Court comes close but no cigar

Kevin Wilson When the Supreme Court delivered a 5-4 decision on Citizens United, changing the rules for how corporations can get involved in political campaigns, Justice Anthony Kennedy said a divided decision means that clearly, “Somebody made a mistake.” So why do I feel the same way about a unanimous decision I agree with? And […]

Big government leads to abuse of political funds

Freedom New Mexico The freedom to influence and support political candidates by contributing money in election campaigns is under attack. Many, including the Freedom New Mexico, are bothered, and should be, by the disproportionate influence of big money in political campaigns. The problem spans the political spectrum. But the solution isn’t to infringe on constitutional […]

Cuts in gifted education hurt kids’ potential

Aisha Sultan “How can we measure the sonata unwritten, the curative drug undiscovered, the absence of political insight? They are the difference between what we are, and where we could be as a society.” — James Gallagher, former director of the FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. There is a well-tolerated discrimination in our […]

Their view: Transparency measure ripe for abuse

Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, says a new initiative by President Obama would instruct contract officers to consider political donations.

My turn: Time to stop reacting to political pundits

Janice Morrow, a Portales resident who consults on media matters, and I recently discussed the state of political discourse. Here are her thoughts: They are a new breed of shock jocks. Instead of offensive sexual innuendo and toilet humor, they — the right and left — practice theatrical political rhetoric. And, the media is only […]

My turn: Shooter bears sole responsibility

I have no insight about the Arizona shootings and toxic political rhetoric that hasn’t already been expressed. Although it seems disingenuous to deny that crosshairs have base-appealing, gun-scope connotations, that is fuzzy compared to the fervent emotions engendered by political discussions that recognize no middle ground. No one has a truth monopoly on complex issues. […]

Squashing political speech not answer

Freedom New Mexico We add our thoughts and prayers to the many for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the six people killed, including a senior federal judge, a 9-year-old girl fascinated by politics, a congressional aide and three other innocents, as well as the 13 people wounded, in the attack Saturday in Tucson. The accused, […]

True liberty has no political affiliations

Freedom New Mexico We’ve always taken a moment the week of Nov. 24 — the birthday of R.C. Hoiles — to reflect on the ideas underpinning a philosophy of liberty that Hoiles strove all his life to understand and popularize, and to consider how those ideas fare in modern America. Hoiles founded Freedom Communications, the […]

Nov. 7 —

PNT staff report Political sign taken down A political sign in the state right-of-way on Second Street has been taken down. The banner urged viewers to vote and said “Republican Party.” It was displayed during the week of Oct. 25. A Signman Signs employee who declined to give his full name said the business had […]