There are more than enough laws

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist There oughta be a law! No, probably there shouldn’t. But I know why we say it. 1) Stuff bugs us. You can’t have a complete meal in peace because you or the people around you don’t have enough sense to turn off cell phones for ten minutes. Let’s make a […]

Guilt shouldn’t be factor in helping

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It is a running joke, of course, concerning some mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along lines of, “You owe me since I brought you up.” Never mind now that bringing up children is something parents usually sign up for freely and it […]

Public matters shouldn’t be kept private

Freedom New Mexico Some Texas politicians are working to destroy that state’s open government laws. Four Texas cities — none in the Panhandle, thankfully — and more than a dozen individual officeholders have filed suit against the state, seeking to kill part of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit follows the dismissal of a […]

Local leaders: Session shouldn’t impact current budget

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local leaders aren’t expecting next week’s special legislative session to impact current budgets but aren’t sure what it will mean for the future or tax revenue communities depend on each year. Clovis’ Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said the city is not anticipating any issues with existing state allocations. […]

Melrose school board will review hair policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a Melrose High School sophomore keeps the promise she made to the school board and sits down with a stylist this weekend, her mother says it shouldn’t feel like a loss because she stood up for something she believed in. “It was a good learning lesson,” Jerri Kline […]

Hospital visit nightmarish experience

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist A hospital stay shouldn’t be like a visit to the Twilight Zone but my wife’s stays certainly tend in that direction. I’ve told about her experiences in seeing the ghost of Doc Holliday while in the Glenwood Springs, Colo., hospital just a few hundred yards from Doc’s final […]

County, state races shouldn’t take back seat

Freedom New Mexico The term “down the ballot” refers to the congressional, state and local races that ostensibly play second, third and fourth fiddle to the presidential contest. The names of the White House contenders will appear at the tops of ballots, with everything else further down. This presentation more or less mirrors the conventional […]

U.S. shouldn’t take free speech for granted

Freedom New Mexico For some reason, this election season

Supreme Court cases shouldn’t be overlooked

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court’s docket this year so far does not contain the kind of blockbusters on core constitutional issues — such as the meaning of firearms rights or habeas corpus rights — that peppered its last term. However, there are a few interesting cases that may have more resonance than is […]

Certain topics off limits

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist M y husband and I disagree on what I should or shouldn’t say in my column or in other areas of my life for that matter. To clarify, I am talking about my life not his life, but because we are married my actions affect him. To frame this conflict […]