Nudge-ocrats have own agenda

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Ideas do have consequences and this is quite evident with the current administration’s adoption of what has been labeled — or mislabeled — “libertarian paternalism.” Two political economists, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein,

Board of Education members approve strategic plan, hold off on third-party review

The Clovis Municipal School’s strategic plan dominated a special Board of Education meeting Tuesday at the CMS administration building: • Board member Mark Lansford asked Deputy Superintendent Ladona Clayton about specifics on silent audits and cultural training. The silent audit outlined in the plan calls for a third party to visit school campuses posing as […]

Legitimate political views need protection

Freedom Newspapers The Obama administration can’t understand why so many people are angry at a new Department of Homeland Security report assessing the threat the nation supposedly faces from “right-wing” extremists. Of course, a nation this large is home to extremists and potentially violent people who subscribe to every sort of ideology, but the Homeland […]

Money agency decisions aren’t governments

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration and the Federal Reserve Board have begun a full-court press to get Congress to expand the federal government’s power to be able to seize nonbank financial institutions — insurance companies, hedge funds, investment banks, private equity firms — that run into trouble. This is such a bad idea it’s […]

N.M. delegation applauds Obama administration’s decision to put two ‘Best’ teams’ along the New Mexico border

The New Mexico congressional delegation today applauded the Obama administration’s plan to put two multi-agency task forces in New Mexico to help address the recent spike in drug-related criminal activity and strengthen overall border security in the region.

AIG outrage shows bailouts poor choice

Freedom New Mexico Will future historians mark last week as the week in which the Obama administration unraveled prematurely? It’s too early to tell. It was, however, a week in which top officials in financial corporations and government alike came off looking especially clueless or opportunistic. One can understand outrage over American International Group (AIG), […]

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

Rep. Luj

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Editorial: U.S. majority wants Bush policies out

A USA Today-Gallup poll released last week reveals that nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the Bush administration’s violations of civil rights — from torture at Guantanamo to wiretapping U.S. citizens without warrants — was extreme enough to merit investigation. Some 38 percent want a full criminal investigation, while about a fourth will settle for review […]

ENMU Athletic Director Requests Reassignment

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University athletic director Mike Maguire will step down effective July 1 after eight years to take a new position in the athletic department. Maguire will be responsible for athletic fundraising and special events in his new post, according to a release from the university. He is […]

Jan. 7 Letters to the Editor

Good to finally see Bush exit office Dubya was the first American president to hold a Master of Business Administration degree. So how did he do? Apparently competence is not a criterion for an MBA from Harvard. Bush always had all the economic answers. So the economy is doing well? “Then we need to lower […]

U.S. resident’s imprisonment endangers rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court wisely decided this month to review the case of Ali Saleh Khalah al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident who was apprehended by the federal government and held for more than five years in a Navy brig. He stands accused of being an al-Qaida operative. A three-judge panel of 4th […]

Border fence should top Obama’s agenda

Freedom New Mexico President Bush met with his successor, Barack Obama, on Monday and began discussing the transition from one administration to the other. The Bush administration has 10 weeks left before Inauguration Day. His presidency doesn’t end until then, and he certainly has the right to continue the policies and programs he has initiated […]

New president faces N. Korea unsteadiness

Freedom New Mexico You might say the new quasi agreement with North Korea amounts to kicking the can down the road, and you might be right. But kicking the can down the road to be handled by the next administration is probably a less-worse outcome than continuing a strictly confrontational approach to the “hermit kingdom” […]

Biden can’t correctly define patriotism

Freedom New Mexico Where did U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., come up with his definition of patriotism? Republicans have made a mockery of the word since the Bush administration’s ill-fated decision to invade Iraq, and now the Democratic nominee for vice president seems to want his own definition of the word. Biden, speaking last week […]

Military feature: County road presents problem for Cannon

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Courtesy photo: Cannon Air Force Base A MC-130W aircraft taxies on Cannon Air Force Base’s flight line. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base officials are working to comply with a Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Air Force requirement regarding a secondary base runway’s proximity to a county road. Base officials discovered […]

GI Bill may receive sizable boost

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist The Bush administration has endorsed a House bill that would improve the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) education benefits in several ways including with a 31 percent jump in monthly benefits and a new $500-a-month stipend to help cover college living expenses. The administration’s aim is not only to improve veterans’ […]

Flexible approach to gun laws will tighten standards

By Freedom New Mexico In a brief filed last week with the Supreme Court, the Bush administration paid lip service to the idea that Americans have an individual right to possess a firearm. But the practical implications of its argument show the government is speaking with a forked tongue. Last year, the U.S. Court of […]

County seeks applicants to serve on committees

CNJ staff Curry County is taking applications from residents interested in serving on the County Centennial Committee. The county will be 100 years old in 2009, and committee members will help plan a year-long celebration. The committee will have about 13 members. Curry County officials are seeking one resident from each of the five county […]

Final federal budget better late than never

Editorial If your family or business operated this way it would soon be shunned by creditors and suppliers. But the U.S. government operated without a budget for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, until now, thanks to petty and sometimes incompetent maneuvering. But this institution that can’t keep its own house in order has […]