Civil rights leaders must be remembered

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, […]

Past year shows backslide in fight for freedoms

Editorial If there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. Here’s […]

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan won’t be missed

Editorial We hardly expected Kofi Annan’s last public speech as Secretary-General of the United Nations to be an introspective summing-up of the manifold failures and weakness of the organization he headed for 10 years and of his abject failure — nay, resistance — to any semblance of reform in one of the most unaccountable organizations […]

Democratic plan calls for even more government control

Editorial They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer a […]

Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2006

??r: Immigration is growing into a major issue. Demonstrations have been held in hundreds of cities. When people take to the streets it is often a sign of democracy beginning to flourish. Democracy requires the public be informed and involved, and movements must be inclusive and vibrant. Segments of the business community want access to […]

Local residents march for immigrant rights

Tony Parra More than 250 people were part of a peaceful march through the streets of Portales on Monday in support of rights for illegal immigrants. The march, which started shortly after 4 p.m. in the downtown area and went to Eastern New Mexico University and back, was comprised of people of all ages. “We […]

Anti-Wal-Mart campaign hurting poor

Editorial Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of our […]

Court should repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy

Freedom Newspapers Can colleges, in this instance law schools, bar military recruiters from their campuses because of the schools’ policies not to discriminate, as the military does? This was the central question in oral arguments heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rumsfeld vs. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights. The latter is an […]

Country fortunate Rosa Parks led civil rights movement

Freedom Newspapers Sooner or later in the 1950s, a crisis was bound to occur over legalized, state-enforced racial segregation. The policy was inconsistent with the ideals of individual liberty on which the country was founded, the experience of World War II had created cracks that were bound to widen in the edifice of racial segregation, […]

ENMU professors explore freedom and rights at conference

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer More than 130 people showed up at the Becky Sharp Auditorium on Tuesday evening on a quest for answers to the question, What is the price of freedom? Many of those in attendance were Eastern New Mexico University students who showed up to listen to communications professors talk about the […]