To some, Obama inauguration triumph

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer President-elect Barack Obama enters the history books today as the country’s first black president. To members of the black community in Clovis, Obama’s historic inauguration is a product of the struggles for civil rights. William Hall, who organizes the city’s Juneteenth celebration, said he views Obama’s inauguration as a […]

New cabinet can cut faulty regulations

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama is reportedly committed to signing a massive “stimulus” plan of government spending — some estimates are as high as $850 billion — almost as soon as he takes office Jan. 20. Yet even Vice President-elect Joe Biden has expressed fear the package will be “Christmas-treed” with all sorts of […]

Green mandates would devastate economy

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama’s new environmental team may bode ill — trillions of dollars of ill — if they are true to their green colors and implement administratively what even the Democratic-controlled Congress has refused to do legislatively, all in the name of saving America from global warming. Congress, which is restrained at […]

Involved or not, Obama tainted by governor’s actions

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama at one level emerges with surprisingly clean hands from the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly trying to “sell” the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. Not only did U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explicitly say the president-elect was not named in the 76-page […]

Practicing green efforts alleviates strain on wallet

Freedom New Mexico Recent fuel price surges, coupled with Barack Obama’s election, have given environmentalists new energy. Even without it, as a practical matter, we would do well to consider “green” alternatives when looking to buy a new home or upgrade an existing one. Obama has said he plans to impose policies that will reduce […]

Obama’s choice of experience could be worse

Freedom New Mexico We can resist some but not all of the temptation to note that President-elect Barack Obama has put a lot of Clinton retreads on his economic team. This from a man who ran on vague promises of change. Of course, it’s not surprising. Now that he faces the prospect of actually governing […]

Code names don’t tell real story

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist Sanity is why I want to be in the White House. Monday afternoon, I found out the Secret Service has tagged the family of President-elect Barack Obama with codenames, all beginning with “R.” I don’t think I particularly like Barack Obama’s actual codename of “Renegade.” If you take […]

Editorial: Obama will do well to approach change from center

It is an exciting and historic development for an African American to be elected president of the United States. People still alive can remember when racial segregation was enforced by law in some states. Racial discrimination has not been completely erased and pockets of bigotry remain in this country. For a country that had to […]

Majority of residents disappointed with presidential outcome

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Dan Stoddard and his wife Joy watch and listen as Republican presidential candidate John McCain concedes the presidency race and congratulates Barack Obama on Tuesday night at Dakota’s Steakhouse. CNJ staff With news of Barack Obama winning the presidential election and John McCain’s subsequent concession speech Tuesday night, many in […]

Oct. 21 Letters to the Editor

Changes could prove disastrous According to Barack Obama’s new plan for the economy, we will have free health care. We will all get free college tuition. We will spend billions to repair the infrastructure of the nation. We will give billions to the automobile companies, state governments and the banks. We will provide jobs for […]

Oct. 19, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library:Promises to Keep: The Acclaimed Memoir of the Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate by Joe Biden reveals what his 35 years in the Senate has taught him about himself, his colleagues, and the institutions of government.Man of the People: The Maverick Life and Career of John McCain […]

Working class will foot bill in tax cut plan

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Barack Obama proposes a welfare

Local political events set for Tuesday

U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., will host a townhall with undecided voters today from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 218 North Sycamore Street. New Mexico for Barack Obama is hosting a roundtable discussion with veterans at 5 p.m. today at Hastings.

Resident reactions mixed on McCain campaign suspension

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Residents agree presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain should get to work on a potential solution to the country’s recent economic meltdown. Citizens are divided on whether Sen. McCain should have suspended his campaign to do it. “I think it’s about time for them to both step up […]

Obama discusses local issues with Freedom New Mexico

Editor’s note: Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama telephoned Freedom New Mexico on Thursday as he toured the state. The newspaper will also attempt to conduct a phone interview with Republican candidate John McCain in the coming days. Q: Just wondering. Have you ever been to Clovis, Portales or Tucumcari? A: I have not, but as […]

Democratic vision means tax increases

Freedom New Mexico The temptation is to dwell on the politics in Denver, where Democrats are trying to heal wounds and bring Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters into warm embrace and striving to normalize Barack Obama in the public’s mind. We will assess those successes or failures in the coming weeks.

Mandates not proper solution for health care

Freedom New Mexico As election time nears, the presidential candidates move toward the political center. This can make the differences between Barack Obama and John McCain seem smaller. But on one issue — health care — the contrasts are stark and indicate the difference between the two candidates: Obama is all about mandates while McCain […]

Obama’s lack of experience hurts campaign

Freedom New Mexico Presumptive Democratic candidate Barack

Obama’s speech: Defining moment

By Steven Greenhut: Guest Columnist If Sen. Barack Obama goes on to win the presidency, his March 18 speech in Philadelphia dealing with the firestorm that erupted over his former pastor’s incendiary remarks will be analyzed for decades – as a pivotal point not just in his campaign, but in the art of modern presidential […]

Republican preferred

Editors recently asked readers if they prefer Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Some answers: • “I prefer Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton because she does not appreciate the military … But being a Republican, I wouldn’t vote for either.” — Gerald Majewski • “Really don’t prefer either one, but would go with Hillary on account of […]