Editorial: Legislation names can be deceiving

The fine art of giving official names to pieces of legislation is usually an exercise in propaganda and often enough verges on deception. But few legislative proposals bear as Orwellian a moniker as the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA) also known as “card check,” whose transparent purpose is to undermine free choice. And that […]

Freedom lets us act morally wrong

By Tibor Machan At a recent demonstration outside the Earl Warren Building in San Francisco, someone was waiving a sign that read: “A moral wrong can’t be a civil right.” Well, in fact, it can. A simple case in point is when someone writes something that is immoral or produces pictures or movies that are […]

Richardson: Act despite budget crisis

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican If you mostly listened for the new projects and programs that Gov. Bill Richardson pitched to lawmakers in his State of the State speech Tuesday, you could have missed the part about the state’s money crisis. Richardson wants to build a “green grid” to harness solar and wind power. […]

New study will focus on Cannon’s growth

By Sharna Johnson: Cannon Connections Curry County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take the lead in a Joint Land Use Study into expansion and a changed mission at Cannon Air Force Base. As community sponsors, the county will act as the lead, local agency and partner with the Office of Economic Adjustment in obtaining grant […]

Non-American tracking system isn’t feasible

Freedom New Mexico In what we hope is its last great act of lunacy, Michael Chertoff’s Department of Homeland Security has announced it will subject all non-Americans, including those who have been permanent legal residents for decades, to biometric tracking. The tracking is part of the US-VISIT program that began in 2003. Various elements of […]

Dec. 14, 2008 Portales High School News

Holiday break Portales High School will be closed Dec. 22 through Jan. 5 in observance of the Christmas holiday. Classes will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Friday and resume Jan. 6. Semester exams scheduled Portales High School students will take semester exams during seventh period Wednesday; during first, second and third periods Thursday; and during fourth, […]

PHS News Nov. 23

Thanksgiving holiday PHS will be closed Wednesday-Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume Dec. 1. SAT, ACT exams Seniors interested in attending a four-year university after graduation must take a college entrance exam, either the ACT or the SAT. The next ACT will be given Feb. 7. Deadline to register is Jan. […]

Editorial: FISA creates loopholes that allow for abuse

The Senate passed Wednesday the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act of 2008 as a “compromise” between Democrats and Republicans, although it was by and large a victory for the Bush administration. President Bush signed it into law on Thursday. Twenty Democrats voted for the bill, including Sen. Barack Obama, who has been criticized […]

PHS counselors April 27

College entrance exams Senior and junior students interested in attending a four-year university after graduation must take a college entrance exam. The next ACT will be given June 14. Deadline to register is May 9. The next SAT will be given June 7. Deadline to register is May 6. Students can pick-up registration packets at […]

PHS counselors April 20

ACT, SAT exams Senior and junior students interested in attending a four-year university after graduation must take a college entrance exam, either the ACT or the SAT. The next ACT will be given June 14. Deadline to register is May 9. The next SAT will be given June 7. Deadline to register is May 6. […]

Couple named ‘Good Samericans’

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition […]

Clovis couple wins inaugural Samerican award

By Gabriel Monte Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition Thursday from Clovis […]

Act should be reformed in non-election year

Editorial In what appears to be a desperate attempt to salvage some semblance of a legacy from a lame-duck period, President Bush indulged in a bit of political theater last week. He assembled a group of civil rights leaders at the White House and herded them into the Rose Garden to plead with Congress to […]

Checks-and-balances system effective in guarding against overzealous government

Editorial U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally misused the […]

Smoking ban starts

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The era of smoking in public places has come to an end as The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act takes effect today. The law has been designed to eliminate smoking in enclosed indoor workplaces that include restaurants, bars and other workplaces such as retail and office spaces and […]

Libby’s jail sentence miscarriage of justice

Editorial As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes of which […]

Watchful citizens provide better protection than Patriot Act

Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it might […]

Media must work as government watchdog

By Robert Trapp: Columnist Community advocates, activists, volunteers and journalists with true grit will celebrate National Sunshine Week today through Saturday. The week is set aside annually to celebrate our freedom to access information under the U.S. Constitution and enlighten the public of its rights to access the records it owns and public bodies it […]

National security should be top priority

Editorial Nearly everywhere the U.S. military trains, it now finds itself fending off flanking attacks from an enemy within. These environmental extremists say they are concerned about the impacts training activities have on plants and animals, but they also undoubtedly relish the opportunity to champion two liberal causes at once, by undermining the military’s ability […]

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 […]