Laws intended to protect kids only presume guilt

Freedom New Mexico It’s easy to look at the situation in West Texas — where

Officials work to protect witnesses

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Threats against witnesses are all too common in criminal court cases and don’t always end when the verdict is reached, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler. Last week, police filed a warrant for the arrest of a Clovis man they say threatened retaliation against witnesses. Chandler said his office […]

Letters to the Editor: Senior shining example of self defense

I was smiling from ear to ear when I read the story in the Aug. 9 CNJ about the senior citizen trapping the alleged burglar. Bravo to Alton Tillman! He is a beacon amidst the dimming light of liberty and freedom in this country. It was a shame, though, that this wonderful story was tainted […]

More checks, balances needed to protect citizens

By Freedom Newspapers U.S. District Court Judge John Bates has set a July 5 deadline for the FBI to hand over documents relating to the bureau’s possible misuse of what are known as National Security Letters, or NSLs, under the Patriot Act. An earlier Justice Department audit found the FBI had improperly and sometimes illegally […]

Elitist tendencies surface during Texas session

By Freedom Newspapers The 80th Texas Legislature, which ended earlier this month, might have seemed to many people to be one of the longest 140 days in recent memory. State leaders made their standard public appearances to pat themselves on the back and claim the session a success, but the general feeling was a relief […]

Criminal control, not gun control, will ease violence

Few details were known about Monday’s senseless killings on the Virginia Tech campus before many analysts jumped to the same conclusion they always reach: The way to stop gun violence is to impose further controls on the legal ownership of guns. In an editorial Tuesday, for instance, The New York Times opined: “What is needed, […]

Ag Sense: New hay regulations protect consumers

By Mark Marsalis: Local columnist Hay growers and buyers in New Mexico will be required to follow new hay transporting regulations in December. In an effort to protect the nation’s feed and food supply, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has included — as part of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response […]

Proactive law enforcement key for office

By Matt Murray: Guest columnist Thanks to all of you for the kindness that you’ve shown me and others involved in the “Matt Murray for sheriff” campaign. In 1976, as a 19-year-old, I was sworn in as a police officer by one of my heroes; his name was Clovis Police Chief Nelson Worley. It was […]

5/10 Letters to the editor

Sheriff should be willing to risk life Do you want Matt Murray as Curry County sheriff? I don’t. Murray was a Curry County deputy sheriff on July 13, 1992, when Charles Landgraf killed three people while trying to flee police in a sports car. According to a Nov. 19, 1993, report in the Clovis News […]

4/2 Letters to the editor

State Democratic Party looking forward The New Mexico Democratic Party is an optimistic and inclusive organization that takes its inspiration from hundreds of thousands of state Democrats, but several beliefs stand out. We believe the 55,000 new jobs created since Democrats took over the state government are a step forward. We believe Gov. Richardson’s continuing […]