Democrats delve into racial politics instead of unity

Editorial Barack Obama breezed onto the scene as one of the most articulate, seemingly reasonable and impassioned men to run for president since Ronald Reagan. He happens to be black. Imagine what a uniting black president could do for race relations and the status of American blacks. Black Americans have come a long way toward […]

Race, gender loom in politics

By Karl Terry, PNT managing editor A professor of political science told the Roosevelt County Democratic Women this week that this year’s presidential election would be historic because it will gauge the country’s ability to deal with gender and race in a political campaign. Sue Strickler, professor of political science at Eastern New Mexico University […]

Political coverage now more like sports

By Anita Doberman You would think that being from Italy I’ve had my fair share of politics, and I certainly have when it comes to outrageous situations. But I was nevertheless surprised by the coverage of our current American political races. I am not talking about the candidates or political views, Republican versus Democrat etc; […]

Time again for fearless predictions

By Kevin Wilson I start this year, like I do every other, with an edition of “Kevin Wilson’s Fearless Predictions.” I make these predictions with the utmost confidence, because I know people way smarter than me have screwed up predictions far worse than I have. It was Bill Gates who once said a computer with […]

Bhutto assassination will have far-reaching effects in politics

The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who recently returned to an active role in Pakistani politics, is a setback for any hope of democratic reform there. Even more alarming, it is a significant victory for the forces of Islamic extremism — the Taliban, al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and supporters and sympathizers everywhere […]

News isn’t just news to military families

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week, I was going to send off my column about humorous misadventures at a restaurant with some friends and a rather belligerent stranger who kept asking me if I could teach her Italian, when I watched President Bush’s speech, and decided I had a more pressing topic. I have said […]

Religion, politics don’t belong together

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Communications A wonderful aspect of a free, capitalist society is that nearly everything is privately owned. That applies to churches. They are owned by the order — Roman Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Muslims and all the more than 4,000 different religious groups that exist now in the United States — or by […]

Asking questions is not playing politics

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers In two days we observe the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a horrid day plotted by suicidal madmen that shocked the world and demanded justice. Instead of justice though, we have an unjustified war in Iraq and now the dark shadow of Hurricane Katrina hanging over our […]

Senator tours building

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Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) was in Portales on Tuesday for a tour of Eastern New Mexico University’s new communications building. Domenici, who was at the original building dedication 31 years ago reflected back on his start in politics. “I was interviewed by many of the young people who used […]