Sept. 21, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Our votes can turn country around Is America self-destructing? Why so many fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, properties destroyed, Americans killed, so much immorality that destroy the family unit, failing economy caused by greed and thievery by some corporations? Are we bankrupting our nation toward another 1929 financial disaster? This November we will elect new leaders. […]

Environmental fanatics have grip on leaders

Freedom New Mexico Forget the religious right. It doesn’t control elections anymore. It has been replaced by a new political ecumenism:

4-H leaders: Heavy on the heart

Glenda Price Glenda Price My husband and I were 4-H organizational leaders for quite a few years. That meant we were the ones who begged, cajoled or bribed other parents, friends and neighbors into sharing their expertise with the kids as project leaders. Soon after we began this journey a wise county agent said, “Remember, […]

U.S. puppet in Pakistan suffers major defeat

Freedom Newspapers Although full results are not yet in, Pakistani voters, as expected, have roundly repudiated President Pervez Musharraf, who took control of the country in a military coup in 1999 and whose popularity has been on a serious dive for about a year. In parliamentary elections Monday, the party that supports him, Pakistan Muslim […]

Many reasons to doubt rosy Iraq assessment

Freedom New Mexico During his State of the Union message, President Bush argued that his new tactics in Iraq — sending 30,000 additional troops and having them operate actively in neighborhoods rather than return to secure bases each night — “have achieved results few of us could have imagined just one year ago.” There is […]

Palestinian, Israeli agreement won’t be Bush’s doing

By Freedom New Mexico It’s unlikely President Bush will do much harm during his current trip through the Middle East, even though he does look a bit like an emperor making a ceremonial visit to the provinces. In some ways it is admirable seeing him trying to make an impression on a part of the […]

Elections don’t always result in democracy

By Freedom New Mexico One of our more cherished beliefs, or at least desires, is that democratic governance is a key to a stable, productive society in which differences can be worked out through the political process. Recent riots, murders and displacements in Kenya might cause some to question whether the most visible sign of […]

Boy Scouts shouldn’t be derided for following foundation values

Freedom Newspapers There are few images of helping strangers as familiar as a young man helping an elderly woman cross a street. And when we envision such an act of kindness, the young man is usually wearing a Boy Scout uniform. One of the tenets of the Boy Scouts is to do a good deed […]

Military action not always best terror defense

By Freedom Newspapers Any discussion of a threat estimate from the vaunted U.S. intelligence community must begin with an acknowledgment that U.S. intelligence often, perhaps more often than not, has gotten things wrong. Even before the failure to “connect the dots” prior to 9/11 and the “slam dunk” on Saddam’s supposed WMDs, U.S. intelligence missed […]

Leadership program taking applications

By CNJ staff Leadership New Mexico is accepting applications for the 2007-2008 Core Program. The Leadership New Mexico Core program is a 10-month program designed to identify, teach and challenge established leaders of the state with a curriculum that addresses critical issues affecting New Mexico, according to news release. Clovis graduates include Curry County Manager […]

Racial tension part of Clovis history

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By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Clovis’ history has included many difficult days. Retired school teacher Elaine Howell remembers Jan. 15, 1971, as one of the worst. Thirty or 40 black students from Clovis High School were excused that morning to attend a memorial for Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who had been […]

Youth topics top district crime forum

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Youth topics rose to the top of a discussion between civic leaders and community members at a public safety forum held Monday night to discuss crime concerns in Clovis. Graffiti, truancy and boredom among youth moved to the forefront as law enforcement described programs — either current or planned […]

Minority taking oval office seat could be near

By Freedom Newspapers So, it’s probably well past time to consider whether Americans are ready to elect a minority or a woman to the highest office in the nation. And it’s sort of odd having to ponder this in what we’ve always called the land of opportunity. Quite honestly, our perceptions of who should occupy […]

Ethanol plant could cause problems

Letters to the Editor With the talks about a proposed ethanol plant for Clovis, I have read the articles and listened to many comments about the air quality. But air quality is not my main concern. Mine is one I haven’t heard yet, at least not publicly. The mixture of ethanol, grain dust and rail […]

Election results may cause U.S. harm

Letters to the Editor Let me be among the first to congratulate the Democrats for taking back both houses of Congress and to express my deep appreciation to those who voted them in. At least we no longer have to be exposed to those horrible, corrupt Republicans with their scandals! And, it is quite comforting […]

Special ops leaders visiting base

By CNJ Staff Senior leaders of the incoming mission at Cannon Air Force Base plan to attend a conference at Cannon this week, according to Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs officials. The conference begins today and continues through Friday, officials said. Command senior leaders attend such conferences twice a year, according to Command […]

If nothing else, U.N. reminds us world is crazy place

The opening days of the United Nations’ General Assembly debate were unusually entertaining last week. Americans heard Iran’s militant Islamic President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rant about the evils of Zionism and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez refer to President George W. Bush as the “devil.” Such colorful discussions among world leaders don’t take place every day. […]

Civic leaders address concerns during Special Ops visit

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer panel of local civic leaders fielded questions about eastern New Mexico health care, real estate, schools and recreation Thursday at Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command, according to civic leaders. The local community representatives addressed the concerns of about 600 AFSOC personnel during the […]

June 8, 2006 Local Briefs

Area leaders plan to meet regarding growth challenges Eastern New Mexico leaders will meet with a federal agency next month to discuss growth challenges that may emerge with the new mission at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a joint press release from the cities of Clovis and Portales and the counties of Roosevelt and […]

July 2, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Politicians to thank for new mission Moaning about politicians is as American as apple pie, and with the partisanship in Washington, that makes sense. The salvation of Cannon Air Force Base, however, showed us that New Mexico’s leaders deserve our respect and our gratitude for their service. When Cannon appeared on the Base Realignment and […]