Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers’ pockets

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your [...]

Heston both nice and larger than life itself

Editorial Charlton Heston was famous for playing such larger-than-life historical roles as Moses, Michelangelo, Andrew Jackson, Buffalo Bill, Cardinal Richelieu, and Ben Hur, a fictional character who seemed more real than life in his portrayal. Heston may have been Hollywood’s last real star, instantly recognizable with that stentorian baritone voice and imposing presence. He died [...]

Bigger isn’t necessarily better

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so much [...]

Public figures deserve Christmas presents, too

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The mistletoe has been hung by the chimney with care and the halls and dang near everything else have been decked with holly and other shrubbery parts so that could mean only one thing. It’s time for this columnist to make out his annual Christmas list. With a near [...]

Subdivision gets first tenant

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Despite the sounds of construction, the new Foxtrail Estates subdivision’s first tenant was scheduled to move into one of the newly completed luxury townhouses this weekend. Consisting of three styles of homes, the Portales subdivision will cater to business professionals and young couples who need a place to stay [...]

Media should focus on nice stories

By Baxter Black: Freedom Newspapers Sometimes I think I live in a different country than the ones I read about in the newspapers or hear on the radio and TV. For instance, I was in Sacramento, Calif., recently. It is not the same California you read about in the letters to the editor in the [...]

Priorities become simpler with age

Bob Huber: Local Columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years [...]

Residents have mixed feelings on new hotel

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales downtown business owners have mixed feelings on exactly how much their businesses will be affected by the opening of the new Portales Inn hotel and restaurant, which will be located in the downtown area. Officials working on the Portales Inn Hotel have been optimistic that parts of the [...]

Volunteers bring free meal to Portales

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By Tony Parra Portales residents were out on Thanksgiving Day trying to share the essence of Thanksgiving with the rest of their community at the Memorial Building for the Second Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Elvia Garcia of St. Helen’s Church said between 150 to 200 were served when volunteers delivered meals in Roosevelt County from [...]

Television has just gotten too commercial

By Jim Lee How many of us remember “pay TV?” Probably the closest ancestor to cable service, the concept of pay TV was simple: Subscribe for a small monthly fee to improve reception and get rid of commercials, maybe even get an uninterrupted movie now and then. The best part of it was getting rid [...]