Old double standard still holding on

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I wish I was offended. So many other people are that it feels lonely not to be. So I’ve tried to channel the anger I’ve seen in Internet postings. Tried to agree with Tony Dungy, a black football coach who says he was racially insulted. But all I see is a […]

Feds should take blame for flu vaccine shortages

Freedom Newspapers T he fact that at least some batches of this year’s flu vaccine, manufactured by Chiron in England, have turned up contaminated and thus will not be allowed to be used in the United States has created something of a crisis. The United States is now short some 48 million doses of flu […]

Clovis churches use book to find life’s purpose

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Forty. The number of days Noah spent on the Ark; the number of years Moses and the Israelites wandered the desert; the number of days Jesus spent in the desert after his baptism; and the number of days churches around the country are spending studying and reflecting upon The […]

Prep football capsules

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Texico senior Johnny Serrano lunges for an extra yard in Friday’s home game against Bovina. The Wolverines improved to 2-0 on the season with a 32-0 win. Staff photo by Rick White CNJ staff Friday Texico 32, Bovina 0 Records: Texico 2-0, Bovina 0-2 The difference: Texico rushed for 387 yards and finished with 443 […]

County: Blame jail for budget woes

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $20.5 million budget that will cut the county’s cash on hand from $10.1 million to $3.2 million by June 2005. County Manager Geneva Cooper said the fund drain has been caused mostly by increasing jail costs spread over a number of […]

City seeing significant increase in gas drive-offs in recent months

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Clovis has seen a rise in gas thefts in recent months, with 10 already this month and 42 in the month of May. CNJ photo illustration by Eric Kluth By Mike Linn: CNJ NEWS EDITOR As the sun sets on Friday and Saturday nights, Claud Washburn keeps his eyes peeled for gas smugglers. The assistant […]

America in danger from dwindling scientific creativity

Freedom Newspapers The New York Times last week featured a front-page article that might be more ominous for America’s future than the periodic fluctuations of the economy or the stock market. “U.S. Is Losing Its Dominance In the Sciences,” read the headline, meaning that a number of markers of American achievement in science have declined […]

ENMU student leadership election results questioned

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Number of votes cast outnumbers the students who are listed as voting. When Eastern New Mexico University student Brett Trembly received the highest number of votes for student body president on Thursday, he was glad to see an increased turnout compared to previous elections. The 654 votes cast […]

Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]

Fund requires help from those invovled

Danny Joe Lyle The Clovis News Journal recently reported the state of New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (ERB) fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the past three years. That number is closer to $1.7 billion. The ERB portfolio has for many years held a strong commitment […]

We want more readers’ reactions in 2004

From the Editor’s Desk One of our newspaper’s goals for 2004 is to increase participation in Project: Reader Reaction. That’s what we call the reader participation feature in which I ask questions via e-mail on topics that range from favorite movies to war in Iraq. Participants respond by e-mail, usually in 100 words or less. […]

Beware: Return of draft could be real possibility

Given that next year is an election year, it is probably unlikely that a serious effort to reinstitute conscription — a military draft — will happen anytime soon. But a number of circumstances make it a possibility once the election is finished. Those who value freedom and an effective national defense should be aware of […]

Vandals shooting out car windows in Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Someone enjoys shooting out car windows in Clovis, according to Clovis police. Capt. Leon Morris of the Clovis Police Department said Curry County Crime Stoppers has offered a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for shooting at 45 cars between […]

Survivors event was spiritually empowering

Clyde Davis The best moment in the entire experience was my beautiful wife, Janice, waiting at the finish line with a bouquet of flowers. Immediately after I came across and the volunteer handed me my survivor’s rose, Jan greeted me with the bouquet and the sign that she and Lynn and Dot had made while […]

Education best done by local people

By Clyde Davis Since college graduation, it has been a point of pride, and practicality, for me to maintain my public school teaching credentials. In addition to teaching full time, I have had the chance to substitute frequently in a number of states, and in a number of districts within those states. Quality education is […]

School board discusses parking ordinance

By Gary Mitchell City residents around Clovis High School — if not the entire city — may have to purchase permits to park in front of their own residences because of complaints of students parking off campus. Clovis school officials are considering submitting an ordinance to that effect to the city after a number of […]

Farwell begins construction for new county jail

By Darrell Todd Maurina Builders broke ground last week on the new Parmer County jail. County Sheriff Randy Geries said replacing the existing 18-bed jail is critical. “We are constantly fighting capacity issues,” Geries said. “In our current little bitty jail we run out of room real quick.” Parmer County’s problems aren’t limited to the […]

Politicians play number games to fit agendas

Pick a number. Any number. It works for Washington. Why shouldn’t it work for you? In the unreal bubble in which Washington operates, numbers and words over time begin to lose any meaning. Millions become billions and then trillions and no one bats an eye; statistics get batted around like beach balls, turned and twisted […]