FCC regulation of airwaves unconstitutional

By Freedom Newspapers The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has correctly rebuked the Federal Communications Commission for arbitrarily changing its policy regarding the somewhat arcane topic of “fleeting expletives” on broadcast radio and television. The court did not believe it had to reach the underlying issue of the government’s power (or […]

Court: Speech once again free in cyberspace

By Freedom Newspapers An Indiana appellate court this month ruled, rightly in our view, that a verdict reached by a circuit court a year ago unconstitutionally violated a young girl’s freedom of speech. In a time where many of our freedoms are being usurped in the name of national security, we must take the time […]

Cannon begins DoD Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program

Courtesy of the 27th Medical Group The Department of Defense has resumed its mandatory anthrax vaccination policy. On Oct. 12, 2006, the Secretary of Defense approved resumption of a policy requiring mandatory anthrax vaccination for individuals deploying or PCSing to designated high threat areas. On Feb. 16, Air Force officials directed the implementation of this […]

Air Force done with decals

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In 2005, the Air Force spent $727,000 printing vehicle decals. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Vehicle decals will no longer be required to enter Air Force bases in the United States, according to Air Force officials. A February memo issued by Air Combat Command (ACC), which oversees Cannon Air […]

Forcing volunteers to serve isn’t shortage solution

By Freedom Newspapers Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked the chief of each service branch for a plan by the end of February to minimize the number of “stop-loss” orders. This is a welcome idea in that these orders have created something resembling a backdoor draft and have hurt morale. But fixing the more fundamental […]

Meetings watch: Tuesday’s Municipal Schools board meeting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The following is a supplemental report on Tuesday’s Municipal Schools board meeting: The board took the following action: —Approved the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school year calendar. The calendars have 173 and 174 instructional days, respectively. School begins Aug. 15 and Aug. 13, respectively. —Approved a request to travel for […]

Civil warrior’s fight for truth made big impact

By Freedom Newspapers It is rare when great intellectual and policy achievements are combined with great personal decency, warmth, charm and unfailing consideration toward others. Milton Friedman, who died last week at age 94, combined all those characteristics and more. He was a great friend of freedom, an untiring champion of liberty, and he will […]

State rep chosen for meth task force

CNJ Staff State representative Anna Crook of Clovis has been selected to serve on a methamphetamine task force of women elected officials, according to a National Foundation for Women Legislators press release. The task force is working to find solutions to address the growing epidemic of methamphetamine use nationwide, the release said. A member of […]

Pension paternalism may become reality

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Do you know you need to save more for retirement, but you just can’t make yourself do it? Relax. Soon, you may not have to make yourself do anything — you’ll save more in spite of yourself. It’s a new approach to financing retirement, and it’s as easy as falling […]

County waives policy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The aunt of a county employee will continue her work as a temporary poll worker as county commissioners waived a nepotism policy in a special meeting held Thursday, thus condoning her employment while eschewing a state statute that prohibits nepotism. The waiver was also granted last year, according to […]

5/7 Letters to the editor

Multiple standards no good for policy One of the biggest problems with our immigration policy is the policy itself is different for different countries. If you are escaping from Cuba and you set foot on dry land, you cannot be sent back. Why do Cubans get special treatment? Because the U.S. doesn’t like Castro? Immigration […]

Real change would serve Bush better than shuffling staff

Freedom Newspapers We’ll abstain from clichés about rearranging deck chairs, but the personnel changes at the White House in recent weeks, while they may matter greatly to inside-the-Beltway pundits and the immediate families of those involved, don’t suggest that significant policy changes are in the offing. That’s unfortunate, because changing policy in significant ways would […]

School board members waive nepotism policy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A school policy that prohibits nepotism was waived by school board members during a Tuesday school board meeting. School board members voted unanimously to allow the husband of Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to continue to work in the school system. School board member Lola Bryant was absent […]

Current drug policy in need of re-evaluation

Freedom Newspapers Border security seems to be in the news often these days. The focus usually is on the people coming into this country from Mexico and Central America. Little media attention is paid to drug-smuggling operations, so little attention is paid by the American people to a failed border policy that has been going […]

Paddling under review: School board to vote on corporal punishment

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CNJ illustration: Ryn Gargulinski By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A policy that allows students to be paddled as a form of discipline is rooted firmly in the Clovis Municipal Schools. Only one of the school district’s five board members raised concerns Tuesday with the procedure during an annual policy review session. “I have issues […]

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy needs repeal

Freedom Newspapers Can colleges, in this instance law schools, bar military recruiters from their campuses because of the schools’ policies not to discriminate, as the military does? This was the central question in oral arguments heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rumsfeld vs. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights. The latter is an […]

Academy conflict unlikely to end quickly or easily

Freedom Newspapers Two new developments in the clash over religious expression at the Air Force Academy probably bear mentioning. Neither suggests the controversy will be ending anytime soon. The Senate last week approved, by a 99-0 vote, a measure that will leave decisions regarding the appropriateness of voluntary, nondenominational prayers at school functions to the […]

Social Security has never been ‘secure’

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Over the past several years the idea of including private accounts within the Social Security system has gained some ground in the political arena. Not that it’s been a piece of cake. For one, most people are as used to this government confiscatory program as they are to government schooling […]

Board debates open forum, other issues

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Members of the Clovis Municipal School Board debated the nature of the open forum at Thursday’s school board work session. Although not always a part of school board meetings, and not required by law, the open forum was included as a “courtesy” to the public, board member Lora Harlan […]

Student publication policy faces revision

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is a question that Clovis High School English teacher Carol Singletary poses to many of her students: If a story is published, who will it help and who will it hurt? As an adviser for the student newspaper, Purple Press, Singletary believes students should be able to answer […]