Police: DNA sample law would benefit, not burden

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Argen Duncan Local law enforcement officials say a proposed requirement to take DNA samples from people arrested for any felony would be a benefit, not a burden. Under existing state law, anyone 18 or older arrested for felonies involving death or bodily harm, sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, larceny, robbery, aggravated stalking, use of a firearm […]

Payments more of burden than help

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist In case you haven’t heard, there will be no cost of living increase for Social Security recipients next year. This has spurred outrage and consternation on Capitol Hill. After all, seniors vote in large numbers and are a politically powerful voting bloc, so efforts to placate senior citizens are usually […]

Enthusiasts see ban as inevitable

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Crowing roosters can be heard through the open back door as Badger Burden leans forward in his easy chair to talk about cockfighting. It’s a sport he says has been a way of life for him and his family for most of his 80-plus years. A cigarette dangling from […]

Lack of support shouldn’t justify forced participation

By Freedom Newspapers Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is poised to be quite powerful, as congressmen go, since he is slated to chair the Ways and Means Committee in January, has raised once again the idea of a military draft. While we can sympathize with some of the reasons he wants to reintroduce this idea […]

All in a day’s work

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By William P. Thompson: PNT Staff Writer Portales waitress Ruby Burden began her serving career at Jimmy’s Cafe 36 year’s ago. She hasn’t skipped a beat, going to work for the Donut Hut, Nell’s Cafe and then Judy’s Cafe before becoming one of the first employees of the Wagon Wheel Cafe in 1986. Wagon Wheel […]

God’s wings a safe place to run

By Joan Clayton Life is a journey and I wonder sometimes if we live this precious gift without purpose. The psalmist has said, “We spend our years as a tale that is told,” (Psalm 90:9). Those around us read the story of our lives. Each day we write the pages by example and influence. In […]