Gay marriage: The debate is disappointing

Freedom Editorial Advocates on all sides assure us that the failure of the Senate, by a 50-48 margin, to get even a majority in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is not the end of the process but only the beginning. We suspect they are right, but we fervently wish that it […]

Caught in middle of political injustice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on […]

Engagements 5/9

Moore-Chavez Dawson Chavez, Connie and Dwain Gee and Jeff and Melissa Moore, all of Clovis, announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their mother and daughter, Conlea Moore of Clovis, to Elias Chavez of Clovis, son of Sam and Helen Martinez of Clovis. The couple will exchange vows at 4 p.m. on July 24, 2004, […]

Curry County: No gay marriages here

By Jack King, CNJ STAFF WRITER Resolution is third among counties in state banning issuance of same-sex licenses. The Curry County Commission unanimously approved a resolution banning the issuance of same sex marriage licenses Tuesday, making it one of at least three commissions statewide to take the step. The Roosevelt County Commission passed a similar […]

County considers tax hike to compensate for budget deficit

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Faced with a $1.3 million shortfall in their 2004-2005 budget, Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday to consider increasing county gross receipts taxes by 3/16 of a percent. That’s about 18 cents extra per $100 sale on merchandise. Commissioners said most of the shortfall is the result of growing expenses […]

Lovington oil man to push solution for water problem

By David Arkin, CNJ Correspondent Water is one of those issues that always seems to be a talker around election season. It’s also the No. 1 reason why William V. Palmer wants to be a New Mexico state senator. Palmer, a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor, thinks he can do something […]

Speak up and share your opinions — online

By Tom DiFrancesca III If you haven’t already, you are going to read and hear “the sanctity of marriage” quoted a lot in the next few months. Whether or not you agree with the current definition of marriage, you have a right to be heard, and to share your opinion with our elected officials. Congress […]

Prayer and a Lesson Learned in the Garden

By Curtis K. Shelburne A time of trouble is a time to pray. The Apostle James tells us plainly, “Is any of you in trouble? He should pray” (5:13). Have you tried it? What happened? Maybe the answer to your prayer was a resounding, “Yes.” Remember the time you prayed for a dear one in […]

Once upon a time, in a press conference

Ned Cantwell (Writer’s note: Any resemblance to the New Mexico county now awaiting a threatened lawsuit over its issuance of gay marriage licenses and the fictional county below is purely coincidental. Well, almost.) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the national press. My name is County Clerk Needon Attension, and we welcome you here to […]

It’s too late to nitpick U.S. lawmaking

Tibor Machan If we had a country governed by the rule of law, where legislatures respected individual rights and did not pass edicts and regulations that violate our unalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, then all the bellyaching about “judge-made laws” would make sense. Sadly, however, it is too late to complain […]

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 […]

Allowing gay marriage a slippery slope

Walter Williams The Massachusetts high court ruled that people of the same sex have a right to be married. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and County Clerk Nancy Alfaro, in defiance of California law, have issued more than 3,000 officially sanctioned marriage licenses to homosexual couples. What are we to make of this? Same-sex marriage […]

Clerks: No legal unions for gays

By David Arkin County clerks in eastern New Mexico were surprised by a Sandoval County clerk’s decision to grant gay and lesbian couples marriage licenses. On Friday, Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid. There were another 40 other couples who […]

Politicians offer little in same-sex marriage issue

Commentary Recent events related to the issue of same-sex marriage didn’t so much change as reveal the still evolving status of this controversial idea as a political issue. President Bush offered a carefully worded defense of “the sanctity of marriage” in his State of the Union address, and Ohio lawmakers approved a measure declaring that […]

Government’s marriage program is doomed to fail

Freedom Newspapers One of the sad facts about government is the results of any proposed program are likely to be closer to the opposite of the stated goals than to the stated goals themselves. Public housing was supposed to provide decent homes for poor people but instead created nightmarish high-rise ghettos. Aid for Families with […]

Weddings 1/4

Cheryl McGrath and Rusty Ridley, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage on Dec. 31, 2003, at the Ridley residence. The bride is the daughter of Charles Kidd of Spearfish, S.D. and Sylvia Stillwell of Clovis. The bridegroom is the son of Marilyn Moore and Dwayne Ridley, both of Clovis. The couple will reside in […]

Judges becoming too power hungry

By Thomas Sowell Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august and sedate chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. If you think the issue in the recent Supreme […]

Gay marriage has own set of problems

Mona Charen If you are like most Americans, you know that gay marriage is coming and you don’t feel you have the power to stop it. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled (4 to 3) that the state’s existing matrimonial laws are irrational and gave the legislature 180 days to revise them. President Clinton, you […]

Weddings 12/7

Fatula April Dawn Mouser and Aleksander Kenneth Fatula were joined in marriage on Aug. 9, 2003, at Sunshine Mountain Inn in Allenspark, Colo. The father of the groom officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Rolland and Cindy Mouser of Colorado Springs, Colo. She is the granddaughter of Bettye L. Mouser of Clovis, […]