Secrecy won’t make Americans safe

By Danielle Brian: Guest Columnist Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress and the Bush Administration have expanded the kinds of information that are withheld from the public. A more careful approach to handling sensitive information was surely needed after the attacks, given the new terrorist threats against the American people. However, government agencies have […]

Ambassador ought to represent U.S., not U.N.

Freedom Newspapers Quick: Who, for the last six months, has been U.S. ambassador to the United Nations? Who held the job before? How about before that? If you don’t know the answer to today’s foreign policy pop quiz, or the names escape you, don’t feel bad. The relative anonymity of recent ambassadors is partly a […]

Bush’s policies, as always, abundantly clear

CNJ staff One of the defining traits of President George W. Bush is his willingness to pick a side, stick with it and make the case for why he believes as he does. That can be frustrating when one disagrees with the president, given his immobility once he embraces a viewpoint, but at least everyone […]

County exploring home-monitoring system for nonviolent inmates

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission on Wednesday approved a proposed policy to monitor nonviolent inmates outside detention center walls. The Community Custody Program would use a 24-hour electronic monitoring system attached to the ankle to track inmates activities in their home and around the community. The Commission unanimously approved the […]

Condoleezza Rice not intimidated by Democrats

Freedom Newspapers Beyond well-phrased generalities, it is difficult to glean from Condoleezza Rice’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just what kind of foreign policy a second Bush administration is likely to pursue — except that it will be what the president wants it to be. Unfortunately, few of the senators questioning the secretary […]

ENMU professor garners state honor

Freedom Newspapers An Eastern New Mexico University marketing professor known for his laid-back approach is the school’s fourth honoree as New Mexico Professor of the Year in the last nine years. Dale Davis, a professor at ENMU since 1982, attended an awards luncheon Thursday in Washington, D.C., in honor of state winners, as well as […]

Candidate profile: Rachel Toney

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rachel Toney Occupation: Chief Deputy Treasurer Political party affiliation: Democrat Birth date: May 16, 1963 Hometown: Clovis Family: Husband, John and two children Hobbies: Reading, hiking and spending time […]

Revolution in economic theory positive step

Freedom Newspapers It’s more than a little gratifying when the most recent winner of the Nobel Prize in economics tells CNBC, the cable financial channel, that President Bush’s tax-rate cuts were “pretty small” and really should have been bigger. Said Edward Prescott of Arizona State University: “Tax rates were not cut enough,” because lower tax […]

College deserves F for grading system

By Walter Williams Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., enforces an academic policy that defies belief. Say I’m a freshman taking your class in biology. I learn little from your lectures, assigned readings and homework. I do attend class every day, take notes and manage to average 40 percent on the graded work for the semester. […]

Candidates need to debate foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers He is hardly the ideal spokesman for caution and candor in international relations. He may be doing this out of sheer desperation or cold-blooded political calculation. His plan doesn’t differ all that much from what the Bush administration has tried to do and looks more like a hope than a solution. Even given […]

Air Force addresses sexual assault claims

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Sexual assaults at U.S. Air Force bases are more widespread than officials first believed, and addressing the problem will require major institutional changes, according to an Air Force report released this week. Air Force teams investigated 85 installations in the United States and overseas and found that many women […]

Bush’s military reduction was due 10 years ago

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has announced (at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention) that he plans to reduce the number of troops in Europe and Asia by 60,000 to 70,000 over the next decade. If this suggests a serious reconsideration of the policy of keeping U.S. troops in places where they are not only not […]

Report captures the ‘big picture’ of terrorism

Freedom Editorial The airport security photographs and the 9/11 Commission’s report, both made public Thursday, were a chilling reminder to Americans of the terrorist assault on our country. In the Dulles airport video (made available to news organizations by lawyers representing 9/11 victims’ families), terrorists were shown being inspected at security checkpoints in the terminal, […]

School board revamping newspaper policy

By Darrell Todd Maurina Future editors of the student newspaper at Clovis High School won’t face prior review of their articles by the school principal and students will be allowed to produce “an underground student press” if a proposed policy is approved. The new policy — which calls for prescribed time and place distribution rules […]

Candidate signs staying put

By Darrell Todd Maurina A county commission candidate wants to get the county’s road policy amended to make it easier for residents to see her campaign signs. Gloria Wicker asked the Curry County Commission on Wednesday to allow candidates to put signs in the right-of-way, which extends 30 feet from the center of county roads […]

Trade organization asks Air Force to clairfy hemp policy

The Associated Press CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A trade organization is asking the Air Force to clarify that its ban on marijuana use doesn’t apply to personal care products that contain hemp seed oil. The California-based Hemp Industries Association and the Indoor Tanning Association have sent Air Force Secretary James Roche a letter this […]

Pay raise passes by police

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis City Commissioners approved pay raises for city workers at their regular meeting Thursday, but excluded, for now, those city police officers who have signed a petition to form a union. Clovis Police Officers Association representative Randall M. Harris told the commissioners it was a “travesty” not to include […]

County manager told to cease endorsement

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioner Ed Perales has demanded in writing that County Manager Geneva Cooper stop publicly endorsing the re-election of District 2 Commissioner Pete Hulder. Cooper refused Perales’ request, also in writing. Both sides called the other’s letter “threatening.” The exchange of letters was prompted by paid advertisements in […]

County manager in campaign controversy

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Some county residents and some candidates in county elections claim Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper violated county personnel policies by endorsing District 2 commission candidate Pete Hulder in a newspaper advertisement. The ad, which ran in Wednesday’s Clovis News Journal, lists a number of local residents, commissioners Kathrynn Tate […]

Traffic amendment a blatant attack on right to free speech

Freedom Newspapers Last week, an important case regarding free-speech rights was argued in federal court in the nation’s capital. Although it attracted little attention, it has the potential to widen the debate about federal drug policy — and has already highlighted the intellectual weakness of the most fervid drug warriors. At issue is the Istook […]