Donations to racist universities must stop

By Walter E. Williams: Columnist There are some ideas so ludicrous and mischievous that only an academic would take them seriously. One of them is diversity. Think about it. Are you for or against diversity? When’s the last time you said to yourself, “I’d better have a little more diversity in my life?” What would […]

Trade restrictions cost Americans money

By Walter E. Williams: Columnist There are only a handful of products that Americans import that cannot be produced at home and therefore create jobs for Americans. Let’s look at a few of them. We import cocoa from Ghana and coffee from African and Latin American countries. We import saffron from Spain and India and […]

Senator foresees area growth

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Sen. Jeff Bingaman told members of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce on Friday that eastern New Mexico has a lot going for it economically these days, but the lawmaker didn’t paint as rosy a picture for the economy nationally. “I think everyone is aware that the economy […]

College campuses located far from land of the free

By Freedom Newspapers However they score on achievement tests, relative to one another or foreign peers, American college students are breaking records in at least one category — the amount of debt they amass while chasing their diplomas. Due to the ever-increasing cost of higher education, and the ready availability of student loans, U.S. students […]

College funds may be stable despite enrollment drops

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Colleges and universities in New Mexico that experienced drops in enrollment may not be penalized, according to New Mexico Higher Education Department Secretary Beverlee McClure. The Department is considering a provision that would shelter college and university budgets for one year, according to higher education officials who met Friday […]

Meetings watch: New Mexico Higher Education Department

What: New Mexico Higher Education Department officials will meet with representatives of eastern New Mexico colleges and universities Where: Clovis Community College When: 8 a.m. today Why: Representatives of eastern New Mexico colleges and universities will present their capital outlay requests. Officials from Clovis Community, which has no request, will give a short presentation at […]

Minimum wage leads to maximum debate

By Walter Willliams: syndicated columnist There are decent people, without a selfish hidden agenda, who support increases in minimum wages as a means to help low-skilled workers, and there are other decent people, with the identical goal, who strongly oppose increases in the minimum wage. So the question is: How can people who share the […]

New Mexico First seeks college’s priorities

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Five recommendations for improving the state’s higher education were the main focus at Friday’s New Mexico First community meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. New Mexico First Associate Director Heather Balas met with nearly 40 Portales and Clovis community and business leaders and educators to discuss the recommendations, stating education […]

Drug war is losing battle, setbacks show

Freedom Newspapers There is an old saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see,” which comes to mind when we see news reports about expanding the international drug war. Two stories from Colombia recently support that belief. The first was a United Nations report that noted that despite record-setting eradication measures […]

Former CCC prez talks new position

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Former Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure bowed down from that position last August to become New Mexico’s first secretary of higher education. The Odessa, Texas, native oversees a staff of 33, which is expected to grow by 13 positions in the next year, she said. In April 2005, […]

Raising wages will not impact poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist About a fortnight ago, Mrs. Williams alerted me to an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show titled “Inside the Lives of People Living on Minimum Wage.” After a few minutes of watching, I turned it off, not because of the heart-rending tales but because most of what was being said was […]

Stranger’s unselfish sharing sign of God’s mercy

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist There is much sadness in the world. There is sadness in our community, the nation and the world. That is why I am sharing the following true story about an incident … no, a miracle … that is uplifting. My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn. She sent this e-mail […]

Panel OKs phased-in $7.50 wage

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — An increase in the minimum wage to $7.50, phased in over two years, squeaked through a House committee on Thursday over the objections of Republicans who labeled it anti-business. The legislation heads to the House floor for a vote. It’s a modified version of a measure […]

Miliarty Digest: Health insurance bump on way

By Tom Philpott Alarmed that soaring health care costs are crimping budget dollars for higher-priority defense programs, the Joint Chiefs intend to endorse the Defense Department’s plan to raise TRICARE fees sharply over the next three years for retirees under 65 and their families, say senior military officers. One officer described a likely scenario, early […]

Companies have right to regulate workers’ habits

Freedom Newspapers What you do on your own time increasingly looks like it could be your employer’s business. Smokers are the focus right now as businesses look at ways to contain health-care costs, with some companies increasing the insurance premiums of smokers or even firing them. In Ohio, Marysville-based Scotts Miracle-Gro has told employees who […]

Board of Regents informed of ENMU enrollment increase

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents members were told Friday enrollment at the Portales campus topped 4,000 for the first time since 1975. According to university officials, 4,052 students enrolled at ENMU for the fall semester. The fall enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959. […]

Governor names CCC president for new department

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Beverlee McClure, right, was appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson as the state’s first secretary of higher education on Thursday during a press conference at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Staff and wire reports As the state’s first secretary of higher education, Beverlee McClure confronts a long list of challenges and increasing the number […]

Officials: McClure headed to Santa Fe

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers Clovis Community College President Beverlee McClure is expected to be named the state’s new Higher Education secretary today, college regents Robert Lydick and Gayla Brumfield and state Sen. Stuart Ingle said. Officials with the governor’s office declined to confirm the appointment, but Bill Richardson scheduled a press conference for 9 […]

Thanks, governor, for your support of Clovis, Cannon

Freedom Newspapers It is fitting today that residents welcome New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson back to Clovis. He’s been in Curry and Roosevelt counties so much in the last year he should be made an honorary resident of both counties and they could add him to the tax rolls. Kidding aside, Richardson is visiting today […]

CCC president ‘kept going’

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College, is a first-generation college student — her parents had no college or university experience. In a similar financial predicament as most of the students she now presides over, she once worked 40 hours a week for an insurance company while taking a […]