Court recognizes self-defense is basic right

By the narrowest margin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to bear arms, fortifying what many have correctly believed since ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791. One dissenter in the 5-4 decision, Justice John Paul Stevens, predicted a “tsunami of legal uncertainty” from court challenges […]

University right to suspend student group

Officials at the University of California- Irvine have made the right decision when they recommended suspending the UCI Muslim Student Union for one year. This was for disrupting a campus speech by Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, in February. UCI’s Muslim Student Union, at the center of a number of political controversies in […]

Grazing workshop planned

CNJ staff A Planned Grazing Workshop for ranchers and land owners is set for June 29-July 1 in Amarillo, Texas. Agricultural consultant Kirk Gadzia and Kelly Boney are expected to cover rangeland monitoring, financial planning, land planning and more, according to a press release from Holistic Management, the organization hosting the workshop. Planned grazing aims […]

Left big fan of public funding

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist It looks like the way the Right despises ACORN, the Left does the Tea Party. It may not even be so much about their political stances, although that is part of it for sure. It is sad, though, that supporters of Obama had no problem with — indeed were proud […]

Letters to the editor: U.S. not refuge for illegal immigrants

U.S. not refuge for illegal immigrants How many people can you put into a lifeboat before it goes down? For so many years, our nation has turned a blind eye to illegal immigration overflowing our southern borders. Our government is complicit in exponentially adding to the problem. Granting amnesty to the millions who have already […]

Public must not pass judgment

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist No one in his right mind denies that people in commerce can become criminals. That’s because people in any walk of life can — it is a basic human capacity not only to do something wrong but to hurt others with it. No other known animal is like […]

Median placed near Texas Street

CNJ staff A concrete median has been placed in front of Texas Street along North Prince Street through Tuesday. Barricades will remain in place through Saturday. The entrance on Texas Street will become a right-in/right-out to minimize traffic buildup. Northbound traffic is asked to use Arizona Street or the signal located at the intersection Colonial […]

Press Release: Rep. Luj

Washington, DC – Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Government needs Sunshine Portal

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Information is power, and right now the public has none. Legislators and the public are rightfully outraged at Gov. Bill Richardson’s ongoing refusal to release information about his exempt state employees, including 59 positions that were supposedly cut last month. What little information has emerged isn’t good — employees who […]

Teen driver in fatal crash cited for careless driving

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer

Singing the right tune for the new year

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Although I certainly wish for you and yours a happy and blessed New Year, I confess that I’m rarely terribly excited about New Year’s fanfare. (I like almost any reason for some days off and time with friends and good food, so I’m not a total New Year’s grinch […]

A little child shall lead them

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The Lord Jesus and Charles Dickens were both right: the way to be saved is to become a child. That’s not easy. We spend most of our lives trying to be all grown up. Sadly, we generally succeed. All too often, our imaginations start to shrivel about the time […]

Left nor Right embracing liberty

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When those on the political Left refer to defenders of the free market system as “right wingers,” there is understandable concern about how the term is being abused. Classical liberals, the supporters of both economic and civil libertarianism, have been anything but “right wingers,” quite the opposite. In […]

Census count on the horizon

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MCT graphic By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The year is winding its way to an end and 2010 is right around the corner. For many in the state who are aware of the importance of numbers, that means one very important thing: It’s time for a new census. Though many population estimates are taken […]

Udall: Country ‘moving in the right direction’

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., hosted a 90-minute town hall meeting at the Tucumcari Convention Center on Thursday. By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun TUCUMCARI — This was no political pep rally. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., had to answer some tough questions on Thursday as he hosted a 90-minute […]

Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people […]

Colorado board right to nix pot proposals

Congratulations to the Colorado Board of Health, which did the right thing by rejecting proposed regulations that would have put medical marijuana dealers out of business and deprived thousands of Coloradans the drug they need. One major component of the regulations would have limited medical marijuana dispensaries to five clients. The proposals alone have held […]

Pioneer breakfast

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Maegan Ridley, Miss Rodeo America, listens to a story from Curry County Pioneer, Lala Barnes, right while Lala’s daughter, Vivian Lake listens. Barnes told Ridley about the time she had made a batch of lye soap and laid it outside to dry. She said their greyhound dogs ate them all. Many women shared stories Friday […]

Ruling victory for gun-right advocates

A recent decision in the liberal 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals actually advances the constitutional concept of an individual right to gun ownership even as the judges upheld an Alameda County, Calif., decision to ban gun shows from county property. The decision is a mixed bag, but the case shows the degree to which […]