Editorial: Holidays takes root in trimph over powers

Easter and Passover, signal celebrations in Christianity and Judaism, are linked through the calendar and through long tradition. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that they show other kinships, including some that might be surprising to some who are merely passive believers. The most striking similarity is that both holidays represent liberation from and triumph […]

Editorial: Automakers no longer shielded from feds

We pored through the U.S. Constitution and just couldn’t find the clause that says, “the president of the United States shall have the authority to fire the president of any corporation with whom he is dissatisfied.” Maybe it was an amendment that hadn’t been printed yet in the edition we have? We understand the argument […]

Editorial: Science, not politics, should guide drug laws

Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the federal government will effectively end the Bush administration’s policy of raiding medical marijuana distributors who are operating legally under state law. The decision is welcome and long-overdue news and in line with promises President Barack Obama made repeatedly along the campaign trail. Of course, this simple statement will […]

Editorial: Newspapers must adjust to changing business climate

The conversion of the venerable Seattle Post-Intelligencer to an Internet-only news source — with a staff of 20 in the newsroom rather than the 165 who were there a day earlier — following closely on the death of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, is another sad milestone in what we prefer not to call […]

Editorial: Earmarks not going away soon

During his hot-blooded adolescence, while grappling with the urgency of conversion and the pleasures of the flesh, St. Augustine, of the famous “Confessions,” is said to have prayed: “Lord, grant me chastity and self-control – but not just yet.” President Obama may have uttered something similar to himself last week, as he delivered a speech […]

Editorial: Supreme Court clarifies FDA not infallible

Not so long ago, fans and critics had the U.S. Supreme Court since the accession of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito as a reliably “pro-business” court, likely to side fairly reliably with corporations in disputes with employees or customers. Several recent cases have called that description into question, but Wyeth v. Levine, […]

Editorial: Lead poisoning not only issue in ATV ban

The federal government has an important message for you: Eating your all-terrain vehicle may be hazardous to your health. Perhaps you already knew this. It doesn’t matter — poorly written federal legislation has taken control of the situation, inadvertently banning the sales of youth ATVs and ATV parts. The cause of this ban, which seriously […]

Editorial: Relationships don’t need federal approval

Two consenting adults agree to have sexual relations. Police and prosecutors — and maybe even federal agents — stand ready to pounce. Two consenting adults want to put a stamp of permanence on their relationship. Legislators and lobbyists brace for constitutional rewrites. In the first example, the government acts if money changes hands. Whether the […]

Editorial: Given freedom, Americans will be able to thrive

President Barack Obama offered not only candor about the problems this country faces, but a sense of hope and confidence about America’s ability to come back stronger and more prosperous than ever. Whether the program outlined in Tuesday’s speech before Congress will do it or whether the country will recover more in spite of what […]

Editorial: Border fence commands reevaluation

Much of the Department of Homeland Security’s border fence already has been built or is under construction. Even so, the matter is becoming a mess. For this reason work on the project should stop immediately, at least until a few matters are cleared up. U.S. Reps. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, and Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, […]

Editorial: Activist worked tirelessly for freedom

Marshall Fritz, a tireless activist for the cause of human liberty, died peacefully in his hometown of Fresno, Calif., earlier this month after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 65. The founder of three different nonprofit organizations dedicated to furthering freedom in different ways, he was a genial giant with a booming voice […]

Campaign finance needs true reform

Freedom New Mexico Republican presidential candidate John McCain has suggested Democrat Barack Obama’s eye-popping prowess at fundraising may signal the end of the practice, established after Watergate, of having presidential campaigns funded by the taxpayers. Sen. McCain thinks that’s a shame. We think it would be cause for celebration. Sen. Obama announced on Sunday that […]

Bailout proves lenders need to privatize

Freedom New Mexico Just Tuesday, our editorial chided the Japanese government for clinging to a “too big to fail” attitude toward companies or enterprises with close ties to the government. Over the weekend U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson demonstrated

Ag industry solid foundation for local economy

Here are some area readers’ views on the economy: “I am not concerned about the local economy as we don’t rely entirely on the banking industry or the stock market. We tend to forget how much money the farm and ranch industry, which includes the dairies, bring into the local economy, not to mention the […]

John Edwards not exactly the ‘freedom’ candidate

Not sure which presidential candidate is best for America in 2008? Our editorial pages offer brief summaries on where the candidates stand on individual freedom. We’re not thrilled with any of the options, but the extremes range from John Edwards – we think he’s basically wrong on everything – to Ron Paul, whose ideas of […]

1/31 Letters to the editor

Wage increase will help reduce poverty I am writing in response to State Rep. Anna Crook’s declaration that bringing the minimum wage up to $7.50 will hurt the economy. This kind of thinking only proves that she is not in touch with reality. Increasing the minimum wage will help reduce poverty in New Mexico. New […]

Future journalists worthy investment

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Let me tell you about Lara Kennedy. Lara Kennedy is a Clovis High School kid. She is a prime example of what would happen if we freed our schools from the thugs and let the teachers concentrate on students who care. Lara Kennedy cares. So do the other dozen students […]

Banks, offices closed for holiday

By CNJ staff The following government agencies and banks will be closed on Friday in celebration of the New Year’s holiday: Curry County and state offices, and the Bank of Clovis, Citizens Bank of Clovis and Western Bank. Clovis National Bank will be open until noon and the drive-through at AccessBank will be open until […]

Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

Freedom Newspapers Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a passionate commitment to […]

Freedom: A value and company worth fighting for

Freedom Newspapers We’ve heard from a number of readers over the past few months who expressed anxiety and concern about what might happen to the views on these pages if our parent company, Freedom Communications, were sold. We hope they are as pleased as we are at the news Tuesday that Freedom will remain in […]