Though imperfect, trip worth the effort

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor When I awoke Thanksgiving morning it was snowing steadily and a good skiff was on the ground and clinging to the boughs of the pine trees. Truly a glorious sight. I knew when I went to bed the forecast was still calling for snow but that wasn’t what caused […]

Feds seek local witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The trail of a man accused of abducting a 10-year-old Oklahoma girl recovered Friday in Clovis has gone cold, according to an agent with the FBI in Oklahoma. “We have no idea who this is — we are hoping the public will step forward and (help us find him) — […]

Lack of support shouldn’t justify forced participation

By Freedom Newspapers Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is poised to be quite powerful, as congressmen go, since he is slated to chair the Ways and Means Committee in January, has raised once again the idea of a military draft. While we can sympathize with some of the reasons he wants to reintroduce this idea […]

Bauer on right track concerning society

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers The late Peter “Lord” Bauer devoted much of his life to championing the political economy of classical liberalism for developing societies. This is what would bring them out of their wretched states, not a bunch of foreign aid and intervention by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the […]

Aliens visited Goober Gulch over 30 years ago

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not many will remember the Halloween the UFOs were sighted over Portales. But it happened. It’s even possible that I was abducted by the aliens flying them, according to my wife. Maybe some of you do recall the headline: “Strange Lights Sighted Over Streets of Portales.” It happened when I […]

Residents asked to put phones on “ICE”

By David Irvin A nationwide initiative is underway to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the heading “ICE.” Emergency personnel can quickly find names […]

Security not a job to be outsourced

Freedom Newspapers It could well have been just what a Department of Homeland Security press spokesman said, a response “to a hypothetical question with a hypothetical answer.” But if Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is even toying with such an idea he should think better of it. According to National Journal reporter Siobhan Gorman, at […]

Graduates: One idea is all you need

By Kevin Wilson To the graduating class of 2005: Your future could not be brighter, as you are set to move on to the next step from whatever high school/college/trade school you’re graduating from this month. I’d like to be the first to congratulate you, but I’d really like to thank you for not inviting […]

It’s time to privatize the Power Marketing Administrations

Freedom Newspapers Politicians and interest groups already seem to have snuffed out one of the more sensible money-saving recommendations in President Bush’s fiscal 2006 budget — his proposal that four Department of Energy-run utilities start charging closer-to-market rates for electricity generated by federal dams. The episode illustrates how difficult it is to win Congressional backing […]

Alcohol ban could follow DWI conviction

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license […]

We must solve water issues while there’s still some left

Jim Lee Guess what: We’re running out of water. That’s no huge news flash, but maybe we should remind ourselves about it from time to time. Oh, we probably won’t go dry in the next nine minutes, but things like this need planning and advance work. If we wait till the last drop comes into […]

Stupidity always good for a laugh

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about some of the dumb things college graduates have done. When I did that, I committed the latest dumb thing in my cerebral repertoire: writing about something too big for the column. So here’s another installment of mental pratfalls from people brave enough to laugh at themselves. I’ll […]

Cities need to celebrate tumbleweeds

By Jim Lee Last week I wrote about tumbleweeds in our fair city. Coincidentally, a number of people have been talking about our favorite local nuisance of plant persuasion. So I decided to continue with the topic this week. But this week I’m taking a different approach. Instead of cussing and spitting at the balls […]