Spokesman warns against dangers of smokeless tobacco

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Rick Bender is a living testament to the destruction tobacco, including smokeless tobacco, can do. Bender, who lost part of his jaw due to oral cancer, spoke to Portales youth Saturday at the Teens Take Control Summit at the Portales Recreation Center. Bender, 46, has testified before Congress in […]

Positive light doesn’t shine, especially with in-laws

By Anita Doberman I can usually talk myself into seeing things in a more positive light when something doesn’t go my way. I don’t always succeed, but I put the effort in most areas of my life, except for one: my parents-in-law, and particularly my mother-in-law. I can face long trips with my five little […]

Illegal immigrant problem unrelated to property, fences

The seizures have begun. The federal Department of Homeland Security has begun filing condemnation lawsuits to take property along the Texas border so it can try to fence this country off from Mexico. The first lawsuits were filed earlier this month, beginning with people who hadn’t allowed government workers on their land to plot the […]

Laughable laws still on books

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Have you ever thought, “There ought to be a law against that?” Like when people follow you too closely in their shopping carts at Wal-Mart or when they raise Pittsburgh Steelers flags here in Cowboys Country? There are no laws against being stupid or annoying, unless you count excessive […]

Foul odor concerns neighbors

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Zoning and nuisance issues dominated Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. County residents Butch and Tommy Allen raised concerns about a neighbor who has moved in approximately 80 calf hutches on adjoining property near their home just west of the city limits. Not only are the hutches […]

Growth committee adopts bylaws

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers An advisory panel for growth issues related to the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base will be governed by disclosure and ethics bylaws, its overseeing committee decided Wednesday. To mitigate conflicts of interest, the Local Growth Management Committee unanimously agreed to adopt the by-laws for its subcommittee — the […]

Same freedoms should apply to all Americans

Editorial A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any moment, state […]

New state employment laws shouldn’t be used to target Wal-Mart

Editorial A federal judge ruled last week that the state of Maryland can’t use health insurance laws to punish Wal-Mart. The state law in question would have required nongovernmental employers with 10,000 or more workers to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on health care or pay the difference in taxes, according to The […]

Market rewards better safety incentive than government regulation

Editorial Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that government […]

Madrid says drug culture can change

Freedom Newspapers Patricia Madrid is New Mexico’s attorney general. She was in Portales on Thursday to discourage alcohol consumption among students. How can law enforcement and the community help combat the problems of alcohol? We know that for any program to be successful, we have to have the involvement of the entire community. We now […]