State awards program seeking nominees

The New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards is looking for a dozen residents to honor as role models. In its 33rd year, the state program recognizes volunteerism and public service and improvement of government by citizens and government employees. The program is particularly interested in nominations from outside the metro areas and from New Mexico’s […]

New technology could return power to people

Amid all the worries about Big Brother intrusion into our lives in the name of homeland security, we’re relieved that we live in a society in which people can still fight back — using the same technology the government is deploying against us. The United States government has become enthralled with programs that use new […]

Media marching timidly into the past

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Have you heard the news? There’s good rockin’ tonight. We’re talking girls in poodle skirts and guys with DA’s. Moondoggy’s got his old man’s Buick, so maybe later we can cruise down to the soda shop for a burger and a malted. Question authority? We don’t do that anymore, Daddy-O. Haven’t […]

China seeking to erode freedom in Hong Kong

Six years ago, when Great Britain handed Hong Kong to mainland China, optimists predicted Hong Kong’s freedoms would pull China in a freer direction. Pessimists argued that China’s communist government would consume Hong Kong. Last month, after 350,000 people poured into the streets of Hong Kong to protest a proposed anti-subversion law favored by the […]

Our government should protect us, not care for us

In government, as in people’s personal lives, when money gets tight, folks start looking for places to save money. Whatever gets cut out of the budget is going to affect someone and that someone usually has the ear of some public official. In turn, that official attempts to get the funding restored for his or […]

Why all the fuss about gay marriages?

Tibor Machan Canada is now recognizing gay marriages, and many in America think it is embarrassing that our country is lagging behind. Well, just wait a minute. When gay marriages are not being recognized it isn’t just that one is opposed to them. There can be full acceptance of such marriages while still resisting them, […]

Clovis resident worried about Patriot Act

By Jack King One Clovis woman has started a lonely campaign to get the Clovis City Commission to pass a resolution questioning the U.S. Patriot Act. Christine Nahmens said she has never been involved in a political action before and shies away from publicity. But she said she was moved to take action because she […]

Martha Stewart prosecutors on a witch hunt

It’s not hard to view the federal prosecution of Martha Stewart, the multimillionaire home-decorating diva, as a witch hunt. The charges are devoid of the main crime she is supposed to have committed: insider trading. Surely, the 41-page indictment would have included such charges had there been anything to prosecute. Instead, the Securities and Exchange […]

Anti-obesity movement going too far

By Walter Williams Oreo cookies should be banned from sale to children in California. That’s according to Stephen Joseph, who filed a lawsuit against Nabisco last month in California’s Marin County Superior Court. Oreo cookies contain trans fat, an ingredient that makes the cookies crisp and their filling creamy. Joseph says that trans fat is […]

High court ends retirees’ quest for free care

By Tom Philpott A seven-year court challenge by elderly military retirees, who say the government reneged on promises of free lifetime health care, came to an end June 2 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal. In refusing to accept the case for review, the justices let stand a 2002 decision by […]