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 […]

Vigilante or not, group shows immigration policy’s flaws

It will be fascinating to see how the Minuteman Project, the brainstorm of California resident James Gilchrist, comes off now that President Bush has referred to the effort as a “vigilante” operation of which he disapproves. It has certainly stirred a lot of interest, pro and con. A retired accountant, Gilchrist conceived the idea of […]

License laws unnecessary legal throwback

Freedom Newspapers The sentence seemed a bit outsized for the crime. Federal Judge David O. Carter sentenced Harold David Goldstein on Wednesday to more than 12 years in prison for fraud and perjury charges for running a legal firm without a license. “I lied about being a lawyer, but other than the lie, everything else […]

Clovis mayor backs smoking ban

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford has thrown his support toward proposed legislation that would ban smoking in businesses and restaurants statewide, an issue that will pit health advocates against proponents of a live-and-let-live society. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, is scheduled to be introduced Monday during a […]

Official report slays some myths of gun control

Freedom Newspapers One of the timeless debates in this country is over gun-control laws and their efficacy. Gun-control advocates often cite the ease with which a person can purchase a firearm from retail outlets and worry that such outlets are arming criminals in huge numbers. Lawsuits have been filed against many wholesalers and retailers alleging […]

New York’s 1973 anti-drug laws lighten up

Freedom Newspapers I t’s hardly a giant step toward decriminalization or even toward harm reduction. But the modest reform of the so-called Rockefeller drug laws in New York signed into law last week by Gov. George Pataki represents an important step in the direction of common sense in the way the government approaches certain drugs. […]

Outsourced jobs only half the story

Thomas Sowell Jobs have become a big issue in this election year — which means it is optimistic to expect a rational discussion. Nothing is discussed more irrationally than “outsourcing.” It is obviously completely misleading to discuss how many jobs American companies are sending to other countries without even mentioning how many jobs foreign countries […]

Unlucky ad for slot machines lands man in jail

Staff and wire reports A Clovis man attempting to sell slot machines through the classifieds found out his potential buyers were actually undercover agents with the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. John A. Mesner, 59, was arrested by Clovis police on Friday and charged with five counts of possession of illegal gaming devices and one […]

Be careful not to disturb nature’s laws

By Bob Huber, Local Columnist Now in these lazy, hazy days of summer it’s restful to sit back and look at the various laws that dictate our lives. (These commandments do not include random declarations set down by heavy-handed wives, because they were never officially codified — the rules I mean.) For instance, we might […]

Readers: Violence in Iraq won’t end soon

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “So the transfer of power is complete in Iraq. When will the violence in that country end?” Some responses: “THERE ARE ONLY TWO ways to stop the violence. We can either restore the former dictatorship or vigorously exterminate every last one of the members of […]

Drug testing for lawmakers proposed

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Most elected officials in eastern New Mexico say they want to learn more, but they support proposed legislation that calls for voluntary drug testing for all elected officials in the state. Sen. Steve Komadina, R-Corrales, introduced the legislation on Wednesday and said results from the voluntary drug tests would be […]

District 66 candidates discuss the issues

Q & A Republican candidates Keith Gardner of Roswell and Rep. Earlene Roberts of Lovington will face off in the June 1 primary for the District 66 House seat. The candidates took time to answer questions about issues involving eastern New Mexico. Q:What do you think eastern New Mexico’s most pressing issue will be if […]

Some laws more criminal than charges

Thomas Sowell: Syndicated columnist The recent conviction of Martha Stewart for lying to federal investigators looking into “insider trading” is one of the sad signs of our times. If you create enough laws, everyone will be a criminal. Perjury should of course be a crime, even when it is committed by a President of the […]

Open meetings workshop for citizens, officials

Freedom Newspapers Representatives of the state’s attorney general’s office will be in Clovis on Friday morning for a workshop aimed at taking some of the mystery out of New Mexico’s Open Meetings Act and the Inspection of Public Records Act. The session runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. […]

Workshop to inform on free info

Michelle Seeber Attorneys who work for the state of New Mexico will hold a workshop on the Open Meetings Act and the Inspection of Public Records Act on Friday in Clovis. The workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s North Annex. Attorneys presenting the workshop are from New Mexico’s […]

With God, we can reap much of life’s fruit

Judy Brandon As planting season approaches, I think about the year that Annie, John Scott, Buffy, and I tackled planting a garden. The children were all small and I have to admit that sometimes their “help” made things a bit more difficult. We chose a spot in the backyard. We raked clear all the winter […]

Although guilty, Martha Stewart still a scapegoat

Freedom Newsapers Pardon us if we don’t buy into the “somebody-rich-and-famous-is-going-to-jail-tra-la” schadenfreude or the pious claptrap about how this verdict sends a message that nobody is above the law. It’s not so much that the Martha Stewart conviction was a travesty — given the information the jury had to work with, one can understand the […]

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 […]