Task force yet to tackle main ethics issue

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist They have to feel like David staring ashen-faced up at Goliath. It’s like someone handed them a teacup after Katrina and said, “go clean her up.” They are trying to row a kayak through gunk. Working diligently toward its October deadline to submit recommendations to Gov. Bill Richardson is the […]

Q & A: Lance Pyle’s days packed with challenges

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Lance Pyle was elected mayor of Melrose in March and is assistant Curry County manager, responsible for the indigent health care functions, human resources and risk management. Born in Muleshoe, he earned an associate’s degree at Clovis Community College and bachelor’s at Eastern New Mexico University. He was appointed […]

Seminar addresses domestic violence

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The state’s assistant attorney general said getting agencies talking to one another is critical to curbing domestic violence rates in the state. Ann Badway was one of several experts to speak Monday during the first day of a three-day conference at the Clovis Civic Center. “You have to learn […]

Society programmed for prejudice

By Tibor Machan; Syndicated columnist Another way of titling this column could be “hazards of determinism.” But my specific focus is ethnicity, following a monthlong visit to Europe and many discussions about just how much one’s ethnic or national origins matter. One favorite way of attempting to understand people is by reference to their ethnicity: […]

Voting Rights Act in need of revision

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist A devil’s brew of cynicism on one side and demagoguery on the other seemed to guarantee renewal of the “temporary” features of the Voting Rights Act first passed in 1965. The demagogues are straightforward. The Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA, declared, “Voting rights […]

Clinton needs to be treated as real threat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist There are a great many Republicans who laugh when you suggest that Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee in 2008. Their incredulity only deepens if you intimate that she could win. They are so vehement in their detestation of all things Clinton that the idea seems almost kooky to […]

4/23 Letters to the editor

Checkpoints not only solution for DWI Glenda Bly’s outrage (DWI checkpoints waste of time, money in the April 12 CNJ) over being stopped and checked for drunken driving can easily be pacified. If someone wants to drink, let them. If someone wants to sell alcohol to the drinker, let them. But … the seller should […]

Immigration issue has no easy answers

Freedom Newspapers Massive pro-immigrant demonstrations over the weekend and continuing Monday — police estimated 500,000 in Los Angeles, perhaps 300,000 in Chicago and smaller gatherings in Dallas, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio — suggest there are two sides in the debate over immigration that can bring out numbers. That is unlikely to make it easier […]

2/10 McCulloch candidate profile

The following is the first of a series of profiles on political candidates campaigning in the area for the November general election. Candidate: Dr. Allen McCulloch Party: Republican Office: U.S. Senate Incumbent: Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Background: McCulloch is urologist from Farmington. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. Talk to us […]

1/22 Letters to the editor

Taxpayers ultimately fund schools The Jan. 10 school board meeting, as reported by the Clovis News Journal, again leaves this citizen very uneasy about the pathway our school system is being taken down. True, every issue has two sides to it and sometimes it is difficult to determine which side is best. However, when 75 […]

Web poll down until security improved

By David Stevens: Editor Yes, the Clovis News Journal’s Web poll is down again. That’s because we’ve been hacked again. Voters seemed evenly divided on the issue of closing Ranchvale school last week, until sometime on Thanksgiving when the number who wanted to keep the school open went from 60-something to 800-something in the time […]

10/9 Letters to the editor

‘No’ men no more patriotic than ‘yes’ men Space limitations needed to rebut the letter by Kirby Rowan prohibit an extensive analysis. But it does need to be rebutted! Briefly stated, to agree with this president on every issue (as a “yes” man) may not be the definition of patriotism, but disagreement with him on […]

Crusade against medical research unreasonable

Freedom Newspapers Humans are capable of incredible intellectual feats but sometimes they demonstrate distressingly short memories. So it is with the controversy swirling around the recent announcement by Covance Inc., a medical research firm, to open a facility in Chandler, Ariz. The animal-rights activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has targeted Covance […]

Bush should act on abortion stance

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist George W. Bush has succeeded through his reputation as a straight talker who doesn’t shrink from a fight, regardless of the political consequences. When he chooses a successor for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, we’ll find out if the reputation is warranted. The central issue hanging over the court […]

Heavy winds cause isolated power outages

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Several funnel clouds were reported in the Clovis area, according to the National Weather Service. (Courtesy photo: Carolyn Spence) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Clovis residents who took cover Friday evening when they heard the tornado warning sirens did the right thing. What they could not have known, was that the warning sirens were […]

More studies will only bog down academy’s progress

Freedom Newspapers Just what this country needs — another task force study of what’s already been studied, analyzed and debated to death. Off we go, once again, on a prolonged orgy of navel gazing that won’t do a thing to hasten the speed with which we address the problem at hand. The problem being studied […]

Program prepares leaders

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Participants in the Leadership New Mexico program will take part in a three-day session in Clovis this week focusing on educational issues and possible solutions. Leadership New Mexico is a statewide program that exposes business and community leaders to the issues that affect the state, a press release from […]

Event center proposal faces land issue

By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer A new proposal for an events center at the Curry County Fairgrounds is awaiting a resolution of a land issue before being sent to the County Commission for approval. The plan calls for an enclosed 75,000-square foot metal building that could seat 3,500 to be built on the north […]

Ex-felon voting issue for states, not the feds

CNJ staff There is an undeniable aura of partisan gamesmanship in the call by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to make election day a federal holiday to encourage more people to vote, and to allow ex-felons to vote. A higher percentage of registered Republicans than Democrats tends to vote, and these proposals […]

Reporters have moral obligation to keep promise

By Freedom Newspapers It’s encouraging that the investigation into who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name to the media is proceeding, even if at a snail’s pace. It’s discouraging that two reporters, Matthew Cooper of Time magazine and Judith Miller of The New York Times, face the possibility of jail if they don’t reveal their […]