Smokers steaming over tax hike

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Beattriz Garcia retrieves cigarettes for a customer at Lowe’s in Farwell on Tuesday. According to assistant manager Barbara Rennie, “There has been no drop-off in sales, but we’ve had a lot of complaints.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Steve Burns is one of many eastern New Mexico residents who drove […]

Employer encourages staff to quit smoking

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Rebecca Holt of Clovis, co-chairman of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, was challenged by Ronald Dickson, owner of R&D Truck Service Center, to quit smoking 17 years ago during the Great American Smokeout. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Ronald Dickson will issue checks today to his employees at […]

Property rights becoming thing of past

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Kelo v. New London decision, ruled that the private property of one American could be taken and given to another American as long as it served a public purpose. The public purpose in that case was greater tax revenues for the fiscally […]

Giving up smoking ain’t easy

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s lesson is: How to Stop Smoking and Go on Living. My wife, Marilyn, badgered me for years to stop smoking. She also said I should eat at least five vegetables before the sun sets each day. I wondered at the time why she was so eager to keep me […]

One-size-fits-all mentality troublesome

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Most years I do a lot of international traveling and make some observations in light of topics of current interest. So on recent trips, for example to Argentina, Chile and South Africa, I noticed how in most airports and establishments of various kinds smoking tends to be banned, either by […]

Surgeon general’s report strengthens no smoking argument

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Howard Loflin of Clovis smokes a cigarette Monday at Kripple Creek Restaurant. Loflin has smoked on and off for 25 years and enjoys smoking while eating out. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When Carla Casaus dines out with her 5-month-old daughter, smokers — like the man who lit a cigarette […]

Tobacco today, fast food tomorrow

Walter E. Williams : Syndicated Columnist Down through the years, I’ve attempted to warn my fellow Americans about the tyrannical precedent and template for further tyranny set by anti-tobacco zealots. The point of this column is not to rekindle the smoking debate. That train has left the station. Instead, let’s examine the template. In the […]

Public-interest agency becoming tyrannical

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Some call the people behind the Washington-D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) busybodies, but I call them wannabe tyrants. Let’s look at their agenda, which seeks greater control over our lives. Last year, CSPI filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the […]

Area residents make 2006 resolutions

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Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence Cody Lee helps Deborah McGrew as she signs up for a new gym membership at Fitness and More while 21-month-old Benen Lee watches. The gym is offering specials for the new year. Leslie Spence: Freedom Newspapers With 2005 coming to a close, many local residents are entering the new year with […]

Medical center implements smoking ban on property

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property to promote public health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials said. “We wanted […]

Smoking new yardstick for recruit success

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Recruits who enter service as heavy cigarette smokers are nearly twice as likely as non-smokers to be separated early, mostly due to “substandard behavior,’’ according to new research aimed at easing the U.S. military’s disturbingly high attrition rate. For all its achievements over three decades, the volunteer military has had […]

Teenager crusades to ban smoking

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer If Tynasha Jones has her way, New Mexico will one day be a smoke-free state. Statistics about the ills of tobacco roll effortlessly from this Clovis High School senior’s tongue. “People who are exposed to smoke in their work environments inhale somewhere from 8-10 cigarettes a day. It would […]

County makes jail smoke free once more

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Curry County Adult Dentition Center will once again be smoke free. The County Commission unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday that will return the county jail to a non-smoking building within 90 days. The jail facility is the only county building that is not smoke free. Curry County officials cited […]

Michigan firm not justified in firing smokers

Freedom Newspapers Nineteenth-century migrants to the West often advertised for schoolteachers with the requirement that they be of “good moral character.” Teachers were expected to attend church and avoid smoking and drinking. Today private conduct usually is a workplace consideration if somehow that conduct brings some quantifiable disrepute to one’s employer. But it is a […]

Smoking bans move into realm of annoyance

Freedom Newspapers Folks who make so-called slippery-slope arguments are often dismissed with a simple, “these are reasonable measures and what opponents worry about would never happen.” But history has a bothersome way of showing that slippery-slopers often are right, generally at the expense of some of our liberties. That seems to be the case with […]

Letters to the editor: Non-smokers have right not to smoke

I am responding to the letter from the Farwell lady. (Wednesday’s CNJ: Smoking ban about power, control) I would no more have the right to take that cigarette from her, than she has the right to take the clean air from me. If we could figure out a way to keep that non-filtered smoke out […]

Letters to the Editor: Smoking ban about power, control

Clovis’ mayor thinks he has found a way to distance himself from the wrath of the smoking public by pawning his dirty work off on state lawmakers. And jumping right on the bandwagon: those ever-nauseating, anti-smoking propagandists known as Curry Citizens Concerned About Tobacco. Have you ever wondered why those people just want to ban […]

Letters to the editor: Park should remain open to vehicles

The city of Clovis would be making a big mistake if it closed Ned Houk Park to all-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles. As an ATV and motorcycle rider, there really is no other place around here to ride trails. Riders would have to travel out of the area, causing some discouragement among them because of […]

Clovis mayor backs smoking ban

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford has thrown his support toward proposed legislation that would ban smoking in businesses and restaurants statewide, an issue that will pit health advocates against proponents of a live-and-let-live society. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque, is scheduled to be introduced Monday during a […]

Readers debate smoking ban

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Lisa Morrow of Clovis smokes as she studies for her real estate exam Thursday night at Dave’s Coffee Shop. Morrow, who does not smoke in her house, was at Dave’s so she could study and smoke. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s […]