Obama plan would prolong housing pain

Freedom New Mexico It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments. This time involves the misguided belief that everyone is entitled to homeownership, even at the government’s — the taxpayers’ — expense. But the president’s audacity is a bit much to take, even for an election year. Obama wants to […]

Education column: New year means renewed commitment to students

The New Year has begun, and resolutions are resounding everywhere. Despite challenges, most everyone begins the new year filled with hope and resolve, wanting to do better or be better in some way. There’s even a government website that documents the most common New Year’s Resolutions and provides a considerable array of associated links with […]

Not every problem needs a solution

Everyone knows there are problems in the world. There is theft. There is child abuse. There is poverty. And many more. The question becomes “How do you fix it?” While it seems most people think a new law or tougher enforcement is the answer, libertarians see those “solutions” as only exacerbating the problems. We also […]

Obama forgets lessons from housing crisis

Nearly everyone recognized the obvious steps that had to be taken after 2008’s housing disaster — no more loans to unqualified buyers, no more creative financing, no more packaging for resale of securitized mortgages not worth their face value. Apparently, President Barack Obama already has forgotten. He proposes a housing fix with more problematic government […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: When I am named ruler of the Earth …

Marla Jo Fisher I am planning to run for Supreme Ruler of Earth, as soon as I get a spare minute. In case you don’t know, the Supreme Ruler gets to do whatever she wants and make the rules for everyone else. Everyone kisses your backside and laughs at your jokes. Sort of like running […]

Solutions to education woes seem obvious

Everyone from Bill Gates to the first lady

Commodities market risky

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune A truck waits to be filled with grain Friday afternoon at the JD Heiskell Holdings LLC grain elevators in Portales. The market for agricultural commodities, including corn and wheat, has become volatile due to speculative trading, farmers and grain dealers said. Argen Duncan Speculation in agricultural commodities markets is causing greater […]

Legislators must focus on budget

Budget cuts seem to be foremost in everyone’s mind these days — everyone it seems but our elected officials. Budget cutting seemed to get short shrift during the President’s State of the Union address this week. The words investment came up quite a bit, which I’m sure is political code for “spending.” Federal lawmakers aren’t […]

Matchbox collection memorable

Karl Terry At one time I had a long list of fabulous vehicles in my collection. Ferrari, Camaro, Mustang, GTO, Willys Jeep, and a Ford roadster or two were just a few of the many items in the Matchbox collection that belonged to my brother and me. A recent question that popped up on my […]

Crimes of hate hard to prove in court

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Everyone who is awake discriminates — it is what people do with their minds. The kind of discrimination that’s objectionable is when people use irrelevant attributes of others to classify them — like their race when hiring them for jobs where race is irrelevant. The race of a […]

Protecting environment everyone’s job

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There on my Facebook page, larger than life, it appeared. “Become a Fan of: Stop the Wolf Killing Bill in Utah.” Though I don’t live in Utah, I find that, at least according to Facebook, I can weigh in on this conservation minded issue. So I did, and as a […]

Everyone loses in NBC shakeup

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I had two major thoughts this week, neither long enough for its own column, but combined enough to be way longer than necessary. Sorry. ••• As a long-time fan of late-night television, it’s troubling to see the mismanagement decimating the tradition of “The Tonight Show.” But nobody at NBC is […]

Halloween festivities fun for everyone

Freedom New Mexico ParentDish.com advises that one of the “cool” candies to hand out this Halloween is white chocolate skulls filled with gummy worms. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take the Fun Size Snickers bar and be content. Halloween as we know it today was derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), […]

Letter to the editor: Handicap parking not for everyone

Handicap parking not for everyone I am concerned that people don’t seem to understand what handicap parking means. We recently traveled to Clovis from Muleshoe for some errands and shopping. I drive a one-ton van with a hydraulic patient lift. I have a sign on the door stating that 10 feet of access is needed […]

One giant assist

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joseph Rivera, left, and his children Audrianna, Joseph Jr., center, and Andrea, far right, open presents surrounded by the Yucca Middle School’s basketball team. Each year, the team sponsors Christmas for a family chosen by the Lighthouse Mission. By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Not all team huddles are ones where […]

A tale of tape tragedy and trust

I was watching the History Channel awhile back as my attention was hooked and I was reeled in by a program focusing on the reasons for a terrible plane crash. A large airliner (I believe of South or Central American registry)20was flown right into the ocean. Everyone on board was killed. Something obviously went terribly […]

Weekend full of local activities

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Courtesy photo For Tucumcari’s Centennial Celebration Max Gardner and Rex Rideout will perform songs from Jack Thorp’s 1908 cowboy song collection. Freedom New Mexico Take your pick. There is something for everyone’s taste from bucking broncos to cowboy poetry to contemporary music beginning Thursday at the Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering. The long-weekend’s festivities begin with […]

Volunteering benefits everyone

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist What has between 700 and 800 heads, represents New Mexico’s civic leaders, has never been to Clovis before, and will be coming to town Aug. 12-14? The answer, should your curiosity be excited, is the New Mexico Municipal League. Your curiosity, or at least your civic pride, should indeed be […]

Warm, windy weather hard on crops

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it […]

Slumber cause for embarrassment

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Have you fallen asleep in public lately? I have. The Lady of the House and I were chatting with friends when the next thing I knew they were all staring at me. Everyone was wearing sly smiles; you know, the kind that say “We know something you don’t.” “You were […]