Common sense fails to prevail

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Rules. Society needs them to keep itself from descending into chaos. However, even though the rule-makers proceed with the best intentions there are times when unintended consequences are frustrating, to say the least. Worse, sometimes the rules “enforcers” have been known to sacrifice common sense on the altar of “obey […]

Proposed Post-9/11 GI Bill rules explained

By Donna Miles: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — With Department of Veterans Affairs representatives ready to begin accepting sign-ups for the Post-9/11 GI Bill May 1, Defense Department officials are working to get word out on the proposed policy regarding the bill’s transferability provisions to help servicemembers decide if the new benefit is right […]

Euthanasia rules announced, hearing scheduled

Albuquerque – Animal euthanasia rules are now available to the public and a date for a public hearing has been set. The Animal Sheltering Services Board has made the proposed rules on animal shelter euthanasia services available for the public at http://www.rld.state.nm.us/AnimalSheltering/ruleslaw.html and invites the public to attend a hearing to discuss the rules on […]

Public hearing scheduled for proposed school personnel and licensure rules

The New Mexico Public Education Department gives notice that the Department will conduct a public hearing from 10:00 a.m. to noon on April 29, 2009 in the Jerry Apodaca Building, Mabry Hall, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501. The purpose of the public hearing will be to obtain input on School Personnel and […]

Politics focuses on family

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist It seems that parenting has become a hot ticket when it comes to politics. This has always been the case in one way or another. A single candidate has always been viewed with suspicion, even by single voters, and having children has always been a basic credential. Fair or not, […]

Boat race takes creative spirit

By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer The Fourth of July celebrations in Clovis will include the second annual Dairy Boat Race at Greene Acres Lake. Participants were given a simple row boat and allowed to modify it within the rules, according to event organizer Steve Reshetar of the Matt 25 Hope Center, an office center […]

Agency pushing for farmer-friendly rules

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer The Farm Service Agency is pushing for more farmer-friendly grazing and haying rules on Conservation Reserve Program land. The FSA is proposing rule changes that would allow managed haying once every five years and managed grazing once every three years. About 100,000 acres in Curry County were re-enrolled in […]

Firearm laws should be same across board

By Freedom New Mexico Talk in political circles often centers on bipartisanship. If politicians want to portray a bill or program as something few would quibble with, they reach across the aisle and find at least a handful of supporters in the other party. Then they can say their proposal is bipartisan and the rest […]

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 […]

War no excuse for taking action against civilians

By Freedom Newspapers The trials, plea bargains and conviction of U.S. Marines involved in war crimes in Iraq have — like everything else involving the Iraq war — divided Americans. Many Americans are shocked at the brutal nature of the crimes these Marines have committed or are accused of committing, including an execution-style killing of […]

Cities should advance citizen freedom

By Steven Greenhut: Guest columnist Most Americans have the naïve notion that their local city officials busy themselves fixing potholes, providing police and fire services, dealing with the occasional code violation and quietly running the parks and recreation service. But those who run city government have their own prerogatives and ideologies. Their priorities aren’t happenstance, […]

God’s rules don’t change over time

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist It has been a long time ago, but I had an experience in grade school that really made an impression on me. I was attending Meserve School in Kansas City, Kan. At the beginning of one school year, our teacher, Mrs. Greenwood, explained the rules of the classroom. She told […]

Boarding the train game

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A group at the Portales Senior Citizens Center enjoys a game of “Mexican Train” on a recent Thursday afternoon. Players are, clockwise from left, Estelle Jones, Billie Reagan, Earl Busby, Ralph Little and Judy Riddle. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A version of dominoes fans say has the ability to tighten […]

Parking preferences can speak volumes

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I’m halfway through the book “Long Way Round.” It’s about actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s eastward motorcycle journey from London to New York. The two are reminiscing about training for the trip through places where they might be looking down the barrels of several AK-47 machine guns. They described […]

amos sets some new rules

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Since the holidays, Amos has been feeling the drudgeries of life under the church pew. He enumerates his complaints and decides to do something about it. Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation […]

Accounting rules lower businesses’ competitiveness

By Freedom Newspapers The Securities and Exchange Commission last week finally eased Sarbanes-Oxley auditing rules to make them less oppressive for smaller public companies, which had called for relief after spending millions of dollars to comply with the 2002 “Enron law.” But such baby steps fall far short. This duplicative, expensive and anti-competitive act, which […]

Election process hindered, not helped, by feds

By Freedom Newspapers The curse of the hanging chads still haunts America. It isn’t all the fault of dunderheaded Floridians who threw the 2000 presidential election into turmoil because they couldn’t manage the simple mechanics of voting, however. The curse really began in 2002, when Congress attempted to fix what wasn’t really broken by passing […]

Custom Classic has unwritten rules

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Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLisleFlorence Jackson of the Clovis Benchwarmer swings at a pitch Friday during the 23rd annual Custom Classic softball tournament at Guy Leeder Softball Complex in Clovis. The tournament drew 126 teams. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Ask before taking the last slice. Don’t date your friend’s sister unless you plan to […]

Voter wishes, like grammar rules, must fall

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist A couple of friends who no doubt had crushes on their childhood grammar teachers were carping recently about newspaper writers who split infinitives. They didn’t mention names, but I could sense their glances darting to me when I wasn’t looking. Feigning disinterest, I was mentally cataloguing all the infinitives I’ve […]

4/5 Letters to the editor

Pork’s still pork, even if it’s for Cannon The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And […]