Patriot Act reform a sign of change for the better

Freedom Newspapers In what may be a sign that President Bush is beginning to experience the “second-term blues,” the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 238-187 to prevent appropriated funds from being used to secretly obtain library patrons’ and book shoppers’ records, as allowed under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Although President Bush has […]

Uncontested winners look to future

By David Irvin As the election cycle begins to wind down, there are some candidates who never really broke a sweat. A number of uncontested races in eastern New Mexico were made official Tuesday, and although the candidates didn’t have to spar over the issues in the closing days of the election, they certainly have […]

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 […]

May wins right to face Sanders

By Kevin Wilson In a close race in the Roosevelt County Commission District 2 Republican primary, Charles May didn’t do much of anything to claim an eight-vote victory. Actually, he said he did nothing at all. “I have no idea (what made the difference), no idea whatsoever,” May said with a laugh Tuesday night. “I […]

Local pharmacists concerned about international prescription drugs

By Michelle Seeber Pharmacists in Portales are concerned about support for legalizing lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and Europe. Dick Haverland, pharmacist at C.J.’s Pill Box Pharmacy, said his main concern was guaranteeing the purity of medications and ensuring they wouldn’t be forgeries. “(Verification is) pretty hard to do over the internet,” Haverland said. “If […]

Kernan hopes for second term

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent A Hobbs school teacher who also manages her own business hopes her political career is just getting started. Gay Kernan, who has served for the last two years as a state senator for District 42, which spans from Hobbs to Clovis — is seeking another term in Santa Fe. She […]

Lawmaker: Gorham situation ‘disappointing’

David Arkin An eastern New Mexico lawmaker said in-party GOP fighting that led to the resignation of the party’s leader is disappointing. State Sen. Ramsay Gorham on Wednesday resigned as chairwoman of the state Republican Party. She doesn’t plan to seek re-election to her Senate seat. Gorham has been under fire from some party members […]

ENMU republican named state director

Tony Parra A month away from the presidential election year, the New Mexico Federation of College Republicans chose Eastern New Mexico University’s Bob Cornelius to be their Executive Director in preparation for the election season. “He is very committed and involved with the political issues,” ENMU President Dr. Steven Gamble. “From the first moment that […]

Letters to the Editor 8/13

Dear Editor: The editorial in Wednesday’s paper inferred the people of Texas do not want the blatant gerrymandering of the federal House districts to even up the House representation. Just because political columnist Molly Ivins and the liberal media around Austin say so, it doesn’t mean the people of Texas say so. For as long […]