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 […]

New energy department not brightest solution

T he energy crisis of the 1970s led to the creation of a U.S. Department of Energy, as politicians sought to assure the public they were responding seriously to the situation. But what did the creation of yet another federal department do for Americans, in terms of lessening our dependence on oil imports or diversifying […]

War czar will likley end up as scape goat

By Freedom Newspapers President Bush has taken one of the most curious steps yet in a war that keeps getting, as Alice used to say in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. He has appointed Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute, who is currently chief operations officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as his “war czar” to […]

Too many choices make selection tough

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There was one copy of this magazine sold from Hastings in Clovis last year. I know, because I am the one who bought it. The magazine is the Competition edition of Wildfowl Carving, which features the best of the previous year’s carving competitions, primarily in wood, for those who focus […]

Informed minority better than uninformed masses

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist The reason I don’t drive a fancy Lexus or jet off to Europe on regular weekend getaways, I guess, is because I can’t come up with the revolutionary idea, the million-dollar brainstorm that will change how people live or how society conducts itself. Worse than that, I am not sure […]

Draft idea goes against ideals of free country

By Freedom Newspapers Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who is poised to be quite powerful, as congressmen go, since he is slated to chair the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee in January, has raised once again the idea of a military draft. While some of the reasons he wants to reintroduce this idea into American […]

Money won’t fix Third World problems

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist The late Peter “Lord” Bauer devoted much of his life to championing the political economy of classical liberalism for developing societies. This is what would bring them out of their wretched states, not a bunch of foreign aid and intervention by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund or the […]

Freedom’s definition sets government’s role

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist So you think this column is motivated by my vested interest in having philosophy taken seriously? OK, that’s part of it. But then, so what? Some things are in my interest, and this alone would suffice to justify championing them. In this case there is also the fact that all […]

Tourney brings area courses together

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Jason Carlyle follows the flight of his drive down the fairway at Municipal Golf Course in the Three Amigos Tournament on Saturday. A total of 41 three-man teams are participating in the event at three area courses. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer When Charlie Manuel became the new pro […]

Good idea nets NCO big bucks

Master Sgt. Ken Oswald, 27th Fighter Wing Safety, received a check for $5,663 May 4 for an idea that saves the Air Force an estimated $120,000. Janet Taylor-Birkey “Good ideas are common. What’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about,” noted Ashleigh Brilliant, an author and syndicated cartoonist. One of those […]

Musical nostalgia lousy advertising tool

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Nothing makes me want to rush out and buy a bottle of Mylanta for my heartburn more than hearing the theme song to “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Yeah, right! Continuing with an eloquently titled topic I started a few weeks ago “How stupid do they think I am?” I’m not going […]

Global war on poverty bad idea

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Only one thing stops poverty. It’s wealth. And there is but one sure-fire way to gain wealth. Work. Yes, some people get it by luck or accident, but such a path is quite undependable. So New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s wish that President Bush launch “a high-profile Global War […]

Fight for human liberty takes vigilance

By Tibor Machan At year’s end, after columns and commentaries galore lamenting the state of contemporary society with respect to the slow growth and frequent setbacks on the road to individual liberty, it’s worth asking whether an attitude of pessimism or optimism is warranted. These attitudes are, unlike, say, hope or anxiety, capable of being […]

12/22 Student Profiles

Isaac Godwin is a senior at Clovis Christian School. He is the son of Ivan and Kristina Godwin. What is your idea of a perfect day? A day I start out with God and end with God is a perfect day. Tell us about your pet(s): I have a Siberian Husky named Dakota who can […]

12/21 Letters to the editor

One day sans drink not huge sacrifice Regarding the petition supporting Sunday alcohol service and sales.: Opinions vary on the subject of drinking and dining on Sundays. It is sad to see that so many people have to have a drink of alcohol. I equate drinking and dining with drinking and driving. Is it worth […]

11/3 Student Profile

James Gant is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Wes and Ellen Gant. What is your favorite part about school? My favorite part about school is having fun and getting to know other students. Who is your hero and why? My hero is anyone who can stay strong to their […]

First spouse’s role cast in glaring light

By Leonard Pitts I have a crush on the president of the United States. Perhaps more accurately, I’ve had a crush on Geena Davis, the woman who plays her Tuesday nights on ABC, ever since she guest-starred on “Family Ties” back in ’84. Those lips! Those legs! That height! Point being, I’m happy to talk […]

Initiative would help emergency personnel locate contacts for accident victims

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CNJ Illustration: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A nationwide initiative is under way to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the […]

People can improve without Big Brother

By Tibor Machan A while back Bill Cosby made news for chiding black parents for not being responsible enough with their kids’ education. Stop buying them huge speakers, start buying them books, he urged. This made sense because it does appear that when one is surrounded with even a modest library in one’s youth, one […]

French rejection of EU constitution all for good

Freedom Newspapers It wasn’t exactly the French Revolution, but French voters’ decision Sunday to reject the European Union constitution is as revolutionary an action as one might find in Europe these days. It’s all for the good, as we see it, even though the reasons for the rejection weren’t entirely laudable. A coalition of the […]