Progress overseas leads to limited liberties at home

Editorial It has been a long, hard slog, but Republicans in Congress may finally be coming to terms with the primary reason why they enter the 110th Congress as the minority party rather than the majority. To paraphrase Bill Clinton’s electoral guru James Carville, who notably reminded his troops back in 1992 that “It’s the […]

Democrats must keep promises to keep majority

For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican boat […]

Political campaigns have history of being dirty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. […]

Wagon Wheel watchers withstand wet weather

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By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer BLACKWATER DRAW — Bad weather canceled the entertainment but didn’t dampen the tailgating enthusiasm of football fans attending Saturday’s Greyhound football game. Students and alumni from both sides of a long-running rivalry were getting pumped up for the 20th annual Wagon Wheel game between the Eastern New Mexico University […]

Mexico’s new president must act quickly to ensure economic growth

Editorial Mexico’s Federal Electoral Judicial Tribunal has unanimously ruled that Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN) won the July 2 election as president. In many ways this marks a triumph for democratic procedures and transparency in Mexico. International observers agreed this was perhaps the fairest election in Mexico’s history, a challenge from the […]

U.S. should think before instituting democracy in Cuba

Editorial The news that Fidel Castro was having unspecified intestinal surgery that caused him to hand over formal power to his brother Raul (who is 75) was so fraught with hope that Cuban-Americans in Miami’s Little Havana turned out for a massive street party. That even a rumor of the 79-year-old dictator’s imminent demise would […]

Church holds family bash

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Church of God in Portales held its second block party Saturday, which focused on family fun. The event included a softball game, water activities, basketball, volleyball and the children’s favorite, two blow-up bouncing houses. “This is part of our youth outreach program,” Church of God Pastor Donald Hay […]

Letter to the Editor May 14

Attempts to remove Tucker from ballot is ugly politics What is troubling New Mexico House (District 66) Rep. Keith Gardner and the Chaves County Republican Party bosses? Could it be they are fearful of losing to Rep. Gardner’s primary election opponent Lucille Tucker, a retired Roswell school teacher? Obviously, they are if their legal wrangling […]

Jumbled Israeli election may hold promise for peace

Editorial The results of the latest parliamentary election in Israel look like a jumbled mess, but it’s just possible they reflect an interesting consensus on the next phase of Israeli relations with the Palestinian territories. At the moment that translates into almost no relations, leading to outright separation. But that might be the closest to […]

Nominating conventions get under way today

By Andy Jackson Lance Pyle received an earful of calls this week from political candidates soliciting his support, and his mailbox has been overflowing with candidate mail in recent days, he said. Pyle is one 17 Democratic and 10 Republican delegates from Curry County who are attending the state’s political party nominating conventions today at […]

Israel, Palestine decide when peace comes, not U.S.

Freedom Newspapers The human impulse is to hope that he survives and has years of restful peace remaining. Whether that happens or not, however, the serious stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is likely to be a setback to hopes for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. And for a time, at least, it will throw Israeli […]

Quinceañera not a coming out, but reaffirmation of faith for Sigalas

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Noelle Sigala celebrated her 15th birthday on Saturday with a quinceañera, an elaborate formal affair often confused as a “coming out party,” in which a young girl reaffirms her faith in Jesus Christ. Just as many girls dream of their wedding day since childhood, many Hispanic girls also dream about being […]

Police investigate Saturday Portales Robbery

PNT Staff Portales Police are investigating a home invasion robbery that was reported Saturday at 5:06 a.m, according to police call logs. A caller in the 1100 block of North Main reported that two masked Hispanic men had beaten him over the head, stolen his wallet and his pickup truck. Capt. Lonnie Berry of the […]

Star gazers look to Saturday at Oasis State Park

Mike Jimenez: PNT Intern Oasis State Park will be hosting a Star Party on Saturday. This event is one of several that are held during the summer and fall for viewing the skies above eastern New Mexico. According to Valerie Russ, Park Ranger at Oasis State Park, the fact that the park is located away […]

DeLay’s demotion may be positive

Freedom Newspapers We suspect the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will sooner or later be exposed as a politically motivated prosecution. But whether DeLay is found guilty or exonerated, we believe his demotion will be a good thing for the Grand Old Party. No one likes to see a good and honest person […]

Udall pays visit to local Democrats

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., told members of a largely Democratic audience that the Republicans in Washington are not doing enough to help Americans, but also said Democrats need to do more if they hope to change that. Udall was the guest during a luncheon organized by Friends of […]

Tucumcari Altrusa branch holding yearly car lottery

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — It’s wonderful to win a new car — just ask Tucumcari’s Alex Mills, who struck gold two years ago with a Ford Mustang. The only problem was Alex was 5 years old at the time. The wheels he won from the 2003 Altrusa Car Party didn’t go to […]

July 13 Floyd News

By Jennifer Essary Transitions Birthdays: Toni Whitecotton; Tice Love. Upcoming events • Seniors will meet Thursday at the Floyd Senior Citizens Center for games and fellowship. Pot Luck is at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7. • The Back Porch Pickers will meet Sunday at the Floyd Community Building Sunday at 2 p.m. Everyone […]

After-party cleanup, wardrobe planning coming on show

Information on quick and easy post-party clean up and wardrobe planning will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” on Tuesday at noon and on Saturday at 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Deborah Durham will show what she calls […]

Campos talks BRAC in Clovis

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, reviewed a long list of legislative accomplishments at Monday’s Curry Democratic Party Town Hall Meeting, which included funding for Pre-K and tax cuts for low-income families. But he set aside equal time to address the concerns of those gathered, an intimate group of barely […]