Republicans’ buy-off strategy not the answer

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the most significant trend as the current congressional session lumbers toward an end — a December session to pass an omnibus $820-billion spending bill is still in the offing — is the extent to which the Republican Party under President Bush and the current congressional leadership has become the party of big […]

Like, do first impressions matter, dude?

LIKE, DO FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER, DUDE? “First impressions matter. One is a fool to think otherwise.” So wrote former Houston minister Bill Love. As I read Bill’s words, I thought about an interesting first meeting I had with my wife’s niece’s then-boyfriend who was welcomed to the table a few years ago at Thanksgiving. May […]

Transportation bill weakens state’s future

State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton I want to tell your readers why I did not support Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership (GRIP) plan for transportation in this past special session. The way this transportation bill was written allows the state to borrow money from expected future federal revenues to pay for roads now. We want to […]

Richardson’s zeal could negatively impact his future

Freedom Newspapers It should surprise few New Mexicans that Gov. Bill Richardson admits he goofed in handling tax legislation rejected by the state Legislature during the just-completed special session. He clearly did misjudge lawmakers’ level of cooperation. Admitting his error is important for him if he expects to get anywhere with them when the regular […]

Legislature wraps up

SANTA FE (AP) — The Legislature finished its work when the House gave final approval to a measure financing nearly $1.6 billion in highway and transportation projects over the next seven years. Before lawmakers headed home Wednesday, Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed the Legislature and other state leaders. The highway legislation, which Gov. Bill Richardson […]

New $20 bill commercials a waste of money

Freedom Newspapers Imagine you are the sole supplier of a commodity that nearly everyone in the country uses, many on a daily basis. For some reason you decide to alter the product in a few subtle ways; the product itself hasn’t changed, it is used for the same thing and in the same manner, and […]

Sex crimes to be target in special session

By Jack King The special session of the state Legislature is likely to pass a significant new law or laws on sexual predators, but its results on the other two issues announced by Gov. Bill Richardson — roads and taxes — may be less significant and less satisfying for area voters, local legislators said this […]

Expansion of state’s sex offender laws squelched

Staff and wire reports House Democrats have squelched Republican attempts to get an expansion of the state’s sex offender registration law on the special session calendar. A House committee ruled Tuesday that toughening the state’s so-called Megan’s Law could not be considered in the session. Then, by a 35-28 vote on the House floor, Democrats […]

Naggs, Bill

BILL ALAN NAGGS Services: Have been held. Bill Alan Naggs, 13, of Clovis died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, in his home. He was born Feb. 5, 1990, in Clovis. He attended Faith Christian Family Church and Clovis public schools. Family members said he loved people, watching movies and sports and blessed the lives of everyone […]

Shiplet, William Todd

William Todd Shiplet Services: Have been held. William Todd Shiplet, 37, of Midland, Texas, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003. He was born on Dec. 22, 1965, in Hobbs, to Sandra and Bill Shiplet. He moved with his family to Midland in 1971. He graduated from Midland High School in 1984. He was best known for […]

Governor has no excuse for reckless driver

Ned Cantwell This Washington Post guy hung around with Gov. Bill Richardson for a week and wrote about it. It is not surprising that a reporter from one of the nation’s premiere dailies would want to spend a week with Bill. Everyone does. He is a national media darling. Tom Brokaw likes Bill. Wolf Blitzer […]

Pruitt, John

John Pruitt Services: Have been held. Mr. John “Honest John” Pruitt, 77, of Clovis, a welder, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on July 2, 1927, in Foreman, Ark., to George and Rose Terrell Pruitt. He was well known as “Honest John.” He married Dorothy Cassidy […]

Random thoughts on the passing scene

Thomas Sowell If you have a right to respect, that means other people don’t have a right to their own opinions. My computer operating system is so out of date that people don’t even write viruses for it any more. If the debate among candidates for governor of California did nothing else, it gave a […]

Shipp, Bill

Bill Shipp Services: Have been held. Mr. Bill Shipp, 77, of Cheshire, Ore., died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, in Cheshire, Ore. He was born on May 19, 1926, in Portales, to Madora and Joseph H. Shipp. He grew up in Portales. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II . He married Ysletta […]

Internet should be kept free from taxation

Freedom Newspapers There’s good and bad news on the Internet tax front. The good news is that H.R. 49, the Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act, is moving through Congress. It is the successor to the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act, which banned taxes on Internet services until it expires Oct. 31. H.R. 49 passed the House […]

Caring for needy society’s duty, not government

Freedom Newspapers Each of the three major religions in this country, and no doubt many of the lesser-known religions, have within their doctrines a command for man to care for the poor and less fortunate among us. Historically, houses of worship also have been places where those in need could go for solace. However, in […]

Cosby’s comedy comes to Canyon

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Actor/comedian Bill Cosby is a multiple-Emmy and Grammy Awards winner. Courtesy photo. Helena Rodriguez America’s favorite TV dad and premiere comedian is expected to bring a sell-out crowd to West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Bill Cosby’s performance is slated for 7 p.m. (Central time) on Oct. 9, inside the University Event Center in Canyon. […]

Cones, Bill

Bill Cones Services: Have been held. Bill Cones, 93, of Fort Sumner, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at his home following an illness. He was born July 4, 1910, in Norwood, Mo., to John W. and Louanna Tennesse Akers Cones. His parents homesteaded northeast of Newkirk in 1912 where they made their home until 1947. […]

Williams, Carl

Carl Williams Services: Have been held. Mr. Carl D. Williams, 80, of Clovis, a cattle buyer and a farmer/rancher, died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Feb. 18, 1923, in Elmer, Okla., to Oral and Willie Cook Williams. He married Anna Gressett on June 29, 1942, […]

Franks, Bill

Bill Franks Services: Have been Mr. W.R. “Bill” Franks, 78, of Fort Sumner, a businessman, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at Farwell Convalescent Center. He was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to William McKinley Franks and Fay Underwood. He graduated from White Deer High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy where […]