Student profile: Priya Sharma

Priya Sharma is a Clovis High School senior. She is the daughter of Kiran and Madhu Sharma. What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? I hope that I will be an established dentist or doctor, and I hope to have a family of my own. If money were no object, what […]

Journey of 1,250 miles begins with jerky

By Kevin Wilson: FNNM columnist As I prepared for my 10th high school class reunion, I couldn’t help but think about the class motto we’d decided on that fateful senior year: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step.” A decade later, I realize that’s a load of bull. If you’re a […]

Travelling mentally, if not physically

By Grant McGee My brand new passport came in the mail the other day. “I understand there’s a microchip in here so the government can keep track of you via satellite,” I said, tongue firmly in cheek, as I pulled it from the official-looking envelope. “If they are,” said The Lady of the House, “it’s […]

Budget trims shouldn’t happen only in emergencies

We hope President Bush’s recent signing of a long delayed $94.5 billion military supplemental spending bill relieves the cash crunch that led to a hiring freeze at many military facilities. But it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, end efforts by the Pentagon to pinch pennies, because every military dollar spent in superfluous or wasteful ways is one […]

Conference spending wastes taxpayer money

Freedom Newspapers It’s not always easy to get a federal employee on the phone. Now we know a bit more about where they are when we call. Federal spending on out-of-town conferences has increased by nearly 70 percent over the past five years, according to Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, one Republican who is taking on […]

Politicians have bogus concept of rights

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Do people have a right to medical treatment whether or not they can pay? What about a right to food or decent housing? Would a U.S. Supreme Court justice hold that these are rights just like those enumerated in our Bill of Rights? In order to have any hope of […]

Let the willing pay for space conquests

CNJ Editorial Way back in January 2004, as almost a throwaway line in his State of the Union speech, President Bush proposed returning humans to the moon and eventually to Mars. Many commentators noted that this grandiose public-works proposal seemed to sink like a stone in the sea of public opinion, and the president has […]

Collecting books not deviant hobby

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist So how do you read your books? What I mean is, do you get your books one at a time to read? Do you only read books from the library? Or do you get a book thinking, “I’ll read that someday.” That’s what I do. I have rows of books […]

Local business closings its doors

CNJ staff All Ways Travel, a local travel agency, will be closing its doors Friday, but the move isn’t expected to affect other businesses under the same ownership. The closing was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by an employee at the travel agency. Efforts to contact All Ways owner Tammy Garner were unsuccessful. Garner also owns The […]

Opinions mixed in 4-5A to move to three teams

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By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer In District 4-5A, three will have to do. Clovis will be part of a three-team district starting in the fall with longtime rivals Carlsbad and Hobbs in a move New Mexico Activities Association officials say is designed to decrease travel. The last six years, Clovis was in a travel-intensive, […]