Clovis reinstates mandatory 8th-grade PE

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board approved a motion Tuesday to reinstate the requirement for physical education for all eighth graders starting in the next school year. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ladona Clayton said junior high principals and staff members had approached her about concerns for student well-being and wanting […]

Bush, Congress share fiscal irresponsibility

The Bush administration and Pentagon have taken a lot of heat, some of it probably deserved, for an alleged shortage of armored Humvees in Iraq. The issue came to a boil several weeks back, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was confronted by a G.I. on the issue during a widely seen press conference in Kuwait. […]

Values were not only election issue

by Mona Charen Instant election analysis is like instant breakfast — frothy and lacking in substance. Remember the angry white males of 1994? They never existed, but became, through constant repetition, the “lesson” of the 1994 race. Remember the soccer moms and the “year of the woman?” Most of these categories were meaningless. This time, […]

President Bush sank his own ship in first term

by Steve Chapman At the age of 50, I get few chances to try something entirely new. Come Tuesday, I plan to take one of those rare opportunities. I’m going to vote for a Democrat for president. I’ve never done it before, and I hope I never have to do it again. But George W. […]

Candidate profiles — State Senate, District 7

CNJ staff Democrat Robert Frost faces Republican Clint Harden Jr. in the State Senate, District 7 race Name: Robert Frost Occupation: Rancher/farmer, small business owner (Caprock Creek Ranch Adventures) Party: Democrat Age: 62 Hometown: San Jon Wife: Jane Children: two daughters, three granddaughters Hobbies: Community involvement, ranch work and spending time with family Political history: […]

City, county back water conservation

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer City and county officials signed a joint resolution Tuesday to encourage and support water conservation in the local area. The resolution was designed to demonstrate solidarity among local entities in their efforts to preserve and conserve water. Clovis City Manager said the resolution will be sent to Santa Fe. […]

Bush was at his best, but will it be enough?

Freedom Newspapers The president came out swinging in the final debate on Wednesday night, appearing unusually poised, well-spoken and forceful as he defended his record and attacked Sen. John Kerry as a Massachusetts liberal who makes Ted Kennedy seem like a conservative. That last point was his best line, perhaps, but George W. Bush did […]

District 63 debate touches on broad range of subjects

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Russell Grider, left, and Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, took part in a candidate forum Wednesday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Both are candidates for the District 63 office.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours […]

Freedom for everyone still long way off

Leonard Pitts: National Columnist What would it take to get you to stand up for me? Let’s say I’m routinely discriminated against and in some cases outright despised. Let’s say I’m often used as a scapegoat, and there’s an ongoing debate over what rights I do and do not deserve. Under what circumstances would you […]

Kerry should offer support for gun rights

Freedom Editorial P resumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry has amassed perhaps the most liberal voting record in the Senate, as Republican campaign ads will repeatedly remind voters during the campaign season. Yet Sen. Kerry could potentially win the election by going to the right on at least one important constitutional issue: the right to keep […]

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 […]