Proof of humanity required in tech age

By Helena Rodriguez I had to provide proof the other day that I am a human being — and to a machine of all things. I was sending out e-mails for a class project to people — you know, those real-life, in the flesh-and-blood creatures that have overtaken this planet. Anyway, I was asking these […]

Johnny Carson: Quintessentially human

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Johnny Carson was perhaps the greatest comic craftsman in American popular entertainment. But this is not to say he was in any way parochial. Indeed, being a master comic in America is being a master comic of the modern world. Carson’s genius was, in part, to forge a link with millions […]

Our God has skin on

By Curtis K. Shelburne/ Local Columnist In worship on a Sunday just before Christmas several years ago, I found myself gazing at the front of the sanctuary watching silhouetted shepherds themselves gazing upward in wonder, one of them pointing toward a brightly shining star. The fact that the star itself was just a few feet […]

Libertarians are friendly to communities

By Tibor Machan Whenever I speak up for liberty, there’s bound to be someone who accuses me of favoring the individual over the community, favoring rights over responsibility and obligations. But that isn’t so. Champions of individual liberty often believe even more firmly than critics in doing the right thing, including acting generously, compassionately and […]

Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

Freedom Newspapers Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a passionate commitment to […]

People have rights, not states or governments

by Tibor Machan The bulk of liberals are an inconsistent lot. Take, for example, their support of the pro-choice position in the abortion controversy. These same people are almost uniformly hostile to choice in many other areas. Just ask them if they support choice in developing one’s own property as one likes, or whether one […]

Academicians don’t give public enough credit

by Tibor Machan Many attorneys of notorious defendants have argued that their clients were unable to receive a fair trial because of the publicity associated with the crime of which they were accused. Such arguments are pretty common and similar to those that prompt venue changes. This is also a mantra of people who wish […]

Regional child support office part of more aggressive approach by state

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Dee Hammons, left, county office manager for Child Support Enforcement Division, left, talks with the deputy director Cathi Valdes on Thursday at the Clovis office. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer In 2003, the child support division of the New Mexico Human Services Department collected $3.4 million for families in Curry […]

Stem cell research is morally problematic

By Mona Charen Addressing the Democratic National Convention, Ron Reagan told the delegates that in the debate over funding research on embryonic stem cells, we face a choice between “the future and the past; between reason and ignorance; between true compassion and mere ideology.” Not satisfied with that contrast, he elaborated that “a few of […]

There are few ways to help world’s poor

Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Did you learn that the United States is rich because we have bountiful natural resources? That has to be nonsense. Africa and South America are probably the richest continents in natural resources but are home to the world’s most miserably poor people. On the other hand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and […]

How Will History Evaluate Ronald Reagan?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Never one to leave anything to chance, one of my heroes, Winston Churchill, once remarked, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” And he did. I’m in the fourth volume of Churchills “The Second World War,” and getting inside Churchill’s head has been fascinating. As I […]

Reagan took his leader role seriously

Those who love liberty lost one of their premier leaders when Ronald Reagan died Saturday. One need not consider all of Reagan’s policies excellent to realize he was the only president in the 20th century who understood what America meant to all the world, why it was dubbed “the leader of the free world,” despite […]

White House is editing our information

Leonard Pitts Jr. Black people get crappy health care. If this comes as news to you, it’s probably because you haven’t been paying attention. Numerous studies have documented the fact that, regardless of income levels and across a wide range of illnesses, blacks and other minorities have less access to medical treatment and the treatment […]

Locals say civil rights work remains

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A picture of Martin Luther King Jr. faces the audience as keynote speaker Pastor Davis Swann speaks at the 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Saturday at Clovis High school. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Jack King Although the civil rights movement has made great strides since the assassination of Martin Luther King […]

Fox’s new focus on human rights could define turm

Freedom Newspapers A report by the United Nations on human rights in Mexico is both unusual in its origins and unusual in the hope it offers for systematic improvement in the way the government treats the Mexican people. The hard part, of course, will be implementation, but President Vicente Fox has recommitted the government to […]

Double talk cannot justify war in Iraq

By Tibor Machan What was the biggest story of 2003? The U.S. government’s decision to go to war with Iraq, that’s what. Why? Because, all in all, despite the desirable result of bringing down a vicious dictatorship, it was an unjustified military action taken by our government. What justifies going to war? When a country […]

Alien Production (Ticket 12/11)

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Mark Schmidt, playing Jim, gets his memory erased by aliens in “Tales of the Lost Formicans” Tuesday at Clovis Community College. Aliens, from left, are played by Mary Ann Prior, Criselda Leal, Edward Anton Yankovich, and Caleb Mark Brandon. By Helena Rodriguez What do aliens, The American Dream, Alzheimer’s Disease and a dysfunctional family have […]

Arguments against ban don’t stand up

Tibor Machan What does “partial birth abortion” mean, anyway? A procedure whereby a nearly born infant is killed just before it sees the light of day. The reasons for this are usually because there are concerns about the health of the mother, but without a ban that wouldn’t be necessary. What is wrong with it, […]

Clovis police department still under-appreciated

Letters to the editor So much has been said about our Clovis police force. They are underpaid, understaffed and more. Yes, they are underpaid. Otherwise we would not be understaffed. Our officers put their lives on the line every time they step out. Case in point: On Oct. 11, a pickup truck went north on […]

There are absolutes in ethics and politics

Tibor Machan In a free society where citizens have many different faiths – in the United States there are now about 2,500 religions – one might think no common standards of right and wrong, either in ethics or in politics, can be identified. But this is wrong. The basis of common standards of right and […]