Sentencing ruling is first step, not total solution

CNJ staff It is not difficult to criticize the circuitous way the U.S. Supreme Court — acting Wednesday more like a quasi-legislative body than a court — went about downgrading but not quite eliminating the controversial sentencing “guidelines” system Congress set up in 1984. The high court might have created less confusion if it had […]

Key to creating equality is education

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Evelyn Rising is a feisty girl. She’s a classy dresser. She’s intelligent and headstrong and yet sensitive to people’s needs. Evelyn is a counselor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Evelyn, by the way, is black. Some of you may know her. She spoke the past two years during Juneteenth […]

Daydreaming of Mexico’s border towns

By Grant McGee A Robert Earl Keen CD was in the hi-fi, the song “Gringo Honeymoon” was playing. It’s about a couple going to Mexico, crossing into the country via a romantic rowboat ride. There are the people and things they see, then they go home. That’s one of the things I miss about living […]

View from under the pew: Amos falls in a vat of chocolate

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: In response to a reader’s request, Amos asked to have his chocolate vat adventure rerun. Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.   amos falls into […]

Worldwide reach

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Jim Cox, right, grades a Bible lesson for the ‘Key to the Kingdom” program along with other church members Wednesday at the Clovis Church of Christ at 16th and Pile Street. The program is broadcasts all over the United States and the world. (CNJ staf By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Don McCasland carries a […]

ENMU still hounded by injuries

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Chad Donnell will likely see his role expand for the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team. Injuries to junior forward Daniel Sherman (back) and senior guard Irshaun Pinckney (hairline fracture in fibula), have left the Greyhounds (6-7) shorthanded heading into their final Lone Star Conference crossover games […]

Lady Raiders pound conference rival

By Sue Jane Mayes: CNJ correspondent LUBBOCK — A clock shot malfunction early in the game was about the only thing that went wrong Wednesday for the Texas Tech Lady Raiders. In a battle of ranked teams, sophomore Alesha Robertson and Clovis’ Cisti Greenwalt led Tech to a convincing 79-62 win over preseason Big 12 […]

Air Force: Effects of expansion minimal

CNJ staff and wire reports CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An environmental report on the effects of a proposed military airspace expansion estimates increased noise that could be intrusive but would cause no damage to animals or humans. The 421-page environmental impact statement said the expansion would mean “some airspace and noise consequences” but would […]

Levy renewal sought

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A mill levy to be voted on Feb. 1 would prolong a property tax to fund maintenance and building around area school districts. If passed, a tax of $2 for every $1,000 of property would be assessed to fund school capital improvements in Clovis, Grady and Melrose. The tax […]

Do not confuse stock market with gambling

CNJ staff If we’re to believe the AARP’s advertising blitz against partial privatization of Social Security, the U.S. economy is just one big casino. “If we feel like gambling,” declares one full-page newspaper ad, “we’ll play the slots.” But is investing in stocks the same as playing the slots? Is it as risky as taking […]

State should focus on ‘important’ issues

By Ned Cantwell New Mexico is revving up her legislative engine once again, our esteemed reps and senators ready to work their particular brand of magic. Other than political junkies like me, no one is going to pay much attention. You know why? You guys induce yawns. Oh, you have your frivolous moments, like when […]

Canada’s health care not miracle cure

By Walter E. Williams “The Dog and His Bone” is one of Aesop’s many instructive fables. It’s about a dog carrying a bone in his mouth. As he was crossing a footbridge over a stream and happened to glance into the water, he saw his own reflection. Thinking it was another dog with a bigger […]

Singing for America

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Billy Sparks, right, poses for a picture with Jay Leno. Sparks said working in politics and entertainment gives him the opportunity to meet all kinds of interesting and famous people. (Courtesy photo) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer His name is familiar. But many New Mexico residents know Billy Sparks as the governor’s press guru, […]

Stone-cold Steers lose to Sudan

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Farwell’s Tate Nichols drives splits Sudan defenders Michael Warren and Dagan Provence during the first half of their game Tuesday in Farwell. Farwell fell to Sudan 66-52. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer FARWELL — The Farwell Steers had an unfriendly rim in their home gym, as an uncharacteristically poor […]

Clovis beats Portales

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Clovis’ Devin Sweet leans into his shot attempt and collides with Danile Boan of Portales in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game at PHS. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Portales Rams accomplished one of their missions Tuesday night — get 6-foot-8 Clovis senior center Tigg Bunton out of […]

Clovis reinstates mandatory 8th-grade PE

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board approved a motion Tuesday to reinstate the requirement for physical education for all eighth graders starting in the next school year. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ladona Clayton said junior high principals and staff members had approached her about concerns for student well-being and wanting […]

Competitive zeal no excuse for bad reporting

CNJ staff CBS News fired three executives and one other employee Monday, after releasing the results of an independent investigation of the network’s airing of a debunked story critical of President George W. Bush’s National Guard service. It wasn’t just the story that proved fateful for the network, but its poor handling of criticisms that […]

Silence not an option in AIDS fight

By Leonard Pitts Makgatho Mandela died last week of illnesses related to AIDS. We know this because his father, Nelson, announced it to the world Thursday. As you surely know, Nelson Mandela won a Nobel Prize and international acclaim for a struggle against South African apartheid that included 27 years of incarceration. He is a […]

Politics about limitation of government

By Tibor Machan California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who led the effort of the Democrats in Congress to hold up confirmation of the Electoral College vote last week, claimed the absolutely core principle of America is democracy. Because, she claimed, the past two presidential elections had threatened the democratic process, it was necessary to call attention […]

Search continues for missing Farwell native

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The search continues for a missing Alamogordo woman who went for a walk Sept. 24 and never returned. David Lynn said his wife, 55-year-old Vicky Lynn, takes medication to battle depression. “I feel powerless,” David Lynn said about the last 3 1/2 months. “I’ll be honest with you, if there’s […]