Opinion: First Amendment lets you disagree

If I could bring back the Founding Fathers for anything, I’d ask them for more clarification on the Second Amendment. Guns for any reason, or just to maintain private militias? Background checks to keep the evil or mentally disturbed from owning guns, or a wide-open system so everybody could buy tools to defend against those […]

Hay meant for horses, not serpents

In the southwest, the price of hay can be daunting to horse owners. I keep our ranch horses up in the corral. When hay gets above $10 a bale, I actually weigh each feeding! Clyde has a little band of broodmares on his southern California operation. His place is sandwiched by irrigated alfalfa fields to […]

Survivor plan not being utilized

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist A typical officer retiring today who declines to enroll in the Survivor Benefit Plan lets the government off the hook for a subsidy worth $50,100 in “net present value,” say Department of Defense actuaries. The typical enlisted retiree who chooses not to enroll in SBP is turning down a subsidy […]

Freedom lets us act morally wrong

By Tibor Machan At a recent demonstration outside the Earl Warren Building in San Francisco, someone was waiving a sign that read: “A moral wrong can’t be a civil right.” Well, in fact, it can. A simple case in point is when someone writes something that is immoral or produces pictures or movies that are […]

New system speeding up call process

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer If your child skips classes at a Portales school, you’ll hear about it pretty quickly. Emergency notices and other important messages will also be able to be sent to large groups of phone numbers quickly. The Portales Municipal School District has a new school messaging system that will make […]

School lets out today

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Almost as soon as school bells ring for the final time today — signaling the official beginning of summer vacation in Portales — gates to the city swimming pool open to the public. According to Shelly McConnell, head of the city Recreation Department, general admission prices at the swimming […]