State expectations higher than most

By Rhonda Seidenwurm: guest columnist As superintendent of schools in Clovis, it was my pleasure to be a part of the team that provided information to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) group, which visited Clovis earlier this month. It became apparent to me that the group had some misinformation regarding the relative academic […]

Eavesdropping not only illegal but likely useless

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has tried to be reassuring in defending the National Security Agency program of electronic eavesdropping on telephone calls between people in the United States and possible terrorist suspects overseas that was disclosed last December: “One end of the communication must be outside the United States.” Along with many legal scholars, we […]

FDA’s marijuana post puts politics over science

Freedom Newspapers Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific — one might even say anti-scientific — blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled “Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That […]

Internet should remain free from government controls

Freedom Newspapers It is encouraging that U.S. District Judge James Ware has shown some concerns about privacy. Even so, the likelihood that Internet search-engine company Google will be required to turn over a sample of 50,000 Web site addresses and 5,000 search queries — rather than a million of each — so it can conduct […]

Google right to resist Internet search subpoena

Freedom Newspapers The Internet search-engine company Google was correct to resist a Department of Justice subpoena requesting a broad range of material from its databases, specifically 1 million random Web addresses and the records of all Google searches during a one-week period. The Justice Department originally asked for all of Google’s Web addresses and a […]

7/14 BRAC Letters to the editor

Civilians can’t change military’s mind I have spent 15 years of my life at Cannon Air Force Base. I’m not from here, but in 1990 the Department of Defense assigned my Air Force spouse and family here; a mandatory assignment, due to a higher TAC (Tactical Air Command) need. I’ve seen it all as far […]

Base supporters unfazed by report

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A report recently submitted to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission provides a peek into the 2005 Department of Defense BRAC process. The in-depth analysis, however, left local base supporters generally unfazed. Ret. Brig. Gen. Hanson Scott said the report, generated by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, reflects information […]

Cannon supporters vow to keep fighting

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Hundreds of people stood along Commerce Way, waving and holding signs as BRAC commissioners passed by under police escort. Photo is from a KOB-TV news helicopter. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer By all accounts, supporters of Cannon Air Force Base on Friday made a compelling argument to spare the facility […]

Nevada wins commissioner’s promise to tour depot

By Felicia Fonseca: The Associated Press Nevada’s political leaders got a welcome surprise on their trip to New Mexico: a commissioner’s commitment to visit the Army Ammunition Depot near Hawthorne. Base Realignment and Closure Commissioner Philip Coyle told Gov. Kenny Guinn along with six others that he’d arrange for a visit to the threatened depot […]

Military trimming should be based on fact, not agenda

Freedom Newspapers The message that will resound clearly at this morning’s BRAC regional hearing is straightforward: Keep Cannon Air Force Base in America’s defense lineup. Its uncluttered, soon-to-be supersonic airspace and nearby bombing range fit well with America’s future military base needs. The facts behind the message also will be crystal clear. The presenters of […]

Cannon deserves second look from BRAC

By Heather Wilson: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: During her June 3 visit to Clovis to discuss Cannon Air Force Base being on the Base Realignment and Closure list, U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., made the following points about the situation, including what little data the Pentagon had released at the time that supported its decision […]

Area officials find flaws in BRAC data

CNJ staff The Department of Defense has released information about specific criteria used in the compilation of its Base Realignment and Closure lists. Information, available for download on www.brac.gov, includes a system used to calculate cost of base realignment or closure information in regards to COBRA. Committee of Fifty member Randy Harris said a team […]

Lawmaker opposed BRAC from beginning

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U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., told a Clovis audience Friday she remains optimistic Cannon will be spared by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. (Staff photo: David Irvin) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Congresswoman Heather Wilson is concerned about the guarded nature of the Pentagon in regard to releasing certain data to communities affected […]

Pentagon agrees to release closing data

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Under fire from Congress, the Defense Department has promised to give lawmakers access by next Tuesday to detailed material backing up its recommendations to shut down about 180 military installations across the country. Parts of the report are classified, so the Pentagon said lawmakers and staff […]

Senators demand base closing data

By Lolita C. Baldor: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senators scrambling to head off proposed military base closings in their states are pressing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to release all the data used to decide which facilities to shut down. Nearly two dozen senators from Maine to Nevada signed a letter to Rumsfeld, saying […]

Getting Cannon off BRAC list still supercedes ‘Plan B’

Freedom Newspapers So here we are, 14 days into the rollercoaster ride of emotions tied to Cannon Air Force Base being targeted by the Defense Department and the Air Force to close. Now we’re exactly four weeks away from arguing our case against that decision before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Let’s take stock […]

ID Act will punish law-abiding citizens most

Freedom Newspapers Is it over-dramatizing to say that the historic and chilling command, “Achtung! Your papers, please!” could find a modern-day American equivalent if the federal Real ID Act becomes law? Maybe so, but that danger and fear does come to mind as Congress moves forward with the Real ID Act. The bill mandates that […]

Board OKs student drug, sex survey

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board voted Tuesday to administer a survery that will gauge, among other things, the sexual, drug and alcohol habits of high school students. The anonymous survey, named the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, will be given to Clovis 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders in the fall. […]

ID theft legislation slippery slope

Few things can be more infuriating than having someone steal your identity — Social Security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, even your medical records. Such “identity theft” — as well as the related simple loss or unauthorized release of personal information — is occurring more often in our digitized society. On Monday, California […]

Erroneous Melrose graduation rate overturned by state

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Melrose science teacher Alan Daugherty, right, helps Melrose freshman Toni Burdine with her studies Tuesday during biology class at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor An error that led to Melrose High School not meeting adequate yearly progress was overturned recently after state officials corrected the school’s graduation […]