Mayor candidate addresses public access

Rube Render is one of three mayoral candidates who have responded so far to an e-mail from Editor David Stevens about public access to governmental records.

In response to the question, “In general, when is it OK to keep secrets from the taxpayers?” Render replied:

“It is OK to withhold information from the public when the Open Meetings Act and/or Open Records Act specifically allow this withholding.”

Read more about his views on the editor’s Web log.

Falling, With Style

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Count Clovis’ Christian Heller among those opposed to Sunday alcohol sales at Clovis restaurants.

“I am not for prohibition, just some moderate limitation,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Not every person tolerates alcohol in the same manner. Some metabolize it differently. But it still has the same effect on the brain. Six days are plenty.”

Heller’s son lived 1,028 days after being paralyzed by a drunken driver. He died in May.

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Clovis’ Anna Baucom sends along trivia and urges caution “next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner:’”

• A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

• A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive on Earth.

• A billion dollars ago was only eight hours and 20 minutes ago, at the rate our government is spending it.

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