VA not ready to back disabled pay

By Tom Philpott: Military update Monthly compensation the Department of Veterans Affairs pays to veterans with service-connected disabilities is intended to replace average earnings loss due to injuries or ailments. But should VA also pay disabled veterans something extra for diminished quality of life? Two prominent commissions in 2007 said it should. Last week, however, […]

Retailers expect big crowds for tax-free holiday

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rebecca Lawson of Portales sifts through racks of clothing at The Shoe String in Clovis. Lawson said her family of seven, five of those children, will be out this weekend to take advantage of the tax-free holiday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer San Skinner and his family have gotten […]

Individualism root of revolution

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist The idea that sound revolutions rest on the past may appear to be an oxymoron, but it isn’t. The seeds of a sound revolution do not come out of a vacuum. Although the American Founders did upend the previous practice of entrusting countries into the hands of monarchs, czars and […]

Organizer: Border Town Days ‘hometown thing’

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CNJ file photo Border Town Days will start at 10 a.m. Texico time (11 a.m. in Farwell). Freedom New Mexico The annual Border Town Days isn’t a huge event, organizers say. It’s more like a family barbecue — with two really big families. The communities of Texico and Farwell, which share the Texas-New Mexico border, […]

Missing my swamp…not really

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Some years in eastern New Mexico we can go all summer with just a handful of 100 degree-plus days. Apparently this isn’t going to be one of them. With a week nearly full of temperatures above the century mark what little rain we’ve received lately has been more than offset. […]

Independence Day festivities to include live music, boat race

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File photo The Smoke on the Water fireworks display begins at 8:45 p.m. July 4 at Greene Acres Park. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Even though the Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce isn’t quite to their $25,000 goal for the Smoke on the Water fireworks display, Director Ernie Kos said the day […]

Politicians feed ancient sqaubbles

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist If it isn’t the Croats versus the Serbs, the Irish versus the British, the Hungarians versus the Russians, the Indians versus the Pakistanis, and so on and so forth endlessly, ethnic, national or other groups carping about each other based on ancient misconduct, ill feelings, and awful memories that have […]

Students earn board approval for global competition

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer A pair of student groups, and a few of their parents, are hoping their final destination isn’t just in their imagination. Student teams from the Gifted and Talented programs at Ranchvale and James R. Bickley elementary schools, which won the state Destination ImagiNation state tournament March 14, received approval […]

First person: Pageant queen proud to represent married women

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CNJ photo: Liliana Castillo Noel Hunt is excited about representing married women of new mexico as Mrs. New Mexico because she said married women don’t get enough credit. Noel Hunt, 22, isn’t working for the first time since she was 15. But her husband still says she has too much to do. As a mother, […]

Editorial: Withdrawal from Iraq isn’t sign of success

As violence in Iraq has declined over the past year or so, American concern about Iraq has declined as well. The subject didn’t even come up — perhaps understandably given intense concern about the economic doldrums — during President Obama’s most recent press conference. But recent events suggest various tensions are merely bubbling beneath the […]

Lawmakers discuss legislative session

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Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session […]

Phelps’ behavior isn’t so shocking

By Thomas J. Lucente Jr.: Guest columnist

Non-American tracking system isn’t feasible

Freedom New Mexico

Obama’s modern ways overlooked

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist The curse of writing a column for Nov. 5 when Nov. 4 isn’t over means I have no election day results. In their place, I offer two final election thoughts: • Not nearly enough attention was given this season to the Barack Obama campaign and its use of new communications […]

Immigration status irrelevant to license needs

Freedom New Mexico Critics call it a train wreck, and the euphemism isn’t too far off. The state of Texas has joined other states across the nation in restricting the allocation of drivers’ licenses according to U.S. residency status. The issue became a major problem in New York for the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary […]

Proving identity grueling task

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Identity theft is a terrible thing but simply misplacing your identity isn’t a lot of fun either. My wife recently lost her purse containing her credit cards, driver’s license, Social Security card and approximately $5,000 in makeup. She said the loss of all of her personal information made […]

Ike forces ENMU football time change

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Southeastern Oklahoma isn’t taking any chances. The school decided Friday to move its start time for today’s Lone Star Conference crossover football game against Eastern New Mexico University ahead four hours, to 1 p.m. (MDT), because of the potential for bad weather caused by Hurricane Ike. “We feel like […]

Education feature: Prepping for school

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CNJ illustration: Cheyanne Bardin Classes resume for Clovis Municipal Schools Aug. 13. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Summer break isn’t quite over yet, but Victoria Moya is getting ready to start the school night routine again. With about two weeks left of summer vacation, Moya said it’s a little early to begin getting back […]

God’s grace: It just isn’t fair!

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist A surpassingly strange story it is, and enough to make a math or accounting major bite nails. I’m talking about Jesus’ Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). Here’s the story in a nutshell: It’s grape-harvest in Palestine. A vineyard owner goes out early to hire men […]

Prock not intimidated by situation

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Josh Prock isn’t intimidated by the prospect of taking over a program that went unbeaten and won a national championship in 2007-08. In fact, he’s looking forward to it. On Friday, the 30-year-old graduate of Clovis High was named women’s basketball coach at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. […]