Clinic helps child, mother see world

By Kay Arvizu My grandson Seth Simmons had a hard time learning to read. Therefore, he had a hard time learning everything else. His mother Tonda Simmons, having struggled all through school before discovering she had dyslexia, kept suggesting her son might also have this disability. Both his mother and father asked for help from […]

Government can’t solve all black issues

by Walter Williams Black politicians and the civil rights establishment take it as an act of faith that progress for black people requires racial politics and government programs. How about examining this vision with a few simple, common-sense questions? Whether you’re black, white or polka dot, in order to take advantage of opportunities, you must […]

Police culture criticized

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A public safety committee will meet at 3 p.m. today at Clovis’ city hall to discuss increasing police salaries to bring them up to par with other departments throughout the state. But some current and former Clovis police employees say increased wages will not fix the problems within the […]

Reader Reaction: Drink with dinner no reason to w(h)ine

Compiled by CNJ Editor David Stevens A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “The number of Clovis restaurants that serve alcohol with meals has more than doubled in the past 18 months, from six to 14. Is this any cause for concern?” Some responses: “RESTAURANTS SERVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES is not a problem in this community. […]

Pay problems are prevalent for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Systemic pay problems that added to the hassle of mobilization for tens of thousand of Army Reserve and National Guard members since 9/11 have largely been corrected and should not hit the next rotation of reserve forces into Iraq and Afghanistan, says a senior defense pay official. Patrick T. Shine, […]

Army report’s timing, contents are questionable

Freedom Editorial On the same day the 9/11 Commission released its long-anticipated report, another government commission quietly released the results of its study. Whereas the 9/11 report is widely praised for its openness and fairness, the U.S. Army’s investigation of military treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be a whitewash. Critics rightly […]

Enron court case will not prevent further problems

Freedom Editorial It is easy to view the recent indictment and arrest of former Enron Chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay with a degree of satisfaction. Executives of the now-bankrupt Enron have been accused of hiding billions of dollars in debt and embellishing company financial statements with complicated off-the-books transactions. Its collapse hurt thousands of employees […]

Genuine talent in danger of replacement

Letters to the editor I saw the June 11 Amos column on the poor fellow whose “bug band” had ’em rockin’ like bigtime in imaginary church. Church traditionalists seem to have risen “as one man” (Judges 20:8) and thrown band equipment off the comfy-fun church altar stage and onto hard pavement. Maybe Amos and the […]

Company denies problem with voting program

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Elections officials in two other New Mexico counties and a computer specialist with the state Bureau of Elections reported problems Wednesday with Insight voting machines similar to the problems Curry County officials encountered Tuesday night. A new state law requires county officials to report vote totals by precinct and […]

Future tragedies are unavoidable in troubled Iraq

Editorial A s fighting spreads to at least four cities in Iraq where insurgents of various kinds are violently challenging U.S. military occupation, the disheartening fact is becoming more apparent: Most of the choices available to the United States are among deeply unattractive and unpromising options. The barbarous treatment of four dead Americans last week […]