Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing […]

Retail all about respect

It was a little bit of a shock to see his obituary since I didn’t know what had become of Mr. Nick or for that matter that he was even still living. Luke Nichols, Mr. Nick, as my grandmother referred to him, was the J.C. Penny store manager in Portales when I was growing up […]

No logic in politics or pro football

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I see gasoline is up to more than $3.50 a gallon, which means I’ve got to get ready for another round of telling people why not buying gas on May 15 won’t devastate oil companies. Before I get there, let me warm up by talking about some other things that seem to be going against […]

Libertarian ideals still hold up

I am constantly re-examining my beliefs and principles. All of them, not just libertarianism. I try to look at them from every possible angle and twist them inside-out to see if there is a possibility I could be wrong and libertarianism isn’t the most ethical philosophy that has ever been created for relating to all […]

Local Republicans see no clear frontrunner

Kevin Wilson In discussing the ongoing Republican presidential nominating process, only a few things are certain. First, there’s no sure way to know right now who’s going to be the candidate to take on Democratic incumbent Barack Obama. “It’s a winnowing situation and we’re down to four candidates,” Curry County Republican Party Chairman R.L. “Rube” […]

Forecast: Sunny this afternoon

Eastern New Mexico residents can expect to see decreasing cloud coverage and mostly sunny weather this afternoon.

Boeing labor deal sets poor precedent

A key to American prosperity is the freedom of companies to run their operations how they see fit, wherever they decide is best for them. That freedom took a hit this week in a case involving Boeing, the aerospace and defense giant. Although this matter doesn’t directly affect our area, anything that damages the company’s […]

Thanking God should be part of holiday

We use thank you in many ways. We teach our children to say thank you. I recently received a credit card offer that gave thank you points for every purchase made with the card. Then there was a promotional from a business offering a half price sale to say thank you to all their faithful […]

Libertarians aren’t angry people

One accusation I have seen repeatedly leveled at libertarians, by people who see themselves as being in the mainstream, is that libertarians must be angry. Just because we speak out against the use of coercion, and don’t fall for exceptions based upon — well, anything, we must be angry? Now, I won’t deny I have […]

Protesters fail to see hypocrisy

Allow me, if you will, a few disjointed thoughts that weren’t long enough for a column, but were worth some type of mention in this space: • The best snide comment I’ve heard from people who hate the Occupy Wall Street protests is that you have thousands of people protesting the excesses of capitalism, and […]

Freedom, liberty at heart of conflict

After attending a couple of events last week commemorating 9/11 and watching television coverage it is hard to believe how overwhelming that day still seems. Ten years seems like an eternity when I look at all that has happened in my personal life over that time. When I see the images of that day and […]

Caring for weaker species part of human nature

I noticed the signs as we made our way around the Albuquerque Aquarium, trying to see a few things besides the sharks which my granddaughter was preoccupied with. In this beautiful facility, one our state should be proud of, there were frequent notices telling viewers that a particular exhibit — occasionally even a particular fish […]

It’s in their blood

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Allen Kelley of Clovis proudly displays his season tickets for the upcoming Wildcats football season. Kelley is the uncle of Clovis assistant coach Darren Kelley and been a fan of all the Wildcat teams since 1958. Sharna Johnson Allen Kelley might just be more excited than area teens to see […]

Let’s get started

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Music teacher Sara Hennessy talks about hitting notes at the right volume on the xylophone during a Monday afternoon music class at The Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Kevin Wilson For approximately 9,000 students across 19 Clovis schools, Monday was the first day of pencils, pens, teachers and books. It […]

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

Letters to the editor: Speed traps waste of police time

Speed traps waste of police time We go through Elida a number of times a year on our way to our cabin in Ruidoso. Quite a number of times, we see an Elida police officer at the northeast Village limits facing southwest back toward the town awaiting speeders as they leave town toward the northeast. […]

Education column: Test preparations becoming more innovative

This is that time of year when murmurs of testing are heard throughout the district. During this week and the next you may walk down school hallways and see “Do Not Disturb” signs on doors as most grade levels starting with third begin the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA). The outcomes of these tests will […]

Grant McGee: College protest lacked passion

Some folks were protesting in front of one of our High Plains courthouses some days ago. I like seeing folks protest. It means that something has moved them so much they have gotten off their duffs from in front of the TV, made some signs and taken their complaint out where everyone can see. I […]