City residents say Iraq top issue in election

By William Thompson, Freedom Newspapers As the Democrats take the political center stage this week in Boston, many Clovis-area residents will be listening closely for information they can use to make their decisions in the presidential election. Iraq is the main issue on many of their minds. “I want some resolution,” said Vikki Solari, a […]

Gay marriage: The debate is disappointing

Freedom Editorial Advocates on all sides assure us that the failure of the Senate, by a 50-48 margin, to get even a majority in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is not the end of the process but only the beginning. We suspect they are right, but we fervently wish that it […]

Local Presbyterians support local vote on ordination

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When commissioners to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted on July 2 not to make a technical change that would have allowed local churches and regional presbyteries to ordain homosexuals, they did so by a narrow margin: 259 to 255. All three local Presbyterian pastors […]

County renews manager’s contract

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday morning to issue a four-year contract to County Manager Geneva Cooper. All commissioners except Ed Perales voted for the renewal. A person answering the telephone at his business who identified himself as Perales’ son said Perales would not comment. County Attorney Steve Doerr […]

Pledge case very confusing in family law

It is not unusual for the U.S. Supreme Court to refrain from ruling on a core constitutional question in cases that it hears. In the Pledge of Allegiance case, however, the court may have bought more trouble for family courts around the country than the evasion was worth. The case began when Michael Newdow, an […]

High court struggles with confusing law

Freedom Newspapers A narrow court ruling upholding one small aspect of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act highlights the problems that ensue when Congress passes feel-good legislation which turns out to be imprecise and more sweeping than in keeping with the constitutional ideal of limited government. Sloppy language in laws allows — sometimes requires — […]

Rumsfeld’s fate unimportant, give people some facts

Freedom Newspapers Epitomizing the seriousness of the Abu Ghraib prison-abuse scandal, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was as dour and professional as we’ve ever seen him, as he gave a presentation and answered questions before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday. “These events occurred on my watch as Secretary of Defense,” he said. “I […]

Speak up and share your opinions — online

By Tom DiFrancesca III If you haven’t already, you are going to read and hear “the sanctity of marriage” quoted a lot in the next few months. Whether or not you agree with the current definition of marriage, you have a right to be heard, and to share your opinion with our elected officials. Congress […]

Congress should rethink Medicare with cooler heads

Freedom Newspapers So far as we know, there’s no precedent for a court invalidating a law because it was based on false or deceptive premises (perhaps because that could put half the laws on the books in jeopardy). But Congress really ought to consider rescinding the Medicare prescription drug benefit law it passed and revisiting […]

School policy gives too much power to one

Freedom Newspapers I t’s sad enough when bad public policies go unnoticed for years. It’s worse when a problem is finally recognized and noted for others to see, and it’s not corrected. Clovis school board members recently were alerted to a long-time policy that allows a lone individual — the school board’s president — to […]