Yes, corporations do have rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has puzzled me for some time why campaign contributions are considered a First Amendment constitutional issue. If I write a check to some candidate, I am not talking, writing an essay, carrying some poster in a parade or anything that could be construed as speech or writing, […]

Distracted driving tough to enforce

By Tibor Machan: Freedom Newspapers columnist For a while now I have observed the alarm about the use of cell phones while driving. There is hardly any doubt that doing so is hazardous. In his Dec. 7 article for The New York Times, Matte Richtel chronicles some of this. He reports on Bob Lucky, an […]

For some, serving brings satisfaction

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Martha McNeil hands a plate of food to a fellow volunteer during the Lighthouse Mission’s Thanksgiving meal Thursday. McNeil said she has volunteered on Thanksgiving for five years because she enjoys helping others. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They spent their Thanksgiving afternoon serving others, and they wouldn’t have […]

Regent honored posthumously by Eastern New Mexico Foundation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico A story of helping others after tragedy and contributions of time, effort and money make the recipients of this year’s Eastern New Mexico Foundation awards stand out. Late ENMU Regent and businessman Alva C. Carter Sr. is posthumously receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, while Super 8 motel […]

On health care debate, good to think of others

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist In health care debate, good to think of others Solipsism is a philosophical approach holding that, ultimately, one’s own existence is the only thing of which one can be assured. In it’s extreme form, it almost becomes a lampoon of itself, holding that the entire world simply exists in the […]

Feelings mixed on hospital records switch

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local health care providers are eyeing a federal mandate to have all U.S. hospitals and medical practices using a unified system of electronic medical records by 2017.And some are happier about it than others.The electronic medical records are part of the Obama administration’s health care reform and the first […]

Elida grad elected state FFA president

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Courtesy of New Mexico State FFA Association Ryan Best was named the 2009-2010 state FFA president. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico As the new state FFA president, an Elida High School graduate is aiming to make a positive difference in others’ lives and go on to national FFA office. Ryan Best, Elida’s valedictorian this […]

Woman helps others navigate divorce process

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Tracy Achen of Clovis wrote a book and created a Web site dedicated to helping women through divorce. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tracy Achen took a lemon of a divorce procedure, and turned it into a profitable and enjoyable lemonade. Referring to herself as an “information aggregator,” Achen […]

Sept. 12, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Local youth showed respect, talent I operate a baseball league in Lubbock. Coach Drooper Greenwalt, Jay Kelley and others got a group of 11-and-under boys together from the Clovis area to play in our league. They were wide-eyed youngsters ranging in age from 8 to 12 and in height from 4-foot-nothing to nearly 6 feet. […]

Search for escapees ongoing

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The search for four escaped inmates is ongoing a week after eight men cut a hole in the roof of the jail and shimmied up plumbing pipes to freedom. Still at large

AP: Four inmates charged with aiding escape

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press Four jail inmates who authorities say helped eight others in a brazen escape were charged Wednesday, as officials kept searching for five prisoners who remain on the loose, including a convicted murderer. Two people close to the fugitives were also arrested. Authorities said the four inmates, who were not […]

Yearbook creates concern

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Staff member Jessie Hardison, left, and editor in chief Maggie Chavez said they included gay couples in Clovis High’s yearbook to illustrate the school’s diversity. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Staff members of the 2008 Clovis High School yearbook say the inclusion of photos and interviews with gay couples […]

Service to others ‘noble’

What needs to change about Clovis? Gina Hochhalter wants to see a change in attitude among workers. “I’m many times disappointed with how workers view work, as if serving people doesn’t matter or is somehow ‘less than,’ she wrote in an e-mail. “Service to others is the MOST noble

Hillary takes pork barrel politics

By Freedom New Mexico It’s no secret that Hillary Clinton favors a Nanny State approach to what ails us. Indeed, she seems to prefer it even for what doesn’t ail us. Sen. Clinton has promised $5,000 handouts to all newborn babies so they one day can buy homes or attend college. She wants $1 billion […]

Tragedy teaches lessons

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives expect those in charge to live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Aug. 5, 2007 Letters to the Editor

Send message; buy gas in Texas There is a foul odor in Clovis, and that is the price of gasoline. If Farwell stations can sell gas for $2.89 a gallon (and sometimes less), does anyone really believe it costs 30 cents to haul it 10 miles to Clovis? There is price fixing in Clovis. If […]

In Tribute: Family remembers court clerk’s kindness

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Christine Casaus’ desk at the district court clerk’s office still has socks in the drawer and her jacket on the chair two weeks after she died June 15. Casaus, 52, was a deputy court clerk in the 9th Judicial District Court for 15 years. Family and friends remember her […]

Daughter’s pursuit of degree inspiring

The graduates are on their way. The diplomas have been handed out, now it’s on to the next stage. For some it’s more schooling, for others it’s a job; some waited for that diploma to get married, others will be going into the military and some will go into the family business. This is a […]