Guantanamo immoral step to moral end

By Spc. Justin Helphenstine: guest columnist Is it possible for morality to be the means to an immoral end? A common phrase concerning the paving stones of the road to hell leads us to believe so. I think there is one such road being built today, and it’s paved by a desire to close the […]

4/21 Local roundup

Police seeking golf cart damage info The Melrose police department is asking for information regarding damage to three golf carts and to the Melrose football field. At about 2 a.m. April 14, Melrose police were called and told that subjects were driving around in golf carts, but they were unable to locate the individuals. According […]

12/20 Local Roundup

Salvation Army short of goal for needy Eastern New Mexico’s branch of the Salvation Army is “only halfway” to meeting the needs of area families, Capt. Tammy Ray said on Monday. The Christian-based organization has angel trees set up at local stores to give residents the opportunity to purchase gifts for a specific child. “We […]

Aiding children not means to end

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist At times I watch BBC World News because it covers more international issues than even CNN. So the other night I was watching and there was a report on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The report gave some harrowing information as well as quotations from people trying to raise funds […]

8/21 Court Dispositions

The following individuals were found by the 9th Judicial District Court to have enough evidence against them to justify proceeding with a trial: • Melodi Sorge, 28, charged with possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Marijuana. • Mark Cameron Battles, 45, charged with false imprisonment, battery against […]

Base chapel offers financial peace

By Capt. (Chaplain) Mark McKellen If you are in debt and are having trouble making ends meet, what do you do? Get another credit card? How about attending a program called Financial Peace University? FPU was founded by Dave Ramsey who was a multi-millionaire in his mid-20’s while working in the real estate business. His […]

Death penalty ruling step in right direction

CNJ staff Civilization has developed an imperfect but constructive system for transitioning error-prone children to responsible adulthood: We designate by law at what ages young people are designated partly and then fully responsible for their actions. Sixteen-year-olds can drive, but not vote or sign contracts. At 18 they are generally recognized as full adults, though […]

Iraqi elections fraught with irony, hope

CNJ staff Today’s elections in Iraq are brimming with ironies. A celebration of democracy and freedom features curfews under which citizens are not allowed on the streets after dark, candidates fearful of appearing in public, stores and restaurants closed, concrete barriers restricting movement in major cities and heavily armed police and security forces everywhere. It […]

Citizen’s rights go beyond those in constitution

Freedom Editorial For 228 years now, this nation has celebrated its independence on July 4. In eastern New Mexico, we began celebrating on Thursday this year with the performance of the military band Tops in Blue. Muleshoe held its annual parade on Saturday morning with a fireworks show scheduled that night. Fireworks shows are scheduled […]

CHS’ Reid captures 5A state golf title; Cats fourth

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Clovis High junior Travis Reid, shown in a tournament at Municipal Golf Course earlier this month, held on for the boys individual championship in Class 5A state golf on Tuesday in Farmington. CNJ file photo CNJ STAFF FARMINGTON — Travis Reid knew he had a state golf championship in him. Still, when it actually happened, […]

Inflation forcing Americans into ‘rich’ tax category

Freedom Newspapers You could avoid getting a heavy tax gouging next year. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 333-89 for H.R. 4227, which would postpone by one year forcing 9 million more taxpayers to pay the alternative minimum tax. “The force of inflation is pushing more middle-income households into the alternative minimum tax […]

Screening day to help drinkers learn what is too much

By CNJ STAFF Knowing how much is too much, when it comes to alcohol, is valuable knowledge that will be given away for free as part of National Alcohol Screening Day Thursday. Counselor Charlotte M. Farkas, Ph.D., will provide free screening at her office from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at 116 W. 11th […]

Police seek assistance in Tucumcari slaying

By TV Hagenah The Tucumcari grandmother killed in a local gift shop on Jan. 20 was “shot execution style,” New Mexico State Police Maj. Daniel Lopez said late last week. “I can’t elaborate any more than that,” Lopez said. Joanie Vance, 62, was a mother of three and grandmother of three who had been working […]

Potential airport security systems intrusive, Orwellian

It should go without saying that in a free country, or even a relatively free one, government officials should not maintain huge databases of individuals for monitoring and security purposes. Yet the U.S. government, for the nominal purpose of improving airport security, is pushing a new big-brother-style system to monitor air travelers. Federal officials, having […]

Shooting spree suspects snagged

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police say a Crime Stoppers tip gave them the information they needed to arrest seven suspects in connection with a string of window-shooting incidents that began Nov. 11. Four suspects are juveniles and their names were not immediately released. Detective Keith Bessette said Brian Quintana, Raymond Wells, and Darrel Garcia, […]