in an effort to beef up Homeland Security nationwide. Here’s the catch: The cars would be laced with advertisements from local, regional and […]

Past papers paint Portales picture

Remember Roosevelt County in 1953? Here are some of the top stories from the pages of The Portales Daily News: — The Farm Bureau adopted 12 resolutions during its annual meeting. Among them: “We believe the best way to secure and maintain world peace is by trading with other countries.” And “We urge less government […]

Letter to the Editor

As we read the article on the front page of last Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune concerning the removal of unused vehicles from private property, we were saddened and somewhat frightened to think that in a free country a government agency could and would seize personal property and remove it from private property. Even worse is the […]

U.S. celebrating 227th birthday— enjoy, appreciate

Today we celebrate the 227th birthday of the United States of America. Portales has a fireworks show tonight at Eastern New Mexico University. Melrose will host a community hamburger cookout at 5 p.m. today at its football field prior to fireworks, Clovis has live musical entertainment at Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive and Muleshoe […]

Looting lacks definition for Iraqis

By Tibor Machan This idea that Iraqis are criminals for looting is full of problems. To begin with, can you loot from a dictator? What about from a dictator who isn’t even in power any longer? After the dictatorship collapses, whose stuff is being looted anyway? To whom does the money in those government banks […]