Ownership a source of religious violence

Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Many now realize that when public property is used by all, the resources it contains will soon be depleted. Only private property serves as a promising means for conserving and cultivating such resources. Individuals who own something are more likely to take good care of it than if they use something […]

Conservation more effective with private firms

Freedom Newspapers What can people do to better protect the planet? That was a question being asked across the globe during Thursday’s celebration of Earth Day. We favor approaches that look to private alternatives rather than heavy-handed government actions that too often limit property rights, fence off the freedoms of citizens and sometimes even harm […]

Planning and Zoning Commission makes ‘worthwhile changes’

By Jack King The Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday approved four changes to the city’s zoning regulations that had been requested by builders and developers. Director of Building Safety Pete Wilt called them “worthwhile changes” that are “not anything drastic.” But Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bill Bollinger questioned the practice of having staff meet […]

It takes passion to gamble on a make-or-break film

By Tom DiFrancesca III The death of passion, or so it appears; mediocrity seems to be overtaking society. Now, when someone does something with passion that is intended for the positive, he’s criticized, insulted, and slandered. It seems like most folks these days aren’t passionate about anything — not even their work, and that used […]

Building boom room sought

By Jack King Local developers say Clovis is on the brink of a residential building boom, but the city must relax some zoning requirements or the boom could fizzle. Planning and Zoning commissioners said the requested changes should not lead to loosening all zoning requirements. The change requests will be discussed at the commission’s next […]

Realty transfer tax still double taxation

Gayla Brumfield The Blue Ribbon Tax Commission recommended a slate of tax increases to be considered in the special state legislative session held in October. While that session failed to generate a comprehensive tax reform package, it is likely these proposals will return again. One of the more troublesome suggestions made by the commission, and […]

Ranchers fight jets

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Cannon’s Col. Tip Wight explains details of the New Mexico Training Range Initiative proposal at a scoping meeting Monday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Becky Sharp Auditorium in the College of Business building. Freedom photo: Lisa Sonnenschein By Mike Linn PORTALES — Cannon Air Force Base officials met resistance from a handful of area residents […]

Disagreement is fine, if we think straight

Walter Williams A fortnight ago, I wrote a column that generated considerable reader response, some of it angry and nasty. The gist of the column was that the liberty-oriented solution to the smoking controversy was through the institution of private property, where the owner of a workplace, restaurant or bar decides whether there would be […]

Change is important for Clovis’ growth

Letters to the editor I’m not sure just who has been complaining about the recent spurt in the Clovis economy, but in real estate, growth means a healthy increase in the value of property, an improved appearance of properties, and an increase in the ability to sell residential and commercial property. So many families have […]

County tax issue goes down by more than 500 votes

Jack King Fifty-seven percent of Curry County voters on Tuesday rejected a request by the county commission to raise gross receipts taxes by one-eighths of one percent. The vote was 2,371 against, and 1,807 for. County Commissioner Pete Hulder, who opposed the gross receipts tax increase from the beginning, said the voters have spoken. “I […]