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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

ID theft legislation slippery slope

Few things can be more infuriating than having someone steal your identity — Social Security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, even your medical records. Such “identity theft” — as well as the related simple loss or unauthorized release of personal information — is occurring more often in our digitized society. On Monday, California […]

World mourns pope’s death

By Liz Sly and Tom Hundley: Chicago Tribune VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II, the man who led the Catholic church for a generation with vision, drive and charisma, died Saturday, bringing an end to his prolonged personal suffering and to a historic era for the world. In a brief statement issued 15 minutes […]

Bush should stress positives, not negatives

CNJ staff It has been a rough couple of weeks for the Bush administration and the idea that the Social Security system requires reform and that individual accounts should be part of that reform. A Pew Research Center poll showed that, after a month of selling the idea, the percentage of Americans who said they […]

Candidate profile: Rachel Toney

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rachel Toney Occupation: Chief Deputy Treasurer Political party affiliation: Democrat Birth date: May 16, 1963 Hometown: Clovis Family: Husband, John and two children Hobbies: Reading, hiking and spending time […]

America needs to regain ‘personal responsibility’

Freedom Newspapers In the Old West, the word “regulator” had a variety of meanings. Often applied to range detectives hired by large ranchers to put a stop to cattle rustling, the word also was used for vigilante groups and sometimes even the rustlers themselves. Regulators, when working as private law enforcement officers, sometimes operated in […]

Some top administrators have vehicles provided

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Taxpayer-bought automobiles, free memberships to Gym X and tuition waivers are the main incentives — besides paychecks and benefits — for public employees working in Curry County. Most of Curry County’s high-ranking public employees drive in cars paid for by the public agency they serve. City and county officials serving […]

Troy’s honor should not need defense

By Mona Charen One of the great ironies of the past decade and a half is that the term “the politics of personal destruction” has come to be associated with what Republicans did to President Bill Clinton. Republicans have been known to go over the top now and then. But it is Democrats who have […]

Cancer mixes physician’s personal, professional life

Capt. Kirin Madden: Guest columnist Relay for Life has a lot of meaning for me, both personal and professional. Like most people, cancer has touched my life and made its impression on my soul. As a physician, I spend a lot of time and energy looking for cancer through a variety of screening exams. In […]

Reporters Notebook: Powerball e-mails may be from con artists

Think you’ve won the Powerball lottery since you’ve received an e-mail to that effect? Not so, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball lotto game. These e-mails are sent by con artists who are trying to get personal information from you. Quite often they include the Powerball name, logo and links to […]

Marine shares faith through adversity

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Vietnam veteran Rafael Aragon receives a signed copy Thursday of a book by retired Marine Clebe McClary outlining his combat injuries. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Some people know pain and suffering. As a Marine who lost an eye and arm while leading his men […]