Candidate says youth participation important

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., speaks to a group of students and faculty Monday at Eastern New Mexico University. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico PORTALES — U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson told a crowd of Eastern New Mexico University students and faculty Monday her campaign issues include the defense of […]

Officers should not be immune to property suits

By Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court has in effect expanded the range of federal officers who are immune from lawsuits for mishandling, losing or even stealing personal property when it comes under their control in the course of their official duties. Although the court’s interpretation of the law in question was somewhat defensible, […]

Keeping the dream alive

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dr. Marsha K. Hardeman reminded the attendees of the 2008 Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast that Dr. King’s message has to be passed on to new generations in order to be effective. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Red, white and blue balloons hung in the air above the tables […]

Couple named ‘Good Samericans’

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition […]

Clovis couple wins inaugural Samerican award

By Gabriel Monte Phil and Babette Lenfant and their three sons were driving home last month when they spotted a woman on the side of U.S. 60/84. The Lenfants pulled over on pitch-black highway to help the woman, who was stranded after a tire blowout. Their act of charity earned them recognition Thursday from Clovis […]

No Child Act needs reformed, not reauthorized

By Freedom New Mexico In what appears to be a desperate attempt to salvage some semblance of a legacy from a lame-duck period, President Bush indulged in a bit of political theater last week. He assembled a group of civil rights leaders at the White House and herded them into the Rose Garden to plead […]

Education Digest: Congressional act bolsters student aid

Congress will provide more than $17 billion for student financial aid in 2008, according to a news release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. A new law, named the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, restructuring the college aid program cuts private lender subsidies by about $19 billion and reduces interest on need-based loans to 3.4 […]

Spying program abuses power of government

By Freedom Newspapers What do you do when critics call the legality of your secret spying program into question? If you’re the Bush administration, you defend it: both by becoming ever more secretive and by claiming to be above the law. The legal basis for the Terrorist Surveillance Program, which was launched soon after 9/11 […]

Tammy Faye proof second act of life can be sweetest

By Freedom Newspapers For someone like Tammy Faye Messner, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s assertion that there are no second acts in American lives falls flat. The public first came to know her as the wife of Jim Bakker, a televangelist who eventually had a rendezvous with disgrace. In later years, however, this woman proved she was […]

Open meetings act workshop planned

CNJ staff A workshop on the Open Meetings Act and Inspection of Public Records Act will be held July 11 in Clovis, according to a news release from the Attorney General of New Mexico’s office. The workshop is 9 a.m. to noon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, North Annex. Attorneys from the Attorney General’s Civil […]

More checks, balances needed to protect citizens

By Freedom Newspapers U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally […]

Stiff Libby sentence purely political move

By Freedom Newspapers As one of the major behind-the-scenes architects — from his position as Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff — of the lamentable war in Iraq, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has a great deal to answer for, whether in the depths of his conscience or in the annals of history. For the crimes […]

Patriot Act didn’t prevent latest terror threat

By Freedom Newspapers The six men arrested on charges of plotting a terrorist action against the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey may turn out to have been the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, a bunch of wannabes who might never have gotten their destructive act together. Even if that’s the case, however, it […]

Reform laws give justices chance to make statement

By Freedom Newspapers A case argued last week to the U.S. Supreme Court highlighted the absurdity of relatively recent reform laws that restrict political speech during the period just before an election. Such laws require regulators and courts to make absurdly fine distinctions that such bodies are not really qualified to make and should not […]