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, […]

Prayers lifted up locally

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales residents took part in the National Day of Prayer Thursday with several events designed to bring the community’s faithful together for the purpose of prayer. About 50 people gathered at noon around the gazebo at the Roosevelt County Courthouse to pray. Steve Smith, minister of University Baptist Church, […]

National Day of Prayer reminder to always pray without ceasing

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist National Day of Prayer is on the first Thursday in May (May 4). It reflects the nation’s deep hunger for spiritual renewal. Throughout history, Americans of faith have sought the Lord’s help in meeting life’s challenges and adversities. This day is for Americans to seek God for deliverance and […]

Richardson blasts Rumsfeld on talk show

By Marlena Hartz Gov. Bill Richardson’s weekend criticism of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will not scar the search for a new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to staunch Cannon advocate and Clovis banker Randy Harris. Richardson, interviewed on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said there is “deep frustration” within the military, “the Iraqi war […]

King left practical message of hope

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” — Martin Luther King Jr. When it comes to historical figures, people often feel either a need to embrace them entirely, ignoring or denying contradictory or troubling things that they said or did. The other, mirror-image […]

Our freedoms should never be taken for granted

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist Today is Veterans Day, a day to honor those courageous men and women who have made great sacrifices that enabled you and me to live in freedom. I cannot emphasize enough the impact of what those unselfish military people have done to defend and preserve this nation. Let us never take […]

Today we remember those who fought for us

Freedom Newspapers Today is Veterans Day, a time to honor all men and women who served in the United States armed forces. The United States always observes Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I. This year, of course, Nov. 11 happens to fall on a Friday and the […]

U.S. District Judge Robert Brack addresses veterans

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor In an early kick-off to Veterans Day events veterans and members of the public gathered Saturday for a program honoring God, country and veterans at Southside Church of Christ with keynote speaker, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Brack of Las Cruces. The event followed the church’s mens’ breakfast and was […]

Gas prices squeezing people at the pump

Staff and wire reports Crude-oil prices spiked to a new high Tuesday, as traders grew increasingly concerned about the amount of damage Hurricane Katrina did to the nation’s energy infrastructure. The runup in trading prices doesn’t directly affect consumer prices, but the market’s jittery climb suggests U.S. consumers are about to see another surge in […]

‘Old Glory’ represents our freedom

By Joan Clayton, PNT columnist On June 14, 1777 Congress officially passed an act declaring the flag representing America would have 13 stripes, alternating red and white. The 13 stars stood for 13 colonies on a field of blue. The 50 stars today represent each state. The color red on our flag has been said […]

Black History Month more than an apology

By Jim Lee This is the first Sunday of Black History Month. This observance means more than simply giving black people an occasion to point to contributions that were so long ignored or denied. Black History Month provides the opportunity for all Americans to express appreciation of the contributions of Americans who happen to be […]

Jan. 30 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Future careers Principal Steve Harris and teachers express their appreciation to businesses and employers who hosted an eighth-grade student last week for the job shadowing program. Almost all of the eighth-grade students worked with a person in a career they wished to investigate for future possibilities. That same day GEAR-UP and Eastern […]

Visit to Red Sox Nation enjoyable

By Kevin Wilson Most people I talk to on a daily basis knew that I spent four days last week in Dallas, drawn there by a training seminar. What they don’t know about, and what I’m about to tell you, is the two hours that I spent in Red Sox Nation, drawn there because it […]

Oct. 20 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael These cool days are a good reminder that winder is on its way. The ice on Johnny Piaz’s car top Thursday morning was thick enough that he said he could not just wipe it off. Farmers are thankful it didn’t seem to stop the milo from maturing, but it served as a […]

A true hero makes life better

By Joan Clayton: Religion columnist America’s heroes are innumerable. Countless numbers have given their lives that you and I might enjoy the freedoms we have.  From the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present war in Iraq and all the sacrifices in between, those who gave their lives are too many to count. We […]

Bush pushes tax cuts at Roswell visit

Jack King ROSWELL — President Bush on Thursday drove home points from his State of the Union address as he enjoyed a friendly southeastern New Mexico crowd. Bush spoke to an audience the Secret Service estimated at 1,800 in Roswell’s Convention and Civic Center, a talk billed as remarks on the war on terrorism, but […]

Hats off to our veterans

Joan Clayton Tuesday has been designated Veterans Day. Words fail me as I try to express my gratitude to those who sacrificed so much. I think every day is a day to honor these heroes! Some soldier paid the price for me to have freedom in this beloved nation, that I might have “life, liberty […]

Letters to the Editor 7/30

Editor’s note: Pat Merritt, president of American Postal Workers Union, Clovis Local, said her letter represents the opinions of the majority of area APWU members. Dear Editor: The President’s Commission on the U.S. Postal Service, appointed in December, is considering a major overhaul of the nation’s mail system. In a report due to President Bush […]