Year in review: Tax dollars in spotlight

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File photo Renovations on the Hotel Clovis began in October. The $12.8 million project is expected to to completed by December 2012. Political conservatives calling themselves High Plains Patriots forced two elections hoping to overrule city of Clovis spending plans. One failed — the city was allowed to implement a tax hike to help fund […]

Clovis man dies when vehicle forced off road

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday night after the vehicle he was riding in may have been forced off U.S. 60-84 by another vehicle, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Brandon Vann was a passenger in a 1995 green Ford Explorer traveling west on U.S. 60-84 about four miles west of Clovis […]

LSC football roundup — Sept. 17

Compiled by LSC sports information staff Angelo State 20, Central Oklahoma 0 Dekkar Williams had an interception and a forced fumble to help lead Angelo State to its first shutout since 2002 in a 20-0 win over Central Oklahoma at San Angelo Stadium on Saturday. The Rams (3-0) forced four Bronchos’ turnovers, and limited UCO […]

No hypocrisy in using public utilities

I’ve noticed non-libertarians will frequently make the claim that liberty-lovers are hypocritical if they use things that are paid for with taxation. What an odd notion. As long as The State exists, and continues to fund things through coercive taxation, you and I will be paying for a lot of things we didn’t have any […]

Letter to the editor: Coyotes forced to feed on livestock

I tried to stay out of the debate, but Calvin Lary’s letter about “nature’s way of balance” was just too much to swallow. Yes, nature has a way of balancing life out here on the Plains. It is an ancient plan and has worked for eons, until man came out here and tried to turn […]

Texas students forced to make tough choices

Freedom New Mexico I t’s been said that in many Texas towns, the high school football coach has more influence than the mayor. High school sports is a big part of secondary education in the state — some have said it’s too big a part. The collective penchant for sports, and competition in general, is […]

Encouraging to see states stand up to feds

Freedom New Mexico The states are restless. Increasingly, states across America are resisting encroachments on their liberties by the federal government. The most recent examples concern objections by two states to the forced adoption of President Barack Obama’s health-care law. Voters in Missouri approved Tuesday, 71 percent to 29 percent, Measure C, the Health Care […]

Defense forced to watch

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson ENMU receiver Tyler Finch makes the diving catch for a touchdown in the first half of Saturday’s scrimmage at Greyhound Stadium. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer BLACKWATER DRAW — The Greyhounds coaching staff didn’t like the sight of the offense scoring at will Saturday morning. So they made the […]

Stop-loss vets eligible for payment

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist About 185,000 veterans who were forced by wartime “stop loss” orders to serve on active duty after enlistment contracts had expired, or past their approved retirement dates, are due a retroactive special payment of $500 for each extra month they served. But these veterans must apply by Oct. 21 to […]

Time changes idea of government has changed

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Unlike today’s Americans, the founders of our nation were suspicious, if not contemptuous, of government. Consider just a few of their words. James Madison suggested that “All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” Thomas Paine observed, “We still find the greedy hand of government thrusting […]