Give states option to file for bankruptcy

Freedom New Mexico With persistent deficits, soaring pension obligations and mounting bond debts, states like California could well benefit from the ability to restructure their finances through a bankruptcy procedure. Bankruptcy allows the debtor to work through an orderly and equitable settlement of obligations. The idea has been gaining traction, with support from former House […]

Bible tells all one needs to know about oneself

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I heard about a child who is having some neurological difficulty. Because of the child’s condition and the family’s lack of answers from other doctors, the parents took their 8-year-old to a huge facility in a metropolitan area, where the latest of medical diagnostic equipment is readily available. This facility […]

Ability to stop time would bore me

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I’ve always been leery when I see a movie based on a video game. There’s no reset button if the movie turns bad, and you don’t have a controller to take over if you see the character’s screwing things up. But I do look forward to “Prince of Persia: Sands […]

Snorkeling perfect opportunity to daydream

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist One of the solid advantages of exercising, at least certain types of exercise, is the ability to lose focus, to take a mini-trip in the mind while one is performing it. No, I do obviously not mean tennis, or golf, or softball, or touch football. The advantage to those types […]

Charity officials optimistic despite economy

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico United Way of Eastern New Mexico executive director Erinn Burch might understandably be concerned about how much could be gathered during the current fundraising campaign, given the nationwide economic downturn since the end of the last drive. But Burch, along with others in the world of non-profit organizations and […]

My essence: Eau de self doubt

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I was concerned about. I was more concerned with having no girlfriend, no vacation house, no HBO subscription, no basketball ability and no reasonable hopes to retire before age 79. Oh, and no ability to stop making self-depricating comments. No train of thought — where were we? Oh, that’s right, […]

There’s no substitute for Brutus

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist The blessing and the curse of our era may be the ability of an obscure and unimportant, but bizarre, news story, to gain momentary and fleeting fame over the Internet news services. Like the yin and the yang, like the Roman god Janus, it is a two-sided piece of reality. […]

Garcia hopes to keep playing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico After doing so for Clovis High School and Texas Tech, Joey Garcia is hoping for one more chance to make a big play. “My mom has always taught me, ‘Don’t let anybody outwork you,’” Garcia said. “Right now, I’m working really hard.” Garcia, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound strong safety, has […]

Town’s relief efforts should be applauded

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What do a media professional, a hospital counselor, a fire dept. employee, and a law enforcement officer have in common? The first two I have the privilege to regard as my friends; the last two I haven’t known very long, or met only briefly. What is obvious is that they all […]

Project pipeline cost increased

By Jack King The board of directors of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority voted Wednesday to raise the official cost of the Ute Pipeline Project by $52 million. A peer review of the conceptual design of the project estimated that its total capital cost should be estimated at $296 million, instead of the […]