Bush OKs Head Start renewal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor President Bush’s signature on a five-year renewal of Head Start, the federal preschool program for children in poverty, drew sighs of relief Wednesday in eastern New Mexico. “I was so excited. It was a long wait,” Eastern Plains Head Start Director Mary Rose Jimenez said. The latest update to […]

Bush approves Cannon funds

Staff and wire reports President Bush on Tuesday signed an increase in the Pentagon’s non-war budget that includes funding for the purchase of five CV-22 Ospreys destined for Cannon Air Force Base, according to Air Force Special Operations officials. Authorized was $453.7 million for the Air Force purchase of V-22 Ospreys, and $238 million for […]

Rural N.M. values are conservative

By Allen Weh: Guest Columnist At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America was the center of American life, home to most of the population and the source of the nation’s food and commerce. The core values of hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and respect for private property took root in these early communities, […]

Special operations gets funding in Pentagon non-war budget

Staff and wire reports WASHINGTON — Congress approved a big boost in the Pentagon’s non-war budget late Thursday. The budget includes money for Air Force Special Operations to modify CV-22 Ospreys and other funding that will boost several programs in eastern New Mexico, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Cannon […]

Presidential power struggles nothing new

Editorial The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance of Americans, it […]

Infamous quotes just as revealing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Famous people are often remembered by a single quote or phrase. It might not be completely fitting of their legacy but it can come to define them over time. Take for instance U.S. presidents, normally a wordy bunch, yet we’ll let one quippy moment be burned into our memory. […]

Global warming hype nothing

Editorial Global warming rhetoric is more hot air than good sense and an excuse for governments to seize power over private lives. That’s why President Bush’s recent pronouncements are worrisome. “… (G)lobal temperatures are rising and this is caused largely by human activities,” Bush recently told a 17-nation conference. To say that the earth is […]

It’s confusing on Planet IOKIYAR

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico A recent commercial strikes a funny chord with everybody I know, regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status. In it, a mom asks her daughter who she’s text messaging so much, and she responds, “IDK, my BFF Jill,” as “I don’t know, my best friend forever Jill” runs in […]

Libby’s commutation unacceptable

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s unfortunate “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is on summer break, because only a comedy program could accurately reflect the idea of President George W. Bush commuting a prison sentence. Bush erased a 30-month sentence for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of four counts relating to the investigation in […]

Bush was right in commuting Libby’s jail term

President George W. Bush did the appropriate thing in commuting the sentence of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby — Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, who was sentenced to 30 months in jail and a fine of $250,000 for his role in what has become known as Plamegate. Libby will serve no jail time, […]