New laws can’t prevent school killings

By Steve Chapman Rain in Seattle is not news; the news is when rain fails to fall, as it has been doing lately. Likewise, what is conspicuous about the aftermath of the school shootings in Red Lake, Minn., last week was what didn’t occur — a torrent of calls for new gun-control legislation. The attack […]

Letters to the Editor: Smoking ban about power, control

Clovis’ mayor thinks he has found a way to distance himself from the wrath of the smoking public by pawning his dirty work off on state lawmakers. And jumping right on the bandwagon: those ever-nauseating, anti-smoking propagandists known as Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco. Have you ever wondered why those people just want to ban […]

Official report slays some myths of gun control

Freedom Newspapers One of the timeless debates in this country is over gun-control laws and their efficacy. Gun-control advocates often cite the ease with which a person can purchase a firearm from retail outlets and worry that such outlets are arming criminals in huge numbers. Lawsuits have been filed against many wholesalers and retailers alleging […]

Lety’s noit rush into intelligence reform bill

Freedom Newspapers The failure to approve an intelligence reform bill in the House of Representatives over the weekend is not necessarily a tragedy. The 9/11 commission, whose recommendations were the basis of a bill passed by the Senate, does not have a monopoly on wisdom when it comes to reforming the “intelligence community,” as the […]

Courts refreshing in gun law decisions

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Judges are often accused of “activism” — a desire to extend their reach from interpreting the law and resolving cases to making policy on matters that are none of their darn business. So they deserve credit when they resist invitations to override democracy. That’s what the Illinois Supreme Court did […]

Will success at Fallujah solve the problem?

Freedom Newspapers The long-awaited U.S.-Iraqi military assault on what is generally called the “rebel-held” city of Fallujah has begun. Despite some early problems — facing more booby traps with explosives than expected — there is little reason not to expect the U.S. military to be able to defeat most of the overt insurgent activity and […]

Zias stay perfect at home

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University volleyball team used a 15-0 run in the first game to take control and the Zias cruised to their sixth consecutive win, a 30-8, 30-26, 30-18 sweep of Tarleton State Saturday in Lone Star Conference South Division volleyball at Greyhound Arena. Senior Anna Bellum and junior […]

Derailed train car killed worker

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The cause of death of a Clovis railroad worker moving a tank car is still under investigation, according to city and railroad officials. Glen A. “Skip” York II, 26, an employee with Burlington Northern and Santa Fe rail yard, was killed Thursday afternoon by a derailed rail car, according […]

Let’s keep Friday the 13th under control

Bob Huber In case you didn’t notice, we had a Friday the 13th this month. To put it in a more scholarly manner, it behooves us to utilize the Freedom of Information Act in the examination of perils existing in all Fridays the 13th and offer up some time-honored, laboratory-tested solutions to make our lives […]

Teacher feels first day jitters

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Kayla Smith, seventh grade literature development teacher at Yucca Junior High School, instructs her sixth period class as they fill out a worksheet Wednesday at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin Kayla Smith returned to college at 28 because she wanted to satisfy her desire to teach. On Wednesday, her first day […]