Caring for needy society’s duty, not government

Freedom Newspapers Each of the three major religions in this country, and no doubt many of the lesser-known religions, have within their doctrines a command for man to care for the poor and less fortunate among us. Historically, houses of worship also have been places where those in need could go for solace. However, in […]

Gags can bring big laughs, desserts

Bob Huber It’s a freaky thing, I’ll admit, but I’m absorbed with gags. I pick them up at funerals, on bar stools, in church pews, the Internet, and even in the first class section of airliners, and the truth is I pilfer them with utter disregard for origins. Many of them sprout from scholars like […]

County officials say tax hike needed

Jack King Geneva Cooper’s days are filled with anxiety. “The question you keep asking is, ‘Where are we going to get the money?’” the Curry County manager said Thursday. A fiscal conservative who has prided herself on keeping a prudent reserve in the county coffers, Cooper is faced in 2003 with a financial situation that […]

Clovis residents favor better pay for cops

Clovis residents have been informed there are not enough police officers on staff and this shortage could result in an escalated crime rate. At a recent city commission meeting, Commissioner Kevin Duncan suggested property taxes be increased to help pay for raises for existing officers and to hire new recruits. I am in favor of […]

Petition calls for ‘drastic’ action

Clovis Police officer Lyndell Stansell, Jr., right, checks out a taser gun during a briefing for the swing shift Thursday at the Clovis Police Department along with officers Steve Wright, left, and David Lester, center. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Jack King and Darrell Todd Maurina A petition on behalf of city police officers — […]

Let government learn to watch its balance sheet

It’s Labor Day: a holiday that has been set aside to provide a day of rest for the American worker. Today, most of us will relax, perhaps spend some time at Ute Lake or Ned Houk Park or barbecue some steaks. Tuesday morning we’ll return to our work, as past generations did after their Labor […]

Ute Water Project tops meeting agenda

By Jack King Members of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will discuss the ability of each community to pay its share of the Ute Water Project at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting in Tucumcari. The board, which has been moving its meetings around the region, will meet at 2 p.m. in the Tucumcari Civic […]

City alters budget to fund pay raises

By Jack King The City Commission approved a $500,000 budget change Thursday night that will fund raises for city employees ranging from 2 to 6 percent. In the same vote, commissioners approved incentive pay increases for police and fire department personnel. In the fire department, incentive pay for paramedics will increase by 10 cents per […]

Board to seek fed money

By Jack King The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority will prepare an authorization request for Congress seeking federal money for the project by Aug. 13, even though a financial study showing how its members will pay for the project has not been completed. The board of the water authority, which is planning a Ute […]

Pressure rises to ease military pay law

By Tom Philpott House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and other Republican leaders are urging President Bush to drop his veto threat and allow Congress to further ease the century-old law that bans “concurrent receipt” of full military retired pay and Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) disability compensation. Capitol Hill sources said career retirees who now […]

Volume is cause of wait for applications

By Tom Philpott Tens of thousands of military retirees still intend to apply for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Though the first CRSC applications were filed in early June, only about 1,000 were reviewed and 100 approved in time for payments to begin July 1. Given the volume of applications, waits of two to three […]

Set minimum wage violates free trade

By Tibor machan Santa Fe is a well known and fashionable New Mexico desert city and largely in the hands of a bunch of meddlesome lefties. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, Santa Fe recently enacted an ordinance that mandates — that is to say, coercively imposes — a minimum wage of $10 plus that every employer […]

Fate of retirees’ compensation still up in air

By Tom Philpott More than 670,000 military retirees with VA-rated disabilities are ineligible for the new Combat-Related Special Compensation. Many wonder whether CRSC truly is a beachhead in battle for “concurrent receipt” of full retired and VA disability compensation, or the end of the line on this issue. That will depend on whether lawmakers vowing […]

Why all the fuss about gay marriages?

Tibor Machan Canada is now recognizing gay marriages, and many in America think it is embarrassing that our country is lagging behind. Well, just wait a minute. When gay marriages are not being recognized it isn’t just that one is opposed to them. There can be full acceptance of such marriages while still resisting them, […]

Writer’s goal not influence

A couple of weeks ago, the occasion being the baptism or christening of a child, I focused the homily on “Why We Do What We Do.” In other words, why do we baptize as we do, why do we revere the sacrament of baptism, etc.? In a similar vein, today I choose to address why […]

Pipeline funding questioned

By Jack King Federal and state officials raised questions Wednesday about some eastern New Mexico communities’ ability to pay for their share of the renewable water delivery system proposed by the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority. The authority has been created to develop a pipeline project to distribute water from Ute Reservoir to communities […]

Service to small airports in jeopardy

By Gary Mitchell Air service to Clovis and other similar-sized communities was jeopardized recently by potential congressional action. A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman said Bingaman and fellow senators beat back an initiative last week that would have forced some of New Mexico’s communities that take part in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program […]

State may see bills for prisoners

By Jack King A Curry County commissioner has called on counties statewide to start billing the state Department of Corrections for the counties’ expenses in housing state prisoners. Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley proposed billing the state department during a meeting of the New Mexico Association of Counties last week in Gallup. The NMAC’s […]

Clovis schools tighten belt to avoid budget crunch

By Gary Mitchell Clovis schools will eliminate more than 20 teaching positions for the upcoming school year as a result of this year’s unfunded state mandate for an across-the-board raise for teachers. However, no teachers will be fired or laid off, Clovis school officials say. “We have about 22 teaching positions we have absorbed for […]

Price-fixing violates free marketplace

By Tibor Machan Imagine you are a plumber or a teacher or a guitar player, working in Maine. Imagine that some people who want your services just don’t want to pay your wages. They think you cost too much. So, they go to the government and get it to order you to work at the […]