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 […]

Grouse threatened listing no solution

By Jim Constantopoulos Guest columnist The Fish and Wildlife Service seems confounded by the negative response to listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. In designating the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, a step down from endangered but warranting specific protections, it had provided assurances that no additional federal regulations that might have […]

Cantwell: Barney doesn’t get us; hard to blame him

There’s something about the sound of the ring. Maybe it is just acute intuition on my part, but I often just know I am going to pick up the receiver to hear Barney’s bark. Yep. It was him. My New Jersey friend was all in a dither over New Mexico politics. “Did your governor not […]

Sloan: Educated will seek out evidence

When this column was due, I was vacationing in Arkansas — caves, cousins, cabins, canoes — so I perused Facebook for inspiration. A few anti-education, anti-intellectual, reverse-snobbery sentiments caught my attention. One pejorative term was “overly educated.” Since I have a master’s degree, perhaps I am lumped in that category. My degrees at a blue-collar […]

Iraq war architects should consider sitting one out

Seldom have truer words been written: “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.” Trouble is, the words were written by former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz, about current President Barack Obama and his foreign policy. That the man who helped lead this […]

Solitary should only be used when necessary

Solitary confinement is “a tool that needs to be managed appropriately,” said New Mexico Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel. After spending 48 hours in solitary at the State pen, New Mexico’s top prison guard now has some personal experience to motivate him to carry out his vow to reduce the hundreds of inmates in segregation, which […]

Imposing law violates others’ rights

By Kent McManigal Local columnist Not a day goes by I don’t witness a complaint by someone saying their freedoms are being trampled on and legislated away. Almost everyone can point to something they enjoy that has been regulated into illegality — or severely restricted — by government edict. Yet, if you question most of […]