Fat fix isn’t government’s responsibility

Freedom New Mexico In case the drug war wasn’t enough government boondoggle, we have a new war on food abuse. Despite the portion of Americans who work hard to stay fit, an estimated 129.6 million Americans, or 64 percent, are fat. The fat war started about 10 years ago, when government nutritionists stopped issuing reports […]

Balance freedom with responsibility

My mother was a homemaker. She made every old ranch house we lived in a comfortable home, which usually was not easy. She also was a neatness freak. Dishes were washed immediately after each meal — no waiting till later allowed. This was before automatic dishwashers, understand. Also, all beds were made first thing after […]

Rebuilding after disaster homeowners’ responsibility

Freedom Newspapers News outlets are reporting heavily about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Mississippi coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Heavy rain from the huge storm overwhelmed the levees surrounding New Orleans, causing flooding that destroyed much of the city. Five years later, much of the damage still exists, and thousands of people […]

Letters to the editor: Take responsibility for own pets

Take responsibility for own pets Well, it’s happened again: An irresponsible person brought their pet out to the country to find a new home last month. My first reaction upon arising and letting our own pets out to meet the day was “oh great, not again.” Upon further examination, I found the stray was not […]

Bridges, buildings focus of city’s year

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For Clovis, it was a year of bridges and buildings, and how to restore them. At other times, there were questions of responsibility, animal cruelty, patriotism, partisan politics and religion — along with many issues that spilled over from 2008.

Ceremony honors local veterans

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Bataan Death March survivor Irvin Butler of Portales sits while attendees sing “America the Beautiful” during the 63rd annual American Legion Tribute to Veterans Wednesday at the Memorial Building. He and the widows of other local survivors were given gifts of appreciation at the event. By Argen Duncan: PNT senior […]

New credit bill will be painful fix for economy

Freedom New Mexico Banks are quietly changing credit card terms because of a law approved by Congress, ostensibly to prevent credit card abuses. Its effect, however, will be to restrict credit further and prompt banks to switch fixed-interest accounts to variable rates that can be increased even more quickly. The nobly named Credit Card Accountability, […]

Editorial: Budget cuts at Congress’ disposal

Boy, oh boy, he sure sounded like the stern avatar of fiscal responsibility. “We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits do not matter and waste is not our problem,” President Obama said. “We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration — or the […]

Broadcasters must shoulder responsibility

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist How far does

Responsibility begins with parents

The article in Sunday’s paper headlined “Parenting tools” certainly got my attention as to where my taxes are going. The mere fact that children are having children is pathetic. Where are the parents of these kids? Do they know or care where their children are or what their children are doing? Evidently not. Morals begin […]

Officials stress gun responsibility

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe A rifle and handgun lay next to their magazines at the base shooting range. Proper awareness of weapons’ capabilities and safety issues keeps firearms owners knowledgable and responsible. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs Firearms and gunpowder have played a role in society for […]

Financial responsibility good lesson for everyone

By Anita Doberman: Cannon Connections columnist I used to spend money recklessly.

Personally paying for health costs would be best fix

By Freedom New Mexico America is rushing to a pivotal decision that could dictate the nature of health care for decades to come. Escalating costs, rising consumer demand, coupled with employers reducing benefits are creating widespread unease. These and related converging factors guarantee change is coming. The question is whether Americans will succumb to the […]

U.N. Secretary-General Annan won’t be missed

Editorial We hardly expected Kofi Annan’s last public speech as Secretary-General of the United Nations to be an introspective summing-up of the manifold failures and weakness of the organization he headed for 10 years and of his abject failure — nay, resistance — to any semblance of reform in one of the most unaccountable organizations […]

Shift in power could prompt positive changes

Editorial For those of us who believe in limited government, and recoil at the idea that the nation’s well-being is contingent on the amount of make-work legislation Congress cranks out, there are worse things in the world than divided government. Thus, we see a potential silver lining in the storm clouds that rocked the Republican […]

Alcoholism latest public figure cop out

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Maybe we ought to give Prohibition another try. Granted the attempt to outlaw drinking wasn’t exactly a success back in the 1920s, but maybe it’s time to have another go at it. Don’t we owe that much to the public figures who have become the unwitting victims of fool juice […]

Democrats’ new dream is bigger government

Freedom Newspapers They have a dream — to put more of your life under the control of government. They’re the Democratic Leadership Council, the springboard for Bill Clinton’s presidential bid in 1992 and a power center for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. The DLC bills itself as a group of moderate Democrats trying to steer […]

Gates’ philanthropy raises bar for us all

Leonard Pitts : Syndicated Columnist In the first place, I never knew Bill Gates was a Spider-Man fan. But his stated reason for transitioning out of day-to-day responsibilities at Microsoft two years from now to devote his energies to charity work (“… with great wealth comes great responsibility…”) comes suspiciously close to the creed by […]

Citizen raises stink over dead animal

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A dog lies along south Prince Street near Kimberly Drive Tuesday as motorists head north into Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The hairy, stiff canine lies beside a large, fallen tree branch on south Prince Street. Clovis resident Katherine Medrano travels the south end of Prince Street several […]

Children’s obesity parents’ responsibility

by Ned Cantwell: CNJ columnist New Mexico legislators, to their credit, are most concerned about the health of their constituents. Wander around any lobbyist-sponsored evening reception and you will run upon clusters of lawmakers eating sausage cheese balls, drinking whisky sours, and talking about the health needs of the folks back home. At times the […]