Resignation leaves Japan

Freedom New Mexico Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda resigned suddenly, leaving the ruling Liberal Democratic Party somewhat adrift and the government tied in knots as the economy drifts toward recession. This makes him the second Japanese prime minister to stay in office for less than a year. A country that has been viewed […]

CHS CROSS COUNTRY: CHS sweeps varsity crowns in own meet

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Senior James Chavez helped Clovis High’s boys win their own cross country invitational on Saturday at Ned Houk Park, leading the Wildcats with a fourth-place individual finish in a time of 18 minutes, 31 seconds. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Clovis High’s Caitlin Waters was perfectly happy to let […]

CHS hosts cross country invitational

CNJ staff Clovis High cross country coach Mark Bussen would like to see his teams ready to go for today’s Clovis Invitational at Ned Houk Park. To that end, he cut back on workouts this week for the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats. “I’ve rested the kids a little,” Bussen said. “We’ve been working hard for […]

Money, prestige poor career rewards

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist As I begin what may or may not be my last semester of college for awhile, I think about a recent Time magazine article I read titled “Liberal Arts vs. Business Degrees.” The article states that more American students are opting for so called “easy” degrees in the liberal arts […]

Haditha press’ new favorite condemnation

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist No one yet knows what happened in Haditha, Iraq, last November. There are accounts — unconfirmed — of a massacre perpetrated by a unit of enraged Marines against unarmed civilians. Unless I miss my guess, this is about to become the biggest story in the world. Consider that Abu Ghraib, […]

Clinton needs to be treated as real threat

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist There are a great many Republicans who laugh when you suggest that Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee in 2008. Their incredulity only deepens if you intimate that she could win. They are so vehement in their detestation of all things Clinton that the idea seems almost kooky to […]

12/13 Letters to the editor

Clovis folk conservative, not ignorant Regarding Joshua Fallaw’s letter to the editor in the Dec. 11 paper: It seems he recently relocated from Austin, Texas, to Clovis and is concerned about the lack of liberal news and/or observations. He found that a column by Amy Alkon, which ran in the CNJ, was entertaining and expressed […]

ENMU professor retiring after more than 37 years

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — When July rolls around, Eastern New Mexico University will look different. Thurman Elder won’t be roaming the hallways of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building with a calculator and math textbooks in hand. Elder has announced he will retire after more than 37 years of teaching math at […]

Court’s ‘persuadable mind’ will be missed

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So now we say goodbye to Sandra Day O’Connor. In the process, we say goodbye to the one justice on the Supreme Court who did not belong body and soul to either the liberal or conservative wings, who could not be considered in the pocket of either political extreme. In […]

Border project needs air of legitimacy

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist The Minutemen are coming to New Mexico but it is going to take an hour or so to sort out the players. Which Minutemen are we talking about, the New Mexico Minutemen led by American Civil Liberties Union sympathizer Clifford Alford, or the Minutemen Project in New Mexico, led by […]

Anti-Americanism coming from the left

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., has, under extreme pressure, tearfully retracted his comparison of American behavior at Guantanamo to the Nazis, Soviets and Pol Pot. Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has not retracted his barb following disclosures of detainee mistreatment at Abu Ghraib, about Saddam’s torture chambers being “under new management, U.S. […]

Sen. McCain more Democrat than Republican

Editorial Only three things make Arizona Sen. John McCain recognizable as a Republican these days: • He continues to stand out as a critic of congressional pork-barrel plundering, true to the GOP’s all-but-abandoned claim to being the fiscally responsible party. • He remains hawkish on most defense and foreign policy matters. • And an upper […]

Navarro, Minnie E.

Minnie E. Navarro Services: Have been held. Ms. Minnie E. Navarro, 70, of Portales, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on Jan. 30, 1934, near Lake Arthur, to Minnie and Daniel A. Calhoun. She graduated from Roswell High School in 1952. She moved to Portales in the […]

Kerry just too soft to hold presidency

By Mona Charon: Syndicated Columnist NEW YORK — I have never seen so many police — and for the first time I really understand Rudolph Giuliani’s love for “New York’s finest.” Convention goers were impressed with their hospitality, their politeness and their restraint in the face of some extremely obnoxious protesters. (Many of the protesters, […]

Kerry should offer support for gun rights

Freedom Editorial P resumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry has amassed perhaps the most liberal voting record in the Senate, as Republican campaign ads will repeatedly remind voters during the campaign season. Yet Sen. Kerry could potentially win the election by going to the right on at least one important constitutional issue: the right to keep […]

Republican’s lack of frugal behavior a boon to Kerry

Freedom Newspapers That Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry last week tried to sell himself to the American people as a fiscally responsible moderate isn’t surprising. The same pose paid impressive political dividends for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, who not only appeared to break the tax and spend mold of most Democrats but even pledged […]

Graduations 3/21

Clovis Community College The following Clovis Community College students applied for graduation for the Fall 2003 semester and are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony to be held on May 7, 2004. Associate of Arts: Gertrude Acosta, Liberal Arts, Rene Alexander, Liberal Arts, Brandy Barrett, Liberal Arts, Hope Bildilli, Liberal Arts, Paula Browne, Liberal […]

Kerry has long, hard road ahead in presidency race

Sen. John F. Kerry’s major victories in primaries and caucuses Tuesday all but seal for him the Democratic presidential nomination. He won decisively in the Minnesota caucuses and in primaries in Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, California and Ohio; he lost Vermont to the state’s former governor and favorite son, Howard Dean, who […]

Dean is more than a liberal; he’s a liar

By Mona Charen Today’s column is desultory. Kindly indulge me. I have Howard Dean and Time magazine on my mind. Time magazine has chosen the American soldier as its Person of the Year. Ha! Meaning no disrespect at all to the world’s finest fighting force, I have a feeling that the excellence of our men […]

Online polls: The great American opinion bowl

Ned Cantwell To stay alive in this business, cable news has taught us, you need to be trendy. CNN, for instance, intersperses in its coverage of hard news stories with online polls so viewers can express their opinions. A story about how Americans feel about their lifestyles, then, might include the following question: What do […]