American people are the source

Freedom Editorial H e started out almost gingerly, as if the build-up of the last several days — creating almost a superhero aura which may say more about our culture’s elevation of the presidency than this convention — had draped a mantle his shoulders couldn’t fill. But toward the end he grew into something approaching […]

Growth comes from smaller governments

Freedom Editorial There is little question that former President Clinton offered an effective speech at the Democratic convention, filled with charm, humor and a superficially plausible list of reasons for voters to prefer a Democratic administration to the current model. On closer examination, however, his contentions, especially on taxes, spending and other domestic policy, don’t […]

Corps, czars replicate federal programs

Freedom Editorial What this country really needs is a moratorium on the creation of any new “corps” or “czars.” That, or a moratorium on the politicians proposing one. It seems that in response to every problem, real or trumped-up, the reflex of the political/bureaucratic class is to lobby for the naming of a new czar […]

Study: Support system needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Family support professionals and volunteers have expanded programs to help military families cope with longer, more frequent separations from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. But weaknesses in coordination, communication and command oversight still deny too many families access to the information and help they need, says a new study by […]

Play Inc. still helping kids: Q and A

By Emilie Hornack: CNJ Correspondent Four decades ago a group of parents suggested a need within the Clovis community for youth football and basketball leagues. From that came Playing League Athletics for Youth, or Play Inc. as it’s become known. Serving hundreds of youngsters through a variety of programs, the non-profit organization continues looking to […]

Community college seeks space for burgeoning health programs

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Clovis Community College is looking to expand. CCC officials are asking for a 25,000-square-foot health care education facility. Cost of the facility would be about $3 million, officials estimated. College trustees on Wednesday authorized school officials to request funding through the state’s Commission on Higher Education. The proposed building would […]

Reserves key budget concern for board

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal School Board gave tentative approval Wednesday night to a $44.9 million budget for the upcoming school year, but several members objected to a spending plan that could cut the district’s cash reserves by as much as $500,000. Board member Mark Lansford asked Maxine Hinderliter, the […]

Let’s hope Bush we hear tonight more like in 2000

President Bush’s State of the Union speech tonight will be the unofficial kickoff for his re-election campaign. He’ll tell the nation, and the world, the themes and programs he plans to pursue this year and in the following four years, should voters re-elect him. The focus, as last year, will be on war and peace. […]

Government’s marriage program is doomed to fail

Freedom Newspapers One of the sad facts about government is the results of any proposed program are likely to be closer to the opposite of the stated goals than to the stated goals themselves. Public housing was supposed to provide decent homes for poor people but instead created nightmarish high-rise ghettos. Aid for Families with […]

Q&A 1/18

State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, sponsored House Bill 974 which passed during the 2003 session of the state legislature. According to the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, the bill directs the corrections department to establish a demonstration prison-based drug rehabilitation program for inmates including components that address drug rehabilitation, education, self-respect, and life skills. Crook […]