Settlement reached in Melrose discrimination case

CNJ staff The Village of Melrose Tuesday confirmed a settlement has been reached in a discrimination charge filed by its former police chief. Village Clerk Cathy Christesson provided a statement confirming settlement, however said she has received no further information regarding the settlement or its terms. Officials with the state Department of Workforce Solutions confirmed […]

Weekly update —

Settlement talks ongoing in discrimination case An attorney for the village of Melrose and its former mayor said settlement talks are ongoing in a discrimination claim filed by the village’s former police chief. Friday, Albuquerque attorney Greg Biehler said there is an agreement “in principle” between parties but there are still things to be worked […]

Weekly update — Dec. 12

Discrimination hearing delayed A discrimination hearing into the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling has been delayed again. Originally scheduled for Sept. 14-15, the hearing was rescheduled for Dec. 13-14 and has now been pushed to Feb. 15-16, according to Dreiling’s attorney Dan Lindsey. The hearing is expected to be held in Clovis […]

Agency finds evidence of discrimination in Melrose police chief firing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s Human Rights Bureau has found probable cause for sexual discrimination or retaliation in the firing of former Melrose Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling last year by then-mayor Lance Pyle. A hearing has been set for Sept. 15-16, according to a June 3 letter from the bureau provided to […]

Keeping the dream alive

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dr. Marsha K. Hardeman reminded the attendees of the 2008 Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast that Dr. King’s message has to be passed on to new generations in order to be effective. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Red, white and blue balloons hung in the air above the tables […]

Interpretation of discrimination law unfounded

By Freedom Newspapers One can understand the frustration that led Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to issue her dissent orally, from the bench, last week in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber. But her argument is properly with the law as written rather than with the court’s majority opinion. If the law offers […]

Walking in others’ shoes good exercise

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist This is for a reader who demands to know why I write about gay issues. His conclusion is that I must secretly be gay myself. Actually, he doesn’t express himself quite that civilly. To the contrary, his e-mails — which, until recently, were arriving at the rate of about one […]

Parents, students should have right to choose

By Freedom Newspapers If those who try to forecast on the basis of comments during oral argument — always fun but not always reliable — are correct, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to strike down “voluntary” integration plans in school districts in Seattle and Louisville. Both districts assign students to schools in an effort […]

Knee-jerk cries of discrimination insulting

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Six imams got on a plane in Minneapolis. Accounts vary, but it seems they were speaking in Arabic before boarding of their disgust with the U.S. war in Iraq and with American policy in general. One was heard to declare he would do whatever was necessary to fulfill his obligations […]

Prejudice not uncommon in hiring process

By Walter E. Williams: wwilliam@gmu.edu In recent weeks, I’ve offered operational definitions for some of the terms used in the discussion of race. The first was discrimination, which can be broadly defined as the act of choice. When one selects one activity, good or person, of necessity he must discriminate against an alternative activity, good […]

Discrimination unavoidable fact of life

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist There’s so much confusion and emotionalism about discrimination that I thought I’d take a stab at a dispassionate analysis. Discrimination is simply the act of choice. When we choose Bordeaux wine, we discriminate against Burgundy wine. When I married Mrs. Williams, I discriminated against other women. Even though I occasionally […]

Forcing students to maintain quotas also discriminatory

Freedom Newspapers Can’t we all finally agree that government should not discriminate against people based on race or ethnicity? Despite all the progress made in this country to give minorities equal access to public facilities such as schools, a newer, equally toxic form of discrimination has taken hold of some government officials, who would eagerly […]

Decision reminder government funds come with strings

Freedom Newspapers Despite all the legal analysis in Chief Justice John Roberts’ 21-page opinion, announced Monday, in Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), it’s hard to resist the notion that it comes down to this: He who pays the piper calls the tune. When the military decided early in the Clinton administration […]

Discrimination no longer valid excuse

By Walter Williams Last month, when Rosa Parks was laid to rest in Detroit, her eulogy contained well-deserved praise for her brave defiance of segregation laws that led to the 1955 Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott and later the 1956 Supreme Court ruling that banned public transportation segregation. The passing and remembrance of her generation of […]

Racism poor excuse for irresponsibility

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Ministers Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Washington, D.C.’s Mayor Anthony Williams and others recently met to discuss plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the October 1995 Million Man March. Whilst reading about the plans, I thought of an excellent topic for the event: how not to be poor. […]

More litigation won’t help older folk get employed

Freedom Newspapers It would be ironic if it weren’t so sad. Just as market conditions are making older workers more attractive to an increasing number of employers, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a decision that is likely to make older workers less attractive. That wasn’t the intention, of course, but sometimes the law of […]

CCC wins lawsuit

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A Roosevelt County jury has acquitted Clovis Community College of allegations of discrimination filed against the college by a former administrator. Laura Jane Flores, a former Portales resident and former dean of instruction at CCC, filed a lawsuit against the college and CCC President Beverlee McClure claiming she was […]

Taking religion out of Christmas is discrimination

Freedom Newspapers It’s one of the most astounding examples we’ve yet seen of Orwellian “doublespeak,” which turns the meaning of a word or phrase on its head. Denver officials busily purging all references to Christ from the city’s “holiday” celebrations are actually using the world “inclusive” to describe and justify their patently exclusionist actions. “We […]

Be inspired, not angered, by Cosby

By Walter E. Williams Bill Cosby rattled the cages again recently in his address before Jesse Jackson’s 33rd Annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition conference in Chicago. Let’s look at some of his remarks. Cosby told the audience that being poor had a different meaning to older generations and said the “housing project was set up for you […]

What next? Ban on half-price air fares?

Suppose you saw a fat, old, ugly, cigar-smoking man married to a beautiful young lady; what prediction would you make about the man’s income? If you’re like most, you’d predict this guy has a lot of money. In effect, that fat, old, ugly, cigar-smoking man is telling the woman, “I can’t compete for your hand […]