Health care individual obligation

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

Hard times spawn fiscal responsibility

Despite threats, grass in Colorado Springs parks will likely be green this summer. Sprinklers will chit-chit-chit and the children will play. You heard it here first. The late economist Milton Friedman taught us that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Someone pays, regardless of who consumes. Colorado Springs residents are learning there […]

Lobos in Top 10 for first time in 12 years

The Associated Press This is what Steve Alford had in mind when he left the Big Ten for New Mexico, a program with a rich tradition that had fallen on hard times. The Lobos moved into the top 10 in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday for the first time in 12 seasons, after […]

Government habits hard to break

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Meg Whitman is running for governor of California and I haven’t a clue what her chances are. I know I don’t want someone like Arnold to get elected, but then I don’t want hardly anyone to be either re-elected or elected. And Meg Whitman offers a good example […]

Humans are natural competitors

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist My theory is the human psyche is hard-wired for competition — and speed. We want to have the fastest car, mule, horse. In southern New Mexico they even have turtle races and, of course, duck races. Sometimes the desire to win overwhelms the participant’s better judgment and sense of “right […]

Hard to top invention of saddle

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Can you guess what simple invention is considered one of the basic pieces of equipment involved in creating and spreading modern civilization? I couldn’t. It involves the horse…of course… and the saddle. Like most country kids, I learned to ride bareback. I still believe that’s how novice riders should begin […]

Letters to the editor: Health reform hard to comprehend

Health reform hard to comprehend The Congressional Budget Office has issued its report on the “Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output as of September 2009.” This document contains 11 pages and analyzes the impact of the economic stimulus. Page two contains the following nugget of information: • […]

Putting on a show

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo J.W. Baldock, front, helps his son Garrett tie up his show heifer in the dairy barn Wednesday at the Curry County Fair. Garrett won the showmanship award during the dairy heifer show Wednesday morning. Raising a dairy heifer is fun, hard work. That’s what some youths at the Curry County […]

Salvation Army hit hard by gas leak

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Salvation Army, located at Gidding and Second streets, has been working around major construction due to a gas leak for the past 3 1/2 weeks. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff at Clovis’ Salvation Army knew this summer was going to be tough. Goodwill moved in to […]

My mom didn’t need a script

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Anytime a hard-working mother has a dilemma to deal with all they really need to remember is the acronym WWJD. The acronym I’m thinking of here is what would June (Cleaver) do.

Milk prices hitting dairy farmers hard

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Andres Chavez of Clovis attaches a milking machine to dairy cows Friday at SAS dairy. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With unprocessed milk prices at the lowest many dairy farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties have ever seen, they are borrowing against the equity in their operations or going […]

Law-making doesn’t need secrecy

By Dana Bowley: Guest columnist Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; then the bill that comes out is substantially different from the two that went in. What happened? Hard to tell. Why? Because […]

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, […]

GI Bill affected by financial crisis

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The worldwide financial crisis has hit private colleges hard enough that relatively few are likely to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s “Yellow Ribbon” initiative when it begins this fall, says Keith M. Wilson, director of education service for the Veterans Benefits Administration. Under the Yellow Ribbon program, private colleges […]

Overpass, events center among projects on wait list for capital outlay money

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CNJ file photo Curry County officials are hoping to get money for finishing touches to the special events center. County Manager Lance Pyle has asked for $7 million between five priorities, including $1.5 million for the special events center. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There was never a good time for the Hull Street […]

Hard to place fault in Middle East

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When you’re bombarded with information about events on which the history is ancient and so complex hardly anyone commenting makes sense of them, it is tough to judge. That’s how it is with me and the current upheaval between Israel and Hamas. The news reports at the beginning […]

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

Too bad logic can’t be purchased

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Have economic hard times avoided you so far? Well, they don’t have to, because there are plenty of investment opportunities for people with just too much disposable income. Perhaps you’ve seen the Snuggie, a fleece blanket that’s basically a robe, with arm holes and a hood. It’s $19.99 plus shipping […]

Nov. 11 Letters to the Editor

Feds after our hard-earned funds The Democratically controlled House of Representatives in Washington is attempting to nationalize our privately held retirement accounts. Hearings are being held on taking over our 401k plans. This is a terrible idea. The Politicians see a huge pool of assets

Tight credit market changes focus for local business

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer The economic development arm of the city is pumping its brakes on recruiting businesses because of the tight lending market and focusing efforts on supporting existing ones. Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry said the meltdown on Wall Street has made it hard to secure financing to […]