Business feature: Closing up shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jack Lapp, owner of JL’s Automotive Service, said he has worked more than 12,000 work orders since setting up shop 29 years ago. On Oct. 1, Lapp is retiring from the mechanic trade and closing his shop. Jack Lapp said one reason he is closing his auto repair shop after […]

Traditions add more reason to season

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I get carried away with Christmas spirit. My daughter Laura rolls her eyes, calls me a Christmas freak and blushes in embarrassment when I pull up to her work with waving Santas on my car. Yes, I like Christmas. No, I love Christmas. It is truly the most wonderful time […]

Tattoos’ meanings not always obvious

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It was surreal, but in a good way — and kind of spooky. It came as an attachment to an e-mail the other day — my mother’s face, a portrait of her as a young woman. Thing is, it was a tattoo, a very good one, on the arm of […]

Their perspective: Melrose grads sound off

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Melrose High School’s class of 2007 includes 20 students. By Freedom Newspapers Thoughts and insights by Melrose’s graduating seniors based on a written survey: Most will be going to college The U.S. military is in Iraq for a good reason Most will likely not return to Melrose to live Alcohol, […]

Big government biggest enemy for ousted GOP

Freedom Newspapers It has been a long, hard slog, but Republicans in Congress may finally be coming to terms with the primary reason why they enter the 110th Congress as the minority party rather than the majority. To paraphrase Bill Clinton’s electoral guru James Carville, who notably reminded his troops back in 1992 that “It’s […]

Hussein’s death gives people reason for hope

Editorial E ach faction within Iraq will determine what Friday night’s hanging death of Saddam Hussein means largely by filtering the judgment, sentence and execution of this brutal despot through its own particular subjective lens. For the deposed Sunnis and Baathists, whom for decades were Saddam’s ruling clique, it likely will mean calls for vengeance […]

Answer when Ruidoso calls

Clyde Davis Personally, I’ve never needed a good reason to go to Ruidoso — a western Pennsylvania boy gets homesick for land that isn’t flat, anyway. However, in this column, with summer stretching out before us, I’m going to give you several good reasons. One reason, of course, is the relative cost. You can do […]

Supreme Court supports right to say ‘no’

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist The other day, the Supreme Court did something surprising. It said that if a man stands at the threshold of his own house and tells the police they may not enter without a warrant, then — get a load of this, willya? — they may not enter without a warrant. […]

2004 brought cycle of success primed for repeat

Freedom Newspapers E very new year is filled with anticipation of the possibilities and fear of the unknown. Those emotions are magnified for our eastern New Mexico communities as we step into 2005. The futures of Cannon Air Force Base and a major water project likely will be decided by this time next year. The […]

As the axis of evil turns, war continues

Helena Rodriguez Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday marks the third anniversary of that horrid day […]

Readers say prison abuse is appalling

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for observations related to recent events in Iraq. Some responses: “I don’t agree with the treatment of the prisoners. And they didn’t behead the man for revenge; those people would have found a reason to do it no matter what. A lot of people do […]

It is possible to take the middle ground

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I’m not sure Rush Limbaugh is, as the title of the best-selling book would have it, “a big, fat idiot.” The man has, after all, lost a considerable amount of weight in recent years. But he is a major reason I’d rather hammer a spike through my ears than subject […]

Funding artists by government can destroy art

Freedom Newspapers Whether one wants to be practical or philosophical, President George W. Bush’s plan to dramatically increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is wrongheaded. Practically speaking, U.S. taxpayers cannot afford a 15 percent hike in a federal agency that subsidizes artists. Perhaps in the world of Washington, where money is thrown […]

Where are sensitivity police for Dems?

By Mona Charen Need I say it? If a Republican had made the sort of joke Sen. Hillary Clinton made at a Missouri fund-raiser, it would have been front page news for days. Introducing a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, Sen. Clinton said, “He ran a gas station down in St. Louis.” After the laughter subsided, […]

Freedom of association works both ways

Walter Williams Suppose you want to deal with me but I don’t want to deal with you. Should I be forced to? You might ask, “What are you talking about?” Here’s a short list. Suppose you want to marry me, but I don’t want to marry you. Or, suppose you want to play tennis with […]