May 16 Letters to the Editor

Pearce best choice for U.S. Senate

Environmental choice would produce change

Freedom New Mexico T here’s no documented, let alone alarming

Voters OK Sunday alcohol sales

By Gabriel Monte CNJ Staff Writer Clovis voters approved a proposal to allow Sunday alcohol sales in bars and restaurants in Tuesday’s municipal election. More than 55 percent of 5,264 votes cast addressing the initiative were in favor of Sunday sales that would be limited to purchases by the glass. City attorney Dave Richards said […]

Personal choice, responsibilities at heart of alcohol sales vote

Freedom New Mexico Voters will decide March 4 whether Clovis restaurants should be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. We recommend they vote yes. A yes vote supports freedom of choice first and foremost. It affirms the rights of individuals of legal consent to decide whether they wish to sell alcohol in their business on […]

Choices determine life’s path

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I wrote about these two long-gone cousins about five years ago, but the time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a […]

Priorities must be set in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family […]

Legal battles difficult for veterans

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

More and bigger don’t necessarily equal happiness

“Happiness is worth a lot to me,” a good friend, colleague, and mentor once told his boss as he made a decision that would lead to his leaving the company. “Well, so what? Isn’t happiness worth a lot to everybody?” his boss replied. “No,” my friend replied truthfully and I think with unusual wisdom, “it […]

Service in the military a choice that can bring us together

Major Todd Glanzer I grew up an Air Force brat. I don’t remember having a choice. In fact, after the many Permanent Changes of Station moves as a kid, I remember telling my parents, “There’s no way I would join the Air Force.” I didn’t want to serve. But years later what did I do? […]

Local Buddhist must improvise to follow faith

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Rhomylly Forbes uses the practice rooms at Eastern New Mexico University to meditate with her concertina. She says the peacefulness of Buddhism is part of what led her to embrace the religion. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her slate blue eyes cast downward, Rhomylly Forbes evokes a rich, crisp sound […]

Choices can lead to God — or stomachaches

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I wrote about Mother’s two cousins about five years ago. The time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a school club […]

Bush should stress positives, not negatives

CNJ staff It has been a rough couple of weeks for the Bush administration and the idea that the Social Security system requires reform and that individual accounts should be part of that reform. A Pew Research Center poll showed that, after a month of selling the idea, the percentage of Americans who said they […]

Black vote fertile ground for Republicans

By Mona Charen Donna Brazile is uneasy. She has noticed something highly threatening to her party, and she’s sounding the alarm. In a column for Roll Call newspaper, Brazile, Al Gore’s campaign manager, warns her fellow Democrats that Republicans are seeking to make inroads into the African-American vote. “Once they (black voters) start listening to […]

Hillary Clinton has gone moderately soft

Mona Charen: CNJ columnist A little immigration reform here, a little religion in the public square there, a little gentle talk about common ground on abortion — and what have you got? The birth of a new, moderate Hillary Clinton, announces the press. “Democratic Party appears to be getting softer on reproductive rights,” headlined a […]

Clovis Housing to receive $32,844

CNJ Staff The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $397,255 in grant funding to New Mexico housing agencies, according to a press release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Clovis Housing and Redevelopment will receive $32,844 of the money. The grants will allow the various housing agencies to retain their Rental Certification/ Housing […]

People have rights, not states or governments

by Tibor Machan The bulk of liberals are an inconsistent lot. Take, for example, their support of the pro-choice position in the abortion controversy. These same people are almost uniformly hostile to choice in many other areas. Just ask them if they support choice in developing one’s own property as one likes, or whether one […]

Clovis girls win pageant titles

Reporter’s Notebook Two Clovis girls have been awarded state titles in the New Mexico America’s Choice Pageant, according to a release by the Albuquerque based agency. According to the release, 7-year-old Eboni Lunsford has been named Miss New Mexico Sweetheart and 19-year-old Creshawna Durrah has been named Miss New Mexico America’s Choice. Each of the […]

Veep process should be more democratic

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist John Kerry is looking for a running mate, and he’s getting lots of advice: Pick John Edwards to make the ticket competitive in the South. Pick Dick Gephardt to energize organized labor. Pick Bob Graham to bolster support in the key swing state of Florida. Here’s my advice to Kerry on […]

Future tragedies are unavoidable in troubled Iraq

Editorial A s fighting spreads to at least four cities in Iraq where insurgents of various kinds are violently challenging U.S. military occupation, the disheartening fact is becoming more apparent: Most of the choices available to the United States are among deeply unattractive and unpromising options. The barbarous treatment of four dead Americans last week […]

Iran activist inspired choice for Nobel Prize

Freedom Newspapers You could have made a case for former Czech President Vaclav Havel or Pope John Paul II. But the choice of Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and activist who has been a thorn — though always a legal one — in the side of the Iranian regime for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was […]