Opinion: First Amendment lets you disagree

If I could bring back the Founding Fathers for anything, I’d ask them for more clarification on the Second Amendment. Guns for any reason, or just to maintain private militias? Background checks to keep the evil or mentally disturbed from owning guns, or a wide-open system so everybody could buy tools to defend against those […]

Freedom of speech applies to all

I remember, not very long ago, when I wrote a column detailing my opinion of a certain radio person, who shall remain nameless, and received overwhelming negative feedback — surprisingly from many in this area, as well. (Most of this columnist’s “boo” mail usually comes from an Internet population.) I remember it because there was […]

Elected officials fail to represent

Elected officials fail to represent If an 800-pound gorilla actually existed, it might represent the uneasily plausible political belief that with regard to big-picture economics and long-term issues of war and peace, the average person has almost no influence. But the 400-pound version in the room is real, and to me represents the pretty obvious […]

Core standards could benefit all U.S. students

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls have shown most people agree standardized testing helps assess students’ overall readiness and the success of the instructors who teach them. Standardized evaluations, however, require standardized curricula; you can’t measure students’ performance on the same test if they didn’t study the same — or at least similar — information. […]

Obama appears willing to risk party for plan

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama and the congressional Democratic leadership seem determined to engage in a high-wire act without a net. It might be possible to admire them for their courage in the face of the unpopularity of their cause, and there is no shortage of cheerleaders in the hothouse of Babylon-on-the-Potomac. But it […]

Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as […]

Supreme Court ruling against New Haven fair

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Ricci v. DeStefano that the city of New Haven, Conn., violated the 1964 civil rights law when it threw out the results of a firefighter promotional test after no blacks scored high enough to qualify for promotion. In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, […]

Happy Easter

Here are a few links to Easter-time stories you may have missed that were published in the past week in the Clovis News Journal and online. Happy Easter from the CNJ. http://www.cnjonline.com/articles/amazing_26866___article.html/astonishing_journey.html http://historyandspirituality.freedomblogging.com/http://www.cnjonline.com/news/crosses_26926___article.html/wooden_church.html http://www.cnjonline.com/opinion/peace_26899___article.html/test_recent.html

One ‘h’ is for heart

Glenda Price knows all about 4-H. Maybe too much. See her column in the Opinion section.

Jan. 23 Sarah

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Name: Sarah About: Sarah is a rescue cat we got in California. She weighs 6 lbs and she is 6 years old. She is the talkative cat in our house, she always has an opinion about everything. She will walk beside me and give me her opinion of the moment. Her favorite place to sleep […]

Faith in Jesus requires having your own opinion

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Summer school is just around the corner. For some college students, this is a great way to earn credit hours in a short amount of time. However, one of the hardest classes I took as a college student was a summer-school class. It was English literature, and it was difficult […]

3/19 Letters to the editor

Ambulance shouldn’t be used as ruse I am totally appalled after reading Friday’s paper to learn that Portales Fire Department approved the use of one of their ambulances to be used in a drug bust. I cannot imagine why the Fire Department would let one of their prized and expensive ambulances be filled up with […]

Death penalty shouldn’t be taken lightly

Freedom Newspapers The witnesses to the execution of Stanley “Tookie” Williams were appropriately somber. Ending the life of a human being is not something to be undertaken lightly. The way the state handles such deaths reflects a certain consciousness of how somber the responsibility is. In earlier times, the executioner was hooded, thus retaining some […]

Judges shouldn’t control Constitution

By Walter Williams Here’s my question to you: Should we be governed by good ideas? You say, “Williams, what do you mean?” Here’s an example: I regularly bike for fun, cardiovascular fitness and, hopefully, for a longer, healthier life. In my opinion, that’s a good idea. That being the case, would you deem it proper […]

Sunshine Week time to trumpet open government

CNJ staff In small ways and more sweeping assaults, government officials have been closing their windows to public scrutiny. It is a troubling and ironic trend. Coming as the president speaks eloquently of developing democratic institutions across the world, Americans cannot be complacent about our own. It is time to seek more openness from federal, […]

Don’t hide behind other people’s influences

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist During my early college days, I had many excellent college professors and then I had some who were not so good. Furthermore, I had one professor in particular who was very intimidating. It was my sophomore year. I needed an English literature class in my degree plan so I had […]

Clovis should respect country neighbors

Letters to the Editor How would you feel if someone pulled up into your yard, opened your gate, went in and started shooting birds? What if they drove by, pulled over and threw out a sack of trash or left an old recliner or a Christmas tree in your yard? How would you feel? Not […]