Ex-members question committee roles

Sharna Johnson Just a month after they were created, a pair of county committees have been downsized, with members resigning while questioning their roles. Six committee members walked out of a Thursday meeting, and another sent a letter of resignation Friday. An eighth, Wayland Thomas, a retired journalist on the citizen’s jail committee, said Saturday […]

Journalist’s release from prison long overdue

Freedom New Mexico It is welcome news that Iranian-American journalist and former beauty queen Roxana Saberi has had her harsh eight-year sentence from the Iranian government quashed and that she is likely to be allowed to return to the United States soon. Unfortunately, the new verdict doesn’t suggest that anything resembling dispassionate justice is on […]

In tribute: Journalist remembered for resiliency

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Courtesy photo Mickey Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday in Portales due to heart complications, family members said. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Whether it was a friend, family, the Dallas Cowboys or Run DMC, Mickey Winfield’s loyalty was unquestioned over his 33 years. Winfield, a broadcaster and newspaper reporter, died Saturday […]

Editorial: Child insurance program only proves costly

The great American journalist H.L. Mencken tried to tell us, way back in 1920: “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” That’s a pretty good characterization of the $115 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly known as SCHIP, that President Obama signed earlier […]

Interviews leave lasting impression

In my day job as an agricultural journalist I interview people. Through the years I’ve learned to study a person’s history and accomplishments before we talk. Interestingly, most of the country folks I interview are not fooled by their alleged “importance.” They’re just glad someone finally asked their opinions, and that the interviewer is actually […]

Journalists would benefit from shield law

Freedom New Mexico When Congress returns from vacation in September, after the major-party conventions, the Senate would do well to take up what sponsors call the Free Flow of Information Act, which most people term a federal shield law for journalists. As the government has grown and become more secretive in the wake of the […]

Good questions not as memorable

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Some people say I ask too many questions. Can you believe that? A journalist asking a lot of questions? I don’t ask a lot of questions, do I? And if I do, what’s wrong with that? At school, even in college, we’re told: “The only stupid question is an unasked […]