Editorial: Fairness Doctrine unfairly regulates freedom of speech

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi apparently has decided there won’t be a vote this year to permanently prevent the government from imposing the so-called Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters. In fact, Pelosi favors reestablishing the doctrine, which would elevate government as the final arbiter of what’s fair in public discourse. In a nation founded on the principle […]

Portales FFA Banquet

The Portales FFA annual banquet was called to order at 6:30 p.m. May 6. District President Melissa Fretus gave a speech. The FFA creed was given by Wil Hodnett. The greenhand parlimentary procedure team opened the banquet. Awards given out at the banquet included: • Beef Production — Cayli Sanders • Sheep Production — Kendall […]

PHS speech team headed to nationals

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Christian Townsend is learning the art of “polite” persuasion by watching C-SPAN and the technicalities of structuring a powerful deliverance by studying Martin Luther King Jr’s famous, “I Have a Dream” speech. Townsend is one of four Portales High School students who have qualified to compete in the National […]

Local Briefs March 5

Blackwood Legacy to perform The Nashville-based Blackwood Legacy gospel group, featuring former Blackwood Brothers Quartet lead singer and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Rick Price will be performing at 7 p.m Thursday at New Testament Baptist Church, Second and Elgin in Portales. Admission is free, an offering will be taken. The group, including Washington […]

Neither party in any shape to advance cause of liberty

He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play politics, and decided […]

ROTC should have place on campus

Anita Doberman Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of messages stating that Columbia had exercised true freedom […]

Iranian president OK, but not ROTC?

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices and all sorts of comments regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of […]

Freedom of speech must be protected

Editorial “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …” It’s difficult to imagine a greater abridgement of that constitutionally guaranteed freedom than a government agency that demands private broadcasters must air views contrary to their own. That essentially is what the former Fairness Doctrine entailed, […]

Political speech regulations revisited following ruling

Editorial In 2002 the McCain-Feingold election regulations legislation, or Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), became law. The law made it illegal for a corporation to use its general treasury funds to pay for “electioneering communication,” within 30 days of a federal primary election or 60 days of a federal general election. Despite obvious concerns about […]

Graduation ‘bittersweet’ for Clovis Christian seniors

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers With boys robed in blue and gold gowns and girls in white, 17 students graduated from Clovis Christian School on Friday night. The commencement ceremony, which also featured students carrying yellow roses for their moms, was held in the sanctuary of the private school. “This is bittersweet,” said CCS graduate […]

Feb. 2, 1978

Lynda Fisher and Kris Fickling spoke to the Causey Home Extension Club today. Lynda Fisher is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in communication. She will be presenting a persuasive speech on Human Rights in Experimental Research. Kris Fickling is a senior majoring in communications and minoring in Business Administration. Ms. Fickling presented an […]

Jan. 30, 1968

A cast of eight Eastern new Mexico University students has been selected for “Flibbertygibbett,” the Children’s Theatre Tour produced by the school of speech and drama. Richard Lokken, assistant professor in speech and drama and director of the tour, announced the cast, which will begin rehearsals immediately. Tour dates are scheduled March 1-12 in eastern […]

Being famous isn’t always good

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The question is simple: Would you rather be rich or famous? The answer is also simple: I’d rather be rich, because you can be famous for the wrong reasons. Now I have proof, because I grew up with somebody who’s now famous … and I’m not sure if it’s a […]

New Orleans’ Mayor Nagin little too edgy

By Freedom Newspapers Ray Nagin must find it hard to walk with a foot perpetually lodged in his mouth. The New Orleans mayor was at it again last week, trashing New York’s Ground Zero rebuilding efforts in a pathetic attempt to deflect criticism over the slow progress in cleaning up his city’s Ninth Ward. Nagin […]

Speech meet an ENMU tradition

By Tony Parra Portales High School students in speech competitions may not receive as much fanfare as the students in the basketball state tournament but nonetheless they still had the spotlight shine on them this week during the 2006 New Mexico High School Speech Tournament in Portales. Anthony Schroeder, tournament director and Eastern New Mexico […]

Scott highlights Black History Month at ENMU

By Tony Parra Barry Scott said that despite dealing with racism he has remained positive and wanted ENMU students and other audience members to do the same no matter what obstacles they confront. Scott is an African-American motivational speaker who has been on other campuses and preached the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.. “He’s […]

King left practical message of hope

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” — Martin Luther King Jr. When it comes to historical figures, people often feel either a need to embrace them entirely, ignoring or denying contradictory or troubling things that they said or did. The other, mirror-image […]

Academy’s prayer rules create long, drawn-out battle

Freedom Newspapers Two new developments in the clash over religious expression at the Air Force Academy probably bear mentioning. Neither suggests the controversy will be ending anytime soon. The Senate last week approved, by a 99-0 vote, a measure that will leave decisions regarding the appropriateness of voluntary, nondenominational prayers at school functions to the […]

Online free speech should be protected by our government

Freedom Newspapers Poocharific Have you heard about the “Superpooch” who lives in the fertile mind of a local fifth-grader? Read the editor’s Web log at: http://www.cnjonline.com/blog/stevens/ Internet free speech isn’t under attack just in the People’s Republic of China, where “at least 23 journalists and about 50 cyberdissidents are in jail,” according to a 2004 […]

ACLU helps in case of street preacher

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The American Civil Liberties Union has given assistance to a Portales man who says he was arrested for practicing religion in the city. Shawn Miller, 33, was released from the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Wednesday after more than three months in custody. He posted a $3,000 appearance bond. In […]