Lawmakers shouldn’t sneak compensation

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There he sits, does Bulldog Bill, glowering. Looking every bit like the mascot on the beer can. The governor is not a happy man. The Legislature has done him wrong. There is, however, just the tease of a wry smile as Gov. Bill Richardson awaits legislative bills requiring his signed […]

Workers allege malfeasance

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Chris Edstrom talks about the troubles he had with his former employer, Arizona-based Alex Transportation, with his checks bouncing Tuesday at his home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The troubles with his former employer started about two months ago when his payroll check bounced. Working for Arizona-based Alex […]

Judge’s job is never dull

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District Judge Stephen Quinn enjoys mending fences. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor For 15 years, Judge Stephen Quinn has presided over a myriad of cases in 9th Judicial District Court. Boredom, he said, is as rare as the steaks at a cattlemen’s banquet. “It’s never dull,” said Quinn, who said […]

Educators top pay scale

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor From the first day of classes to the last day of finals — and the hot summers in between — top-level educators in Curry County are charged with running our schools. They sit atop education’s vast pyramid, and are the highest-paid public servants in Curry County, earning more than […]

It’s time to put trial lawyers on trial

Perhaps what’s needed is a class action lawsuit against attorneys and firms that bring class action lawsuits based on misleading or fraudulent claims. We don’t know if that’s legally possible. But it would certainly advance the cause of justice. Law firms in the past reaped huge financial awards, bankrupted companies, whipped federal regulators into a […]

Extension a possible lifeline for taxpayers

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS If you’re among the 10 million taxpayers who won’t meet the Thursday tax-filing deadline, now is the time to ask the Internal Revenue Service for an automatic four-month extension. Portales CPA Terry Cone knows about those extensions. He is recommending people who have complicated returns to file, but haven’t met with […]

Readers feel teachers are shortchanged

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if public schoolteachers are being paid enough. Some responses: “Inadequate teacher salaries has been a national disgrace for more than two centuries. I attended a one-room school house in rural Kansas for six years, and the schoolmarm taught all eight grades, plus music, and was […]

Very few benefits are worth their cost

Walter Williams The first concept an economics student learns is that for every benefit there’s also a cost — or, as my longtime colleague and friend Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman has put it, “There’s no free lunch.” While the person who receives the benefit might not pay or even be aware of the cost, as […]

School To Pay Damages

Robert Nowell LONDON (RNS) A Roman Catholic convent grammar school in Northern Ireland has paid $10,000 damages in an out-of-court settlement to a former pupil who was expelled from the school and prevented from taking her exams when she was seven months pregnant.