Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations […]

Pets’ quirks make them endearing

Pets can have some pretty strange idiosyncrasies. Some of them become pretty endearing others are just irritating. Take for instance the younger of our two dogs, Ranger. Since the older dog slept on the bed with us, when he moved in he decided he would just sleep under the bed. Never mind that he has […]

Seeking local discussion on liberty

While liberty is a full-time passion of mine, writing about it is merely a part-time urge. A pretty strong urge that will not be ignored, but one which can be delayed when necessary. Life is usually pretty full of other things, which tend to get in the way of things I plan to write about; […]

Surnames carry reputations

Surnames are a pretty big deal in Eastern New Mexico. They connect you with a family, good or bad and help connect us. I met a guy working a booth at the N.M. Ag Expo this year who was wearing a co-worker’s nametag. He wasn’t from the area but he had a last name in […]

Super Bowl party better when planned

How to appropriately plan for a Superbowl celebration: 1. Don’t go if you are going to be a spoilsport. By spoilsport, I mean anyone who cannot enter into the spirit of the event because he or she is too frustrated over, for example, what the Bengals did. It may be easy for me to say […]

2010 year of adjustment for Cannon

FNM file photo Clark was nominated for his first star. If his nomination is confirmed by the Senate, he would be elevated to brigadier general. Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was a pretty abnormal year, in that it was actually pretty normal. With no threats to close […]

Administration dragging feet on civil liberties

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has pretty much confirmed what most observers have taken to be a done deal, anyway. Despite President Barack Obama’s campaign promises, the prison at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba for detainees in the undeclared, misnamed, and ill-conceived “war on terror” will remain open for the foreseeable future. […]

Year in review: Low-altitude training, land use study highlight year

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File photo Cannon Air Force Base is on the cusp of a few new developments, including low altitude training and the finalization of a joint use land study intended to help the base grow while reducing negative impact to civilian neighbors. Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was […]

Listen to your inner cricket

You know who you never hear about anymore? Jiminy Cricket. Not that I should be surprised. Pretty much every Disney character that exists has more exposure than Jiminy — I really haven’t seen the green moral compass since the 1988 film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” Also, I’ve usually met somebody sharing a name with other […]

Letters to the editor: Americans need to clean house

Twice a year I help put out flags at the Mount Zion cemetery. These American heroes fought for freedoms we enjoy, some even died for their country. I worry about the America my kids and grandkids will live in. Fifty years from now, will rodeos still open in prayer? Will a pretty girl on a […]

Monday morning briefing: Videos, games and some pretty nice weather

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day See the festivities at Cannon over the arrival of the new Osprey. Calendar watch Some events in town worth marking on your calendar: — Wednesday through Sunday is the National Corriente Cattle Show at the Curry County Events Center. Team roping […]

Health care individual obligation

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Here is what some would consider a hard case: Someone very ill is attempting to purchase insurance but companies refuse to provide it because they have a pretty good idea that covering the illness will cost big bucks, way above what the insured and others with similar conditions can help […]

Local officials concerned census count short

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Local officials are pretty sure when it comes to the U.S. Census estimates, they’re not being fully counted. Estimates released July 1 from the U.S. Census show a 2.5 percent decrease in the population of Clovis from an estimate of July 1, 2007 (33,177) to July 1, 2008 (32,352). […]

Limited rental options lead military personnel to buy homes

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Tammy Goodman of Remax First Place Realtors unlocks the door Friday to a home for Michael Mitchell of Cannon Air Force Base to inspect on Sasser Drive. Mitchell just arrived at Cannon from Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene, Texas and has been searching f By Eric Butler: Freedom New […]

Court has obligation to gut McCain-Feingold

Freedom New Mexico Because a government lawyer took an argument nearly to its logical extreme, the Supreme Court may be prepared to invalidate more provisions of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance restriction law passed in 2002. If the courts takes the Constitution seriously, it should invalidate pretty much the entire law. The law, officially titled […]

Preacher father and four preacher sons

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist People are sometimes surprised when they learn that I am not only a minister, I am the son of a minister and the brother of three ministers. You should have been at the wedding when my widower father in his eighties married a slightly older but wonderful woman. There […]

Time for salaries to come down

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

Moments of weakness plague us all

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connection columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He […]

Marriage matters online, too

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ Columnist I met a man. Business brought us together. I contacted him about an upcoming project and we started talking. I do a lot of work over the Internet, so informality is pretty common — no “Dear Sir:” and somber punctuation, but lots of first names and exclamation points. He invited […]

Assertiveness training 101 for toddlers

By Curtis K. Shelburne Sometimes I wonder about the “experts” who show up spurting on television morning shows. I was too busy with getting-ready-to-go busy-ness to be paying much attention, but my ears perked up recently when one expert was introduced as a “joy consultant.” Not a consultant named Joy. A “joy consultant.” I’m still […]