Romney has best policies on conflict

Freedom New Mexico The Republican debates Saturday night and Sunday morning were intended to give last-minute guidance to voters in New Hampshire, which holds its presidential primary today. But they were useful also to voters in military-rich eastern New Mexico. The candidates offered glimpses into how they view the armed forces, overseas conflicts and when […]

Visitor sponsorship policies to change

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EPCOG to discuss policies

Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ executive committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. today at 418 Main. Agenda items include a review of personnel policy and discussion of revisions to financial management policies. An executive session is also on the agenda to “discuss threatened or pending litigation, and disposal or acquisition of real property […]

Obama policies fail to revive economy

President Barack Obama this week finally will be addressing America’s jobs crisis. He’s been fiddling while the jobs burn. The U.S. unemployment rate remained stubbornly stuck above 9 percent for July. When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, unemployment stood at 7.6 percent. He promised that his $767 billion stimulus bill would cap unemployment at […]

Conservation program policies modified

CNJ staff The U.S. Farm Service Agency is modifying its Conservation Reserve Program policies to help agricultural producers affected by drought. FSA is permitting farmers and ranchers approved for emergency grazing in drought-stricken states, including New Mexico, to extend the emergency grazing period for a month, to Oct. 31, without an additional payment reduction, according […]

Russia should reconsider security policies

Freedom New Mexico The suicide bombing Monday in Moscow’s busy Domodedovo Airport is a reminder that terrorists of various stripes are still active and that societies with only a few open areas can be assaulted readily. Sadly, there is no such thing as 100 percent security in this or any feasible world. Our hearts are […]

Gun policies should remain business choice

Freedom New Mexico The day after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the Second Amendment to the Constitution overrides local gun control laws, national coffee chain Starbucks defended its policy not to prohibit firearms at its outlets. Starbucks officials issued a statement Wednesday that essentially deferred gun prohibition decisions to government officials. If […]

U.S. policies on military gays outdated

Freedom New Mexico It will be argued — it has been argued — that allowing homosexual people to serve openly in the military would inevitably undermine morale and unit cohesion. The essence of the argument, as expressed recently by military historian and Vietnam veteran Mackubin Owens, is that military success requires tight nonsexual bonding, and […]

Commissioners approve contracts, policies

CNJ staff At a special meeting Wednesday the Curry County Commission: • Approved agreements with five local senior citizen facilities. • Approved the sale of 2,500 yards of dirt to Stephens Construction and Ready Mix Inc. • Approved policies for the Curry County Adult Detention Center regarding the use and dissemination of records and photographs, […]

Proposal would give school board final say on policies

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Board of Education Secretary Mark Lansford wants students, staff members and parents to have a voice when it comes to school board policies. That’s why Lansford is proposing a policy that would allow the board of education to preside over an appeals process regarding the interpretation of board […]

Student publication policies on meeting agenda

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Policies for student publications will be discussed at Tuesday’s Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting. Board Clerk Jelayne Curtis said the issue was a student publications issue, and could cover either the Plainsman yearbook or the Purple Press newspapers. No action will be taken on changing student publications […]

Officials to explore land-use ordinances

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer County officials said they will explore the possibility of creating land-use ordinances aimed at unkempt and unsafe property in residential areas. Chief Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman told fellow Land Use Committee members Thursday that several county residents have called her office with complaints about a neighboring property […]

Candidates have yet to touch on many topics

By Freedom New Mexico This is the first time since 1928 there has been no incumbent president or vice president running in either party’s primaries. That has made for a fairly wide-open race, with no clear favorite — or at least with all the reputed favorites having to weather serious doubts and challenges. Several candidates […]

Situation doesn’t look good for poor

By Freedom Newspapers The election of Rafael Correa, an advocate of socialist policies who, naturally, is called a “populist” or “reformer” in most news stories, as president of Ecuador is at least a setback for more open trade. And open trade is the most effective way for Latin America to climb out of poverty. Since […]

U.S. should leave Latin American leftist leaders be

Freedom Newspapers The inauguration of Evo Morales, a former coca grower and an avowed socialist, as the still popular president of Bolivia, highlights what appears to be a strongly leftist trend in Latin America. Is this trend real, and is it something U.S. policymakers should address? Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela, says Fidel Castro […]

11/13 Letters to the editor

Tourism real reason De Baca sheriff ousted Recent published reports regarding De Baca County Sheriff Gary Graves made me chuckle. The Albuquerque Journal reported: “The sheriff also upset many locals by joining Lincoln County investigators in a probe of Billy the Kid’s death. The investigators sought to dig up the Kid’s remains in Fort Sumner […]

Foreign aid could negate incentive for reform

Freedom Newspapers The agreement among the world’s economically developed countries, called the G-8 countries, to forgive more than $40 billion in debt owed by some of the world’s poorest countries to international institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund could be the beginning of a fresh start for those poor countries. But […]

Reagan took his leader role seriously

Those who love liberty lost one of their premier leaders when Ronald Reagan died Saturday. One need not consider all of Reagan’s policies excellent to realize he was the only president in the 20th century who understood what America meant to all the world, why it was dubbed “the leader of the free world,” despite […]

U.S. interference in foreign affiars has failed in past

Freedom Newspapers The ongoing violence and endemic misery in Haiti should offer some lessons for Americans who might still be tempted to support future humanitarian interventions or who believe sufficient American muscle will bring on democracy and a vibrant civil society in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East. It’s also a lesson in […]

New book outs truth of ‘FDR’s Folly’

Thomas Sowell They say “truth will out” but sometimes it takes a long time. For more than half a century, it has been a “well-known fact” that President Franklin D. Roosevelt got us out of the Great Depression of the 1930s. That view was never pervasive among economists, and even J.M. Keynes — a liberal […]