Community invited to IDEA meetings in Carlsbad

The Special Education Bureau of the Public Education Department invites members of the community, parents, and school district personnel to attend the April 23 and 24, 2009 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Advisory Panel meeting at the Carlsbad Municipal Schools Central Administrative Office, 408 North Canyon Street, Carlsbad, NM

Superintendent exploring idea of adding new middle school

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm addresses the crowd during a public informational meeting regarding potential student growth. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent is exploring adding sixth-graders to CMS’s definition of a middle-schooler, and adding an extra middle school, as an avenue to deal with […]

Poll finds support for voter ID

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While the Legislature routinely rejects Republican efforts to require New Mexico voters to show identification when casting ballots, a newly-released non-partisan poll indicates voters would approve the idea by a landslide. The poll was conducted in November by Research & Polling Inc., an Albuquerque firm, as part of a […]

Idea of free market highly unlikely

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist The social science of economics became distinct when several French intellectuals and Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith isolated the field for special study. For a long time thereafter certain assumptions underpinned the discipline, mostly about human behavior. These assumptions arose from the work of English philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who believed […]

Buddy, we had no idea

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Buddy Holly is commemorated in the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum in the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce, which opened in Sept. 2008. By David Stevens: FNM Editor Clovis never knew Buddy Holly. Fifty years after his death, Holly’s fame is a foundation for the […]

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

Patient-nurse ratio inaccurate mark of success

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Drilling could be part of energy solution

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes popular opinion gets to even the most stubborn ideologues. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has relented a bit on her refusal to allow a vote on lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling, though she still thinks the idea is a “hoax.” “They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected […]

Alcohol sales being considered by Texico officials

By CNJ staff writer: Gabriel Monte Texico city officials are looking into allowing alcohol sales in the city. Proponents say alcohol sales could increase city revenues. Detractors say burdens outweigh benefits. The idea was brought up last month during a roundtable discussion regarding the city’s budget, according to Texico City Clerk Carolyn Johnson. She said […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Students trot to school

Fort Sumner seniors Chase Longo and Jacob West protested the rising gas prices Monday by abandoning their pick up trucks and traveling to school atop their trusty steeds, Ding-A-Ling and Duh. According to West and Longo, the idea for the protest started quite some time ago. Longo had been discussing the idea for a school-wide […]

We’re not lost — it’s a tour bonus

Glenda Price Glenda Price Sometimes in my work I have to travel. This is not down-the-highway driving. The interviewee’s instructions usually go something like this: “Get on highway such-and-such for so many miles and get off at exit number so-and-so, go “x” number of miles west and then turn south after the fourth cattle guard […]

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Taxpayer-funded campaigns never were good idea

Freedom Newspapers Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, looking more and more like the presumptive nominees of their respective parties for the presidency, are engaged in a rather arcane discussion about whether they will honor an agreement made almost a year ago to accept only “public” financing of their general election campaigns. This would be […]

That would throw us for a loop

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Christian Heller’s response: “Wow! I guess that would throw the residents in for a loop. The city would inherit a lot of issues that the county has, […]

City, county merger would not work

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Mac McDonald’s response: “No way would I go for the idea of combining city government and county government. There is no way that we could have harmony […]

Bad combination

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Gerald Majewski’s response: “That’s just like combining the church and state.” Bob Baker’s response: “The goal of consolidation of should be overall cost savings and that is […]

Cost savings key to Ashley idea

Mayoral candidate Tim Ashley thinks it would be a good idea to merge city and county government into one. Editors asked readers what they think about that idea. Bob Baker’s response: “The goal of consolidation of should be overall cost savings and that is usually accomplished by spreading the costs over a larger number of […]

Great gift idea

LapSchticks Description: Removable and reusable laptop computer covers that come in a variety of colors and designs. Cost: Between $19.99 and $29.99 Where to purchase: www.schtickers.com Who would enjoy this gift: Anyone wanting to add a little personality to their computer.

Flat-rate tax would boost economy

By Freedom New Mexico GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson has proposed an interesting tax reform. It’s not a “flat tax” because it has two rates — 10 percent and 25 percent — but it might simplify the tax code. The idea of a flat-rate tax system — all incomes would be taxed at the same […]

New intelligence director has odd idea of privacy

By Freedom New Mexico The whole point of gathering intelligence is to learn what others don’t want you to know. Using satellites, computers and real-time analysis, it’s never been easier to track down the bad guys — along with U.S. citizens who presumably count themselves among the good guys. Presume no more, citizen. Your privacy […]