Hoekstra plea shows need for oversight

Rep. Peter Hoekstra wasn’t a likely candidate to complain about Bush administration secretiveness. The Michigan Republican is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and supported the administration when the New York Times published reports about warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens and clandestine surveillance of international banking transactions. He has even hinted that he wouldn’t be […]

FBI raid doesn’t put separation of powers in danger

Freedom Newspapers A number of present and former members of Congress, including such Republicans as current and former House speakers Dennis Hastert and Newt Gingrich, respectively, have criticized the FBI’s decision to search the congressional office of Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat being investigated for accepting bribes. The criticism is understandable but a bit […]

Not crisis yet, but executive power bears watching

Freedom Newspapers A term few Americans are familiar with has become almost a commonplace during Judge Samuel Alito’s confirmation hearings. How has the judge used the term “unitary executive,” and why has President Bush used the term more than 100 times in “signing statements” issued when he signs bills into law? Most recently, in signing […]

The Fight for Freedom

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Marlena Hartz and Sharna Johnson: Staff writers Today, America honors its veterans. And so do we. These are the stories of High Plains residents who — long ago, not so long ago, and just months ago — donned uniforms, braved the battlefield, and came home. Ralph Finkner Occupation: Finkner spent 21 years working for the […]

Glenn D. Spell, Ben Luck

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Glenn D. Spell Date of birth: June 26, 1926 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Melrose Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

6/28 Business Digest

SOS Staffing names new branch manager The Clovis branch of SOS Staffing Services has named George Ratledge as new branch manager, according to a company release. Ratledge has been account manager with this Utah-based company since November of 2003, the release said. The Clovis branch of SOS was opened in 1998 and received the branch […]

Cops & courts: Clovis man sentenced in child pornography case

A district judge sentenced a Clovis man Tuesday to five years in prison for his part in the production of child pornography in 2004. Marcus Ray, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a child by manufacturing and one count of sexual exploitation of a child by prostitution, a […]

Governor’s class opens academic doors

By Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Gov. Bill Richardson again steps into the role of pacesetter. He is going to teach a class at the University of New Mexico next semester. The class will attempt to teach students how state government works. Good luck. People who have been observing New Mexico state government for decades are […]

Local non-profit now a local branch

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Big Brothers-Big Sisters program of Curry and Roosevelt counties has become a branch of the agency based in Roswell, an organization’s official said. Jill Dennis, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pecos Valley, said she hopes to have a program coordinator in Clovis by the middle […]

Judicial branch slow to rein in executive branch

Freedom Newspapers Our constitutional scheme, with three branches of government and government further divided by having local, state and national levels, is the best scheme yet devised for protecting the people’s liberties by empowering different branches of government to limit one another’s power. But it doesn’t always work perfectly. It is during times of war […]