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 […]