Religious views shouldn’t matter

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I do not enjoy upsetting people, but intellectual honesty requires that I address Rick Santorum’s “phony theology” remark. Santorum, a fine family man, said that the president’s policies are “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a […]

Full privatization of GM cannot come soon enough

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. government shouldn’t be playing the stock market with Americans’ tax money. But that’s what it did in 2009 when it bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, which, combined, received $85 billion from the Bush and Obama administrations. Both companies were restructured under President Barack Obama. The U.S. Treasury issues monthly reports […]

Hippie child shouldn’t have illegal status

Freedom New Mexico Call it hippie abuse. We’ve all heard about undocumented immigrants and their absurd conundrum: They cannot get documents, in part, because they lack documents that are needed to get documents. Duh. Our economy wants them, needs them and taxes them. Meanwhile, the law makes certain they live underground without the licenses and […]

DEA shouldn’t offer medical opinions

Freedom New Mexico Once again, government servants have told Americans that marijuana ranks right up there with heroin. The Drug Enforcement Agency ruled on July 8 that marijuana has “no accepted medical use” and will continue as a schedule 1 drug — the most forbidden category. The DEA is a law enforcement bureaucracy. The medical […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t foot hotel bill

I think it is noble to want to save Hotel Clovis from decay or destruction. Personally, I love to see historic buildings preserved and put back to use. I’m somewhat less enthusiastic over the plan to use it for subsidized housing. If you own the building, I think it is yours to use as you […]

Blaming the victim? Poll-lease

Kevin Wilson I guess it shouldn’t be a big deal that 18 percent of Americans think President Obama is a Muslim. I’m guessing more people than that liked Coke II. But I know why people liked Coke II — it had a lot of sugar. This Pew Research poll is a little bit trickier. According […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t fund private pensions

Freedom New Mexico For years another potential multibillion fiscal catastrophe has been brewing, obscured by higher-profile storms created by taxpayer bailouts of Detroit and Wall Street and the looming crash of underfunded public employee pension plans. For the first time, taxpayers may become responsible for the nongovernmental pension liabilities of union collective bargaining contracts in […]

Letter to the editor: Public shouldn’t ignore red lights

Has there been a change in law regarding running red lights? Public shouldn’t ignore red lights I ask because quite frequently I see individuals run the light at Prince and 21st streets. Specifically, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, I saw three vehicles run a red light in front of a Clovis police officer who did nothing. […]

Letter to the editor: Elected shouldn’t serve corporations

Elected shouldn’t serve corporations With all his problems with Congress this year, President Obama may very well find it worse after the next election. It is a cruel, mostly self-inflicted paradox for the voters. We opted for change in 2006 and 2008, feel cheated that it’s not happening, or happening in the wrong direction, are […]

Those without frozen cats shouldn’t judge

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist One of the goldfish in the pond died the other day. It was a big ol’ fella; homegrown, born and raised in the backyard pond. I didn’t name it or anything, I just know it was born about five years ago. “I have a dead fish back here,” I announced […]

There are more than enough laws

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist There oughta be a law! No, probably there shouldn’t. But I know why we say it. 1) Stuff bugs us. You can’t have a complete meal in peace because you or the people around you don’t have enough sense to turn off cell phones for ten minutes. Let’s make a […]

Guilt shouldn’t be factor in helping

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It is a running joke, of course, concerning some mothers that they relentlessly try to instill guilt in their children along lines of, “You owe me since I brought you up.” Never mind now that bringing up children is something parents usually sign up for freely and it […]

Public matters shouldn’t be kept private

Freedom New Mexico Some Texas politicians are working to destroy that state’s open government laws. Four Texas cities — none in the Panhandle, thankfully — and more than a dozen individual officeholders have filed suit against the state, seeking to kill part of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The lawsuit follows the dismissal of a […]

Local leaders: Session shouldn’t impact current budget

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local leaders aren’t expecting next week’s special legislative session to impact current budgets but aren’t sure what it will mean for the future or tax revenue communities depend on each year. Clovis’ Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said the city is not anticipating any issues with existing state allocations. […]

Melrose school board will review hair policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a Melrose High School sophomore keeps the promise she made to the school board and sits down with a stylist this weekend, her mother says it shouldn’t feel like a loss because she stood up for something she believed in. “It was a good learning lesson,” Jerri Kline […]

Hospital visit nightmarish experience

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist A hospital stay shouldn’t be like a visit to the Twilight Zone but my wife’s stays certainly tend in that direction. I’ve told about her experiences in seeing the ghost of Doc Holliday while in the Glenwood Springs, Colo., hospital just a few hundred yards from Doc’s final […]

County, state races shouldn’t take back seat

Freedom New Mexico The term “down the ballot” refers to the congressional, state and local races that ostensibly play second, third and fourth fiddle to the presidential contest. The names of the White House contenders will appear at the tops of ballots, with everything else further down. This presentation more or less mirrors the conventional […]

U.S. shouldn’t take free speech for granted

Freedom New Mexico For some reason, this election season

Supreme Court cases shouldn’t be overlooked

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court’s docket this year so far does not contain the kind of blockbusters on core constitutional issues — such as the meaning of firearms rights or habeas corpus rights — that peppered its last term. However, there are a few interesting cases that may have more resonance than is […]

Certain topics off limits

By Anita Doberman: CNJ columnist M y husband and I disagree on what I should or shouldn’t say in my column or in other areas of my life for that matter. To clarify, I am talking about my life not his life, but because we are married my actions affect him. To frame this conflict […]