Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

Lawmakers discuss legislative session

Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session […]

Unpaid lunch bills mounting

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Mayor mulls terminating contract

By Clarence Plnk: PNT Staff Writer Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. isn’t ready to pull the city out of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments because of an embezzlement scandal at the regional planning agency. But the mayor says he does have some serious questions about what’s been going on at EPCOG and whether Portales […]

Non-American tracking system isn’t feasible

Freedom New Mexico In what we hope is its last great act of lunacy, Michael Chertoff’s Department of Homeland Security has announced it will subject all non-Americans, including those who have been permanent legal residents for decades, to biometric tracking. The tracking is part of the US-VISIT program that began in 2003. Various elements of […]

Obama’s modern ways overlooked

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist The curse of writing a column for Nov. 5 when Nov. 4 isn’t over means I have no election day results. In their place, I offer two final election thoughts: • Not nearly enough attention was given this season to the Barack Obama campaign and its use of […]

Immigration status irrelevant to driver’s license

Freedom New Mexico Critics call it a train wreck, and the euphemism isn’t too far off. The state of Texas has joined other states across the nation in restricting the allocation of drivers’ licenses according to U.S. residency status. The issue became a major problem in New York for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary […]

Losing documents results in ‘Catch 22’

By Karl Terry, Local Columnist Identity theft is a terrible thing but simply misplacing your identity isn’t a lot of fun either. My wife recently lost her purse containing her credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card and approximately $5,000 in makeup. She said the loss of all of her personal information made her feel […]

Ike forces ENMU football time change

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Southeastern Oklahoma isn’t taking any chances. The school decided Friday to move its start time for today’s Lone Star Conference crossover football game against Eastern New Mexico University ahead four hours, to 1 p.m. (MDT), because of the potential for bad weather caused by Hurricane Ike. “We feel like […]

Passage of bond equals small cost

What if you were told you won $12 million in the lottery and all it cost you to collect your prize was $2.50 a month? Most of us with common sense would not pass up an offer like that. This is basically what the Portales community has been blessed with by the state of New […]