Our people: Answering the call

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Courtesy photo Clovis residents Gerri and Richard Gomez met over 30 years ago. Clovis natives Richard and Gerri Gomez have run the Lighthouse Mission for nearly 25 years. Richard Gomez said the reason is simple. “It’s a calling.” Gerri Gomez said they do what they do “to give people help today and hope for tomorrow.” […]

Friday morning briefing: Fifth Friday, blessing the beasts and a reason for neckties

Good morning. The Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing is the best way to start your day: Celebration Fifth Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. today features special sales at stores open late, food and entertainment in downtown Portales. Information: 356-8541. Hot cars There’s a car show 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the Sands Shopping Center in […]

‘Illegal’ jobs creator banished for no reason

Freedom Newspapers Let’s do ourselves a big Depression-era favor. Let’s deport a taxpaying jobs creator just for fun. Let’s indulge anger and indignation, even if it eliminates jobs and throws a family into despair. Jeanette Vizguerra, 39, faces deportation after living in Colorado for 14 years. Vizguerra owns a cleaning company. She provides more sustainable […]

Cuts could impact TRICARE users

Low reimbursements are the top reason physicians say they turn away beneficiaries who use TRICARE Standard, the military’s fee-for-service insurance option, or TRICARE Extra, the preferred provider option, according to TRICARE health care provider surveys. Access to health care for these two groups of beneficiaries could become an even bigger challenge thanks to the convoluted […]

Bible remains bestseller for reason

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Last week I came across a website that had a list of the most widely read books in the world over the last 50 years. The author of the website wrote that the numbers reveal the quantities of books printed and sold. The list goes like this: 10. “Diary of Anne […]

Bill infringes some rights to protect others

Freedom New Mexico Reason and prudence are needed to untangle the digital-age Gordian knots posed by Internet technology. Unfortunately, Congress can be short of reason and prudence. A bill to protect online property rights of owners’ copyrighted material sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee this month, 19-0. We urge the Senate to rethink this approach, […]

Libertarianism loses pioneer David Nolan

D avid F. Nolan, 66, founder of the Libertarian Party and developer of a method of analyzing political attitudes superior to the old linear left-right spectrum, died Sunday near his home in Tucson. He will be missed and his contributions to the cause of human liberty will not be forgotten. Nolan grew up in Maryland […]

Commissioners say housing inmates at Texas jails not viable option

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A Parmer County Detention Officer staffs the booking area of the 50-bed jail Monday. Sheriff Randy Geries said his facility is subject to unannounced state inspections at any time. Sharna Johnson One reason Curry County officials say they need a new jail is because of a growing, violent inmate population […]

‘Professional patients’ need tough love

Perhaps it is because it has been more than nine years now since the doctor came in and told a perfectly healthy me, who had no reason to suspect it, that “Your biopsy tested positive. It was cancer.” Perhaps it is because, as someone told me at the time, this would one day seem like […]

Schools finishing with a flurry

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools It is the end of the school year, and you would think things were winding down, but I found the opposite to be true. I have attended so many events at our schools, I’ve hardly had time to breathe. Every event has been absolutely fantastic, and I have to […]