Playground project draws community support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Kerry Crawford figured she and the neighborhood kids would sell a few baked goods, hold a few car washes and make cosmetic upgrades to the playground across from the Grand Avenue Apartments. But she didn’t count on so many people caring. Now, what started with a phone call to […]

Washington terms given political spin

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Earlier this week, a cnjonline.com poll gave readers three choices on new Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson — “He’s a Reaganesque leader I’m voting for,” “Let’s wait and see” and “I’m not impressed.” As of Monday night, 39 percent went with Reaganesque. Mind you, that’s hardly a scientific poll, […]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

Palady, Eugene

Eugene Palady Services: Have been held. Mr. Eugene “Gene” Palady, 80, of Clovis, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at Baptist Saint Anthony’s Hospice in Amarillo. He was born on Feb. 24, 1925, in Vermont, to Margaret and Frank Palady Sr. He married Pauline Martel on Oct. 12, 1949, in Vermont. They moved to New Mexico […]

Walker, Kerry

Kerry Walker Services:Have been held. Mr. Kerry Glynn Walker, 57, of Farwell, died Thursday, May 5, 2005, at his home. He was born on Aug. 4, 1947, in Clovis, to Jerry and Maiola Drake Walker. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army and Navy. He was a member […]

Kerry’s amendment wins out

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate approved an amendment from Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., that rejects Bush administration plans to establish a two-tiered military death gratuity and to limit retroactive payment of $238,000 in enhanced death benefits only to families of members who die in combat assignments. The Kerry amendment, approved by voice vote […]

Happy New Year, baby: Two cousins were the first Clovis babies of 1980

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It was New Year’s Eve, 1980. Kerry Parks called her mom around midnight to tell her that her water broke. That’s when she got the news. Her then sister-in-law, Francee Garcia, was already at the hospital, and she was also in labor. “When she told me that Francee was […]

Morality important, whatever it means

by Tibor Machan Many commentators have said the main reason for President Bush’s victory is that voters in the red states opted to support moral values above all else, and Bush was identified with these more closely than Sen. John Kerry. Judging by the campaign, “moral values” refer to the championing of the causes of […]

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, […]

What would Truman have done in 2004?

Ned Cantwell You are tired of reading about it, I know, but permit me a few closing notes on the political campaign recently and mercifully ended. Time to wrap this one up and deposit in the trash bin. That the race for the presidency translated into a huge political bragging contest between two New Mexico […]

Bush needs to spend his political capital

Mona Charen If you knew nothing else about John Edwards than what you could see from his semi-concession speech on Nov. 3, it would be enough to dislike him. There was Kerry, standing behind him and attempting to keep his composure before what had to be the most difficult speech of his life, and yet […]

Bush’s message was well received by the voters

Freedom Newspapers P robably the best analysis of the election that we’ve read comes from William Saletan of the left-leaning Slate magazine, who argues that President Bush had a simple coherent message, compared to Sen. John Kerry’s muddled and inconsistent views. Unlike many liberal commentators, Saletan hasn’t allowed his preferences to get in the way […]

Bush wins four more years

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President George Bush with his family after voting on election day. (AP photo) The Associated Press WASHINGTON – After a long night of poll watching and an hour or two of sleep, President Bush was back in the Oval Office this morning when he got the call he was waiting for: John Kerry was on […]

Party supporters spend night on edge

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Rube Render discusses the presidential race while watching the returns with newly elected District 9 Public Education Commissioner Dennis James Roch at a party of Republicans on Tuesday night in Clovis. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor While experts and analysts chimed in their thoughts on what swing state John Kerry […]

Could Kerry undo all Bush’s blunders?

by Mona Charen Take heart America. John Kerry is too smart to make the kind of mistakes George W. Bush has made. His election (should it come to pass) will signal the dawn of a new era in which sophisticated internationalists will restore America’s place in the world with skillful diplomacy and sound multilateralism. It […]

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. […]

State voters speak up

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Gage Adair, 2, plays with his hat in the voter booth as his grandfather Glen Adair, both of Clovis, votes Saturday during early voting at the Curry County Courthouse. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) Staff and wire reports The marathon campaign season in New Mexico ends Tuesday. As of Saturday night 36 percent of Curry County’s […]

Kerry’s bills were hardly core issues of liberty

Freedom Newspapers O ne factor voters should consider in the presidential race is John Kerry’s record as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the issues that were important enough to him to bring to the Senate floor. In the third debate, President Bush charged, “I think it’s important, since he talked about the Medicare plan […]

Kerrys’ own tax records put his plan out of place

Freedom Editorial Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry enjoys low taxes — for his family. “According to the Kerrys’ own tax records … the couple had a combined income of $5.51 million last year and paid $704,227 in income taxes,” writes Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, on Oct. 17 at OpinionJournal.com. “That means […]

Keep government programs out of health-care plans

Freedom Newspapers Health care has become one of the most contentious issues in the presidential election. It brought some testy moments in the third debate. What is behind the two candidates’ health proposals? Sen. John Kerry said in the debate that he’s proposing a system that would “let everybody buy into the same health-care plan […]