State lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Clovis Media Inc. Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers last week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. […]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized […]

Job creation still most pressing issue for 2012

Freedom New Mexico The volatile U.S. housing market finally is going to experience a little growth, predicts Chapman University’s 34th annual economic forecast. Nationally, housing starts crashed from 1.8 million in 2006, the height of the real estate boom, to under 600,000 starts annually in 2009-11. The forecast expects a rise to 602,000 units in […]

Iraq: The war that should never have been

Freedom Newspapers It looks, finally, like U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq. According to President Barack Obama, the withdrawal means U.S. forces will be “home for the holidays,” fulfilling a campaign promise he made in 2008. No doubt the withdrawal will be a major plank in his re-election bid next year. However, the Status of […]

Education column: Homecoming parade has history

There is finally a hint of autumn in the air, relief from the long, brutal heat we’ve been experiencing. With the onset of fall comes the season of “homecoming” celebrations. Although the origins of the tradition of homecoming are debatable, it is generally agreed that in the early 1900s, inviting alumni to “come home” for […]

Obama policies fail to revive economy

President Barack Obama this week finally will be addressing America’s jobs crisis. He’s been fiddling while the jobs burn. The U.S. unemployment rate remained stubbornly stuck above 9 percent for July. When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, unemployment stood at 7.6 percent. He promised that his $767 billion stimulus bill would cap unemployment at […]

Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

In search of ponies: Pets don’t leave nest

Sharna Johnson Finally it’s here — Graduation! For the last few months I’ve listened to the buzz from all the kids — as they try to figure out everything from picking a college to arranging the money, getting the prom dress and mailing those announcements — and now it’s here. As happy as I am […]

Geronimo, bin Laden share similarities

Like every other American, I was stunned last Sunday when I learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in a military enclave in Pakistan. I felt relieved that we had finally run the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks to ground. I was glad that our military and intelligence members […]

Health care decisions don’t belong to feds

Freedom New Mexico A year of contentious debate finally concluded this week following overwhelming votes of both houses of Congress to repeal a relatively small, but typically onerous, requirement of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. Oddly enough, the president said he was pleased that Congress corrected “a flaw” in Obamacare that would have […]

Government needs to focus on real threat

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply […]

Gambling could serve as source of revenue

Freedom New Mexico Gambling proponents once again are hoping that this will be the year Texas lawmakers finally allow gambling enterprises to establish themselves in the state. The issue could help reveal just what kind of “reform-minded” candidates were elected to the Legislature in November. Expanded gambling opportunities (limited pari-mutuel betting already is allowed in […]

Parents finally getting to know me

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I don’t need everything spelled out to me. That’s why when I was visiting a friend a few months ago, I could tell a female guest had just gotten out of a relationship. She said she was, “trying to stay strong,” which meant she’s not going to cry about the […]

Finally enjoying fruits of my labor

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I had threatened to put in a garden for the last three summers. The last several weeks we’re finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. Back in the spring I tilled up a spot in the southwest corner of our yard and planted a variety of vegetables. Overall the new […]

Octuplet mom hard to defend

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist W e finally found something

Octuplet mom hard to defend

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist We finally found something that conservatives and liberals alike can agree on — the disapproval, to put it mildly, over Nadya Suleman’s parenting choices. Forget the debate surrounding the stimulus plan and the economic downfall. Leave it to Suleman to unite the nation in criticizing her. In the last week, […]

Jesus’ humble beginnings teach us all

Freedom New Mexico It looks as if those who constantly decry the commercialization of Christmas might have finally gotten their wish. Those of us who ventured out for Christmas shopping this year found the crowds strangely thin and the discounts from desperate retailers surprisingly deep. Of course, this cutback in Christmas spending — we won’t […]

Don’t put much faith in early polls

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Finally it’s here — Election Day. It seems we’ve been embroiled in this presidential campaign

Aug. 31, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Who’s really in charge of our jail? Clovis has finally done it — made national news for all the wrong reasons. I’m sure many Clovis residents are asking the same questions: • How can eight inmates escape through a roof without detention center officers noticing? • How is it that a convicted murderer can still […]

Military’s top brass finally have their say

Freedom New Mexico President Bush’s meeting last Wednesday with the Joint Chiefs of Staff was held in a secure Pentagon room called “the tank,” so it is almost impossible for outsiders to know what really happened. But enough came out in official and unofficial accounts to suggest that the military leaders were exceedingly frank with […]