Pot legalization needs to be taken seriously

Freedom New Mexico Proposition 19, an initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, was soundly defeated in the November election after California’s political establishment, Democratic and Republican, came out strongly against it. We had concerns with a provision related to the ability of employers to combat marijuana use at the workplace, but we are […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Obama needs to act rather than speak

Freedom New Mexico The State of the Union message wasn’t always the media spectacle it has become. President Thomas Jefferson simply delivered a written report to Congress, and that precedent was maintained for more than a century, until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, who decided to deliver his message to Congress in person. The growing […]

Government needs to focus on real threat

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply […]

Baseball league seeking host homes for players

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Andrew Dunn, commissioner of the Pecos League, answers questions during a Wednesday meeting at the Clovis Parks and Recreation Department. The Clovis Pioneers will start play in May as part of the Pecos League. Kevin Wilson A few dozen Pioneers are going to need a home. That was the message […]

Insurance coverages vary for home-based businesses

Sandra Taylor-Sawyer Insurance needs for a home-based business are not as different from a storefront business. However, there are areas that home-based business owners may overlook when considering insurance coverage. Many homeowner insurance policies will not automatically cover a home-based business. In fact, by operating a business in the home it can render a home […]

Thursday morning briefing: Ethnic fair needs help and Billy the Kid busted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Fair needs help Selmus Price, the director of the Clovis Ethnic Fair, is looking for volunteers to help with set-up and tear down at the fair this week. Below are the times he needs help. To volunteer call Price at 575-749-6570: Friday – […]

Officials: Area needs more rentals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder talks about gross receipts taxes and energy regulations adding costs to construction projects. Crowder spoke Thursday at a Regional Growth Planning Office housing forum. Liliana Castillo After 3 1/2 hours of information sharing and discussion at the Regional Growth Planning Committee regional housing forum, officials […]

Voters to decide judicial complex needs

Lance Pyle The Curry County Commission voted Aug. 9 to put two critical issues on the November ballot, both related to the safety of Curry County residents. First, voters will decide whether to issue up to $16.5 million in general obligation bonds for the design and construction of a courthouse addition. The second question will […]

New Mexico American Water exploring aquifer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water is working to drill a second exploratory well, following the failure of the original well, in the Lower Dockum Aquifer, located 1,600 feet below ground. Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water hopes to know in two months whether the Lower Dockum Aquifer is a solution for […]

Mexico needs to change perception of success

Freedom Newspapers A lot of recent data show how Mexico is doing as a country; some figures are surprisingly good; others, however, suggest the country’s progress could come more slowly than we might hope. Mexico’s government reported last week that some 28,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since the government began its crackdown […]

Our people: Sports fan

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Oscar Robinson of Portales enjoys sitting in his favorite chair and watching sports. Oscar Robinson is in his second term as the city councilman for Ward B. He said he ran again because he loves Portales and he can lend a positive outlook to the processes the city needs to […]

South Korea no longer needs U.S. assistance

Freedom Newspapers There’s no question that the dictatorship running North Korea is one of the more dangerous — and nuttier — in the world. It’s headed by the Kim dynasty, something that wasn’t supposed to happen under the “classless” ideology of communism. In recent days current dictator Kim Jong Ill has been acting up, as […]

Architect: Complete cost for judicial complex around $90 million

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Architect Don May talks to local leaders about the phases of development for a judicial complex in Clovis during the city/county quarterly luncheon at the Clovis Civic Center Wednesday. Sharna Johnson Architect Don May told city and county officials Wednesday that the first of four phases for a proposed Curry […]

U.K. leadership could influence U.S. voters

Freedom New Mexico To get through its current crisis, the United Kingdom needs another Iron Lady. That’s the derogatory term bestowed by her opponents upon Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative Party’s prime minister from 1979-90. But the moniker later was adopted by supporters when they admired Thatcher’s getting the country through the major crises of the […]

Supreme Court needs more balance

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist While disclaiming an “abortion litmus test,” President Obama has signaled his intention to appoint a new Supreme Court justice who shares his concern for “women’s rights.” In other words, of course there’s a litmus test — and it would be foolish to suppose that abortion is the only one. If […]

Republican candidates agree on issues

By Karl Terry: FNM correspondent Eastern Plains residents got their first taste Thursday of Republican challengers for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Ben Ray Lujan. The opportunity came at a standing-room-only forum at the Masters Centre sponsored by the High Plains Patriots organization. The candidates each gave opening and closing statements and […]

DoD disability board understaffed

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A special board established by Congress to review and raise any low-ball disability ratings the services awarded to injured or ailing members since 9-11 needs four times as many physicians as it has now to ensure timely action on a rising number of applications, says the board’s top officer. Michael […]

Government needs Sunshine Portal

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Information is power, and right now the public has none. Legislators and the public are rightfully outraged at Gov. Bill Richardson’s ongoing refusal to release information about his exempt state employees, including 59 positions that were supposedly cut last month. What little information has emerged isn’t good — employees who […]