McCain-Feingold law threatens free speech

Freedom Newspapers When the founding fathers created the First Amendment, their main concern was political speech. They wanted a nation in which a people were free to engage in a free-wheeling debate about politics and politicians. The amendment was clear-cut: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise […]

Environmental group should return tax dollars

Freedom Newspapers The Natural Resources Defense Council is a left-wing environmental organization that constantly chides the Bush administration, calls for international environmental governance, promotes more regulations, sounds the alarms about “global warming” and the evils of the oil industry and generally takes positions at odds with those supported by President Bush and the GOP Congress […]

Cannon raises record donations

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base personnel donated a record amount of money this year to a charitable fund for national and international non-profit groups, according to a release from the Eastern New Mexico Combined Federal Campaign. The Combined Federal Campaign is the only authorized annual fund that solicited federal employees for charitable organizations, the […]

Grizzly de-listing would strengthen endangered act

Freedom Newspapers We’ve frequently lamented the stubborn unwillingness of many major environmental groups to acknowledge good news on the environmental front, lest a retreat from the relentlessly apocalyptic script stop the donations from flowing and cause the media spotlight to turn away. So it’s only fair that we take note when a green group bucks […]

Reacting to hate only encourages groups to return

Freedom Newspapers Toledo, Ohio, residents over the weekend demonstrated why it is generally better to ignore messages of hate than trying to outshout the unreasonable messengers. A crowd that gathered to protest a white supremacist group’s march instead began a riot. The crowd threw rocks at police and vandalized vehicles and stores, burning a bar. […]

Cooperative efforts good for environmentalists

Freedom Newspapers The past two fire seasons have shown the devastating consequences of letting our Southwestern forests become overgrown. Now we’re about to see the fiscal impact of this legacy of mismanagement, including a reduction of services and facilities that the public has come to expect on our national forests. Harv Forsgren, Southwest regional forester […]

Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

Thank you letters: Salvation Army grateful for donations

We wanted to thank the people of Curry and Roosevelt counties who graciously supported The Salvation Army during the holiday season and throughout the year. Through your help, we were able to assist 723 children with Christmas gifts and clothing, as well as 411 families with a Christmas food box. The Salvation Army faces new […]

Local faith-based groups have mixed feelings on government funding

By Tova Fruchtman, CNJ staff writer Sheila Savitz was reluctant to take any money from the government for the Life Changers Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation center she has been trying to open for six years. She wanted the center to be faith-based. “I didn’t want the state telling me you can’t say Jesus,” she said. […]

Letters to the Editor: Biblical knowledge only half battle

Rarely do I feel the need to respond to comments written to the editor, but I will this time. In regard to Carolyn Stag’s letter on Wednesday about a political cartoon suggesting Democrats have no biblical knowledge: Stag questioned if President Bush (without the use of a teleprompter) would like to “take on” former President […]

There’s enough fish in the sea for all parties involved

Freedom Newspapers Turnabout isn’t just fair play — when watching that full-contact sport called special interest politics, it’s also a lot of fun for spectators. We take special joy, for instance, in seeing one interest group that’s been pushing for tougher regulations on someone else suddenly finding itself in the regulator’s crosshairs. This happened several […]

City gives $28,500 to special intrests

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent, Political Notebook Contributors in Clovis have given more than $28,000 to federal campaigns and special interest groups this year. According to opensercrets.org, a Web site that provides in-depth data on who gives money to candidates and groups, those living in the Clovis-area 88101 zip code — which accounts for a huge […]

Best collectors to receive gold award

By Jack King, CNJ Staff Writer Volunteers will spread out across Clovis Saturday to pick up trash, litter. Area residents will have yet another chance Saturday to earn the coveted Golden Dumpster award — given each spring and fall to the group that collects the most trash — during the annual spring “Great American Clean […]

New strategies needed for U.S. war against terror

Freedom Newspapers The rash of terrorist violence that has afflicted Uzbekistan, leaving at least 42 people dead and several neighborhoods destroyed, might or might not be directly linked to al-Qaida, as Ilya Pyagay of Uzbekistan’s Interior Ministry has claimed. But the attacks illustrate the decentralized and increasingly flexible nature of Jihadist terror. What seems likely, […]

EDITORIAL: Judges’ tough scrutiny a needed practice

A decision by federal Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles to strike down a portion of the sweeping anti-terrorism law passed in haste after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, looks like a heartening sign that the judiciary system might be ready to get back in the game of protecting the liberties of […]

Different goals could unravel democratic Iraq

Freedom Newspapers T he recent rallies held by Shiite Muslims led by Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani could presage the most serious problems yet for the troubled U.S. occupation of Iraq. If the situation is not handled deftly, the nightmare everybody fears but would rather not talk about — full-scale civil war — could become a […]

Possible gross receipts tax looms for charities

Eric Butler New Mexico’s non-profit groups do not pay gross receipts taxes for commercial services or for goods sold. They’d like to keep it that way. The state’s Blue Ribbon Tax Committee meets this week to consider a series of tax proposals it will recommend to Gov. Bill Richardson. One proposal would require non-profit agencies […]