Government can’t demand health care

Freedom New Mexico Escaping the catastrophic consequences of the new federal health care law may be a step closer since the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week declared the linchpin of Obamacare unconstitutional. The government, said the 2-1 decision, cannot force people to buy health insurance. For those who understand government’s proper role […]

‘Scarlett’ doesn’t understand me

Kevin Wilson “I get into enough trouble talking to people,” I said. Or at least, that’s what I would have said at the register last week. Or last December, or October, for that matter. For then I could have declined the ability to talk to my machines. The trouble started for me last week when […]

Parenting presentation to discuss technology, gang issues

CNJ staff A presentation on modern parenting 6 p.m. today at Marshall Junior High School is designed to help parents understand the technology being used by teens and gang issues they may be exposed to. Members of the Curry County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit and the Clovis Police Department’s gang unit will […]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode […]

Competition always inspires

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist It has become a pattern in our house, though I am the only one who is interested in keeping the pattern going. The alarm goes off, the coffeepot goes on, and the Tour de France, channel 47 live coverage, emerges on the television set. Though I do not build my […]

Ag Sense: Dairy farmers dedicated to land

While there has been much to do in the news in regards to dairying, it is important to understand that dairy farmers in New Mexico are strictly regulated and required to comply with a long list of environmental regulations before they are even allowed to produce milk. It is also important to understand that these […]

Just a bun, please

After a lifetime of “eating the bun,” Sharna Johnson offers her FAQ with answers for those who don’t understand.

Military lifestyle foreign to many

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist It’s almost impossible not to think about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays. As military families, we may have loved ones away, and the holidays can be a particularly trying time. I found that to me the holidays reveal a deep disconnect between military families and civilians. […]

Some things impossible to understand

By Ned Cantwell: Syndicated Columnist Things I will never understand, no matter how old I grow, how smart I get, or how much I read: • Why New Mexico charges you a $3 “convenience fee” for paying certain taxes online when, it would seem, it is more convenient to the state than to the taxpayer. […]

Even without unity, U.S. powerful when virtuous

It is hard now to remember the feeling that swept over our country five years ago Monday. Our country, our people, had suffered a devastating and destructive attack by a shadowy but malignant force whose motivations we struggled to try to understand. In the aftermath, however, we were all Americans together, all determined to figure […]