Energy bill in need of major overhaul

We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before the horse, Congress […]

There’s power in being bossed

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Once upon a time, a warlord rampaged throughout the countryside, killing every peasant until only a monk remained. Furious, he ordered the monk brought before him and shouted, “Do you know who I am?” “I am he who can run you through with a sword without even batting an eye!” […]

Celebrity touts dictator, country

Editorial It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he had discovered […]

Republicans use Democrats’ strategy to block bills

Editorial The first 100 days of Nancy Pelosi’s reign of error as speaker of the House have come and gone. Several times over, actually. And what does Congress have to show for it? Little to nada, legislatively speaking, and even lower public approval ratings than the besieged President Bush. Not that we’re complaining. Most of […]

In midst of turmoil, Tony Blair exhibits grace, dignity

Editorial British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after weeks of speculation and leaks about when exactly it would come, has announced he is stepping down as leader of the Labor Party and therefore as prime minister — as of June 27. As the longest-serving prime minister besides Margaret Thatcher in recent British history, he leaves behind […]

Abortion likely to become central campaign issue

Editorial On an emotional level it is difficult to be unhappy with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The procedure banned in that law, which involves extracting from the womb most of an intact fetus, 20 weeks or older, then piercing or crushing the skull to make sure the […]

Residents should feel obligated to donate

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM Columnist I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart you […]

Tornado coverage made for long night

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor As I rolled down my street, east of Portales a little after 6 a.m. Saturday, the sky was getting bright to the east with just a hint of a cloud line on the horizon. The last time I had looked toward Clovis, about 3 a.m., the sky was dark […]

Portales residents asked to conserve water, in wake of tornado

PNT Staff Report Portales residents are being asked to conserve water after a tornado snapped poles and cut off electricity to most of the city’s well field east of town, according to a press release from the Portales Police Department. The tornado, apparently the same one that struck Clovis, passed through the well field located […]

Scandals signal Gonzales must go

Freedom Newspapers Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should save President Bush the trouble of asking for it — a procedure that obviously pains the president when it come to loyal aides — and submit his resignation immediately. Gonzales may well be a decent person with a compelling personal history. And the position of attorney general has […]

Having positive attitude is essential

By Anita Doberman: Columnist When I speak, and often when I write, my husband “gracefully” watches our five children, ranging in age from 6 years to 5 months old. The kids’ ages make it difficult for anyone to baby-sit, let alone for a man, my husband, to handle them for long stretches of time. When […]

Dictatorship won’t help social improvement plan

Editorial The Venezuelan National Assembly confirmed what has been in the works for more than a month: President Hugo Chavez, an avowed socialist who sees Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as his role model, has been handed virtually unlimited power to rule by decree for the next 18 months. This new era of what Chavez calls […]

Socialist leaders have propensity to become dictators

Editorial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent strong-arm moves illustrate a couple of truths we’re weary of seeing illustrated. The first is that those who proclaim themselves socialists — avatars of “the people” and battlers for the underprivileged — all too soon end up taking the maximum possible power unto themselves, to the point of becoming […]

Jan. 12, 1960

Representative Anderson Carter, who has represented Roosevelt County in the New Mexico legislature for the past eight years, was guest speaker before members of the Portales Business and Professional Women’s Club and urged the women to take more interest in the laws of their state and their execution. He feels it is the duty of […]

Winter weather woes

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Stormy conditions caused some problems for Portales and Roosevelt County as a winter storm that produced ice, rain, lightning, two inches of snow and winds that ranged up to 35 mph moved out of the area Wednesday. The Portales Police Department responded to a few accidents that occurred in […]

Residents brace for more ice

By Casey Peacock: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County residents were caught up in winter’s icy grip Tuesday with icy roads and sidewalks and temperatures that didn’t climb much above freezing. Residents were bracing for another day of bad weather today. Forecasts were for increased precipitation Tuesday night and warmer and wetter conditions today. Up to […]

Russia demonstrates ambition for grandeur

Editorial The Russian government has successfully pressured Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil company, into reducing its stake in a promising but difficult oil and natural-gas field in Siberia from a majority share to a minority share. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy group, which has invested little or nothing in exploiting the energy resources on and around […]

ENMU makes capital choices

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With a power grid that they fear could blow and leave the university in the dark at any time, along with other projects on their minds, Eastern New Mexico University administration officials discussed capital infrastructure needs with regents Friday during their regular meeting. ENMU President Steven Gamble and Vice […]

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 […]

Foley’s e-mails another example of excessive power

Editorial The media and the blogosphere are brimming with comments on the sad story of Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned from Congress after ABC News made public some of the suggestive — and well beyond suggestive — e-mails and text messages he had exchanged with young male congressional pages. Did the leadership fail […]