Letters to the Editor (Nov. 16)

Cold, hard reality is finally convincing many of us what learned predictions could not: Most of the policies of the Bush administration are tearing our country apart. Many good Republicans, especially, are wondering how and why we’ve come to this point. Speaking from the right, noted columnist Pat Buchanan said of the recent Harriet Miers […]

ENMU debates war in Iraq

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer One Eastern New Mexico University professor said George W. Bush’s decision to attack Iraq was based on oil. Another professor pointed to a history of the U.S. overthrowing governments. The arguments were part of a public forum on Monday evening on the ENMU campus to discuss the merits of […]

Conservatists criticize Bush’s latest nominee

Freedom Newspapers Conservatives, libertarians and other professed believers in limited, constitutional government have had many reasons to be appalled at the George W. Bush administration. For starters, government spending has gone through the roof, the president has further federalized education, he has yet to veto a single bill of any type, and he continues to […]

Oct. 14 Obituaries

Jane Anne Stinnett Services: 11 a.m. (MDT) today at the First United Methodist Church of Lubbock Jane Anne Stinnett, 72, of Lubbock died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at University Medical Center in Lubbock following a long battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 6, 1933, in Portales to Marion and Elizabeth Stinnett. She graduated from […]

Crisis overtakes Bush’s agenda, rearranging second-term landscape

Tom Raum: Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Hurricane Katrina swamped President Bush’s second-term domestic agenda, reordering his priorities and changing the political landscape. His open-ended commitment to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has become his No. 1 domestic imperative. Swept away was Bush’s pledge to cut the budget deficit in half. His centerpiece […]

President Bush accepts BRAC recommendations

Deb Riechmann: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush on Thursday endorsed a plan for closing 22 major military bases and reconfiguring 33 others, leaving their fate to Congress. Bush had until Sept. 23 to either accept the entire report from an independent commission and send it to Congress, or return it to the commission […]

Bush takes responsibility for Katrina response failures

Tom Raum: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Bush for the first time took responsibility Tuesday for federal government mistakes in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and suggested the calamity raised broader questions about the government’s ability to handle both natural disasters and terror attacks. “Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels […]

Rumsfeld: BRAC list will save money

Robert Burns: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has advised President Bush that a plan presented to the White House last week for closing 22 major military bases and realigning 33 others will yield large savings, even though fewer bases would be closed than Rumsfeld wanted, a Pentagon official said Monday. […]

FEMA director steps down

Darlene Superville: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mike Brown, the subject of blistering criticism after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and overwhelmed the government’s response, quit Monday as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The White House moved quickly to replace him, installing a top agency official with three decades of firefighting experience […]

Udall pays visit to local Democrats

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., told members of a largely Democratic audience that the Republicans in Washington are not doing enough to help Americans, but also said Democrats need to do more if they hope to change that. Udall was the guest during a luncheon organized by Friends of […]

6/22 Letters to the Editor

Thank Bush for BRAC situation On behalf of the hundreds of businesses and the thousands of residents whose economic future are now at risk due to the Base Realignment and Closure process, I want to thank those Curry and Roosevelt county citizens who voted for George W. Bush. It’s really working out well for our […]

Patriot Act reform a sign of change for the better

Freedom Newspapers In what may be a sign that President Bush is beginning to experience the “second-term blues,” the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 238-187 to prevent appropriated funds from being used to secretly obtain library patrons’ and book shoppers’ records, as allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Although President Bush has […]

Bush defends base closings, says money should be spent on war

The Associated Press By Jennifer Loven ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Speaking out for the first time in favor of controversial base closings, President Bush said Friday the nation is wasting billions of dollars on unnecessary military facilities and needs the money for the war on terrorism. Bush, who faces opposition from many states to shutting down […]

Departure sign of changing world of journalism

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist One could sum up Dan Rather’s sad departure from CBS news on Wednesday night in his own words: “It’s way past the witching hour at this point in the game.” Since his controversial story on President Bush’s military service, Rather’s own career began to, as Rather said of Gore during […]

CBS fires four after report released

Staff and Wire Reports NEW YORK — Four CBS News staffers were fired Monday following the release of an independent investigation involving a Portales native’s release of documents to the broadcast news organization this fall. The investigation said a “myopic zeal” led to the airing of a discredited story about President Bush’s military service, and […]

Rather to step down from CBS anchor post

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports NEW YORK — Dan Rather, the hard-charging embodiment of CBS News who saw his reputation damaged by an ill-fated report on President Bush’s National Guard service, said Tuesday he will step down as “CBS Evening News” anchor in March after nearly a quarter-century in the job. Rather, […]

Politics teachers reflect on four more years

By David Irvin Sen. John Kerry gave a moving concession speech Wednesday, pleading that President Bush work toward national healing and unity in his next term. An hour later Bush said something quite similar, promising to work for the respect of those who didn’t vote for him. However, some area professors are skeptical Bush will […]

Bush wins four more years

The Associated Press WASHINGTON – After a long night of poll watching and an hour or two of sleep, President Bush was back in the Oval Office Wednesday when he got the call he was waiting for: John Kerry was on the line to concede. Bush planned to address the nation in midafternoon. The president […]

Roosevelt backs Bush

By Mike Linn In a nip-and-tuck race for the presidency, Democrats and Republicans in Portales were still waiting late into the evening for a victor — even though Roosevelt County resoundingly favored President Bush. Nationwide, CNN reported 246 electoral votes for Bush and 188 for John Kerry at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. It takes 270 […]

Students get large headstart on voting process

By Tony Parra Some extremely early voters selected their U.S. presidential candidate on Monday, 10 years before the government actually recognizes their vote. Some students from Portales elementary schools have voted and others will vote today for the candidate they would like to see serve for the next four years. Steiner Elementary first-graders voted on […]