Arbitrary use of punitive damages can’t be allowed

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a $79.5 million punitive damage award against tobacco giant Philip Morris to the widow of a longtime smoker. Mayola Williams, whose husband died of lung cancer in 1997 after smoking cigarettes for more than 40 years, still will receive $821,000 in compensatory damages, but the high […]

Death of Hussein gives people reason for hope

Editorial Each faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance and […]

ALS more than a change of duty location

Janet Taylor-Birkey The goal of Airman Leadership School, the first portion of professional military education, is simple: to teach Airmen how to be effective supervisors on their way to the noncommissioned officer ranks. “We want to teach these [Airmen] what it is they are really supposed to be doing and to say, ‘These are all […]

America has ability to withstand all attempts at harm

Editorial It is hard now to remember the feeling that swept over our country five years ago Monday. Our country, our people, had suffered a devastating and destructive attack by a shadowy but malignant force whose motivations we struggled to try to understand. In the aftermath, however, we were all Americans together, all determined to […]

Supreme Court in transition stage, rulings reflect that

Editorial The case that will be remembered from the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, in which the court told President Bush that he couldn’t simply create military commissions — especially commissions authorized to deliberate and render decisions with the defendant not even present — without authorization from Congress […]

Celebrating Law Day

Courtesy Cannon Legal Office Congress has declared Monday as “Law Day,” a day for all Americans to celebrate the practice of law and justice. In 1958 President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed Law Day to strengthen the heritage of liberty, justice and equality under the law. In 1961 a joint resolution of Congress designated the first day […]

Cannon Airman charged

27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Criminal charges were preferred against Airman First Class Edward M. Novak for the October 2004 death of his wife, Kimberly S. Novak, in their home on Cannon Air Force Base. Airman Novak, 27th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was charged with murder and child abuse. The next stage of the military justice […]

Portales fight for social justice important

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Welcome winners …. insurgents and rabble-rousers. Those are the words that greeted people Sunday at a presentation at the Memorial Building in Portales called “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County, 1965-1980.” Dolores Penrod, an event organizer, said those are the words the Portales News-Tribune published in reference to […]

Roberts confirmed as 17th chief justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. He was scheduled to be sworn in at the White House later today by Justice […]

Victims Memorial Garden dedicated in Roosevelt County

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor It was planned as a peaceful place for victims to gather during the multiple stages of a criminal trial and a memorial to victims of crime. The Victims Memorial Garden was dedicated Friday on the grounds of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. On hand for the ceremony were victim’s families as […]

O’Connor at center during polarized times

She made history as the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court — by Ronald Reagan in 1981 — and then proceeded to flummox conservatives and liberals alike as she became what the pundits called the “swing vote” on issues with ideological ramifications. It might be more accurate to say that Sandra Day O’Connor […]

Perhaps America has had too much civilizing

Freedom Newspapers In mid-April of each year, anyone with more than a modest income must make a reckoning with the federal and state governments. Most of us groan about it, but how often do we contemplate why we must pay such high taxes — which for most people range from 40 percent to 50 percent […]

No complaining about community service

By Jim Lee I’ve been thinking about it and have arrived at the conclusion that people are quicker to complain than they are to praise. Why is this? Oh, I certainly do my share of bellyaching, but running my mouth about something positive sure makes me feel better than going on and on about some […]