Protesters fail to see hypocrisy

Allow me, if you will, a few disjointed thoughts that weren’t long enough for a column, but were worth some type of mention in this space: • The best snide comment I’ve heard from people who hate the Occupy Wall Street protests is that you have thousands of people protesting the excesses of capitalism, and […]

Elida news — Oct. 4

Yearbook students attending training The yearbook class will be attending a Walsworth Yearbook training in Roswell at ENMU-R today. The workshop will improve students’ skills with hands-on learning and will allow them to work with an artist to design their cover and related graphic elements.

The best is yet to come

Do you wake up in the morning with creaky stiff bones? Do you allow “stinking thinking” to dominate your thoughts? Do you long for the good old days? I have good news. The “now” of life becomes “the good old days.” You are older and wiser. You have a treasure of experience. You have learned […]

Editorial: States should have Obamacare opt out choice

A Republican effort to allow states to opt out of Obamacare has begun in the U.S. Senate, adding another front to the war waged against the nation’s sweeping new health care law. We prefer the finality of a Supreme Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. Governors of 28 states Wednesday urged President Barack Obama […]

Gambling could serve as source of revenue

Freedom New Mexico Gambling proponents once again are hoping that this will be the year Texas lawmakers finally allow gambling enterprises to establish themselves in the state. The issue could help reveal just what kind of “reform-minded” candidates were elected to the legislature in November. Expanded gambling opportunities (limited pari-mutuel betting already is allowed in […]

Chicken herding not all it’s cracked up to be

By Glenda Price: Humor columnist I hear some cities are changing their covenants to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. I sounds great. People can have mini-farms in their backyards. I, however, don’t plan to participate because one spring and summer I was a chicken herder. My mom ordered a set of 25 […]

Measure bumps up county term limits

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The Senate on Saturday passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow county officials in the state — commissioners, sheriffs, clerks, treasurers and assessors — to run for three consecutive four-year terms instead of the two terms under current law. The resolution passed with a 27-14 vote. It had […]

Support grows for advocates of immigrants

Freedom New Mexico As we allow government to cast ever-widening nets over all aspects of our lives, real life-and-death issues — health care, crime and drug use, to name just a few — become little more than political playthings tossed about inside the Washington beltway and state capitals across the country. So forgive us for […]

Bills would give schools operating leeway

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Pending state legislation could allow New Mexico schools more flexibility in how they handle possible budget cuts, but local administrators are waiting to see what happens and prioritizing. Wednesday night and Thursday, the state Senate passed three bills that, if they pass the House, would allow schools to adjust […]

Poster contest closed to public

Freedom New Mexico Because of increased cases of influenza-like illness, Roosevelt General Hospital has decided not to allow the public to judge posters created by Portales sixth-graders in honor of Infection Control Week, said Director of Marketing Gay Weese. In order to keep the flu from spreading, people are discouraged from coming to the hospital […]

Faith carries us through tough times

By Joan Clayton: Local columnist What is your faith temperature, and how is your thought life? Do you make a definitive decision to stop negative thoughts, or do you allow them to run over you? If so, you become totally depressed and unaware of the progression of negative attacks. A perfectly good day can be […]

All ends well when we trust in God

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist What is your faith temperature, and how is your thought life? Do you make a definitive decision to stop negative thoughts, or do you allow them to run over you? If so, you become totally depressed and unaware of the progression of negative attacks. A perfectly good day can be […]

Honduran politics aren’t U.S. concern

Freedom New Mexico As foreign dramas go, the so-called coup in Honduras is one mind-twisting ordeal. The military removed President Manuel Zelaya from the presidency after he mandated a national referendum that would, ultimately, allow him to stay in office beyond the constitutionally prescribed term. Zelaya was elected as a moderate-conservative but lately has become […]

Council denies zone change for BBQ business

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By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer Portales City Council members on Monday voted unanimously not to allow J4 Bar-B-Que to serve “to-go” orders from a house at 1309 E. Amazon Street. About 75 spectators attended the meeting. The three principal operators of J4, Glenn Johnson, Bill Graham and Jerry Faber, all spoke at the meeting […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

Bill allowing broadcast of legal ads clears House

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure that would allow a legal advertisements to be broadcast on television or read on the radio to meet publication requirements has cleared the House, but might face a tough time in its first Senate committee. The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow ads […]

ENMU hosts comment session

The public is invited to comment on a draft feasibility study evaluating possible long-term partnerships between Eastern New Mexico University and New Mexico State Parks at the Blackwater Draw site. A meeting to allow the public to ask questions and provide input is set for 6 p.m. today in the Sandia Room of the ENMU […]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]

Panel to consider zone system for developments

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A measure before the House Taxation and Revenue Committee today would allow the creation of “infrastructure development zones” that could issue bonds and have the power of eminent domain. Each zone would have a board, and the boards would be able to impose special assessments and fees, […]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter […]