Opinion: First Amendment lets you disagree

If I could bring back the Founding Fathers for anything, I’d ask them for more clarification on the Second Amendment. Guns for any reason, or just to maintain private militias? Background checks to keep the evil or mentally disturbed from owning guns, or a wide-open system so everybody could buy tools to defend against those […]

Their view: Udall doesn’t know what’s best for me

William L. Smith of Portales has an opinion regarding U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s opinion that appeared in Wednesday’s Portales News-Tribune. Udall wrote, “Today is a new day for health care in our country. New Mexicans have waited for generations for health care reform.” Smith writes: “Has Sen. Udall visited with every New Mexican for generations […]

Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as […]

Court gives widows green light to sue

By Tom Philpott A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has given a green light to three military widows to sue the government for a combined $105,000 — the accumulated value of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payments that, the widows contend, have been unlawfully withheld since Dec. 16, 2003. In a 24-page opinion denying the […]

Residents unchanged by first debate

By Laurie Stone Local residents were asked before Thursday’s debate between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry to answer basic questions afterwards: Lela Jo Halliday, rancher, Democrat Overall thoughts of debate: The debate as a whole was good. Bush would be better as President because Kerry is not strong enough or knowledgeable enough […]

Perfect Life: Something for which to be thankful

Jim Lee Well, here we are three-fourths of the way through November already. This Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day. Time sure slips by when we’re having fun, doesn’t it? I have such an enjoyable life that sometimes I think I should feel guilty about it. But guilt is dumb; it’s like making payments on a […]