Cannon volunteer judges encourage students at local science fair

Senior Airman Giselle Janousek and Staff Sgt. Amber Cerrato, 27th Security Forces Squadron, signed up with 23 other Airmen to judge at the science fair. Janet Taylor-Birkey Twenty-five Cannon Airmen volunteered as judges for a district science fair held Feb. 2 at Marshall Junior High School. The goal for many of the volunteers was simply […]

Miers nomination hurts president’s support base

CNJ Editorial Conservatives, libertarians and other professed believers in limited, constitutional government have had many reasons to be appalled at the George W. Bush administration. For starters, government spending has gone through the roof, the president has further federalized education, he has yet to veto a single bill of any type, and he continues to […]

Judges should interpret laws, not moralize

Freedom Newspapers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, delivering the third annual Madison Lecture at Chapman University’s law school Monday night, offered at least a partial explanation for why the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts to join him on the high court are likely to be more heated than might seem justified by Judge […]

Request to curb judge criticism unjust

Freedom Newspapers P ersonal trauma can cloud one’s judgment, so we can to some degree forgive U.S. District Court Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow for recently urging members of Congress to do something to curb public criticism of federal judges. Lefkow’s husband and mother were recently killed by a deranged man who blamed her for a […]

No One Erects Statues to Honor Critics

By Curtis K. Shelburne In an old issue of “Leadership Journal,” Haddon Robinson retells the story of a very talented young musician who was crestfallen as he sat reading the critics’ reviews of his recent concert. The negative words stung his soul like fire. It was an older and more accomplished musician, the famous Finnish […]

Schiavo political circus exercise in hypocrisy

By Leonard Pitts There were no network news bulletins when Sun Hudson died. No army of protesters keeping vigil outside the hospital, no statement from the president, no comment from the House majority leader. Instead, he died quietly, resting in his mother’s arms. This was on March 15. Had he lived 10 more days, Sun […]

Sentencing ruling is first step, not total solution

CNJ staff It is not difficult to criticize the circuitous way the U.S. Supreme Court — acting Wednesday more like a quasi-legislative body than a court — went about downgrading but not quite eliminating the controversial sentencing “guidelines” system Congress set up in 1984. The high court might have created less confusion if it had […]

Area judges defend right of wives to show support for candidates

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A disclaimer sits next to a campaign sign in the yard at the Clovis home of Jennifer and Judge Richard Hollis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Both Curry County magistrate judges and a retired district judge have campaign signs in their yards supporting 9th Judicial District Attorney candidate […]

Reader’s outraged by Hartley’s words

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about comments made by District Judge Teddy Hartley during a recent sentencing in a rape case. Hartley sentenced John Jacobs, 21, of Clovis to 18 months probation after Jacobs entered an Alford plea, which means he maintained innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to convict. […]

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 […]

Education Briefs 3/4

CCC closes for employee training The Clovis Community College campus will be closed on March 12. All staff and faculty will be participating in a professional development workshop — Skillfest 2004. Classes will not meet. However, the Health and Fitness Center, the Center for Student Success, and the Computer Lab will remain open for regular […]

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 […]

Justice has scared leftists into agression

Thomas Sowell The nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown of the California Supreme Court to become a federal Court of Appeals judge has brought out vicious special interest groups with their long knives — and a long record of smears and character-assassination, going back to the campaign of wholesale misrepresentations that defeated the nomination of […]