Alcohol sales shouldn’t even need ballot

Freedom New Mexico By now you have heard every argument imaginable for and against Sunday alcohol sales in Clovis restaurants. Yes, alcohol abuse is a great evil in our community, state and nation. Yes, economic development could get a boost if area residents could have a glass of wine with their Sunday dinner out. But […]

Walls won’t solve problems on immigration

By Freedom New Mexico The seizures have begun. The federal Department of Homeland Security has begun filing condemnation lawsuits to take property along the Texas border so it can try to fence this country off from Mexico. The first lawsuits were filed earlier this month, beginning with people who hadn’t allowed government workers on their […]

Some laws just begging to be broken

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Have you ever thought, “There ought to be a law against that?” Like when people follow you too closely in their shopping carts at Wal-Mart or when they raise Pittsburgh Steelers flags here in Cowboys Country? There are no laws against being stupid or annoying, unless you count excessive telemarketing, […]

European tax laws inhibit growth

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Some Americans look to European countries such as France, Germany and its Scandinavian neighbors and suggest that we adopt some of their economic policies. I agree, we should look at Europe for the lessons they can teach us. Dr. Daniel Mitchell, research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, does just that […]

Growth committee will follow bylaws to ensure integrity

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An advisory panel for growth issues related to the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base will be governed by disclosure and ethics bylaws, its overseeing committee decided Wednesday. To mitigate conflicts of interest, the Local Growth Management Committee unanimously agreed to adopt the bylaws for its subcommittee — […]

Some state laws too stupid to obey

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist The other day I nearly got run down in the middle of the street. By a police car. While jaywalking a mere two yards or so from a perfectly good crosswalk. As I cringed and hoped he wouldn’t notice me — as if one doesn’t notice a jaywalking female in combat […]

Exemptions should be given to all, not some

By Freedom Newspapers A recent New York Times front-page article, “Religion Trumps Regulation As Legal Exemptions Grow,” the first in a series on the topic, raised the following question: Why are religious organizations increasingly exempt from the rules businesses and many other organizations must follow? The Times focused on two Alabama day-care centers. “At any […]

Military readiness takes precedence over environment

By Freedom Newspapers Nearly everywhere the U.S. military trains, it now finds itself fending off flanking attacks from an enemy within. These environmental extremists say they are concerned about the impacts training activities have on plants and animals, but they also undoubtedly relish the opportunity to champion two liberal causes at once, by undermining the […]

4/2 Letters to the editor

State Democratic Party looking forward The New Mexico Democratic Party is an optimistic and inclusive organization that takes its inspiration from hundreds of thousands of state Democrats, but several beliefs stand out. We believe the 55,000 new jobs created since Democrats took over the state government are a step forward. We believe Gov. Richardson’s continuing […]

Inflexible laws hurt employees more than help

Freedom Newspapers French students, joined in some instances by union members, have been rioting in the streets for more than a week. Is this simply a rite of spring in la republique, where street demonstrations against the establishment that often turn violent are something of a national tradition? The answer in part is yes. But […]

Research digs up new laws

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here at the Blackwater Law Review, we’re pondering a timely question: Do we have so many laws because we’re crazy, or are we crazy because we have so many laws? As legal scholars, we know all about Parkinson’s Law, Murphy’s Law and others of that ilk. But dozens of new […]

3/24 Candidate profile

Republican David Pfeffer is campaigning to win the U.S. Senate seat held by Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Pfeffer, 61, is a self-employed architect from Santa Fe, where he has served on the Santa Fe City Council since 2002. Born in upstate New York, he has lived in New Mexico for more than 30 years. Pfeffer visited […]

Federal seat belt laws would only restrict freedoms

Freedom Newspapers Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that […]

Court’s decision protects essential right to protest

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous 8-0 decision last week (Justice Samuel Alito did not vote since he was not on the court when oral arguments in the case were heard), ruled that abortion clinics cannot use federal laws against racketeering and extortion to prevent demonstrations in front of clinics by anti-abortion […]

GOP lawmakers want to undo some immigration laws

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers in both houses want to undo state laws allowing some undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses and to qualify for in-state tuition and lottery scholarships. The bills, introduced Wednesday, are part of an immigration package that also includes non-binding memorials asking Gov. Bill Richardson […]

Hubers start turkey business

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Now comes that time of year when everyone gives thanks for bountiful gifts — unless you’re a turkey! Speaking of which, I’ve hobnobbed with turkeys all my life, some of whom made it through grammar school and even became college professors, but that’s another story. My most memorable association with real […]

Copyright laws to come of age through trials

CNJ Editorial The Association of American Publishers has filed a lawsuit against Google, the Internet search engine company, over Google’s plans to scan and digitize the texts of major university library collections. The publishers’ association contends the project will violate copyright protections. This case is significant because it could provide an insight into how intellectual […]

Campaign laws providing way to halt freedom of speech

Freedom Newspapers The nation’s founders wrote the First Amendment explicitly to protect political speech. A healthy democracy is dependent on the ability of citizens, activists and politicians to express their views forcefully and with the widest possible latitude in the hopes that a free-for-all of ideas will lead to an informed voting public. Politicians and […]

Cops and courts: Officer graduates from academy with distinction

A Clovis police officer graduated Wednesday with the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award from the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Hobbs. Christopher Ray Lopez was hired onto the force a little less than a year ago, and went to the academy in January. Lopez received a physical fitness excellence award for exceeding the 80th […]

Q&A: AG talks alcohol abuse prevention

Patricia Madrid is New Mexico’s attorney general. She was in Portales on Thursday to discourage alcohol consumption among students. Q How can law enforcement and the community help combat the problems of alcohol? A We know that for any program to be successful, we have to have the involvement of the entire community. We now […]