Education Feature: Girls get glimpse of politics

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Dharshyani Kesavan, front, of Clovis listens on stage as election results are announced during New Mexico Girls State at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer Approximately 150 high school senior girls from around New Mexico have thrown their hats into the political arena this week […]

Hollywood not totally unbiased

By Anita Doberman: Columnist It’s always fun to watch the Academy Awards, if only to see celebrities’ faces when they win, and especially when they lose. There is the teary acceptance speech, always a favorite for me. A few years ago Halle Berry was almost incoherent, and I still got choked up. There’s watching the […]

News isn’t just news to military

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This week, I was going to send off my column about humorous misadventures at a restaurant with some friends and a rather belligerent stranger who kept asking me if I could teach her Italian, when I watched President Bush’s speech, and decided I had a more pressing topic. I have […]

Melrose mayor has always shown passion for politics

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Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, right, holds his 2-month-old niece Renise Hollaway as she wears a I love the mayor T-shirt as they have their pictures taken by Pyle’s sister Saphronia Hollaway, left, after the swearing in ceremony. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Across from a small, square post office, Lance […]

Political racing best left to politicians

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Tuesday is election day in Clovis. I sure am glad there are folks who will step up to the plate and run for political office. It ain’t my cup o’ tea. I could make up a list of all kinds of reasons why politics doesn’t interest me: the meetings, trying […]

U.S. should not interfere, but watch Israeli politics

Freedom Newspapers The human impulse is to hope that he survives and has years of restful peace remaining. Whether that happens or not, however, the serious stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is likely to be a setback to hopes for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. And for a time, at least, it will throw Israeli […]

Tough questions indicate love of country

Helena Rodriguez In two days, we observe the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a horrid day plotted by suicidal madmen, an event that shocked the world and demanded justice. Instead of justice though, we have an unjustified war in Iraq, and now the dark shadow of Hurricane Katrina is hanging over […]

Clovis, Cannon deserve support of state

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist It was Clovis against the world. You think the La Cueva Bears are tough? How about the government putting a “closed” sign on Cannon Air Base and choking the town until it gasps for air? It’s a tough bunch, this Clovis gang, whether on the football field, at the coffee […]

A Lesson from History and Party Politics

By Curtis K. Shelburne It was the summer of 1945. Nazi Germany had just been defeated, and the British people, in their first election since the war had begun, thanked Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill by voting him out of office. I’ve wondered why. It seems so ungrateful and wrong. The British people loved Churchill. […]

Former CNJ publisher dies at 75

CNJ staff James “Jim” Griffin, a former publisher for the Clovis News Journal, died Monday at his home in Clovis. He was 75. Griffin led the paper for about 15 years in the 1970s and 1980s. One friend called him a man of the people, comfortable around big crowds, and able to take a joke. […]

Officials: Politics not involved in Cannon being on BRAC list

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Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., talks to reporters about issues concerning Cannon Air Force Base at a town hall meeting Saturday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Politics were not involved in the selection of Cannon Air Force Base for the Base Realignment and Closure […]

Government has lost site of its purpose

By Tibor Machan There doesn’t appear to be any room for civil discourse in politics these days. There is no issue about which the disputing parties merely argue. The other side just has to be vicious, lying, deceiving, cheating, wishing simply to hurt some people, moved by mendacity while we are, of course, pure of […]

Politics about limitation of government

By Tibor Machan California Sen. Barbara Boxer, who led the effort of the Democrats in Congress to hold up confirmation of the Electoral College vote last week, claimed the absolutely core principle of America is democracy. Because, she claimed, the past two presidential elections had threatened the democratic process, it was necessary to call attention […]

Bush’s White House is all about politics

Leonard Pitts Jr. I have nothing against Tom Ridge. Granted, his color-coded threat alert system seems nearly useless as a way of spreading anything but anxiety. And his advocacy of duct tape as a security measure was one of 2003’s great moments of unintended comedy. For all that, though, the homeland security secretary strikes me […]

Former N.M. Lt. gov. still a part of politics

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent ALBUQUERQUE — He may not be lieutenant governor anymore, but that doesn’t mean Clovis native Walter Bradley isn’t playing a key role in shaping New Mexico’s future and his political career. Believe it or not, the 57-year-old Bradley, who lost his bid for governor in the 2002 primary, is right […]

Locals also ‘stunned’ in ’63 by Kennedy assassination

By Darrell Todd Maurina Terry Cone was sitting in his business class as a junior at Eastern New Mexico University on Nov. 22, 1963. He doesn’t remember much of what the teacher said that day, but he remembers vividly what someone else came to the classroom to say. “They came in and made the announcement […]

Girls to have firsthand experience in politics

By Janet Bresenham Six Clovis High School girls will have a firsthand chance next week to learn more about their country and its government, as well as delve into the world of politics. On Sunday, the students — who will be seniors next year — will travel to Socorro for a week to participate in […]