Their view: Choose character over likability

Robert Schwarzwalder, senior vice president at the Family Research Council, offers this view on the presidential election:

Tolerating radicals cost of freedom

Freedom New Mexico If you are alive and reading this today and the world has not been shaken and burned to the ground, then we were right once again. We were 99.9 percent certain the rapture would not happen last week. That’s because we have amazing psychic powers that enable us to predict the future. […]

Privatization boosts free market

It is strange to see how many people object to the idea of ending the government monopoly for any service or product that is even marginally now provided by government. Some people seem to really believe things can be best done by government, using coercive wealth confiscation known euphemistically as taxation and by not allowing […]

KENW preparing for annual auction

PNT staff report KENW-TV is gearing up for its 35th annual online fundraising auction with more than 1,500 items to choose from. The goal for this year’s auction is to raise $60,000, and all proceeds go to station programming, according to a news release from KENW. The auction runs June 1-10, with items valued at […]

Educational choices best left to parents

Freedom New Mexico Hurray for Colorado, a state of school choice in which parents may open-enroll their children in almost any school they choose. If education is the future, Colorado’s future is bright. State money follows each student, so schools compete for the favor of parents. In trying to win the hearts of parents, schools […]

My turn: Choose words wisely

I guess I need to be more careful about describing myself as “ultra-conservative.” Somehow I’ve gotten on an extremist distribution list. One recent e-mail showed presidents Reagan, Bush W. and Clinton speaking at podiums with U.S. flags. Then it pictured “Barack Hussein Obama” (with Hussein boldfaced), and asked what was the difference — before pointing […]

Tips to choose happiness after divorce featured

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on using a Bias Tape Maker machine, developing a sewing-related business and choosing happiness after divorce will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Michele Muska is with Simplicity Creative Group, and she’s going to show how to make bias strips using […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis and Portales ghosts and ghouls this Halloween have a lot of places to choose from to scare up some family fun. A number of places have events planned for Halloween and the day before. The Portales Recreation Center is one of them. “We’re going to have people jumping […]

Pastor: Calling was chosen for me

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Pastor David McFadden. First Baptist Church What did you choose to be a pastor? It wasn’t so much something I chose. It was something that was chosen for me. During summer break while attending college, I was invited to a Bible study by a young lady. I went more for the lady than the Bible […]

It’s Their Job: Leslie Vannatta

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PNT Correspondent Blake Downs Name: Leslie Vannatta Job: Designer at Designs by J Background: Vannatta was raised in Texico and graduated from high school there. She is currently studying elementary education at ENMU. Time on Job: One year What does your job entail I design items for the heat press and sew different projects. I […]

PHS students choose McCain in mock election

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Maybe there is hope for John McCain yet. Based on the results of a vote by students in Mark Gallegos’ government classes at Portales High School, the Arizona Republican won by a slight margin. Citing Barack Obama’s nationwide popularity among young voters, Gallegos was surprised by the result based […]

Readers weigh in on coming elections

Obama campaign damaging to America I am a proud American. I believe in God, family and country. Our country was founded on these principles and provided us with freedom and the liberty to choose the path we desire to follow. Here in our area we have wonderful people who love and care for each other […]

Editorial: Debate shows few differences

From a political perspective, the big debate Friday night was probably a draw. Given that the electorate is nearly evenly divided on which candidate to choose, the debate results will only reinforce this indeterminate status quo. Republican John McCain had better answers on the economy. But Democrat Barack Obama had better answers on foreign policy […]

Tucumcarians await Monday decision on racino location

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The decision is due Monday. All Quay County can do now is wait for members of the New Mexico Racing Commission to decide which of three proposals it will choose for the site of New Mexico’s sixth racetrack and casino. Raton and Santa Fe have also submitted proposals. Commissioners […]

It’s their job: Nancy Tivis

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Nancy Tivis Job: Owner, The Fashion Girl/Merle Norman Cosmetics Time on the job: 21 years Background: Tivis retired from Portales National Bank in the position of vice president after 36 years. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. I do make-overs, which are free. Our motto is “We […]

Life’s music surrounds everyone

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I wonder how many of us dance our way through life but never hear the music? Life has “a music” about it and if not heard, it isn’t appreciated. God gives his children guidance and they “hear the music.” Peace and encouragement comes with it. Your life is strengthened […]

Letters to the Editor: Pumpkin smashing disrespectful

On Wednesday morning as I was driving to work, I noticed several smashed pumpkins in front of my neighbor’s house and in his driveway. The last few years have been difficult for him; he suffers, as many of us do, from the pain and loneliness that is caused by depression. My neighbor loves Halloween, and […]

Feb. 5, 2006 Letters to the Editor

All of us eligible for Part D Medicare have known for many months the choice was ours. Part D has 17 certified and approved providers in New Mexico. Each one of them has one or more plans; in fact there are 42 plans. We can no longer run to the doctor, get prescriptions, then run […]

Choose your battles carefully to avoid hardships

Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer A former editor of mine invited myself and other minority reporters to her home for lunch and asked for feedback. One reporter remarked, “How do I say something without coming across as an angry black woman?” The response this editor from Texas gave has stayed with me: “It’s like your […]