History shouldn’t trump private property rights

By Tibor Machan Never have I resided in or visited a locale in America where there hasn’t been an active historical preservation society. These are organizations that impose all sorts of restrictions on property owners about what may or may not be built, renovated, restituted within the borders of what the activists consider to be […]

Court’s gun-control decision will protect individual rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller might not have been as sweeping in its scope as we might have preferred. In practice it is likely to permit any number of gun-control laws to which we would object because they are too impractical, expensive, intrusive and ineffective to […]

Victims Rights week marked

By Eric Butler Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She was kidnapped […]

Taxation unfairly characterized as cost of rights

Freedom New Mexico Given the emphasis placed on education in this country, we’re particularly chagrined to see the heights a person can reach despite an apparent misunderstanding of basic American history. How high, exactly? Try the U.S. Justice Department. A recent Associated Press story reported on efforts to target businesses that advise people how to […]

1-13-08 Letter to the Editor

Making sanctuary ultimately illegal What if the citizens of Portales considered a few factors before following Geni Flores’ proposal to become a sanctuary city (Letter to the editor, Jan. 6 PNT): 1) Would open-border and free-immigration advocates like to equate sanctuary activities to the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad and civil rights? Nothing could be more […]

Celebrity touts dictator, country

Editorial It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he had discovered […]

August 12, 1982

• Portales Police released composite drawings of three suspects that had swindled $8,000 from an elderly Portales resident during a crooked card game. • A half-dozen carnations were on special at the Butterfly Floral for $5 boxed and $6.25 arranged. • Portales Realty advertised five acres with full water rights for $7,500.

Vaughan pipeline delivers water for first time

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — With a hay ride and buckets, the Interstate Stream Commission celebrated the first water delivered through the Vaughan Pipeline on Wednesday. The pipeline, named for the third-generation Fort Sumner family that sold water rights for the project, is the first project completed through the ISC’s Strategic Water […]

Second Amendment needs recognition as individual right

By Freedom Newspapers Viewed narrowly, the decision March 9 by a federal appeals court to overturn the 1976 District of Columbia law barring the ownership of handguns with just a few exceptions — such as for law enforcement officers in the course of duty — applies only to the District of Columbia. Therefore it has […]

Area remembers civil rights leader

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Celebrating the heritage left by Martin Luther King Jr., area residents gathered Monday at the Memorial Building to continue living the dream that has been passed on through the generations. Sponsored by the Portales Cultural Affairs Committee, festivities included a puppet show, guest speakers and musical performances by Andy […]