Government has no place to rule on marriage

The unemployment rate in Cleveland County, N.C., hovers just under 12 percent. In North Carolina, the rate is at 10.4 percent. When a major problem affects thousands in North Carolina and Cleveland County, legislators are expected to work for solutions. Instead, ours went looking for another problem. With the state’s economy in peril, legislators decided […]

Solutions shouldn’t limit liberties

I am not one to accept things on faith. I want solid evidence, if not concrete proof. However, there is one thing I, along with other libertarians, accept as an article of faith: I believe that any problem that can be solved, can best be solved in a way that bolsters and respects individual liberty. […]

Committees, officials discuss jail solutions

Kevin Wilson A lengthy back-and-forth between citizens and county officials made it evident there are no easy solutions to Curry County’s jail issues. Inexpensive solutions seemed just as rare. Members of three citizens committees met for nearly three hours Saturday morning at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, with discussions about the challenges the county faces in […]

Solutions to education woes seem obvious

Everyone from Bill Gates to the first lady

Year in review: Jail bonds overwhelmingly voted down

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File photo Two bond issues aimed at raising taxes to pay for a new jail and courthouse were defeated by voters Nov. 2. CNJ staff Curry County commissioners are working with two citizen panels to develop solutions to problems at the jail and security issues at the courthouse. The panels are a direct result of […]

Educators seek budget solutions

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rep. Dennis Roch talked about the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee and its plans for education at the meeting Saturday. Liliana Castillo State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and […]

Commissioners discuss jail options

Sharna Johnson Commissioner Bobby Sandoval asked the public for help and solutions after voters sent a “loud and clear” message on recent bond issues. “Our constituents spoke and they are our bosses and we got the message loud and clear,” he said during a Friday meeting. “Tell us how to do it. If somebody out […]

Now is time for libertarian solutions

Freedom New Mexico Why can’t every state have governors like Gary Johnson? Although a Republican, as governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, he vetoed 750 bills, not including hundreds of line-item cuts in the state budget. He also advocated decriminalizing marijuana. Johnson has returned to politics with a new group, the Our America Initiative. The […]

Loss of leaders leaves void to be filled

Freedom New Mexico This decade brought the loss of four iconic friends of liberty whose ideas helped change the course of history. We will certainly miss President Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr. and Milton and Rose Friedman. Few American presidents have demonstrated the principled discipline of Ronald Reagan. His political career started in California […]

Energy solutions best left in private hands

Freedom New Mexico As with so much concerning the hyped “crisis” of global warming, the recent

‘Covenant’ book could reignite imaginations

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “The Covenant With Black America” is not a fun read. Not unless you’re the wonky type who likes to snuggle up with a good policy proposal. One would assume there aren’t nearly enough wonks in the world to put a book like that within shouting distance of the New York […]

Storm-water debate deserves public input

Freedom Newspapers Numerous Clovis residents are unhappy with the city’s storm-water management solutions. Particularly unsettling are the trash- and weed-collection points, euphemistically known as retention ponds, that are championed by Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang. Those voices will be heard and we urge you to join them, even if you favor the present methods. […]

Keeping our community safe is group effort

CNJ Editorial This is one of Clovis’ darkest days. A little boy died at 2:30 Thursday morning, shot in his sleep by cowards who, many suspect, were aiming to kill his sleeping brother. Police say someone fired nine shots through the window of a bedroom where Carlos Perez and his brother, 17-year-old Ruben Perez, were […]

Moisture system makes ground ‘smart’

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Sprinklers add water to the already flooded field at Marshall JUnior HIgh. Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer In an effort to save taxpayer dollars and conserve water, the Clovis school district is testing a new moisture control system on its athletic fields, Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Leslie said. The system — […]