Club notes — Aug. 29

Friendship Rebekah Lodge The Friendship Rebekah Lodge held its regular meeting 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at 405 Main St. Members discussed and made plans for the upcoming rummage sale, which is to be Sept. 3-4 at 8 a.m. It will be a clean up sale and will have a variety of things, such as chairs, […]

Obama should take cue from Reagan

Freedom New Mexico On Aug. 13, 1981, President Ronald Reagan, at his modest hideaway in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, Calif., signed into law perhaps the most aggressive tax cut in U.S. history. Friday marked the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 and should remind us, in a […]

Portales past: Aug. 16, 1945

Aug. 16, 1945: The victory over Japan as announced by President Truman was celebrated by a group of 15 young people who met at Portales’ West Side Baptist Church. The program consisted of prayers, songs and a testimony.

Encouraging to see states stand up to government

Freedom New Mexico The states are restless. Increasingly, states across America are resisting encroachments on their liberties by the federal government. The most recent examples concern objections by two states to the forced adoption of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Voters in Missouri approved Tuesday, 71 percent to 29 percent, Measure C, the Health Care […]

Government threat to scholarship

The president of the AAUP — American Association of University Professors — issued a lengthy declaration warning the membership against getting involved with BP, the giant oil company whose operations have gone awry in the Gulf of Mexico and whose management is suspected of numerous failures and malpractices that have lead to the disaster in […]

Their view: Gross receipts tax hampers state businesses

Paul Gessing, president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say in a recent column on New Mexico’s gross receipts tax:

Reader submitted content: Portales FFA member elected state district IV president

Portales FFA Chapter is the home of a New Mexico State Officer for the first time in about 11 years. Kayla Hight, of the Portales Chapter, was elected District IV President at the New Mexico State FFA Convention, held in Las Cruces, May 31 – June 3, 2010. District IV is compromised of FFA Chapters […]

Honors — June 20

Hudgeons Felicia Ann Hudgeons of Portales was named to the President’s list for the spring 2010 semester at West Texas A&M University.

Challenge yourself to exceed

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist In his heartfelt eulogy for his mother, Jean Biden, Vice President Joe Biden quoted some words from her, very approvingly. These included the idea that “Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.” Furthermore, in his autobiography the vice president recalls something else he learned from his mother: […]

Their view: Don’t place blame on Blue Cross

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. The group promotes prosperity for New Mexico based on principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s what Gessing had to say about health care in a recent column:

Portales Past: May 23, 1960

May 23, 1960: Floyd D. Golden, involved with Eastern New Mexico University from its inception in 1934 and its president for 19 years, announced his retirement. Speculation that Golden would be replaced had been reported weeks earlier. Golden said he planned to spend the next few years working on a book about the university’s history.

Their turn: State has made strides in transparency

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s what he says about transparency in government: “Over the past couple years New Mexico state government has made grade strides toward increased transparency. Citizens can now watch or listen to floor sessions and both Houses now have floor votes online. Even better, this session, […]

Obama administration should leave Afghanistan to the Afghans

Freedom Newspapers This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. President Barack Obama has returned from a whirlwind trip to Afghanistan, where he sought to encourage U.S. troops and reportedly delivered yet another lecture to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the importance of […]

Freedom executive retiring

IRVINE, Calif. — Jon Segal, president of Freedom Communications’ newspaper division, is retiring on June 30, according to a company newsletter. Freedom is the parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun. Segal’s career began more than 40 years ago as a high school student in the circulation department of […]

GOP carrying substantial fight into November

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The attorneys general of at least 14 states have filed challenges to various provisions of the massive health care bill passed by Congress and signed by the president. It is unclear yet […]

Not all satisfied with health care legislation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Healthcare legislation signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama was no doubt historic. But some Clovis residents feel it’s more about Democrats and Republicans than the year-long process was about Americans. “I think they’re playing politics,” said Jimmy Dimas, a retired school employee who moved to Clovis five […]

President signs national healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A beaming President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a historic $938 billion health care overhaul that guarantees coverage for 32 million uninsured Americans and will touch nearly every citizen’s life, presiding over the biggest shift in U.S. domestic policy since the 1960s and capping a divisive, yearlong debate that could define the […]

Israel-Palestine relations not U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Orange County (Calif.) Register. The United States and Israel are said to be trying to dial back a sense of mutual outrage that has developed over the blindsiding of Vice President Joe Biden last week in […]

Obama doing little for open government

Freedom New Mexico When Barack Obama became president last year, he expressed a commitment to “creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” On Tuesday, in the middle of Sunshine Week, highlighting the public’s right to know what its government is doing, Obama renewed his commitment to making his administration “the most open and transparent […]

Vote on education program needed soon

Freedom New Mexico Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama’s education secretary (a position that shouldn’t exist at the federal level, but is hardly likely to be abolished), has been somewhat less the tool of the education establishment and teachers unions than might have been expected. He has pushed for higher standards in testing regimens and more […]