Death penalty complex issue

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist The question of the death penalty has divided our nation for a long time. It’s not likely that Gov. Bill Richardson’s signature on legislation banning the death penalty will end the struggle. New Mexico will become the second state to ban the death penalty since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstituted […]

New Mexico ranked 17th in nation on well-being index

Over the past year, New Mexicans responded to a random telephone survey about how they felt about living in the state.

Carlsbad science teacher selected in national top 10 group of science and math teachers

Carlsbad High School science teacher Raymond Nance has been selected to be one of 10 science and math teachers in the nation for the inaugural Society for Science & the Public (SSP) Fellows Program.

Local rep leading fight for states

By Paul Gessings: Guest columnist There is a movement sweeping the nation — bills have been introduced in 23 states including New Mexico — to restore the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. What, you might say is the 10th Amendment and why is it important? Well, that is part of the problem right […]

Children aren’t top priority for Congress

Any doubt that Congress is still in the grip of entrenched special interests, in this case the powerful teachers unions, is belied by a provision in the omnibus spending bill passed by the House last week and working its way through the Senate. It would effectively end a successful program offering widened educational opportunity to […]

Domestic partner bill stalls in New Mexico state senate

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights group, issued a statement today regarding a vote in New Mexico’s state Senate on the Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act, which would allow lesbian, gay, or straight couples to enter into domestic partnerships and receive rights, benefits, and responsibilities […]

President announces Medicaid relief

President Obama Announces More Than $95 Million in Medicaid Relief from ARRA for New Mexico Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding available for states on Wednesday in special Treasury accounts President Barack Obama announced this morning in a meeting with the Nation’s Governors that states will be able to access the first two quarters of […]

Bella Vista joins inauguration celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Students at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista dance during the an inauguration ball Tuesday at the school. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Not to be left out of the celebrations at the nation’s capital, Clovis residents held their own commemorations of Tuesday’s historic inauguration. Barack Obama was sworn […]

Tough times for dairy farmers

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PNT photo: Argen Duncan Pimpi Trillo (left) and Isabel Vicuna work in the milking parlor at Anderson Dairy near Portales. Due to the current global economic troubles, dairies are struggling with low milk prices. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Area dairy farmers, like their counterparts around the nation, are struggling financially due to the […]

Despite tough times focus on blessings

Freedom New Mexico We gather today with family and friends at a difficult time in our history. The nation’s economy lags like it hasn’t since the 1930s. Thousands of Americans have lost their jobs, and many of those who are still employed worry that their positions also are in jeopardy. Then there are those families […]

Embracing diversity good for our nation

Freedom New Mexico A new law enforcement agency is growing quietly in Texas. While it’s likely that few people see the motives behind this change as cause for alarm, it seems redundant, and therefore an unnecessary draw on tax funds that already are being fought over. The Attorney General’s office frequently gains a new department […]

Subsidizing businesses a risky path

Freedom New Mexico While the nation’s attention was focused last week on the financial crisis, the $700 billion granted to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and the Dow Jones industrial average, Congress quietly passed a budget measure that included $25 billion in subsidized loans for the auto industry. It may seem like peanuts compared with the […]

Green efforts add to current economic woes

Freedom New Mexico The first of what promises to be many taxes and regulations to protect us from the presumed threat of global warming was approved last week by an air quality management district in San Francisco. It marked the first time in the nation a government agency has charged companies “fees” based on their […]

April 27, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Bush has our nation in disarray

April 27, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Bush has our nation in disarray

Gambling not always a good bet

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist There was some news from the Mescalero Nation last week: Gambling revenues are up a bit at their casino near Ruidoso.

Pearce touts potential of state

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., stopped in Clovis on Tuesday on his campaign trail through eastern New Mexico. In his sixth year as a representative, Pearce is running for the Senate seat held by Pete Domenici, R-N.M. Domenici will retire at the end of his term this year. […]

Domenici addresses state Legislature

SANTA FE – Below is the text of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici’s prepared remarks for his address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature. The speech is Domenici’s last as a U.S. Senator to the Legislature.  Domenici, first elected in 1972, announced his retirement last October and will conclude his Senate career in […]

Bush asks for perseverance, action on economy and war

By Terence Hunt: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Recession. War. Terrorism. The worry list in President Bush’s final State of the Union address was the same as in his first. “We can all see that growth is slowing,” Bush said in his appearance before Congress Monday night when talking about the economy. The war in […]

Christians call I-35 ‘Highway of Holiness’

McClatchy Newspapers MINNEAPOLIS — For many drivers it’s an efficient route to the cabin up north or the Iowa homestead down south, but for a number of Christians across denominations, Interstate 35 is a holy stretch of asphalt leading not to the site of Buddy Holly’s last gig, but to divine salvation. Some believe I-35 […]