Keep government programs out of health-care plans

Freedom Newspapers Health care has become one of the most contentious issues in the presidential election. It brought some testy moments in the third debate. What is behind the two candidates’ health proposals? Sen. John Kerry said in the debate that he’s proposing a system that would “let everybody buy into the same health-care plan […]

Children evacuated as precaution

CNJ staff reports A child care center in Clovis was briefly evacuated about noon on Wednesday when workers smelled smoke in the building. A burned-out air conditioner motor caused the smell at Barbara Ann’s Child Care Center on West 21st Street, officials said, and there was no fire. Children were outside for about 15 minutes […]

Willingham Sr., Thomas

Thomas D. Willingham Sr., 86, of Clovis, died Friday, Aug. 6, 2004, at Granbury Care Center in Granbury, Texas. He was born on July 27, 1918, in Featherston, Okla., to Idus P. and Winnie Willingham. He was raised in Oklahoma but resided in Clovis for 63 years. He worked for AT&SF as a locomotive engineer […]

Mandatory VA funding not a good idea

Tom Philpott, Military Update If John Kerry has his way, any veteran who served two years on active duty or, if mobilized, even less, would be rewarded with lifetime access to healthcare from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). That’s the logical consequence of Kerry’s call for “full, mandatory funding” of veterans healthcare, if the Democratic […]

Police Blotter 8/6/04

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to a Clovis hospital on Wednesday evening in reference to a woman who was drunk, injured and attempting to take care of her 3-year-old granddaughter. Hospital officials called police because they didn’t believe the 71-year-old woman could care for her […]

Washington’s money: Strings always attached

Freedom Editorial This election season, as in all others, candidates are running television and radio ads that tell voters what they’ll do once in office or question their opponent’s record. They all do it and no one is particularly worse than any other. The short 15- or 30-second commercials are little more than soundbites with […]

Socialized health care not the answer

By Walter Williams Let’s start out by not quibbling with America’s socialists’ false claim that health-care service is a human right that people should have regardless of whether they can pay for it or not and that it should be free. Before we buy into this socialist agenda, we might check out just what happens […]

Buena Vista patients moving

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor State officials plan to relocate residents of a Clovis nursing home within 30 days, claiming the health care facility poses health concerns for its occupants. Wednesday’s decision to move all 19 residents of Buena Vista Nursing Home came after a recent barrage of heavy rainfall compounded existing problems with […]

Talley, Clara

Clara Talley Services: Have been held. Mrs.. Clara Talley, 84, of Portales, died Friday morning, June 4, 2004, at the Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. She was born Sept. 7, 1919, in Clovis to Maude and Orlando Lang. She came to Portales in 1929. Nearly all of her life was lived within the state. […]

Suspect, victim were friends

By Janet Bresenham: CNJ Staff Writer William “Cisco” Riley and Roshawn “Sam L” Pitts became best friends after they met in Clovis about a year and a half ago. Both moved here from California and each was an only child, so they found a lot in common, friends said. Now Riley, 31, is being held […]

Deadly shooting leads to arrest

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Detective Keith Farkas (standing) and detective Kirk Roberts investigate the scene at 916 Axtell St., where Clovis resident Roshawn A. Pitts was shot before noon Friday. (CNJ Staff Photo: Mike Linn) By Janet Bresenham: CNJ Staff Writer Police believe the man suspected in Curry County’s sixth homicide of the year ran to a nearby daycare […]

Administrator says new state guidelines will place burden on staff, housing

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT The administrator of a Clovis senior care center says a decision to relicense the facility by the state’s health department will create serious staffing and housing-cost issues. Mary Weigl, who oversees the Senior Citizen Resident Center, said the health department will no longer license the center as an independent living […]

Party switching displays lack of loyalty

Letters to the editor I’m sure we’ve all heard about the hundreds of “Democrats” who have suddenly turned Republican, mainly so they can vote in the upcoming district attorney’s election. Is it just me, or is this wrong? What’s the point of declaring a party affiliation if it’s that easy to switch back and forth? […]

Nursing home in state hands

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer State officials took control of Buena Vista Nursing Home Thursday afternoon after filing a special court petition to put the facility into receivership, a state cabinet secretary said Thursday evening. While three nursing homes are under investigation, so far Buena Vista is the only one state officials have […]

Doctor’s defense of nursing home poor

Michelle Grisham: Guest columnist Regarding the article headlined, “Nursing home owner tells his side of story” published May 9: It appears rumors have spread through the Buena Vista Nursing Home about the consequences to its residents if the facility is placed under state receivership, as recommended by the Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s ombudsman program. […]

Area historic church awaits annual service

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Built in 1890, the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe has a cemetery in the churchyard where the earliest families of the church are buried. (staff photo Darrell Todd Maurina) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Northwest of Fort Sumner, a small whitewashed church stands at the end of a one-lane dirt […]

Nursing home owner tells his side of story

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer When Dr. Ali Ghaffari and his wife moved to Clovis in 1985, starting a facility to help older people was among their goals. “I like helping people,” Ghaffari said. “Me and my wife are both in the medical field; she is a pharmacist, I am a physician. This […]

A mother’s day tribute

By Amos (Gary Mitchell) Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. a mother s day tribute boss i was searching for kite string the other day for my little […]

Religion Calendar 5/7

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. For information, call 763-3141 or 762-6639. Saturday Bible Study Services — 6 p.m., Clovis Church of God, 307 N. Lea St. For information, call 742-1913. Sunday Alpha Course and supper — 5 p.m. […]

Universal health care is forced health care

Thomas Sowell: Syndicated columnist A huge headline on the front of a recent issue of the New York Times Magazine said more than they intended: “Now Are We Ready to Talk About Health Care?” Inside was an article with the same title by Hillary Clinton. The casual arrogance of that question is staggering. We talked […]