Education Digest: Civil servant commended

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis civil servant in education was honored April 2. Delman Shirley received several awards at the Curry County Association of Educational Retirees (CCAER) luncheon. Shirley served as a director on the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) for 23 years and as a member of its investment committee […]

Symbolic actions waste of valuable time, energy

By Freedom Newspapers The Senate is debating whether to debate — in its characteristically deliberative manner — on a nonbinding resolution to disapprove of what the stubborn man in the White House has said he wants to do in Iraq. The Republicans delayed consideration for a while, but the Democratic majority might come up with […]

Rights movement continuous process

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, a […]

Snapshot

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Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis said he finds civil cases the most challenging part of his job. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff What: Magistrate court is a full-time court that handles civil and criminal cases. The severity of the crime or the monetary and/or jurisdiction limitations in a civil action determine […]

Paving the way

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksWalter Nowelll of the New Mexico Department of Transportation performs a test on a batch of asphalt to determine its density. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Walter Nowell shares many similarities with the asphalt he tests daily. His physical build is compact and strong and his demeanor is unyielding and […]

Aviation deal fails to take off

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A local business owner said a $2 million proposal to purchase an aviation company and hangar at Clovis Municipal Airport has been grounded. Ted Stallings, owner of the local aviation firm Aero Tech, said he submitted the proposal Sept. 20 to the members of the city of Clovis Civil […]

Bush turned deaf ear on Iraq opponents

By Leonard Pitts, Jr.: Syndicated columnist I write this in order to say I told you so. Not for me. Well, maybe a little bit for me. But also for some people who would probably never publicly say it for themselves. As a general rule, good soldiers toiling on government payrolls don’t do that sort […]

Volunteer civic-assist groups growing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Two local groups offer a way to serve their country without joining the military. Called upon by the state and federal government in times of need, the Civil Air Patrol and the New Mexico State Guard stand at the ready to provide ground and air support in times of […]

Conklin, Richard

Richard Donald Conklin, 58, of Clovis, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at the University Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Aug. 19, 1947, in New Mexico. He married Lord Blenkin on Aug. 19, 1995, in Farwell. He served in the U.S. Marines for eight years and worked in the civil service at Cannon Air […]

Civil rights icon leaves nation lasting legacy

CNJ Editorial Sooner or later in the 1950s, a crisis was bound to occur over legalized, state-enforced racial segregation. The policy was inconsistent with the ideals of individual liberty on which the country was founded, the experience of World War II had created cracks that were bound to widen in the edifice of racial segregation, […]

Rights groups fighting war already won

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist When I think of the behavior of today’s civil rights organizations, I often think of the March of Dimes. In 1938, President Roosevelt helped found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to fight polio, an epidemic that crippled thousands of Americans. The name March of Dimes was coined by Eddie […]

Responsibility gains victory in cane field suit

Freedom Newspapers Most of us are familiar with the examples of the civil justice system gone awry — the woman who was awarded millions for spilling hot coffee on her lap; drunk drivers who sue because they get hurt when they crash their vehicles; and criminals who file suit when they get hurt committing their […]

Liberals preaching victimhood, paranoia

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist If you listened to the rhetoric of black politicians and civil rights leaders, dating back to the Reagan years, you would have been convinced that surely by now black Americans would be back on the plantation. According to them, President Reagan, and later Presidents Bush I and II, would turn […]

Today’s filibuster pale shadow of its former self

Freedom Newspapers With the bipartisan deal announced Monday night, it appears the hallowed tradition of the filibuster will not be wiped off the Senate rule books. In fact, the hallowed tradition that most people think of actually has not been used in many years, even though Democrats claim to have filibustered a number of Bush […]

Racism poor excuse for irresponsibility

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Ministers Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Anthony Williams and others recently met to discuss plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the October 1995 Million Man March. Whilst reading about the plans, I thought of an excellent topic for the event: how not to be poor. […]

Emerging civil society could be first step to peace

Freedom Newspapers Given the history, it is generally wise to be skeptical about signs that might portend a breakthrough toward peace, or even nonhostile co-existence between Israel and Palestine. Nonetheless a move by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas to challenge powerful militant Palestinian groups is a sign that might be worth noting. It is important […]

Supreme Court takes civil check from citizens

Freedom Newspapers O n Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a troubling turn, expanded the protections for police who use force against suspects. Two rulings were handed down. The first involved Rochelle Brosseau, an officer who “shot Kenneth Haugen in 1999 as he fled in his Jeep to avoid being arrested for drug charges and […]

Government can’t solve all black issues

by Walter Williams Black politicians and the civil rights establishment take it as an act of faith that progress for black people requires racial politics and government programs. How about examining this vision with a few simple, common-sense questions? Whether you’re black, white or polka dot, in order to take advantage of opportunities, you must […]

Democrats secure base through fables

By Mona Charen The beating heart of the Democratic Party was on display when Al Sharpton addressed the national convention. Sure, other speakers received enthusiastic ovations. But Sharpton got something more. There was rapture in the hall as he delivered (shouted?) his address. Some wonder why Sharpton was invited to address the convention at all. […]

Readers: Cosby has good intentions

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about entertainer Bill Cosby’s recent criticism of low-income blacks who fail to use opportunities won by the civil rights movement. Some responses: “I believe that Bill Cosby’s comments were right on target, but they apply to more than blacks. Parents who care for their offspring should take note […]