Raising taxes only hurts consumers

The nation’s high rate of unemployment has spawned a dangerously bad idea: that higher taxes on oil and natural gas companies would reduce the federal deficit and pave the way for clean energy and job creation. Neither Congress nor the people of this nation should fall prey to President Obama’s plan to hike oil-industry taxes […]

Editorial: States should have Obamacare opt out choice

A Republican effort to allow states to opt out of Obamacare has begun in the U.S. Senate, adding another front to the war waged against the nation’s sweeping new health care law. We prefer the finality of a Supreme Court ruling that the law is unconstitutional. Governors of 28 states Wednesday urged President Barack Obama […]

Residents prepare for Super Bowl

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Alisa Boswell Sunday marks the day football fans across the nation wait for each year. Grab the chips and find a spot on the couch, because it’s time for the 45th annual Super Bowl. For many local devoted fans, this means a time to gather with friends to watch the game and enjoy some sports […]

Lawmakers: Cuts likely won’t impact Cannon

Sharna Johnson Cannon Air Force Base is unlikely to be impacted by proposed cuts to the nation’s defense budget, according to area lawmakers. For the first time in more than a decade defined by costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon announced plans Thursday to freeze its ballooning budget, forcing the services to shrink […]

Their view: Politicians don’t know what’s best for nation

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this letter to “everyman:” In July, my family and I visited a small living history farm, just outside of Washington D.C.. After walking miles of hallways around the U.S. capital and bustling National Mall, the change in scenery was refreshing. While strolling the quiet trails by row crops, animals […]

Debt panel takes aim at military

Tom Philpott Military members and retirees have more financial darts to dodge after a second bipartisan task force on reducing the nation’s debt unveiled a different set of cost-cutting recommendations on Wednesday. The Debt Reduction Task Force, co-chaired by former Republican Sen. Pete Domenici and economist Alice Rivlin, takes sharper aim at the military community […]

Their view: Senator thanks New Mexico veterans

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., issued the following statement in honor of our nation’s veterans: Each Veterans Day is a solemn occasion when we, as a nation, reflect and show gratitude to those who have served or are currently serving in our military and the families who support them. I’d especially like to thank New […]

Portales past: Oct. 27, 1947

Oct. 27, 1947: The Portales Daily News: Four Roosevelt County soldiers were among the first of the nation’s World War II dead to be returned from Europe, aboard the transport Joseph V. Connally, which docked at New York’s flower-strewn harbor Sunday.

Fire safety should always be on your mind

Freedom New Mexico Or leaders in Washington, when not rationally discussing the issues of the day in meaningful and noncombative ways (yeah, right), frequently find time to designate or support days, weeks and months for awareness of certain causes. While the nation’s founders would wonder what in Betsy Ross’ bonnet Congress was wasting its time […]

Friday morning briefing: Life in Portales and yes, they want blood

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Did you know The quality of life in Portales is rated 15th in the nation and 9th in the West by Bizjournal.com. Here’s a link: www.portalesnm.org Blood drive United Blood Services is staging a blood drive from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at […]