Churches ready for communitywide service

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CNJ photo: Tony Bullocks The Rev. Margot Thompson from Trinity United Methodist Church is one of seven area pastors chosen to speak about the last seven statements of Jesus on the cross at tonight’s Good Friday community service. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico Area pastors will join together tonight to take listeners on a […]

Cannon mentioned as possible nuclear reactor site

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Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base was mentioned as a possible site for a nuclear reactor in Air Force discussions about alternative energy. Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The secretary of the Air Force says Cannon Air Force Base could be the future home of a nuclear reactor, but other Air Force officials cautioned […]

Florida power outages affect up to 3 million people statewide

The Associated Press MIAMI — A problem with Florida’s electrical grid caused a nuclear plant to automatically shut down Tuesday and intermittently cut power to up to 3 million people from Daytona Beach through the Florida Keys. Authorities said there were no safety concerns at the nuclear plant. While many areas were hit hard, the […]

Hostility will do nothing to change U.S. fortunes

Freedom New Mexico He talked about wanting to do what was best for the party and for the country and at some level he was no doubt quite sincere. But last week, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney acted like the businessman he was while amassing the fortune that made it possible for him to play […]

“Air Force Roadmap” under review

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman today reviewed the mission impact of a new Air Force “Roadmap” that indicates the types of missions and aircraft that could be deployed at Air Force bases in New Mexico. The release of the Air Force Roadmap shows future potential impacts at Kirtland, Holloman and Cannon […]

Monumental decision places coal off limits

By Freedom New Mexico Then-president Bill Clinton’s surprise creation of the 2-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in September 1996 may seem like ancient history to many Americans, if they recall it all. But the decision, made in secret, implemented by executive order and timed by Clinton to solidify the support of environmental groups in the […]

’89 Ford just part of lifelong journey

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Mom called to tell me recently that Dad found an old set of my car keys. Judging by her description, they didn’t sound familiar. She handed them to me a few days later, though, and memories reawakened. “Here!” Mom handed me a set of rusty keys held on to a […]

U.S. should halt Pakistan aid until order returns

By Freedom New Mexico Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has declared a state of emergency, tantamount to martial law, which suspends the constitution, suspends the right to assemble in public, the right to free speech, the right of free movement, and the right of detainees to be informed of their offense and be given access […]

Modest foreign policy only way to develop allies

By Freedom New Mexico Most of the reputed authorities reached by reporters gave longtime George W. Bush ally Karen Hughes mixed reviews when she announced she would be leaving her post as undersecretary of State for public diplomacy. The person in that position is supposed to help the rest of the world to like us, […]

Plans for civilian surveillance preceded 9/11

By Freedom New Mexico The program of electronic surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency that President Bush instituted in secret right after the 9/11 attacks has been controversial enough. Given that it appears to have circumvented the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set up a special court to approve warrants for surveillance […]

Commission to vote on wind energy

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is considering building three wind towers to help offset the cost of electricity. The City Commission is expected to vote today on whether to direct its Water Policy Advisory Board to investigate the feasibility of placing three $1.5 million wind towers in the city. Mayor […]

Major expansion needed to carry out energy bill

By Freedom Newspapers We oppose most of what’s in the energy bills awaiting Congress’ return from recess because they favor mandates over markets, pie in the sky over practicality and are largely disconnected from reality. It turns out they’re disconnected in a literal sense, too. In a case of putting the renewable energy bandwagon before […]

Being big boss takes lots of balance

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Once upon a time, a warlord rampaged throughout the countryside, killing every peasant until only a monk remained. Furious, he ordered the monk brought before him and shouted, “Do you know who I am?” “I am he who can run you through with a sword without even batting an eye!” […]

Celebrity touts ‘great country’ and its dictator

By Freedom Newspapers It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he […]

Last-minute surveillance law lacks restraint

By Freedom Newspapers The National Security Agency surveillance authorization law passed in the frantic final hours before Congress took its August recess turns out to be much more expansive in its grant of power to spy on Americans without warrants or judicial oversight than had been widely understood at the time of its passage. House […]

God provides spiritual strength

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I think back to childhood times when John Scott, our son, was a little boy. But even though he is grown, I remember years filled with fantasy and child play. John Scott had an infatuation with “The Incredible Hulk” series on television. The Hulk was a normal man, and then […]

May 23, 1949

Police were searching for a 1937 coupe stolen from a Clovis garage where it had been repaired. Officials suspected the car’s owner had taken it, after refusing to pay $125 owed in repair costs. … Donna Kay Crow, Linda Anderson and Dominga Carralez were among area brownie-troop members who went through a “fly up” ceremony […]

Blair gracefully pulls back from power

By Freedom Newspapers British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after weeks of speculation and leaks about when exactly it would come, has announced he is stepping down as leader of the Labor Party and therefore as prime minister — as of June 27. As the longest-serving prime minister besides Margaret Thatcher in recent British history, he […]

Revamped federal government will attract fresh faces

By Freedom Newspapers Move over, Air Force Academy. Make way, Annapolis. Watch out, West Point. If some in Congress get their way, there soon might be a National Public Service Academy, styled loosely (probably very loosely) on these older institutions, that will take America’s best and brightest and mold them into the federal uber-bureaucrats of […]

Gifts great, small all make difference

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I was renting a movie a few weeks ago, and the clerk asked me, “Would you like to donate a dollar to the Muscular Dystrophy Association?” That evening, I agreed and the clerk told me to write my name on the card “so people will know what a sweetheart […]