Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic […]

Clovis believes graduation numbers correct

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File photo Clovis HIgh’s graduation rate of 78.8 percent compares favorably with the national average of 70 percent. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis municipal school system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Public Education Department over the release of tentative 2008-09 graduate rates. With rates exceeding the […]

Supreme Court correct to limit car searches

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling last week in Arizona v. Gant, limited the circumstances under which police may search a car after arresting the driver. The decision, by an unusual majority consisting of Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Souter, Scalia and Thomas, is a welcome reversal of a recent trend in court decisions that […]

Politically correct is not easy

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I just talked to a friend who’s mighty close to boiling over. Since we’re the kind of friends who prefer to boil over together rather than letting off steam on the general populace, he vented, and I listened, offering helpful comments and keen insight. Don’t broadcast this, but I don’t […]

Water gaps comparable to economy

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Ranch people in the Southwest who happen to be in arroyo country must deal with water gaps. To keep the cattle in the correct pastures (bulls in the bull pasture after breeding season, neighbor’s bulls not visiting our cows, etc.), fences often must go across arroyos. Therein lies a problem. […]

It’s tough being mechanically challenged

Some of us have difficulty dealing with mechanical objects. I guess the politically correct way to state our problem is “mechanically challenged.” That goes double for computers. There’s a little man in mine — I’ve named him Elmer. Every now and then he says, “You’ve been doing really good. I think I’ll just mess you […]

Form regulation changes could rev up economy

By Freedom Newspapers While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional […]

Labeling system could be useful

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Lazy Syntax Library we’re perusing a couple columns we wrote about terms used to describe groups of animals — you know, like a pride of lions and a gaggle of geese. The seed for this research was the behavior of news reporters in Washington, D.C., a few […]

Time marked on highway of life

Grant McGee It’s time for bifocals. At least that’s what the eye doctor told me last week. My distance vision is still pretty good with my glasses on but my close vision is shot. People have been giving me a hard time about it anyway. “Why are you wearing your glasses like an old man?” […]

Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]