Calendar June 8

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Community Calendar week of June 1

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Sunday Lamp Lighters Alcoholics Anonymous — 11 a.m. […]

Editorial: Texas custody case warrants examination

It’s easy to look at the situation in West Texas — where

Editorial: Take a moment to remember on Memorial Day

Robert Green Ingersoll served in the Union army during the Civil War. As a veteran, he knew and appreciated the sacrifice his brothers in arms made for their country. Ingersoll, who died in 1899, had this to say about fallen veterans: “These heroes are dead. They died for liberty — they died for us. They […]

Editorial: Writers’ Guild should accept contract terms

We’re writers, so we feel common bond with those who earn their living stringing words together. We’re also free-marketers, so we defend creators’ right to get a fair price for what they create. That’s why we empathize with the Writers Guild of America, whose members create programs for television, radio and movies that increasingly are […]

Editorial: Prosperity improves environment

Here’s good news that may have escaped attention. The environment worldwide is getting better and better, largely because of economic growth, efficiency and innovation. So says the 2008 Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, an annual report on worldwide air and water quality and climate change by the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco free-market think […]

Editorial: Listing polar bears as endangered a scary proposition

There’s no documented, let alone alarming, loss of lovable, fuzzy polar bears. But freedom-loving Americans ought to be alarmed at what’s proposed under the guise of saving the furry critters. The federal government is considering designating polar bears as an endangered species, a leap in logic in light of the confusion about whether their numbers […]

Editorial: Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and $2,300 for general […]

Editorial: FBI should focus on real threats

The mistrial last week in the case of the “Liberty City Seven” highlights the foolishness of some of the government’s tactics in trying to track down domestic terrorists. The defendants were a group of ne’er-do-wells in a poor neighborhood of Miami who talked foolishly, were infiltrated by the FBI and then were charged with being […]

Editorial: DNA collection needs to be used responsibly

The federal government has announced it will expand its

Editorial: McCain offers promising ideas to reform taxes

In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went

Editorial: Protests against China justified, aimed at change

Through rerouting and improvisation, they managed to run the Olympic torch through some of San Francisco’s streets, if not the streets along the Embarcadero as originally planned. The reason, of course, was the multiplicity of protesters against various aspects of Chinese policy — its recent brutal crackdown in Tibet, its support of the regime in […]

Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

By Cathy Taylor and Alan Bock Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Portales News-Tribune, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a […]

Strong opinions are worth fighting for

We’ve heard from a number of readers over the past few months who expressed anxiety and concern about what might happen to the views on these pages if our parent company, Freedom Communications, were sold. We hope they are as pleased as we are at the news Tuesday that Freedom will remain in family control. […]