Too many believed winning, building Iraq would be easy

Freedom Newspapers Reports released last week on two inquiries into the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad dealt only briefly with what might have been the most shocking confirmation of policy failure: the apparent failure to plan for anything but the most rosy possible scenario in the […]

After drug lapse in Colombia, let’s rethink drug war

Freedom Editorial W hite House “drug czar” John Walters recent ly lapsed into a moment of candor about Plan Colombia, the five-year, $3.3 billion expenditure of U.S. taxpayers’ money that was supposed to — finally — reduce cocaine manufacturing in Colombia and availability in the United States. As AP reporter Dan Molinski wrote, “After flying […]

County considers new events center plan

By David Irvin Curry County’s proposed events center was back in the spotlight on Tuesday with a new plan. The latest proposal, from Schlegel Lewis Architects of Albuquerque, is to build a facility next to the county fairgrounds’ Mounted Patrol Arena, which could share some of the outdoor rodeo arena’s infrastructure. One element that might […]

Iraqi violence is behind rare call-up

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The intensity of violence in Iraq, with insurgents attacking roads and bridges and interrupting supply lines, is behind the rare involuntary recall of more than 5,600 soldiers who had completed active duty obligations, says Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army’s vice chief of staff. Cody told the House Armed Services […]

City commission approves 5-year plan

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis officials have more than $63 million on their wish list for capital improvement projects over the next five years, according to a plan approved July 1 by the Clovis City Commission. The city’s Local Infrastructure and Capital Improvements Plan for 2004-2009 isn’t a budget but rather a list of desired projects […]

Lawmakers considering stiffer DWI legislation

David Arkin: CNJ correspondent There’s sweeping support statewide — and especially in eastern New Mexico — for legislation that would implement the harshest penalty yet for DWI offenders. This week, Gov. Bill Richardson threw his support behind a plan that wouldn’t allow DWI offenders to buy alcohol for five years. An offender’s driver’s license would […]

Landsford, Verhines to present Ute project in Washington

CNJ STAFF REPORTS The Clovis City Commission voted at a special meeting Monday night to send Mayor David Lansford to Washington D.C. this month to request funding for the Ute Water Project. Lansford, chairman of the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, and Project Manager Scott Verhines will make the trip, which could take place […]

Texas special session seen as waste of time

The Texas Legislature’s 150 state representatives and 31 state senators debated and bickered, but ended up adjourning May 17, two days before the scheduled end of the special session called by Gov. Rick Perry. They concluded their session without finding a new way to pay for the state’s public schools. All Texans have to show […]

Bush’s best strategy for Israel/Palestine is non-intervention

Freedom Newspapers Has American approval become the kiss of death for Israeli politicians? Is there a chance American politicians will take a second look and pull back a bit from involvement in Israeli politics? Back in 2000, former President Clinton was on the verge of writing position papers for former Laborite Israeli Prime Minister Ehud […]

Iraqis should take on lion’s share of reconstructing Iraq

Freedom Newspapers In the midst of the ongoing violence in Iraq — and even as Coalition Provisional Authority chief L. Paul Bremer declares the Iraqis simply won’t have the capability to ensure security after June 30 — it almost seems secondary to discuss what happens when the United States turns over some version of sovereignty […]