Texans voting on gay marriage amendment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eighty Bailey County residents had cast their vote by Friday afternoon on a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in their state, according to court Clerk Paula Benton. Texas statutes already prohibit same-sex marriage, but the constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as a union only between one […]

Train of principles has left the station

Walter E. Williams: CNJ columnist Charity to man’s fellow man is praiseworthy, and Americans are the most generous people on Earth. An article in Philanthropy magazine (November/December 2004) quoted American philanthropist Daniel Rose saying: “American private charitable contributions this year will exceed $200 billion, equal to about 10 percent of the total federal budget; … […]

Divorcees make constitutional challenge

By Tom Philpott Lawyers for divorced service members and retirees have filed a weighty constitutional challenge to the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act, charging widespread violations of “due process” and “equal protection” rights in the way the law is written and enforced. What might be described as the legal muscle behind the lawsuit became […]

Gay marriage: The debate is disappointing

Freedom Editorial Advocates on all sides assure us that the failure of the Senate, by a 50-48 margin, to get even a majority in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is not the end of the process but only the beginning. We suspect they are right, but we fervently wish that it […]

Politicians offer little in same-sex marriage issue

Commentary Recent events related to the issue of same-sex marriage didn’t so much change as reveal the still evolving status of this controversial idea as a political issue. President Bush offered a carefully worded defense of “the sanctity of marriage” in his State of the Union address, and Ohio lawmakers approved a measure declaring that […]

No evidence that secession is unconstitutional

By Walter Williams A fortnight ago, in “Let’s Do Some Detective Work,” I provided unassailable evidence that Congress had vastly exceeded powers delegated to it by our Constitution. In a recent column, I argued that liberties lost are seldom regained, but there was an outside chance to regain them if enough liberty-minded Americans were to […]

Free State Project a last bastion of liberty

Walter Williams Last week’s column provided unassailable evidence that the protections of liberty envisioned by the Constitution’s framers mean little today. I was pleasantly surprised by the responses from fellow Americans expressing disgust and fear over what our nation is becoming. Several asked how we can regain our liberties. My short answer is: I’m not […]

Constitutional change benefits children

By Michael J. Davis Even before New Mexico was a state, our leaders envisioned a state land trust that would provide support for public education. Today’s school children benefit from their foresight. Through continued careful management, we can help to guarantee that future generations are well educated in mind, body and heart. But we have […]

Governor promotes education reform during stop at Clovis school

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth/New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson speaks about the upcoming election and education reform to a group of listeners Wednesday at Yucca Junior High in Clovis. By Jack King Two proposed state constitutional amendments would eliminate bureaucracy and fund badly needed school reforms, Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday. Richardson spoke in the […]

Area reps wary of funding for plan

By Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase […]