Independence Day, not Fourth of July weekend

By Rube Render Local columnist Today is Independence Day. It is not the Fourth of July weekend or the Summer Sale Extravaganza. It is Independence Day and commemorates, “Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776.” I expect that sooner or later some far-sighted politician will introduce legislation denoting the first or second Friday of […]

Education officials should follow lead of teacher

Not many people would have the resolve to turn down a $5,000 professional bonus — especially one that rewards and recognizes excellence at a job. But English teacher Francis Hahn of Taos High School said no to the New Mexico Public Education Department, which offered the bonus because his Advanced Placement students did so well […]

Letters to the editor: Proud of Clovis USA

Saturday night, my wife and I hopped on a motorcycle and joined the fun at the revival of “Draggin’ Main.” As we rode up and down, it occurred to me many of the world’s nations should have been there to watch. Right on our little town’s Main Street was an example of what’s right about […]

Praise, criticism part of elected official’s job

Elected officials and the public servants they supervise can get awfully thin skinned. It’s understandable. After all, who wants to listen to speakers rip them from the podium during public meetings, with comments that can range from right on to ridiculous to patently untrue. Yet, in our system, that’s part and parcel of being a […]

Just thought I would mention…

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Here are a few thoughts I’ve been kicking around that don’t really deserve a column of their own, or maybe I can just make the point in too few words. • An editorial in our newspapers last month argued that it’s time for New Mexico to do away with the […]

Roth TSP good for military savers

By Tom Philpott Military Update Military savers are discovering the special advantages a Roth-type Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) provides to them, given that their taxable income is dampened by tax-free allowances and periodic tax-exempt combat tours. The Roth TSP choice only became available in May 2012. TSP account balances so far average only $2,500 for […]

State should note Wisconsin youth offender study

In 1995, the Wisconsin Legislature established a program to study and, ideally, cut recidivism among the toughest of its youthful offenders — those who had committed homicide. Of the group of 200 that was given a year of specially designed therapeutic exercises and games, as well as designated ways to consider the consequences of their actions, not […]

Lawmaker accountability problematic

I’d like to add to Rube Render’s column in Friday’s CNJ. Our commissioners, including Bobby Sandoval, are elected officials. They are elected by the residents in their respective districts and are accountable to them. Their constituents who choose to attend commission meetings are not “spectators.” They are the people who chose to have their commissioner […]

Letter to the Editor — Happy birthday to greatest country

The Mayflower, a ship of 180 tons, set sail from England in 1620. Aboard were 102 souls determined to cross the Atlantic. After 63 stormy days. they landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Before going ashore these first settlers signed a covenant called the “Mayflower Compact” in the belly of the Mayflower ship on Nov. 11, 1620. […]

Cultural diversity still ‘American’

DAN TRUE: Courtesy photo
Dan True with a crop duster plane. True flew crop dusters, an experience he believe helped him become a television weatherman.

By Tom McDonald State columnist When I first came to New Mexico nearly 10 years ago, I had never been to a fiesta. Since then, I’ve been to more than I can count. I wish I could say it’s because I wanted to embrace the culture I had moved into, but really it was because […]

Green Tea Party for bare essentials

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist If I decide to run against David Lansford and Sharon King for combined mayor of Clovis/Portales again, it will be on the resurrected Green Tea Party (GTP) ticket. Our views do not strictly fit Republican or Democratic platforms, and the Tea, Libertarian and Communist parties are impractical. The Parrothead Party […]

Commissioners must ensure ‘due diligence’

Clovis city commissioners on Thursday will consider purchasing water rights from a private landowner at a cost of nearly $2 million. The Economic Development Tax Advisory Board has recommended the deal with farmer J.L. Wall be approved. Stockpiling water for future use is a sound concept, but city commissioners must wade into this cautiously, ensuring […]

Limited government Utopian dream

The siren songs of the next election season are already tickling your ears. One thing I notice a lot of people advocating is a “return to the Constitution,” which they believe would bring back “limited government.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it didn’t work before, so how do you plan […]

King should look into campaign money scheme

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, one of the people specifically empowered to look into campaign finance violations, should take a break from his run to put the Democrats back in the Governor’s Mansion and investigate how around $128,000 was essentially laundered through a web of liberal political action committees before the June 3 primary […]

‘Spectators’ deserve greater respect

By Rube Render Local columnist It is not an exaggeration to assert that during my time in Clovis I have attended as many, if not more, commission meetings than a majority of current sitting commissioners. I began doing this during May of 2002 in an effort to become familiar with the new community my family […]

Independent VA probe would help fix system

The buck stops — where? Apparently not with top executives. An internal Veterans Affairs investigation triggered last fall by a whistleblower complaint at the Raymond G. Murphy Medical Center found that medical appointment records for veterans seeking care at the center were manipulated for years to hide long wait times. A Sunday Albuquerque Journal story […]

Feds shouldn’t be deciding what’s offensive

The nickname “Redskins” is indeed offensive to many. A good argument can be made that it’s time to move beyond it. That certainly will happen when fans quit buying tickets and merchandise. But the conclusion by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the Washington Redskins’ name is “disparaging of Native Americans” and it is therefore […]

Photo project loses out to laziness

By Kevin Wilson Staff columnist Two summers ago, I had a wedding to attend in Albuquerque and I made a weekend out of it. I caught a pair of Isotopes games, and took the Rail Runner up to Santa Fe for a photo excursion. While waiting for the return train to Albuquerque, I noticed a […]

Non-VA care growth worrisome

By Tom Philpott Military Update Like a waiter bringing the check after a high-spirited meal in a fine restaurant, the Congressional Budget Office has dampened some good vibes among lawmakers who rushed to solve the access-to-care crisis for veterans. CBO estimates the cost of requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide non-VA medical care […]

Medical pot fee increases need to be justified

The Department of Health says it plans to start charging medical marijuana patients $50 a year to renew their registry ID cards, and it will use the estimated $550,000 a year in additional revenue to expand the state’s pot supply. It’s an interesting proposal, considering: The state does not grow or supply marijuana. Fees from […]