Libertarian ideals still hold up

I am constantly re-examining my beliefs and principles. All of them, not just libertarianism. I try to look at them from every possible angle and twist them inside-out to see if there is a possibility I could be wrong and libertarianism isn’t the most ethical philosophy that has ever been created for relating to all […]

McGee: This isn’t ‘Leave it to Beaver’ world anymore

I would’ve liked to have spent afternoons between Christmas and New Year’s Days kicking back and watching movies and napping but ‘twas not to be. The Lady of the House and I spent the time rebuilding our backyard fence. The night after Christmas someone rounded our street corner too fast, rammed through our fence and […]

Officials: Economic improvement will be slow-paced

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Thomas Siems, director of economic outreach for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, talks to Eastern New Mexico University faculty and students and community members about economy Wednesday afternoon at the university. Three Federal Reserve Bank officials gave presentations on their economical studies. Alisa Boswell Economic improvement for the U.S. […]

Weekly update — Oct. 23

County manager not subject of investigation About the only thing Curry County officials are saying is: There is an investigation and County Manager Lance Pyle isn’t the subject. Pyle was excluded from most of an executive session Tuesday that followed the county commission meeting at Melrose City Hall, then asked to attend for a few […]

It isn’t Amazon that’s acting with greed

Freedom New Mexico How perverse is it when wanting to keep money that you’ve earned is considered being greedy? Amazon, the online retail giant, has been castigated for not collecting sales taxes in states where it has no physical presence, and therefore no legal requirement to do so. Nevertheless, critics would have us believe Amazon […]

Ranchers say USDA not giving insurance payments

Argen Duncan A number of New Mexico ranchers say the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t giving them the insurance payments they paid for and need. Last year, the USDA Risk Management Agency offered a pilot program in which ranchers in New Mexico and other states could work with private insurance companies to buy policies they […]

House GOP should make Obama blink

Freedom New Mexico This isn’t time to go wobbly. Republicans in the House of Representatives need to maintain their discipline of standing firm against any tax increases in a deficit-reduction bill. The “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill the House approved Tuesday likely will stall in the Senate. But it provides the basis of a budget […]

Family source of ideas

L ife isn’t just one big bowl of cherries for a small town newspaper columnist. Some weeks it just doesn’t pay to hand in your copy. This week could be one of those weeks. Someone once told me to write about what you know and it’ll be easy. Writing about what I know leaves me […]

Paperbacks offer new take on bible

If Sunday isn’t the best day to discuss my religious library, let she who has the worst arm cast the first stone. Thanks to my cousins, Chef Juandel and The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy, and me repeatedly joining the Quality Paperback Book Club (QPB) — and faithfully completing the introductory requirements before canceling and re-joining — […]

Animals safe with country kids

Our family always has made pets out of all kinds of living things. We had a dogie goat named Penco, which isn’t terribly original since Penco means dogie in Spanish. Penco learned that when the back door slammed either food or fun were on the way, and he always came running. Our pet squirrel named […]

Housing markets tight near bases

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Fat fix isn’t government’s responsibility

Freedom New Mexico In case the drug war wasn’t enough government boondoggle, we have a new war on food abuse. Despite the portion of Americans who work hard to stay fit, an estimated 129.6 million Americans, or 64 percent, are fat. The fat war started about 10 years ago, when government nutritionists stopped issuing reports […]

GOP looking to wean public off government

Freedom New Mexico I t isn’t likely to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, but the GOP’s proposed spending plan for next year and the next decade is one of the most encouraging signs out of Washington since the Reagan revolution. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., got everyone’s attention Tuesday when he unveiled a GOP proposal to reduce […]

Gamers building community in eastern New Mexico

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Steve Deleon, owner of the Sports Angle, sells some Yu-Gi-Oh! cards to two Yu-Gi-Oh tournament players, Kay Arguelles, left, and Lynn Salazar, Friday afternoon. The Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments are held every other Saturday at the store. Alisa Boswell The term gamer isn’t just for athletic endeavors. It can also apply to […]

Clovis resident still wants ruling on video lawsuit

Sharna Johnson The county may have pulled a controversial video from the courthouse lobby before the Nov. 2 election after two Clovis men filed petition for a district court injunction, but the case isn’t being dropped. Clovis resident Al Lewis, one of the petitioners in the case, said he wants a judge’s ruling on the […]

Commissaries agency closing ‘brand name’ loophole

By Tom Philpott: Military Update One great strength of military commissaries is that patrons can buy brand name items at deep discounts, comfortable in the knowledge they are quality products, food safety isn’t an issue, and most goods are identical to those sold commercially off base and back home. The “brand name” system brings another […]

Lyons to run for new office

CNJ staff Clovis native Patrick Lyons isn’t ready for his career in public service to end next year. Lyons, a 1972 graduate of Clovis High School, is hoping he can parlay his final year as state land commissioner into a successful run to the Public Regulation Commission. As he is term-limited, Lyons will spend 2010’s […]

Recession not over until job recovery secure

Freedom New Mexico Washington intervention isn’t saving or creating jobs, so more is coming. Figures released this month showing unemployment nationally at 10.2 percent suggest those who proclaimed the end of the recession when GDP rose 3.5 percent during the third quarter were more than a little premature. Is a “jobless recovery” really a recovery? […]

CEO: Cost, Texas hurdles for proposed super grid

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo A wind farm in Sweetwater, Texas. Wind and solar energy will play a predominate role in Tres Amigas plans to build a super grid in Clovis. But Texas energy policies might stop the whole deal before it can get off the ground. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Phil Harris […]

Clovis believes graduation numbers correct

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File photo Clovis HIgh’s graduation rate of 78.8 percent compares favorably with the national average of 70 percent. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The Clovis municipal school system isn’t joining a recent wave of criticism toward the New Mexico Public Education Department over the release of tentative 2008-09 graduate rates. With rates exceeding the […]