Invasion of Iraq large mistake

Editorial A summary of a draft of a new National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq reportedly concludes “that al-Qaida has reconstituted its core structure along the Pakistani border and may now be a stronger and more resilient organization than it appeared a year ago,” as Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball put it. Homeland Security Secretary [...]

Volunteers invade Grande Vida

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Twisted steel and scrap are jumbled everywhere you look on the Grande Vida Dairy east of Portales. Pens that once held 2,500 head of Holstein dairy cows are empty except for the debris. The remains of the milking barn were being pulled down Saturday in the first step of [...]

Water system shutdown scheduled

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The city of Portales could soon update its water system shutoffs to avoid the type of problem it had last year when a 24-inch main failed, leaving residents without water service for up to 24 hours. Portales city councilors heard a report from Dan Boivin of Smith Engineering at [...]

Death of Hussein gives people reason for hope

Editorial Each faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance and [...]

Let’s make our voices heard, our votes counted

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist In many crimes, the perpetrators are portrayed as victims. We become incensed and hurt by the senseless taking of human lives. They had an unhappy childhood. They were deprived. They lost their job. They were passed over for a promotion. The marriage fell apart. The list is endless. Yet, [...]

Relying too much on Social Security might tarnish golden years

It seems Americans have caught a break on Social Security. According to a recent Congressional Budget Office report, the program isn’t going broke as fast as people thought. CBO estimates the so-called trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2052. That’s a decade beyond the estimates of Social Security trustees. Unfortunately, the most likely outcome of [...]