Have hope in the new year

By Joan Clayton: PNT Columnist Despite New Year’s resolutions, a New Year does give an opportunity to start over. What is past is just that … past. Time wasted in reliving the past and time worrying about the future is counterproductive and a lesson in futility to say the least. God meets you where you [...]

Voters deserve chance to set terms

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist In the last 12 months, mayors of Clovis and Portales have said it was time to go, even though no term limits existed. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was time to stay, even though term limits do exist. Bloomberg is seeking a third term as mayor, [...]

Pony Express rides again

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By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor Despite heat, dust and a few slightly uncooperative horses, the mail to Pep got through Saturday. Normally that’s not a major accomplishment for the tiny little village 23 miles south of Portales but Saturday it arrived from six other southeast New Mexico communities on horseback. The newly formed Southeast [...]

Time marches on despite human worry

By Helena Rodriguez Time is a precious commodity these days. I don’t have much to spare. But as I’ve found, time can be a losing battle when you try to count every minute. Just live it. I recently caught myself saying those three infamous words, “Time is money!” coined by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, during [...]

Death of Hussein gives people reason for hope

Editorial Each faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance and [...]

District attorney acted in best interest of justice

Editorial Boulder, Colo., District Attorney Mary Lacy felt the need to explain herself amid questions about whether she should have spent the time and money pursuing a lead that didn’t pan out. The explanation should not have been necessary. Lacy spent an hour and a half last week discussing the arrest of John Mark Karr [...]

Cannon honors Bataan survivor

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By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Irvin Butler is a survivor — despite a grueling 55-mile death march; despite two years in a prisoner-of-war camp; despite a telegram sent to his family reporting his demise. Butler, now 85, was honored Friday for his World War II service, accepting a place on the Airman [...]