Personal information: Keep it private

By Master Sgt. Pamela Vickers, AFSOC Privacy Act Manager HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — You receive a phone call requesting information about one of your coworkers. Specifically, the caller wants to know their rank, duty title and e-mail address. Do you know what information you can legally tell them? When dealing with a third party, certain […]

New intelligence director has odd idea of privacy

By Freedom New Mexico The whole point of gathering intelligence is to learn what others don’t want you to know. Using satellites, computers and real-time analysis, it’s never been easier to track down the bad guys — along with U.S. citizens who presumably count themselves among the good guys. Presume no more, citizen. Your privacy […]

10-19 Sports Briefly

Cannon Lanes (784-2280) Family Fun Night — 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $2 per game. Lights will be turned off over lanes and bumpers will be provided for children. Tournament — 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Mulligan nine pin no tap tournament. Whispering Winds (784-2800) Senior Golf League — 8 a.m. Tuesday. Players must be 50 years […]

Safety remains important as summer draws to close

Commentary by Sophia Pressley: 27th Fighter Wing Safety. CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Summer will soon be over and many of us are enjoying the last days of leisure activities with our families. Looking back over Cannon’s summer safety campaign, we have been very fortunate. Our success can be attributed to the supervisors and airmen […]

FEMA disaster application deadline set for June 1

CNJ staff Curry and Quay county residents and business owners who sustained damage related to the March 23 tornadoes have until June 1 to apply for disaster assistance. Loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration for disaster-related losses to real and personal property must also be submitted by that date. There are two ways […]

Relay for Life worthwhile cause

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Late April means at least two events that hold significance in my life. I hope that these are also of importance to you. The first is, by now, you should have paid your federal and state income taxes, or have filed for an extension. If you haven’t, perhaps you should put […]

Money adds no value to true contentment

By Judy Brandon The word “values” can be used in two ways. First, it can denote money or worth attached to something. For instance, there are used car values, commercial property values, housing values and values of expensive and rare art. Then the word “values” can be used to designate significant personal beliefs. We think […]

Economic master also great instructor

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Nobel Laureate and Professor Milton Friedman, at age 94, succumbed to heart failure on Nov. 16. While the man is gone, those of us who hold personal liberty as society’s highest end will always remember his steadfast support of the principles of personal liberty. Professor Friedman, above all, was an […]

Victory missing from ballots this year

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist It is almost surreal to watch the 2006 campaign wind down to its conclusion. The one overriding issue is the war in Iraq. Polls reflect deep public unhappiness with the course of the war, and Democrats will most likely reap the benefit of this frustration. And yet neither party offers […]

Government e-mails should be public property

By Freedom Newspapers The Arizona Court of Appeals recently shielded dozens of e-mails written by former Pinal County Manager Stan Griffis from public scrutiny under the theory that taxpayers aren’t entitled to see “personal” notes, even if they are created and stored on government-owned equipment. The court ruling reveals a defect in state public records […]

Business Digest 8-1

jean_verlich@link.freedom.com Business Enterprise Center remodeling The Clovis/Curry County Business Enterprise Center on East Grand Street is being remodeled to better suit incubator tenants, according to a newsletter from Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The city of Clovis selected Centennial Contractors Enterprises, a national job order contracting firm with an office in Albuquerque, to manage the project. […]

Locals heedful of stolen vet info

Staff and Wire Reports More than 6,000 local veterans have received word they may be among the millions of veterans nationwide whose personal information was stolen in May from the home of a Veterans Affairs employee. Shelly Winn of Clovis said she and her Vietnam veteran husband received the notification letter a couple of weeks […]

Katrina disaster shows need for advance preparation

Cannon Air Force Base Claims Office From time to time, the forces of nature strike members of our Air Force family — destroying homes, beloved possessions, and sometimes even lives. In case of such disasters, we’re always told to have fresh water, food stores, battery operated radios, flashlights and other emergency materials on hand. Yet […]

Muffley Funeral Home to expand with crematorium

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Muffley Funeral Home of Clovis is expanding its business with the construction of a new crematorium, which will be called High Plains Crematorium. According to longtime employee Kevin Duncan, the crematorium will be the first of its kind in the area. Owner Russell Muffley, who has been in the […]

Reaching out to those in need part of human nature

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist The new year may be a good year to “reach out and touch someone,” as the old advertisement used to say. I often talk to my classes about this — reaching out and touching people. We examine the characteristics of caring, loving people and then I explain the Ethiopia Concept […]

Census officers on disturbing, invasive drive

CNJ Editorial What would you do if government agents showed up at your door and demanded highly personal information about you and your housemates, then threatened you with up to $5,000 in fines if you didn’t answer or provided incorrect information? It’s an interesting dilemma, and one that American citizens should not have to face […]

Getting involved leads to superior supervision

Master Sgt. John Skaggs For those in a position to supervise, how many of you really know your subordinates? Do you know if your Airmen have a family? If they do, how many children do they have? Where do your subordinates live and what are their off-duty interests? With whom do they normally spend their […]

Self-serving art misses point

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist It began innocently enough. During the trek over a long stretch of road near Elk City, Okla., I made an off-hand comment to my wife concerning the Tim McGraw song that was on the country station. “Don’t you just hate it when somebody uses music to process their personal life, […]

Bush needs more than showmanship to meet term goals

Freedom Newspapers It is odd, in a way, for the media to deal with events such as President Bush’s news conference Thursday evening like theatrical performances. The AP story, for example, noted “At times, he twisted the toe of his shoe on the carpeted riser.” Perhaps such reviews are appropriate, however. Like most presidential appearances, […]