Letters to the editor: Oversight needed for housing plan

Oversight needed for housing plan I have read with interest the articles and letters concerning the city’s affordable housing plan. I find it deplorable that so much sarcastic rhetoric has been used by both sides, such as “obstructionists,” “misguided and misleading,” “smells like sour grapes,” “socialist policies,” and “from what planet a handful of citizens […]

Intelligence program in dire need of oversight committee

Freedom Newspapers An ancient Roman proverb asks, “Who watches the watchman?” We might update that to: “Who spies on the spies?” That is, who makes sure they’re doing the right thing and not abusing their budgets, authority and powers? The question arises after a recent three-part series in The Washington Post, “Top Secret America.” Some […]

City will foot bill for sewer line

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer City Commissioner Randy Crowder said Wednesday he didn’t think the city should be responsible for an $81,000 sewer extension to property in north Clovis recently annexed into the city. Crowder said property owners should reimburse the city for the installation and engineering costs. But his motion to charge a […]

Clovis superintendent apologizes for yearbook controversy

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jessie Hardison broke down into tears while speaking during an open forum at Tuesday’s Clovis school board meeting. Hardison said that many of the speakers were “only showing hate” and that “God loves you for who you are.” By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm on […]

Congress strikes out on Clemens

Freedom New Mexico Did Roger Clemens use steroids or human-growth hormone? We don’t know and won’t speculate. But after watching the four-hour, three-ring circus put on by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, we’re beginning to develop more pressing concerns. Among them: • Why is a government reform and oversight committee focused […]

Legislator priorities

Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales District 27 — Chaves, Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties Senator since 1985 Occupation: Farmer Capitol office: (505) 986-4702 Home: 356-3088 e-mail: stuartingle@nmlegis.gov Committee membership • Capital Outlay Subcommittee, advisory (interim) • Capitol Buildings Planning Commission, (interim) • Committees’ Committee • Corporations and Transportation • Economic and Rural Development, advisory (interim) […]

Hoekstra plea shows need for oversight

Rep. Peter Hoekstra wasn’t a likely candidate to complain about Bush administration secretiveness. The Michigan Republican is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and supported the administration when the New York Times published reports about warrantless wiretaps on U.S. citizens and clandestine surveillance of international banking transactions. He has even hinted that he wouldn’t be […]

Data-mining of banks blow to liberties

Freedom Newspapers The banking data-mining program exposed by the New York Times and Los Angeles Times on Friday might be legal and it might even have been helpful as an emergency response, but it is more evidence that what was once the freest country in the world is turning into a government run rampant. Worse, […]

Committee discusses start-up business bill

CNJ STAFF The New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee met on Friday in Clovis and discussed a proposed bill that would allow viable start-up businesses to obtain bank loans backed by state funds. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis and a member of the oversight committee, said the proposal is an effort to promote economic development in […]