Domestic partner bill stalls in New Mexico state senate

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights group, issued a statement today regarding a vote in New Mexico’s state Senate on the Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act, which would allow lesbian, gay, or straight couples to enter into domestic partnerships and receive rights, benefits, and responsibilities […]

Oil-and-gas rights debate draws crowd

By Phaedra Haywood: The New Mexican Oil-and-gas industry representatives and advocates of increasing the rights of landowners who don’t own the mineral rights under their property squared off Wednesday before the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. Debate is scheduled to resume Friday on House Bill 219, which deals with […]

Feb. 8, 2009 Letter to the Editor

Partnership bill about protecting rights Domestic partnership is a matter of human rights. Too many opponents are not trying to really understand the meaning of this bill being debated in the state Legislature. Kevin Haney, pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, was quoted saying, “To me, it’s bait and switch. They’re […]

Court rights should apply to immigrants, too

Freedom New Mexico Former attorney general Michael Mukasey made a grievous error when he ruled that immigrants have no recourse regarding errors made in their cases. In one of the last acts of the Bush administration, Mukasey ruled that immigrants don’t have the right to have their deportation cases reopened because they had poor legal […]

Domestic partnerships battle resumes

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Unmarried couples would get the same rights and privileges as their married counterparts under a bill recommended Wednesday by a Senate Committee. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to recommend passage of Senate Bill 12, also known as the Domestic Partners Rights & Responsibilities Act. While supporters say […]

Dairy farmers express water concerns

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Concerned their water rights would be bled dry, dairy farmers requested the Clovis City Commission protest water rights consolidation efforts by New Mexico American Water Co. The commission voted unanimously for a conditional protest to the utility’s request to the Office of the State Engineer. The company wants to […]

Supreme Court ruling protects our gun rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller might not have been as sweeping in its scope as we might have preferred. In practice it is likely to permit any number of gun-control laws to which we would object because they are too impractical, expensive, intrusive and ineffective to […]

Policy changes can’t interfere with basic rights

Freedom New Mexico Clovis public schools’ directors are to meet at 5:30 p.m. today to hear arguments favoring a change in the student publications policies. We believe the only response that board should offer is a lecture telling school administrators to become better communicators. There’s nothing wrong with the school district’s publications policies. The issue […]

Proposed voting rights should be reciprocated

Freedom New Mexico According to National Public Radio, Europe has seen rising interest in something many Americans can’t or won’t take the time to do — voting for president. It seems commentators in England and other countries see their continent’s fortunes inextricably tied to ours. By their reasoning, the residents of other nations deserve to […]

Crime Victims Rights Week kicks off with breakfast

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Tammi Lambert said dealing with the court system is almost as hard on the victims as the crime itself. Lambert, director of the Governor’s Office of Victim Advocacy, related a story about one victim’s plight during Tuesday’s 4th annual Victims Crime Rights Week breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center. “She […]

In search of old diner photos

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is gathering memorabilia from the “Clovis Sound” era of the 1950s. The artifacts – which already include musical instruments and an extensive collection of radios — will be used to dress up the Norman and Vi Petty Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum scheduled to open Sept. 3 during the annual […]

One vote yes on domestic partners issue

New Mexico lawmakers published a questionnaire in Sunday’s newspaper asking constituents a series of questions. One asked “Do you support all the same rights for domestic partners as for husband/wife couples?” Here’s an answer, from Ardyth Elms: “Yes. After many years of caring and loving for someone, you have the rights of any married couple. […]

Domestic partnership clears N.M. House

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer A domestic partnership bill passed Tuesday by the House is a positive step, according to the leader of a Clovis church that openly accepts gay people. The bill would allow gay and heterosexual couples to form domestic partnerships and enjoy the same rights and benefits as married couples. “It […]

Separation doesn’t justify silencing religious

Freedom Newspapers T he last thing we want to see is an overloaded federal court system burdened with another lawsuit. But we can’t say we’re disappointed that Erica Corder and her parents are suing a Colorado school district, claiming violations of the young woman’s First and 14th Amendment rights. Her case raises constitutional questions of […]

Celebrity touts ‘great country’ and its dictator

By Freedom Newspapers It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he […]

Vaughan Pipeline begins flowing

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Members of the Bureau of Reclamation and Interstate Stream Commission take a hayride Wednesday from the Vaughan Pipeline. By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — With a hay ride and buckets, the Interstate Stream Commission celebrated the first water delivered through the Vaughan Pipeline on Wednesday. The pipeline, named […]

Students give hope for free speech

By Bob Johnson: Guest columnist “Transparent” is the word my parents used when, as a young kid, I told a whopper to try to talk my way out of trouble. Maybe yours did, too. I learned from that. I discovered that the primary definition of transparent is “transmitting light so that objects and images can […]

Students deserve to be informed of religious rights

By Freedom Newspapers Everyone celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Monday recognizing the religious leader who led a faith-based campaign against government racial discrimination. Yet few noticed that Tuesday was Religious Freedom Day, created to celebrate the constitutional right, which 300 million of us still enjoy, just as did the Rev. King. In his proclamation […]

Rights movement continuous process

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers My sister Julie jokes that the national holiday on Jan. 15 is in honor of her birthday. Sorry Julie! Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it falls on Monday this year, the date of the legal observance. Since 1986, the United States has rightfully honored King, a […]

Freedom needs boost nationally, globally in 2007

Editorial I f there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. […]