We don’t endorse candidates — we just critique them

Freedom Communications newspapers, which include this one, do not endorse political candidates. The practice dates to the company’s founder, R.C. Hoiles, who developed a political philosophy of small “L” libertarianism that advocates limited government, respect for the individual, free markets, free trade and property rights. Hoiles fearlessly criticized powerful institutions and practices that many take […]

Bush administration misfires on gun regulation issue

In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District […]

RGH paramedic receives top honors from colleagues

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Unexpectedly thrown into a dangerous situation, Shawn Varnell reacted quickly without thought to his own safety. His actions earned him statewide honors at a recent professional gathering. An emergency room paramedic at Roosevelt General Hospital, Varnell was busy taking care of patients when the flashing lights of police units […]

Second Amendment needs recognition as individual right

By Freedom Newspapers Viewed narrowly, the decision March 9 by a federal appeals court to overturn the 1976 District of Columbia law barring the ownership of handguns with just a few exceptions — such as for law enforcement officers in the course of duty — applies only to the District of Columbia. Therefore it has […]

Constitution must preserve individual liberties first

Editorial Face-scanning technology for police to compare the faces of thousands of passersby with mostly driver’s license photos on file to find known criminals is of serious concern to civil libertarians — and for good reason. As was reported last week, the technology, designed for Arizona law-enforcement agencies, operates on everyone who comes under its […]

Lelei and Boit lead Hounds in cross country

Freedom Newspapers STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Junior Nimrod Lelei and sophomore Felix Boit finished eighth and 11th, leading Eastern New Mexico University’s men to a fourth-place team finish in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference cross country meet, hosted by Tarleton State. Lelei’s season best performance earned him All-LSC honors. Abilene Christian posted a near-perfect score of 17, […]

Lady Rams win Goodman Relays

PNT Staff Report EUNICE — Senior Michaela Alexander and sophomore Kandace Bergseiker each posted a pair of individual wins on Tuesday as Portales High’s girls rolled to the team title with 104 points in the Goodman Relays track meet. Jal was second in the 11-team field with 59 points. In boys competition, Hagerman edged Portales […]

Tribal terrorist despise the individual

By Tibor Machan LONDON — The little hotel, Sanctuary House, where I stayed this time was located, unbeknownst to me, just the other side of the New Scotland Yard. So when I arrived Thursday after my flight from New York, I felt some relief. Terrorists probably will not do their vicious deeds in the back […]

Rams in hole after first day at state golf

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers GRANTS — The Portales High boys golf team finds itself in a big hole in the state Class 1A-3A tournament — in part because of Mesilla Valley Christian. The tiny Las Cruces-based school, with only four players, shot a team score of 290 to open a 14-stroke lead over New Mexico […]

PHS players ready to fend for selves

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers The Portales tennis team probably won’t spend much of Wednesday and Thursday wondering if the girls team can defend its Class 1A-3A championship. That’s because the tennis program should be busy enough in individual competition. In total, nine players will represent Portales in individual competition. “In 30 years of going, we’ve […]