Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations […]

Staycation may be cost-effective spring break option

Gabriel Monte With fuel costs inching to $4-a-gallon, long-distance spring break trips may be out of reach for many students and families. But spring break doesn’t have to feel like an prison sentence of inactivity. Enjoying spring break in your own backyard may be better than not doing anything. According to AAA, the average national […]

Bloggers speculating governor wants changes

Robin Fornoff If Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has started a war within her own party as some political bloggers are speculating, few are talking about it for the record. Speculation centers on two of eastern New Mexico’s senior Republican senators: Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales and Clint Harden of Clovis. Harden announced his […]

Children’s sports all about energy

There are few things more joyful than the exuberance of little ones who are totally involved in a sport, especially if one of the children involved is your special grandchild — in this case, the female one. Sports activities for kids involve a sizable number of dedicated volunteers in the person of coaches, refs, and […]

McGee: Signs make memorable statements

Have you ever wondered what was going on with some signs you see as you travel along? For instance there was a sign in a window of a shop in Roswell a few years ago that read: “WHO DO YOU HAVE TO HUG AND KISS IN THIS TOWN TO GET SOME BUSINESS?” I actually changed […]

Everybody’s business: Dispelling myths about tax obligations

A new year approaches and one is ending. The annual ritual of reporting income and expenses to the federal government will soon be upon us. Take time this month to prepare for tax time over the next four months. Here are a few tips that may reduce stress and dismiss myths of tax obligations. • […]

Portales Christmas parade features 31 floats

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Chamber of Commerce: Courtesy photo Gaynelle Thomas, left, with the help of Katelynn Skinner, right, robes Ashlynne Goins Thursday night at the coronation for Little Miss Merry Christmas. The 11 contestants raised $5,326 in funds for Portales’ Christmas Jubilee with Goins raising the most at $2,019. The Jubilee will be today at 6:30 p.m. at […]

Double blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heath Rutherford, left, plays with son Rocklyn, 18 months, at the dinner table Friday at the family’s house in Clovis. Rocklyn was adopted by the family with his paperwork clearing just days after his little sister Camden was born in Amarillo. Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, the Rutherford house […]

Freedom limits, not population world’s problem

United Nations demographers estimate that the world’s population has reached 7 billion; it hit 6 billion just 12 years ago. Almost all commentators said this milestone was a bad thing. Worried the Center for Biological Diversity, an ecology group, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction. They’re driving species extinct, destroying wildlife […]

Freedom basis of libertarianism

Libertarianism rests upon the answers to a few questions. Which is better: Freedom or slavery? Honest possession or theft? Truth or falsehood? For any random individual the answer might be “it depends”. For one thing, define “better.” Society prospers as individuals prosper. It is not right to make different rules for different people. This isn’t […]

Protesters fail to see hypocrisy

Allow me, if you will, a few disjointed thoughts that weren’t long enough for a column, but were worth some type of mention in this space: • The best snide comment I’ve heard from people who hate the Occupy Wall Street protests is that you have thousands of people protesting the excesses of capitalism, and […]

Sending troops not best way to end violence

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry got a few tongues wagging recently when he said that if he were president, he would consider sending U.S. troops into Mexico to battle drug cartels. Stumping in Manchester, N.H., for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry said Mexico’s drug war was like the situation in Colombia, where the […]

Caring for weaker species part of human nature

I noticed the signs as we made our way around the Albuquerque Aquarium, trying to see a few things besides the sharks which my granddaughter was preoccupied with. In this beautiful facility, one our state should be proud of, there were frequent notices telling viewers that a particular exhibit — occasionally even a particular fish […]

New twist: Remake bad movies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking, and the difference between Facebook and Google+. In brief, the starting point is the difference, because Facebook starts with the concept that everybody sees everything and Google+ starts with everybody sees nothing unless you say so. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found starting points everywhere […]

Tiger cub donated to Clovis zoo

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Zoo Curator Mark Yannotti feeds Sooner, a 12-week-old tiger, who was donated to the Hillcrest Park Zoo from an Oklahoma exotic animal facility. Sharna Johnson When he wakes, he bounds to his feet and goes looking for his bottle, finding it quickly in the hands of his mother. After a […]

Privatization gives new life to space travel

Freedom New Mexico Massive rockets propelled the shuttle Atlantis into orbit Friday to a final rendezvous with the International Space Station, poignantly ending the storied 30-year space program. Few advances epitomize American ingenuity more than NASA’s achievements, unquestionably establishing the United States as space exploration leader. The shuttle specs alone speak to what not-so-long ago […]

Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

State spending cuts badly needed

There has been considerable interest from a few Democratic legislators regarding “line-item” or partial vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez to bills appropriating money during the last legislative session. In one case, the governor vetoed a $128 million tax increase on New Mexico businesses. In the other, she trimmed $100,000 from a housing oversight program. These […]

Five-minute recipe to get thousands of Twitter followers for your business – But why do you want them?

Shelley Straitiff How many Followers do you have? Who cares? By the stacks of books and blog posts, obviously someone thinks the number means something. You can even sign up to get paid for tweets based on how many followers you have. That will soon be proven worthless. Social media needs to be about strategy […]

Weiner defenders, critics both err

Kevin Wilson A few quick questions, and a few long boring answers: Should Rep. Anthony Weiner resign after admitting sending lewd photographs to women? No. I agree mostly with Peter Beinart’s column on The Daily Beast. “If pundits are really so upset that Weiner is distracting attention from the nation’s budgetary dilemmas,” Beinart wrote, “perhaps […]