Minorities make ‘gay marriage’ an issue

By Thomas Sowell The problem with the “gay marriage” issue is that the more fundamental issue is not gay marriage. The real issue is who should decide such issues — that is, what kind of country and what kind of government do we have or want to have? What does democracy mean if any headstrong […]

City candidates give views in forum

By Jack King Infrastructure issues topped the concerns about which callers quizzed mayoral and city commission candidates in a broadcast election forum on radio stations KTQM/KWKA Tuesday — raises for city workers ran a close second. Unopposed incumbent City Commissioner Robert Sandoval didn’t attend the forum because he was recovering from heart surgery. He sent […]

Clerks: No legal unions for gays

By David Arkin County clerks in eastern New Mexico were surprised by a Sandoval County clerk’s decision to grant gay and lesbian couples marriage licenses. On Friday, Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid. There were another 40 other couples who […]

School board needs to change confusing policy

Freedom Newspapers Some Clovis school teachers want to wear blue jeans to class, but school administrators won’t let them. The differences recently created headlines for a couple of days. In a way, the issue is almost too trivial for extended debate. But it has focused attention on a far more serious — and longer-lasting — […]

School issue passes

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Vivian Lake, right, a retired Clovis school teacher, signs up to cast her vote during Tuesday’s bond election. Election Judge Jerrie Lou Franse, left, watches at Yucca Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich A special school bond issue passed easily Tuesday, paving the way for Clovis Public Schools to receive […]

Blue denim issue takes spotlight at school meeting

Ryan Lengerich A dress-code issue involving Clovis school teachers reached a public forum on Tuesday night. Clovis Public Schools’ Education Board member Mark Lansford asked that an administrative directive, which prohibits teachers from wearing blue denim at work, be placed on the board’s Feb. 10 meeting agenda for discussion purposes. Lansford said earlier this week […]

Politicians offer little in same-sex marriage issue

Commentary Recent events related to the issue of same-sex marriage didn’t so much change as reveal the still evolving status of this controversial idea as a political issue. President Bush offered a carefully worded defense of “the sanctity of marriage” in his State of the Union address, and Ohio lawmakers approved a measure declaring that […]

Denim blues hit Clovis teachers

By Ryan Lengerich A Clovis High School teacher is unhappy about a new policy that prohibits her from wearing blue jeans to class. But Carol Singletary said the issue is not just a dress-code debate with school superintendent Neil Nuttall. “The issue isn’t about jeans, it is about morale and the chain of command being […]

Clovis schools receive $200,000

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis Municipal School Board members learned Tuesday evening the district has received nearly $200,000 in funds from a special library bond issue and $6,168 in three different grants to support smaller projects. According to a budget adjustment request, the district will spend $160,000 for textbooks, $10,000 for software, and $26,177 for […]

Reader disagrees with columnist on gays

From time to time, columnist Leonard Pitts expresses good ideas. However, his Wednesday column was possibly emotionally appealing to some, but lacking in rationality. The fact something “is” seldom justifies what it “ought” to be. There is corruption in politics, but I strongly deny it ought to be that way. There is immorality in some […]

Judges becoming too power hungry

By Thomas Sowell Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august and sedate chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. If you think the issue in the recent Supreme […]

Readers: Camel is not city’s real hump

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis should address issues related to exotic animals in the city. Some responses: “Only if they are going to roam free and eat my flowers. Why not address real problems like why don’t we have enough police officers. Let’s worry about real problems and not make them […]

Race issue in California is irrelevant

Tibor Machan I don’t know what goes through the mind of someone like California Senate leader John Burton when he makes the kind of charge he made the other day, namely that the effort to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses was fueled by racism. “I say the issue is […]

How about better management of tax dollars

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question focused on a proposed sales-tax increase to fund the Ute Water pipeline project and other Clovis infrastructure needs. Some responses: “Every time a government official has a challenge, his immediate solution to the problem is to throw money at it. Of course there are no funds […]

Surprise: Clovis is packin’

By Darrell Todd Maurina People who like to speed near Glenarm Drive and Arciniega Drive will soon be in for a surprise. Responding to complaints from neighbors whose children walk to Zia Elementary School, Clovis police have agreed to issue residents a radar gun they can use to report drivers exceeding the posted 25 mph […]

Editorial: Ending trade subsidies would be good policy

The collapse of the World Trade Organization’s round of trade talks in Cancun last weekend is hardly the end of hopes for a world with fewer barriers to trade. But it demonstrates that the path to freer trade, as always, is hardly without detours. It should serve as a wake-up call to developed countries like […]

City alters budget to fund pay raises

By Jack King The City Commission approved a $500,000 budget change Thursday night that will fund raises for city employees ranging from 2 to 6 percent. In the same vote, commissioners approved incentive pay increases for police and fire department personnel. In the fire department, incentive pay for paramedics will increase by 10 cents per […]

Q&A — Albert Kwan

Dr. Albert M. Kwan of Clovis was recently elected to the board of directors for the New Mexico Medical Review Association. Q: What is the purpose or goal of the New Mexico Medical Review Association? A: Its goal is to improve the quality of care in the state. We mostly look at Medicare and Medicaid […]

Economic secretary touts incentive programs

By Gary Mitchell State Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said going to places like Portales and listening to people’s concerns and ideas make up one of the more pleasant aspects of his job as a cabinet secretary under Gov. Bill Richardson. “The most pleasurable part of my job is getting on the road and making […]

Letters to the Editor 5/11/03

Only way to conserve water is to regulate In Tuesday’s issue of the Clovis News Journal (The Liquid of Life, Part 1), I noted that the domestic use of water in Curry County is 111 acre feet per year. I took that to mean mostly residential use. Agriculture, on the other hand, uses 199,264 acre […]