Poll finds support for voter ID

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While the Legislature routinely rejects Republican efforts to require New Mexico voters to show identification when casting ballots, a newly-released non-partisan poll indicates voters would approve the idea by a landslide. The poll was conducted in November by Research & Polling Inc., an Albuquerque firm, as part of a […]

Idea of free market highly unlikely

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist The social science of economics became distinct when several French intellectuals and Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith isolated the field for special study. For a long time thereafter certain assumptions underpinned the discipline, mostly about human behavior. These assumptions arose from the work of English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who believed […]

Maintenance a good idea for coffee maker

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor It’s been a frustrating week, mechanically speaking. I’m not a complete incompetent when it comes to figuring out things mechanical, but things that don’t work when I don’t have the time or tools or knowledge to tinker with them get my goat. Take my coffee maker for instance. I’ve […]

Roosevelt had right idea for conservation

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor I don’t think I ever really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Maybe I still don’t know. Or maybe I haven’t grown up. I remember wanting to be a professional baseball player at one point when I was little. I recall wanting to be a […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard and then” … you […]

Taxpayer financing of elections an idea long past its prime

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, looking more and more like the presumptive nominees of their respective parties for the presidency, are engaged in a rather arcane discussion about whether they will honor an agreement made almost a year ago to accept only “public” financing of their general election campaigns. This would be a good […]

Play written by Portales native showing at ENMU

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico In more than one way, Leonard Madrid has come home. The Portales native, now a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, is the author of Eastern New Mexico University’s current showing, “Perla de Luna.” Also, the play gives him a chance to return to Portales every time […]

Extraterritorial zoning cause of resident’s concerns

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The idea of extraterritorial zoning in Roosevelt County will undergo its closest scrutiny yet during informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Building in Portales. A group, led by Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr., has gathered information and discussed the issue in four meetings open to the […]

All-faculty cast a first

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor What started as a modest undertaking among a handful of Eastern New Mexico University faculty has evolved into a full-fledged drama production. “And The Winner Is …” opens at 7 p.m. Saturday at Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. The first all-faculty production throws together a cast of characters […]

New tax system worth considering

Editorial GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson has proposed an interesting tax reform. It’s not a “flat tax” because it has two rates — 10 percent and 25 percent — but it might simplify the tax code. The idea of a flat-rate tax system — all incomes would be taxed at the same rate and, beyond […]