Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water […]

And now for some good news

Doug McGregor passes along good news about his granddaughter, Jezika Freeman, who was seriously injured in a recent automobile accident that killed her husband. “Friday she told the therapist that the therapy was ‘hard’ so they told her she would get to rest on Sunday as there wouldn’t be any therapy on Sunday,” McGregor wrote […]

Congressional turnover may not be bad thing

Editorial It is difficult to make a case that a midterm congressional election is a referendum on an overriding national issue or even on a president. The president is not on the ballot. Although national issues play a role, each congressional election is conducted separately, and many districts are effectively gerrymandered to ensure that one […]

Officials say Ute project needs public support

Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Money is on the mind of Clovis Mayor David Lansford, who believes a 90-mile pipeline could end woes cast on eastern New Mexico by reoccurring droughts and dwindling groundwater supplies. But the proposed project, which would siphon water from the Ute Reservoir near Logan and pipe it to eastern New […]

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 […]

Book exposes federal spending on pork projects

Freedom Newspapers Get ready for some squealing. The “Congressional Pig Book,” an annual exposé of some of the worst pork barrel projects conceived by Congress, is due out this week. The report’s release is never a happy occasion inside the Beltway, but this year it’s even less so, given the spotlight that lobbying scandals have […]

Feds: Cannon assessment team not official

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Formation of a federal team to assess future missions for Cannon Air Force Base is not official, a Department of Defense spokesman said on Wednesday. Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday a Pentagon-led team will assess possible missions for Cannon and report the findings to the Pentagon in 180 days. […]

Congress passes bill for $51.8 billion in relief

By David Espo: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Acting with extraordinary speed, Congress approved an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina on Thursday. President Bush pledged to make it “easy and simple as possible” for uncounted, uprooted storm victims to collect food stamps and other government benefits. “We’re not asking for […]

Mission: Not impossible

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Committee of Fifty member Randy Harris speaks about what might be next for Cannon Air Force Base during a public briefing Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public Library. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Members of a Cannon Air Force Base advocate group urged the public Tuesday morning to regard the federal decision to […]

List of closures only first step in long process

By Tom Udall: Guest Columnist Friday the 13th was a day that unfortunately lived up to its ominous reputation when the Department of Defense released its Base Realignment and Closure recommendations. In what I and the entire New Mexico congressional delegation believe is an enormous mistake, the Secretary of Defense included Cannon Air Force Base […]

Poor prioritizing exacerbates financial issues

Freedom Newspapers In yet another illustration of how pork, parochialism and congressional privilege routinely trump practicality, frugality and responsible priority-setting in Washington, the U.S. Senate voted recently to override a Pentagon plan to decommission an aircraft carrier and cancel a troubled cargo plane program. Both proposals were made in an effort to defray the mounting […]

Schiavo case being hijacked for political gain

Freedom Newspapers Congressional grandstanding sank to an all-time low over the weekend as the House convened in an emergency session — not about the threats facing our troops in Iraq, not over concern about the eventual collapse of our Social Security and Medicare systems, but to intervene in a husband’s decision to carry out his […]

Ethical standards enforcement rests with the voters

Freedom Newspapers How one views the ethics controversy swirling around House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, greatly depends on one’s visceral reaction to the man himself. He’s one of those polarizing figures people either love or hate. But emotions shouldn’t cloud our judgment about what this case is all about. We have no […]

Irresponsible pay raises a tradition in U.S. Congress

Freedom Editorial How many times have you heard an exchange similar to this at work: The boss will be out of the office for a few days and tells an employee she’ll be in charge during the absence. When this information is relayed to other employees, someone will good-naturedly exclaim that this means raises for […]

If U.S. so ‘evil’ Aristide should go back alone

Freedom Newspapers Buy the man a commercial airline ticket home, if that’s what he wants. Just don’t bother making it a round-trip ticket. That’s what we recommend be done in the case of ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, who fled that long-suffering land two weeks ago as rebel forces were closing in for the […]

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 […]

‘Controlling’ mandates unconstitutional

Walter Williams We all can agree that having money to pay our mortgage or rent on time is very important. Since some people are spendthrifts and don’t manage their money well, what about a congressional mandate whereby mortgage or rent money is deducted from our paychecks each month and sent directly to our mortgage holder […]

Clovis man named to Republicans’ 2003 Honor Roll

By Gary Mitchell When the National Republican Congressional Committee notified Homer Tankersley he would be the recipient of a special award, the Clovis businessman was taken aback. “I don’t have any idea how they selected me,” he said. “It was a total surprise. I had no idea what was going on.” Tankersley, 76, received notice […]