Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

Big government leads to abuse of political funds

Freedom New Mexico The freedom to influence and support political candidates by contributing money in election campaigns is under attack. Many, including the Freedom New Mexico, are bothered, and should be, by the disproportionate influence of big money in political campaigns. The problem spans the political spectrum. But the solution isn’t to infringe on constitutional […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]

Their view: Transparency measure ripe for abuse

Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says a new initiative by President Obama would instruct contract officers to consider political donations.

My turn: Time to stop reacting to political pundits

Janice Morrow, a Portales resident who consults on media matters, and I recently discussed the state of political discourse. Here are her thoughts: They are a new breed of shock jocks. Instead of offensive sexual innuendo and toilet humor, they — the right and left — practice theatrical political rhetoric. And, the media is only […]

My turn: Shooter bears sole responsibility

I have no insight about the Arizona shootings and toxic political rhetoric that hasn’t already been expressed. Although it seems disingenuous to deny that crosshairs have base-appealing, gun-scope connotations, that is fuzzy compared to the fervent emotions engendered by political discussions that recognize no middle ground. No one has a truth monopoly on complex issues. […]

Squashing political speech not answer

Freedom New Mexico We add our thoughts and prayers to the many for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the six people killed, including a senior federal judge, a 9-year-old girl fascinated by politics, a congressional aide and three other innocents, as well as the 13 people wounded, in the attack Saturday in Tucson. The accused, […]

True liberty has no political affiliations

Freedom New Mexico We’ve always taken a moment the week of Nov. 24 — the birthday of R.C. Hoiles — to reflect on the ideas underpinning a philosophy of liberty that Hoiles strove all his life to understand and popularize, and to consider how those ideas fare in modern America. Hoiles founded Freedom Communications, the […]

Nov. 7 —

PNT staff report Political sign taken down A political sign in the state right-of-way on Second Street has been taken down. The banner urged viewers to vote and said “Republican Party.” It was displayed during the week of Oct. 25. A Signman Signs employee who declined to give his full name said the business had […]

Boehner simply seeking working solution

Freedom Newspapers What came over U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio? The House minority leader suggested a compromise with Democrats on taxes. Within a matter of seconds, it seemed, the knives were out. His own party ripped him, and the White House fell back on that tired political clich

Political restrictions apply to servicemembers

By Seth Cowell: Electronic Systems Center Legal Office HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. — With the 2010 elections coming up, television newscasts and newspaper articles are filled with the latest news about the candidates running for various offices. While exercising a right to vote is the duty of all Americans, military and civilian federal employees […]

Their view: Political leaders constantly resort to lies

Political leaders constantly resort to lies Portales’ Kirby Rowan offers his views on “right-wing Republicans” in this letter to the editor:

Political debate taking toll on Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents don’t have it easy. Nobody seems to like what they’re doing. To many they’re the face of increasingly oppressive policies and arguments that have racial undertones. Others say they aren’t doing their jobs, since many people still manage to encroach our boundaries without getting caught. So news that suicides by Border Patrol […]

Their view: Waste inevitable in government programs

Mona Charen is a conservative political columnist who writes for Creators Syndicate. Here’s a snippet from a piece she wrote encouraging the Washington Post to do more to expose government excesses following its recent in-depth, multi-part, two-year investigation into the vast network of government security agencies and private contractors.

Leave politics out of friendships

Yes, most of my friends have similar political convictions to mine. Actually, not just political but also more general philosophical ones, bearing on the theory of being, knowledge, the human good and even the nature of art. But I do have some genuine friends who disagree with me on important matters, including politics. How is […]

Polling locations

Today is primary election voting day for New Mexico. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters must be a registered member of a political party to participate in the primary election. Information: 356-8562.

Their view: Can bring experience to political office

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. Allen Deen is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County Commission District 5. He’s running against Lori Bohm, Kendell Buzard and Larry Jewell. Here’s what Deen had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job:

Candidate profiles: Roosevelt County Commission — District 5

The following candidates are seeking their political party’s nomination for the Roosevelt County District 5 Commission seat. District 5 covers the panhandle of Roosevelt County and the Floyd area to the west edge of Portales. Each of the candidates was asked the same set of questions.

Playoff beard makes short return

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether personal or political, the things that came to my head for this column didn’t quite stretch into the space I must fill. So here’s a small shot of each: • The playoff beard returned, and left. Consistent fans of my column, which may or may not include more […]