‘America the Beautiful’ makes better anthem

Freedom New Mexico Another major sporting event, another national anthem conflict. This time it wasn’t some disrespectful leftist butchering “The Star Spangled Banner,” then grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground as Roseanne Barr did before a baseball game. Instead, it was American rock legend and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler — a flag-waving […]

Romney has best policies on conflict

Freedom New Mexico The Republican debates Saturday night and Sunday morning were intended to give last-minute guidance to voters in New Hampshire, which holds its presidential primary today. But they were useful also to voters in military-rich eastern New Mexico. The candidates offered glimpses into how they view the armed forces, overseas conflicts and when […]

Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their […]

Why avoiding conflict keeps you trapped in it forever

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Lisa McLeod Most people don’t like conflict. It feels risky and time consuming. They’re either afraid of it or they don’t want to expend the energy to deal with it. The problem is, avoiding conflict doesn’t work either. It doesn’t reduce tension, if anything, it escalates it. A reluctance to deal with conflict is hugely […]

Conflict in Libya puts U.S. in tough position

Freedom New Mexico Our country’s overly aggressive interventionist foreign policy led us to invade Iraq. It has caused Americans to pay for multiple interventions in which the goal was to save women and children abroad from monstrous regimes and to spread “democracy” by force. Seldom since World War II, with the obvious exception of Afghanistan, […]

School board to vote on policy

Freedom New Mexico The Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education is scheduled to vote on revisions to its policy and hear information about special education and federal programs. The board meets 6 p.m. Monday in the district administration building. Revised policies on board member and staff conflict of interest, truancy, graduation exercises and freedom of […]

Lopez cites conflict as reason for resignation

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer The announcement that Jake J. Lopez is resigning from city council didn’t come as a surprise to many at Portales City Hall, but it was a disappointment. Lopez said Tuesday he was resigning his seat on the Portales City Council, effective after a Jan. 20 meeting. Lopez said he […]

Nov. 15, 1964

Portales phone numbers switched from a RE6 prefix to the 356 prefix that is prominent today. The reason for the change was to avoid a conflict with Clovis’ 763 prefix.

Call to military life difficult in peace or war

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist People seem to have an uncontrollable desire to share their opinions about the war in Iraq with me, a simple yet exuberant military wife. A conversation usually starts with questions such as, “Where is your husband right now?” and “When is he getting back?” It quickly progresses to heavier topics […]

Airmen must not compromise integrity for loyalty

Maj. Kurt Conklin, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron “Loyalty cannot be blueprinted. It cannot be produced on an assembly line. In fact, it cannot be manufactured at all, for its origin is the human heart … the center of self-respect and human dignity. It is a force which leaps into being only when conditions are exactly […]

Recusals put legitimacy of BRAC process in doubt

Our nation’s military structure is about to undergo major realignments, some that are probably needed. However, some changes could weaken America’s ability to defend itself in the face of enemy attack. Now, just a few months before that Base Realignment and Closure process is complete, we learn two of the most-important decision makers are said […]

Woman dedicated life to helping victims of war

Freedom Newspapers Looking at photographs on various Web sites of the smiling 28-year-old California blonde with more than a hint of impish good humor in her eyes, it is difficult to believe such a person could be dead. But Marla Ruzicka, who had spent much of her time in Iraq since 2003 working on behalf […]

Face life with faith in your heart

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Do you ever get discouraged? It’s hard not to be in today’s world of conflict and bad news. Discouragement is a chief weapon of the enemy — leading to apathy, insensitivity, bitterness and resentment. An unknown author has said, “When you are in a hole, stop digging.” To me, […]

County approves new attorney

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Mike Linn The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday voted to accept a bid for services from local attorney Randy Knudson, who just happens to be representing a resident suing the county over a road right-of-way. Moreover, Knudson also represents the city of Portales, with which the county has entered into legal issues in the past. […]