Bhutto assassination will have far-reaching effects in politics

The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who recently returned to an active role in Pakistani politics, is a setback for any hope of democratic reform there. Even more alarming, it is a significant victory for the forces of Islamic extremism — the Taliban, al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and supporters and sympathizers everywhere […]

U.S. made right move in awarding of medal

Editorial The Bush administration’s foreign policy is a mess, given its preference for war and bluster for dealing with adversaries in the Middle East. But the administration has pursued a reasonable policy toward China, still at least a nominally communist regime that has mixed authoritarian political rule with relatively free markets. The president has engaged […]

10-18: Local Briefs

Blood drive comes to library The Portales Public Library is hosting a blood drive from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday in front of the library at 218 S. Ave. B. Donors should bring a list of their medications, a photo ID and travel information. T-shirts and refreshments will be provided to all donors. A door prize will […]

Iranian president OK, but not ROTC?

By Anita Doberman: PNT Columnist Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices and all sorts of comments regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of […]

United States faces Turkish troubles

Editorial Most of the commentary surrounding the election in Turkey revolved around the fact that the Justice and Development Party (known as AK), a moderate Islamist party, achieved a solid victory. This in a country that was established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who expected to have an explicitly secular rather than a […]

Cannon eyed for assets

Air Force News Air Force Special Operations Command may move some Japan-based and Britain-based assets to Cannon Air Force Base, its commander reported in May. Lt. Gen. Michael W. Wooley, speaking with reporters in Washington, said AFSOC needed a second base on United States soil, as its multiplying equipment and personnel have outgrown Hurlburt Field, […]

Life offers best of both worlds

I am writing this column from my hometown. It’s a miracle I made it across the ocean with my children on my own. Indeed, I survived our atrocious 24-hour trip to Italy, which included a five-hour drive to the airport, and two flights to get to Rome. I am now sitting in my parents’ home, […]

Portales prepares for onset of helmet law

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Skid lids will become mandatory for juvenile bikers and skaters soon, as the Child Helmet Safety Act takes effect July 1 in New Mexico. The law states that anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, tricycle, inline and roller skates, skateboard or […]

Soldiers should be honored appropriately on Memorial Day

Editorial It is all too commonplace to think of Memorial Day as the semiofficial beginning of the summer vacation season. The attitude was reinforced by Congress in 1971, when it was pegged to the last Monday in May — to make for a nice three-day weekend — rather than the traditional date of May 30. […]

Iraq negotiations open line of communication between U.S., Iran

Both the United States and Iran seem to be moving toward direct talks regarding the security situation in Iraq, and that could lead to more comprehensive discussions, including diplomatic ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. That’s good news. Unfortunately, both sides have also dug in their heels on certain issues, requiring a […]

NM schools make grade

By Rhonda Seidenwurm Dear AFSOC Partners, We are eagerly awaiting your transition to Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis Municipal Schools. When I talk with military personnel about their greatest areas of concern in moving to Clovis, what I hear most is that the Web sites you are visiting indicate that New Mexico schools in […]

Open letter to AFSOC Partners

Rhonda Seidenwurm Rhonda Seidenwurm, Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Dear AFSOC Partners, We are eagerly awaiting your transition to Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis Municipal Schools. When I talk with military personnel about their greatest areas of concern in moving to Clovis, what I hear most is that the websites you are visiting indicate that […]

Abortion likely to become central campaign issue

Editorial On an emotional level it is difficult to be unhappy with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The procedure banned in that law, which involves extracting from the womb most of an intact fetus, 20 weeks or older, then piercing or crushing the skull to make sure the […]

Slavery continues to exist around world

Editorial This editorial might have been published to commemorate Black History Month. Or, on Feb. 23, the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade. Or Jan. 1, the day the Emancipation Proclamation freed American slaves in 1863. When it comes to slavery, sadly, it’s always timely. Inhumanity is timeless, reducing free people […]

Americans must support Saudi in newest endeavor

Editorial In recent weeks Saudi Arabia has taken on an uncharacteristically aggressive role in trying to stabilize the Middle East. While the interests of the United States and the Kingdom, as friends and foes call the regime in Riyadh, may not always coincide, the United States would do well to watch these moves with interest […]

Military increase may not be correct answer

Editorial In his State of the Union message, President Bush, echoing previous comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, announced he will ask Congress for authority to increase the U.S. armed forces by 92,000 people over the next five years –- 65,000 additional soldiers for the Army, bringing the total to 547,000, and 27,000 additional Marines, […]

Veterans Day commemorates all who served and still serve

Greg Allen In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as “Armistice Day,’” and called for a suspension of business for two minutes at 11 a.m. and a day of parades and public meetings. Following World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 changing the name of the legal […]

Treason may be justified in case of terror videos

By Freedom Newspapers The words “traitor” and “treason” are sometimes used rather loosely in common parlance, applied to anything from criticizing the current administration’s policies in impolite terms to actually taking up arms in a foreign army at war with the United States. The U.S. Constitution, however, is much more explicit and limited in its […]

North Korea no reason to panic

Editorial We should know a great deal more in a few days and weeks about the underground blast in North Korea that is widely viewed as a test of a nuclear weapon. Supposed experts are still pondering the evidence of what seems to have been, from an initial analysis of the seismic data, a low-grade […]

Chavez’s antics shouldn’t be taken lightly

By Freedom Newspapers Despite the oppressive nature of his totalitarian government, Cuba’s Fidel Castro still gets a warm welcome in the United States by many American leftists. But as Castro fades, the revolutionary left needs a new hero — and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez apparently is fitting the bill. We couldn’t help but chuckle at […]