Bills seek to rein in exempt jobs

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The issue of exempt employees on state government’s payroll hasn’t gone away this session, despite layoffs of 59 of the governor’s political appointees in January. Sen. John Ryan, R-Albuquerque, again is pushing a measure that would limit the number of exempt state employees to about 400. “The […]

Civil liberties larger issue affecting gays

Freedom New Mexico On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation making it a federal crime to assault somebody due to his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation was named for Matthew Shepard, who tragically became a household name after dying from being brutally beaten and tied to a fence in […]

Civil liberties not partisan issue

By Steven Greenhut: FNM columnist Government officials seek to control whatever it is they don’t understand. In my experience, they don’t understand much, so they try to regulate, tax, monitor and control everything. And now we learn the Obama administration, clueless about the nature of conservative activism in this country, wants to monitor it very […]

Death penalty complex issue

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

Abilities useless without desire to improve

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist This column is, by design and intention, not a religious column. It may be at times a spiritual column; in that vein, at some time during Lent, it seems appropriate to address the issue of self examination and self denial. Plato attributes to Socrates the statement that “The unexamined life […]

Officials concerned about funding for euthanasia switch

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Dennis Weist with the Clovis Animal Shelter offers a pitbull a bowl of food during feeding time Wednesday at the shelter. The state Senate has approved a bill that would eliminate the use of the gas chamber to euthanize stray dogs and cats. The Clovis An By Sharna Johnson Clovis […]

Editorial: Lead poisoning not only issue in ATV ban

The federal government has an important message for you: Eating your all-terrain vehicle may be hazardous to your health. Perhaps you already knew this. It doesn’t matter — poorly written federal legislation has taken control of the situation, inadvertently banning the sales of youth ATVs and ATV parts. The cause of this ban, which seriously […]

State workers’ union not pushing pay issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Webcasts ‘thorny issue’

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican It’s the issue that won’t go away: to webcast or not from the state Capitol. As a House subcommittee considers whether and how to allow webcasting, the topic came up during Senate floor debate on a budget proposal when Sen. Mark Boitano, R-Albuquerque, attempted an amendment to […]

House panel to consider webcast issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Commission tables lethal injection

By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent The issue of whether to implement lethal injection at the Clovis animal shelter came before the city commission on Thursday, but without resolution. After much debate, commissioners decided to table the issue of replacing the current mode of euthanizing animals — carbon monoxide gas. The nearly four-hour-long regular meeting of […]

Military feature: Veterans say medical benefits major issue in election

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Maciejewski, the senior vice commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post no. 3280 in Clovis, said that the next president should provide more for veterans and those currently in the service. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 Commander Vernon Luce said veterans […]

Economy top issue in local discussion with U.S. Rep. Wilson

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The shaky U.S. economy dominated the discussion at the Elks Lodge Tuesday morning, where U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson spoke as a representative for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. Audience members expressed frustration about the $700 billion federal bailout plan, citing the recent case of AIG executives who spent $400,000 […]

Voters have more than two Nov. 4 choices

Freedom New Mexico The Republicans want to give tax credits to individuals and families who choose to purchase health-care coverage. The Democrats want to force most business owners to provide health-care coverage to their employees. So yes, there is a clear difference between the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue, just as there are […]

Project vital to eastern New Mexico

  By David Lansford: Guest columnist The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, also known as the Ute Water Pipeline Project, is the most important issue facing the communities of Curry and Roosevelt counties.  The need for this project is undeniable.  The alternatives to this project present a grim and depressing picture.  This project must […]

Commission taking wait-and-see approach on jailbreak

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County residents may be talking about the Aug. 24 escape from the Clovis jail, but the issue is not dominating discussions during County Commission meetings. The issue may not even come up at today’s 9 a.m. meeting, unless a department head chooses to address it. And that’s as […]

Heritage should not be issue in political races

Freedom New Mexico It’s a common theme at the convention. If Barack Obama wins, we’ll have our first “African-American” president. It seems Democrats didn’t get the memo: Hyphenated heritage became pass

Town hall set for Hull overpass issue

CNJ staff The City of Clovis will hold a town hall meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Clovis City Hall Assembly Room, 321 Connelly Street, to address questions and concerns relating to the July 29 closure of the Hull Street overpass and a course of action regarding repairs to the structure.

Likely changes can be overcome

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist The newest issue of “Mother Earth News” landed in the mailbox the other day. The Lady of the House thumbed through its pages as we sat under our shade tree. I was just starting to doze off when she laughed a bit and tossed the magazine on my lap. “Read […]

Clovisites ignore bigger picture

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I understand the Clovis High School yearbook has pictures. Of girls. And the pictures offend some because the book acknowledges the girls are lesbians. The issue’s been discussed before, during and after 170 citizens attended a school board meeting last week, so many points have already been made: • There’s […]