Monday morning briefing: Meetings watch, ENMU auction and Miranda rights

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Meetings watch Roosevelt County school boards are meeting this week. They are: • Portales board of education, 6 p.m. Monday, Portales Municipal Schools Administration Building. The agenda includes various bid awards and an item on district-wide accreditation with North Central Association AdvancED. • Elida board […]

Virginia Destroyers claim Baskett’s UFL rights

CNJ staff The Virginia Destroyers claimed the United Football League rights to free agent Hank Baskett of Clovis, according to a published report. The Cover Two reported the five UFL teams released 10-man reserve unsigned lists for the 2011 season. Baskett played last season for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles. He was not […]

ENMU gay rights group planning demonstration

Russell Anglin A new gay rights advocacy group at Eastern New Mexico University is planning a demonstration Friday to discourage bullying and harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual individuals. Students for Equality, a chartered student organization founded by Robert Johnston, 18, a freshman political science major from Albuquerque, will participate in the National Day […]

People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

Miranda rights being mugged by law officials

Freedom New Mexico No matter how grave the circumstances or dangerous the suspects, television detectives Joe Friday and Lennie Briscoe always remembered to do one thing as they slammed the perpetrator against the patrol car: Read him his Miranda rights. But, if new FBI guidelines are allowed to remain unchallenged, Americans’ Miranda rights someday could […]

Property codes violation of rights

One man’s blight is another man’s freedom. Liberty is sometimes messy, but it is still preferable to, and the ethical opposite of, “neat and orderly” socialism. A big aspect of socialism is placing the supposed benefit to society above the inalienable rights of the individual. This means that all socialism has the myth of “the […]

Immigrants should have certain rights

Freedom New Mexico “What part of illegal don’t you understand?” Immigration rights opponents invoke the question so often it hardly brings a response anymore. Our nation has treated the immigration process differently, with a separate court system and a system of enforcement that is more in line with civil proceedings. As the issue has heated […]

Press release: AG asks NM Supreme Court to hear senior water rights case

(SANTA FE)—Attorney General Gary King has filed a petition with the New Mexico Supreme Court asking the high court to overrule the Court of Appeals and allow the State Engineer to adopt and implement rules to administer state water rights as guaranteed by New Mexico’s constitution.

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, […]

Stream commission to discuss extending water rights

Thomas Garcia Extending water rights reservation fees for Ute Lake among 12 local entities is on the agenda today at a New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission meeting. Village of Logan Manager Larry Wallin said expects no action will be taken during Friday’s meeting in Albuquerque. Wallin also said the contract has been extended twice before, […]

With courage, Hoiles defended Japanese rights

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: R.C. Hoiles was founder of Freedom Communications, parent company of our newspaper. In conjunction with the company’s emergence Friday from bankruptcy and the changing ownership from the Hoiles family, we’re dedicating this week’s editorial pages to remembering Hoiles’ philosophies.

Crime Victim’s Rights Week starts

The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is kicking off national Crime Victim’s Rights Week with its Sixth Annual Community Breakfast Tuesday. Scheduled for 7 a.m. at the Clovis Civic Center, the breakfast is held to honor crime victims and their families and those who serve them, according to a press release. Crime Victims’ Week began […]

Nothing trumps individual rights

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The point deserves to be made over and over: majorities have no just authority to trump individual rights. That old dependable standby of the lynch mob is a perfect illustration of this. Just because the whole town wants to hang the suspect, it doesn’t follow that it would […]

Domestic partnership bill passes committee

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican As a measure to give domestic partners many of the rights and privileges as married couples inches through the Legislature, supporters hope it becomes law this year — when Gov. Bill Richardson has said he will sign it. That’s because New Mexico next year could have a […]

Seniors should hear all sides of Obamacare

Freedom New Mexico A flap over what critics are calling a gag order on a major provider of Medicare Advantage health insurance policies raises immediate questions about a bureaucracy constraining First Amendment free-speech rights — and a longer-term concern about whether deepening government involvement in health care could mean curtailing informed discussion of policies on […]

Rep. Luj

Washington, DC – Today, the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights passed the House of Representatives. Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Credit Cardholders’ bill of rights passes the house

Today, the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 357to 70. Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Rep. Luj

Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Immigrants guaranteed rights, too

Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]

Water utility asks city to withdraw water rights protest

CNJ Staff The New Mexico American Water company is asking the Clovis City Commission to withdraw a protest against a request the water utility made to combine its water rights in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The commission will decide during today’s meeting whether to comply with that request. City commissioner and Mayor Pro tem Randy […]