Monday morning briefing: A call for gifts, sounds of steel and a mystery of the skies

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Gifts for kids The Lighthouse Mission needs donations for its annual Childrens Christmas Celebration. They need toys, apples, oranges, peanuts, canned soda and bags of individually wrapped candy. Donations can be dropped off at the mission, 407 La Casillas Blvd., between 8 a.m. and […]

World Trade Center steel part of Cannon 9/11 memorial

Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found a home with the 27th Special Operations Wing’s Fire and Emergency Services at Cannon Air Force Base. The steel, granted to Cannon by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, is the only one of its kind in the state […]

Steelman recaptured

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Steelman’s vehicle was rammed by a sheriff’s deputy vehicle to force him to a stop. Liliana Castillo Curry County Detention Center absconder Justin Steelman, 32, was recaptured after leading police on a high speed chase today from Clovis to Farwell, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. The Curry County sheriff’s office […]

You, not Congress, know what is best

By Walter E. Williams: Syndicated columnist One of the great contributions of Nobel Laureate economist Friedrich Hayek was to admonish us to recognize the insurmountable limits to human knowledge. Why? Not even the brightest minds, and surely not the U.S. Congress, can ever have the knowledge to shape an economic system entirely to our liking. […]

High tariffs send construction costs even higher

Freedom Newspapers Just as the Gulf Coast struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration has tossed another obstacle in the way that makes the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s bungled disaster relief seem like a minor wrinkle. It’s no secret that construction costs are on the rise, and part of the reason is enormous […]

Outsourced jobs only half the story

Thomas Sowell Jobs have become a big issue in this election year — which means it is optimistic to expect a rational discussion. Nothing is discussed more irrationally than “outsourcing.” It is obviously completely misleading to discuss how many jobs American companies are sending to other countries without even mentioning how many jobs foreign countries […]

County adding isolated jail cells as part of annex

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Curry County maintenance supervisor Lee Delk demonstrates how to open the food slot on an isolation cell. The county will receive 27 cells to be installed at the new jail annex. CNJ photo by Eric Klut By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER The 27 steel isolation cells intended for use at the county’s new adult […]

On the cutting edge: Clovis artisan finds his handmade knives have carved for themselves a widespread popularity

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Sparks fly as Don Hethcoat grinds an edge on a billet before folding it over and forging it at his shop Tuesday. Hethcoat will fold over the metal in some cases up to eight times. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Michelle Seeber Don Hethcoat, 60, of Clovis makes knife blades out of a type […]

Limiting outsourcing will have penalties

Thomas Sowell Every political campaign seems to have some buzzword, and this year’s buzzword is “outsourcing.” Since the economic recovery has not yet reached the stage when new jobs are being created to the extent expected and hoped, the idea that American jobs are being sent overseas has political mileage, whether or not it has […]

Blockers provide security

By Clyde Davis (For all the men and women serving on homeland defense missions) Up and down the three rivers that converge at Pittsburgh, Pa., there are clusters of steel mill and mining towns lining the wooded and stream-riddled hills of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This is where I grew up. In the 1960s […]

Tariff did more harm than good to U.S. trade

Freedom Newspapers We can appreciate a president who is big enough to admit when he’s made a mistake. It’s even more gratifying when such conversions come in reference to some matter of high principle or personal conscience. But we see none of that in news that President Bush is preparing to reverse himself on a […]

Get out and live, mon!

Clyde Davis “Clyde plays electric base; plays it with finesse and grace.” So are the opening words of a song by Waylon Jennings, written for his base player who complained there was never a song with his name in it. This complaint inspired Waylon to write one for him. The same could be said about […]