Protesters’ actions inconsistent

Ned Cantwell The precise moment of realization my life had faded to total insignificance is as vivid as a New Mexico sunset. But certainly not as appealing. It was the recent morning I awakened and reviewed the day’s agenda. It included writing a huffy protest letter. Nothing new there. Writing huffy prose has been a […]

Communicating God’s truth calls for wisdom

Curtis Shelburne I still remember, and cringe when I remember, the TV interview I saw years ago featuring a Scripture-quoting preacher or church leader trying to defend the well-meaning but largely indefensible actions his church had taken which had landed them in court. I felt bad for the guy. He’d not done anything needlessly provocative […]

Land use committee approves conflict reduction list

Argen Duncan The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee on Monday approved presentation of a proposed study-area map and a list of possible actions to reduce conflicts in land and airspace use between Cannon Air Force Base and other communities. The map and suggested actions will be presented to the public in a 6 p.m. […]

Cancer remains surreal experience

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Welcome to the world of insecurity, and realizing that, no matter how safe you think you are, you have no guarantees. You can control your habits and actions, but you cannot control forces beyond your impact. This is the world of cancer; this is the world which has been walked […]

Misbehavior needn’t be regulated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist In matters of human conduct it is vital to distinguish between actions that coerce others to do something they must be in charge of choosing either to do or not do, versus resisting their attempts to coerce someone. If I try to make you eat your vegetables and you aren’t […]

Actions sometimes have unforeseen results

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The tragic death of a SeaWorld trainer, drowned by an orca, whether accidentally or intentionally. The voluntary exit of an Olympic snowboarder, after showing off a little too freely with his bronze medal. The “excommunication”of a Beverly Hills beauty contestant by her home town, after speaking on a controversial issue. […]

Meetings watch: Curry County Commission selects chairman

The Curry County Commission took the following actions Tuesday: • Welcomed Commissioner Bobby Sandoval as chairman for 2010. Commissioner Frank Blackburn served as chairman in 2009. • Passed a resolution supporting development of the Tres Amigas power station in northern Curry County. Officials have said the power hub, expected to manifest after two years of […]

GOP criticizing party, not actions

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I’ll give you two things to ponder, one serious and one not. Which is which is up for debate. • A friend invited me to her birthday party two Fridays from now. I demanded to see her long-form birth certificate, and said I couldn’t in good conscience give a gift […]

People defined by their actions

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist My Bible reading this week brought me to a verse that I remember because I learned it early in my childhood. I didn’t understand it as a young child; Mother explained it to me in terms of plant apple seeds and from that come apple trees and then apples […]

School board evaluates superintendent in executive session

The Clovis Board of Education evaluated the district superintendent Tuesday during a special meeting for an executive session. Board President Lola Bryant declined to comment on the annual evaluation. But she said no actions were taken as a result of the session. Executive sessions are not open to the public. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda […]

Involved or not, Obama tainted by governor’s actions

Freedom New Mexico President-elect Barack Obama at one level emerges with surprisingly clean hands from the scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest for allegedly trying to “sell” the appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Obama. Not only did U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explicitly say the president-elect was not named in the 76-page […]

Many China actions more troubling than lip-syncing

Freedom New Mexico There have certainly been some genuinely thrilling moments so far at the Beijing Olympics, including a few that didn’t involve Michael Phelps. What is mildly troubling is how many of the thrilling moments have turned out to be fake. It is widely known now that 9-year-old Lin Miaoke, the achingly cute and […]

Edwards’ actions indefensible

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist It was easy to defend John Edwards. His message of two Americas — one for rich people he was thankful to be in, and one that just didn’t work for anybody else — was easy to believe. It was easy to defend John Edwards when he was getting negative attention […]

11-25 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm by Michael Ableman was given by Jim and Carolyn Shipley in memory of Charles Novotny. The remarkable story of one farm’s struggle for survival focuses on Fairview Gardens, a once-rural farm in a vast checkerboard of […]

April 30, 1965

First Lt. James A. Cullen Jr., an F-100 Super Sabre pilot assigned to Cannon Air Force Base, received the nation’s fourth-highest military decoration – the Silver Star – for combat actions against the North Vietnamese. … Clovis was hosting the state Postmasters Convention. … Gladys and Hubert Tally were preparing for the grand opening of […]

Escape prompts jail policy changes

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Officials are revising jail protocol and policy after an inmate escaped last month and it took two days before law enforcement was notified, said Curry County Manager Dick Smith. The Dec. 23 escape from Curry County Adult Detention Center prompted a two-fold administrative and criminal investigation by officials and area […]

Federal seat belt laws would only restrict freedoms

Freedom Newspapers Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that […]

Filmmaker claims of being censored are unfounded

Michael Moore As a filmmaker, Michael Moore makes full use of the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. In fact, his type of in-your-face movies possibly rely more on those protections than, say, Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Moore has made a career of tweaking the noses of people in high places. And […]

Conservation more effective with private firms

Freedom Newspapers What can people do to better protect the planet? That was a question being asked across the globe during Thursday’s celebration of Earth Day. We favor approaches that look to private alternatives rather than heavy-handed government actions that too often limit property rights, fence off the freedoms of citizens and sometimes even harm […]

Scalia must be more vigilant outside of court

Editorial W e normally approve of the way Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reasons. The smart, sometimes pugnacious justice consistently resists the temptation to legislate from the bench. Still, we wish Scalia had declined to go duck hunting in January with a group that included Vice President Dick Cheney. The trip, coming as it did […]