Left nor Right embracing liberty

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When those on the political Left refer to defenders of the free market system as “right wingers,” there is understandable concern about how the term is being abused. Classical liberals, the supporters of both economic and civil libertarianism, have been anything but “right wingers,” quite the opposite. In […]

Canada health system endless wait for some

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three editorials on Canada’s health care system. It is provided by editorial writers of The Colorado Springs Gazette.

Act ends controversial personnel system

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama’s signature today on the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, a controversial pay-for-performance personnel system is abolished. About 220,000 Defense Department employees who had come under the National Security Personnel System will transition back to the long-standing General Schedule system, but that will […]

Portales Main Street switching to two-way traffic

Freedom New Mexico Beginning Wednesday, Main Street between First and Second streets in downtown Portales will be converted to a two-way street from its current one-way traffic configuration. In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the city will configure the new signals for two-way traffic flow. The project also includes rebuilding the signal […]

Clovis believes graduation numbers correct

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File photo Clovis HIgh’s graduation rate of 78.8 percent compares favorably with the national average of 70 percent. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis municipal school system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Public Education Department over the release of tentative 2008-09 graduate rates. With rates exceeding the […]

EPA raising alarm without releasing facts

Freedom New Mexico Before overhauling the economic system and imposing Draconian restrictions on nearly every aspect of life, it’s advisable to get the facts straight. That’s why we join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in demanding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hold a full hearing on arguments for — and against — the theory that […]

Immigration reform should begin soon

President Barack Obama said earlier this month that even though our immigration system is “broken” and he believes reform is necessary, we shouldn’t expect any change this year. We see no reason to wait. Proposals for such reform should be offered now, allowing Congress as much time as necessary to hear all sides of the […]

Magistrate judge redistricting OK’d

CNJ staff Curry County Commissioners adopted an ordinance Tuesday splitting the magistrate judge election into two districts. The ordinance was drafted in response to an order from a federal judge and is effective Oct. 1. The federal order stems from a lawsuit challenging the at-large system as more difficult for minority candidates to win judicial […]

Fiscal recovery still plagued by toxic assets

Freedom New Mexico There are signs that the financial system has stabilized somewhat, unemployment is not rising as quickly as it had been for a while, and there are preliminary signs of economic recovery. But the “toxic assets” — bad loans, mortgage-backed securities — that were to a great extent at the heart of the […]

Feelings mixed on hospital records switch

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local health care providers are eyeing a federal mandate to have all U.S. hospitals and medical practices using a unified system of electronic medical records by 2017.And some are happier about it than others.The electronic medical records are part of the Obama administration’s health care reform and the first […]

Our direction is secure with God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist It is wonderful to have guidance! When Charlie and I are on a trip, gone are the days to plead with him to stop and ask for directions. No more are the days of reading a paper map. Now time is not lost stopping at convenience stores and asking for […]

Letter to the editor: Ruling will clog judicial system

Ruling will clog judicial system On June 25, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is no longer enough for the prosecution to introduce a report from a crime lab in a criminal trial — the defendant now has the right to cross-examine the actual analyst who examined the evidence

Jury system imposing on business

I operate a small company with 14 employees. It is difficult for me to find professional, trained help, so each employee is vital to my business’ everyday operations. Panel jurists are not informed until after 5 p.m. whether they have jury duty the next day. Scheduling is impossible to plan, not knowing whether an employee […]

Ag sense: Sorghum-based intercropping system viable option

The increasing demand for good quality forages by the dairy industry, and the declining water resources, are threatening the sustainability of highly productive irrigated agriculture in the southern High Plains. Corn and alfalfa are the predominant forages in the region. However, the declining water resources cannot support their production for long. Lower water needs of […]

America hardly ‘land of the free’

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist One recent morning I was checking the news on CNN and happened to tune in just as a woman, about 50, was being forcibly ejected from a Senate meeting discussing reforms in the health-insurance system. As she was led out, she kept shouting, “We want guaranteed health care” and “We […]

April 16, 2009 Education digest

Clovis seniors accepted into summer program Clovis High School senior Rosa Dodge and Elida High School senior Nicole Jasso have been selected as Golden Apple Pathway Scholars, according to a news release. Eighty-one New Mexico high school seniors applied for the scholarship opportunity, 56 were interviewed, and 50 were selected. Pathway scholars participate in a […]

Points system applies to life too

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “Could you check my bag please?” I wasn’t traveling anywhere, except to my house. But the man in the green uniform held a package of mine. I was at a fast food restaurant, getting a snack in contrast to my otherwise good judgment. Problem was, the person in front of […]

Curry County jail camera system being modified

Freedom New Mexico Installation of a new camera system at the Curry County jail is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Curry County commissioners approved a $181,000 contract at Thursday’s special meeting. The new system will allow staff to pan and zoom high-resolution cameras and recordings will be backed up for 30 […]

VA health enrollment will increase

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist An estimated 258,000 middle-income veterans with no service-connected health conditions will be allowed by late June to enroll in the VA health care system.

Library card system quite practical

I have worked in three different libraries in the last eight years, including the Clovis-Carver Public Library, and I’d like to respond to John Ippoliti’s letter in last Sunday’s paper (“Library policies difficult for patron”). One of Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science is “Save the time of the reader.” I believe this principle applies […]