Editorial: Holidays takes root in trimph over powers

Easter and Passover, signal celebrations in Christianity and Judaism, are linked through the calendar and through long tradition. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that they show other kinships, including some that might be surprising to some who are merely passive believers. The most striking similarity is that both holidays represent liberation from and triumph […]

Super powers won’t make me hero

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist I’m not a conventional superhero. I battled my adversary verbally. My adversary, a very cute girl, asked me something I’ve always dreamed a very cute girl would ask me: “If you could be a superhero, which one and why?” Keep in mind, I got asked this question as […]

President should work inside bounds of Constitution

One of the keys to making our government work properly is the balance of powers. It’s a common mistake to think the president runs the federal government, but he doesn’t. He runs the executive branch. His official influence over the legislative and judicial branches is limited to proposing the budget and other legislation and nominating […]

Portales golf has state title in mind

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Portales senior golfer Jefferson Powers didn’t hesitate when asked how the Rams would do this season. “We’re going to win state,” Powers said. The Ram golfers nearly hit that mark last year, claiming runner-up status to Socorro. According to Portales boys coach Patrick Crowley, the Rams course management cost […]

Raid on Congressman’s office questionable but not unconstitutional

Editorial A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit overwrought. […]

Bush’s use of signing statements presidential powers cop-out

Editorial It has long been viewed as an anomaly, even a curiosity, that President Bush, who has been more jealous of the powers and prerogatives of the presidency than any recent inhabitant of that office, has not used his power to veto a single law passed by Congress. Recent surveys of his use of what […]

Timeripper: Preventer of social errors

By Kevin Wilson I ask a lot of questions to people around the city — it goes with the territory. But every once in a while, I get a question thrown back at me. A few weeks ago, I was more than prepared to answer. The question is one we ask our Personality Plus subjects […]

Officials reassure residents

Mike Linn New Mexico health officials told a group of Portales senior citizens about the symptoms and dangers of West Nile Virus, then tried to persuade the group that they had nothing to worry about. Nelson Powers, an entomologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, gave a 45-minute presentation about the mosquito-transmitted virus Tuesday […]

Golden Acres celebrating 25 years

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Mike Linn Four ladies enthusiastically eyed their dominoes on Monday afternoon at the Golden Acres community room. A fly swatter, or “a weapon,” rested at the table on which they play. Behind them were two walkers Golden Acres resident Thelma Chambers jokingly referred to as “our Cadillacs.” The reality of their gaming oasis was merely […]

U.S. celebrating 227th birthday— enjoy, appreciate

Today we celebrate the 227th birthday of the United States of America. Portales has a fireworks show tonight at Eastern New Mexico University. Melrose will host a community hamburger cookout at 5 p.m. today at its football field prior to fireworks, Clovis has live musical entertainment at Joe’s Boot Shop on Mabry Drive and Muleshoe […]