People can’t be forced to be free

There is no way to force someone to be free. As a libertarian I see the absurdity of that impossible notion. So when I point out the wrong of liberty-destroying laws I am not demanding that those who feel they need them give them up. That would be trying to force them to be free. […]

Religion calendar — April 1

Saturday The Right to Life Committee of New Mexico’s 34th Educational Conference and Banquet— April 2nd. 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m., Workshops. 6-7 p.m., Banquet. Registration: Complete conference (Banquet & workshops)-$50, Banquet only- $50, Workshops only- $50, Workshops are free to students with student I.D. Banquet reservation and payment deadline by close of business March 30, 2011. […]

Laws don’t put end to problems

It seems a certain violent Arizona resident would have done well to have read my column last week. The message that right and wrong are universal rather than subjective is something he apparently needed. Of course, he may not have understood. If he is simply willing to commit evil acts without regard to right or […]

Only you can judge what is right

Last week’s column emphasized the need for each of us to do the right thing in order to improve society. Most commenters seemed to agree, but were not necessarily sure what “the right thing” is. Fair enough. Real right and wrong are pretty easy to grasp as long as you aren’t looking for excuses or […]

Start of the year good time to reflect on past, future

Curtis Shelburne Well, here we find ourselves again in January, and maybe some reflection is in order. On the one hand, author Thomas Mann is right: “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when […]

Do the right thing, law or no law

You know the right thing to do. I know you do. So don’t wait for someone else to do it first and don’t wait for a “law” to tell you to. Do it now. I’m reminded of the Clovis Hobby Lobby shoppers this month who tripped up a shoplifter. Instead of watching the thief and […]

a view from under the pew: the mystery and miracle of christmas

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pewEditor’s note: When Amos went shopping recently for a tiny little red flashing light to decorate the Christmas tree sprig he had propped against his cozy matchbox home, he encountered the trials and tribulations of last-minute Christmas shoppers. In frustration, he called out for […]

Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Manuel Thomas traces a map of Pearl Harbor as he recounts where each ship was the day of the 1941 attack by the Japanese. A Hawaii native, Thomas worked as a welder in the harbor until after the war. Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and […]

Obama made right decision to extend tax

Freedom New Mexico The most remarkable thing about President Barack Obama’s announcement that he had come to an agreement with Republicans on tax rates and unemployment compensation was the virulence with which it was met by many elements of what used to be considered the president’s “base” of unswerving support. The president agreed with congressional […]

Gates’ advice on gay policy on right course

Freedom New Mexico A long-awaited Pentagon report on repealing the “don’t’ ask don’t tell” policy so that gay people can serve openly in the military services strongly suggests, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates put it, that it “would not be the wrenching, traumatic change that some people have predicted.” The report also noted, however, that […]