Health care overhaul will prove costly

Freedom New Mexico You have to admit it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to try to sell expanding the role of government in health care as a way of controlling costs and improving services. Yet judging by recent statements and his speech Monday to the American Medical Association, that has become one of President […]

Letter to the editor: Obama’s speech infuriating

Mayor Brumfield makes first state of the city address

The text of Mayor Gayla Brumfield’s state of the city speech was provided by the city of Clovis: Infrastructure & Water In 2008 we saw some restructuring in our Public Works Department. Mr. Clint Bunch became our Public Works Director and Mr. Justin Howalt joined us in January 2009 in the newly created position of […]

Text of the state of the city speech

The text of Mayor Gayla Brumfield’s state of the city speech was provided by the city of Clovis: Infrastructure & Water In 2008 we saw some restructuring in our Public Works Department. Mr. Clint Bunch became our Public Works Director and Mr. Justin Howalt joined us in January 2009 in the newly created position of […]

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Local reaction to president’s speech mixed

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In the hours following President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress, local opinions ranged from optimism in the face of tough times to wondering how the president plans to keep all of his promises. Portales resident Sandra Robinson shed tears during Obama’s hour-long address. “I thought it was so […]

Obama ready to tackle tasks that await him

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps befitting the times, it was a sober, almost subdued speech, capping a ceremony that was serious and sober. President Obama called for “a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world.” In recognition of the […]

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

Freedom New Mexico For some reason, this election season

Obama speech has positives, but promotes tax shell game

Freedom New Mexico Barack Obama had best become the messiah, considering this utopia he promises. His acceptance speech last week had a shelf life of 10 hours, spent while most Americans slept. They awoke to find a news industry that had moved on to focus on the announcement of John McCain’s new running mate, the […]

Rotary governor to visit region

CNJ Staff The governor of Rotary District 5520 will make an official visit to the Rotary Clubs of Clovis, Melrose and Texico/Farwell this week. Gov. Tom Lindsay, a Deming real estate business owner and speech language pathologist, is coming to the area as part of his effort to visit all 68 clubs in the district […]

Obama’s speech: Defining moment

By Steven Greenhut: Guest Columnist If Sen. Barack Obama goes on to win the presidency, his March 18 speech in Philadelphia dealing with the firestorm that erupted over his former pastor’s incendiary remarks will be analyzed for decades – as a pivotal point not just in his campaign, but in the art of modern presidential […]

Conservative record for McCain spotty

Freedom New Mexico With the see-saw Democratic nomination dominating the headlines, Sen. John McCain’s four-state victories — giving him enough delegates to tie up the Republican nomination — was anti-climactic. The senator’s victory was a foregone conclusion, which made the rather long concession speech by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee a tad ridiculous. Huckabee has […]

Retiring Domenici calls for truce in partisan politics

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Retiring U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici made a final appearance before the Legislature on Monday and called for an end to extremist partisan politics. “We are in danger of losing our ability to move forward as a nation because of destructive personality-driven partisan politics,” Domenici said in […]

ROTC should have place on campus

Anita Doberman Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of messages stating that Columbia had exercised true freedom […]

ROTC should have place on campus

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of messages stating that Columbia had exercised […]

Iranian leader’s visit testament to U.S.’ freedom

By Freedom New Mexico It’s easy to understand the large protests that greeted Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s long-anticipated speech Monday at Columbia University, less easy to understand those who tried to stop the event or who even want to punish Columbia for holding it. The New York Sun reported on efforts by the Democratic state […]

Separation doesn’t justify silencing religious

Freedom Newspapers T he last thing we want to see is an overloaded federal court system burdened with another lawsuit. But we can’t say we’re disappointed that Erica Corder and her parents are suing a Colorado school district, claiming violations of the young woman’s First and 14th Amendment rights. Her case raises constitutional questions of […]

Speech-inhibiting doctrine threatens broadcasters

By Freedom Newspapers “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …” It’s difficult to imagine a greater abridgement of that constitutionally guaranteed freedom than a government agency that demands private broadcasters must air views contrary to their own. That essentially is what the former Fairness Doctrine entailed, […]

Ruling revisits political speech regulations

By Freedom Newspapers In 2002 the McCain-Feingold election regulations legislation, or Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), became law. The law made it illegal for a corporation to use its general treasury funds to pay for “electioneering communication,” within 30 days of a federal primary election or 60 days of a federal general election. Despite obvious […]

‘Bong Hits’ ruling reminds us free speech is fleeting

By Freedom Newspapers In the case of Morse v. Frederick, the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, handed down Monday, the Supreme Court extended its proclivity to make a “drug war exception” to the Bill of Rights whenever possible. In the past, with its tolerant attitude to “no-knock” searches and searches on schools, the court has […]