Federally funded PBS show biased

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Often I check out newscasts from several sources, not just in print and on the Internet but also on radio and TV. One place I check regularly is Public Broadcasting Service TV’s “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” mainly because I am curious how a program funded to a considerable […]

Moments of weakness plague us all

By Anita Tedaldi: PNT columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He invited […]

Cut fiber in Lubbock halts Yucca Internet

Yucca Telecom Internet service was restored to Roosevelt County residents just before 2 p.m. Tuesday after a cut cable in Lubbock in the morning caused more than 3,000 customers to lose their Internet service, according to technician Bob Turnbough.Turnbough said there could be flickers of service, “but if there is they should be short-lived.”The outage […]

Office looking at two Internet sex cases

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico An Albuquerque man is in jail and a Texas man is facing child solicitation charges in connection with Internet investigations conducted by the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brian Michael Gray, 33, of Albuquerque is charged with three felonies for soliciting a child by electronic device and is being held […]

Commit to be reasonable Nov. 4

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Monday morning was pretty much the routine. A bowl of cereal more suited for my future children, a quick viewing of TV news and a visit to the Internet for my e-mail and social networking site checks. Add disappointment to the routine. A MySpace bulletin from a college […]

Sheriff’s office: Man arrested after Internet chat

Freedom New Mexico The Curry County Sheriff’s office and Rio Rancho Police Department cooperated on the arrest of a 22-year-old Rio Rancho resident, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Kenneth Gregory, 22, was arrested Wednesday and charged with three felony counts of child solicitation by electronic communication device. The investigation of Gregory began […]

Sometimes it’s good to remain anonymous

By Kevin Wilson, Freedom New Mexico The Internet helps me make friends, but it’s helped me keep so many more. People move for jobs, school, or family reasons, and I’m one mouse click away from keeping the friendship going. Likewise, the Internet helps my friends keep up with me. There is Friend Type A, who […]

Taxpayer financing of elections an idea long past its prime

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, looking more and more like the presumptive nominees of their respective parties for the presidency, are engaged in a rather arcane discussion about whether they will honor an agreement made almost a year ago to accept only “public” financing of their general election campaigns. This would be a good […]

Consumers likely to see benefits from FCC auction

editorial An auction early next year of part of the wireless spectrum could well represent a great benefit to consumers, and actually precipitate a new wave of innovation in Internet technology and use. We would quickly point out, however, that the host of the auction is the Federal Communications Commission, which has been assigned regulatory […]

Cyber Monday coming

Freedom New Mexico Instead of waking up in the early hours of the morning on Black Friday to fight the mobs, shoppers can take their business online Monday. Retailers, such as Sears and Barnes and Noble, will offer promotions Monday geared toward anyone with a credit or charge card and access to the Internet, according […]

Internet tax would only slow progress

Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding frenzy […]

Learning laptop lessons

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter A program that provided a laptop computer to every seventh-grader at Portales Junior High School last year was a big success according to teachers and administrators. The school is looking forward to expansion of the program this year. According to principal Steve Harris, returning eighth-graders will be re-issued laptops […]

Duct tape holds universe in place

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The man looked into my eyes and asked me, “Are you an American citizen?” It wasn’t a deep philosophical question — it was a border patrol agent, and I’d just left El Paso. However, I’ll treat it like one. Yes, I’m an American citizen, and I’m well versed in the […]

Internet may help pave way to world freedom

Editorial In an authoritarian nation, individual freedom is subordinate to the state’s authority. Dissenters risk their lives and personal fortunes. In the People’s Republic of China, those risks are ongoing. As the U.S. State Department noted for 2006, China’s “human-rights record remained poor, and, in certain areas, deteriorated. There were an increased number of high-profile […]

Seventh-graders granted laptops

By Paula Cronic:PNT Staff Writer Portales Junior High School will issue all its seventh-graders a brand-new Hewlett-Packard laptop computer soon in order to enhance their education and learning skills. This is the first year for the program in Portales. After originally applying for the Laptop Initiative state grant last year to fund the laptops, the […]

A little bit of fiber can do wonders

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A little more fiber in our lives would be a good thing. Right? I hope so. This week I signed up for the fiber optic package that Yucca Telecom just started peddling. They’re supposed to come out next week and run the fiber under my yard and replace traditional […]

Government should protect privacy, let parents protect kids

Editorial It is encouraging that U.S. District Judge James Ware has shown some concerns about privacy. Even so, the likelihood that Internet search-engine company Google will be required to turn over a sample of 50,000 Web site addresses and 5,000 search queries — rather than a million of each — so it can conduct what […]

Portales prepares for an upgrade

By Kevin Wilson With gold shovels and a giant check, the employees and supporters of Yucca Telecom made the ceremonial first dig on a project meant to bring the future to Portales via underground cables. Tuesday saw the communications business, first started in 1951, hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its $11.3 million fiber optic project. […]

Online free speech should be protected by our government

Freedom Newspapers Poocharific Have you heard about the “Superpooch” who lives in the fertile mind of a local fifth-grader? Read the editor’s Web log at: http://www.cnjonline.com/blog/stevens/ Internet free speech isn’t under attack just in the People’s Republic of China, where “at least 23 journalists and about 50 cyberdissidents are in jail,” according to a 2004 […]

Webcasts connecting sports fans from afar

Jesse Wolfersberger: Freedom Newspapers The Internet is making it easier for sports fans to keep in touch with their favorite high schools and college teams. Take, for example, the case of former Clovis resident Mike Craven. Today, he lives in Lakewood, Colo., 450 miles away from his beloved Wildcats and the radio stations that broadcast […]