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 […]

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 […]