Consumers lose in blocked cell phone merger

Freedom New Mexico On antitrust, the U.S. government seems stuck in the Model T era. It just doesn’t understand that, in this age of Apple, Google, Facebook and thousands of lightning-fast digital companies, it’s practically impossible to build a monopoly. That’s why the Justice Department was so wrong in thwarting AT&T’s attempted $39 billion purchase […]

Cut in spending should be focus of budget deal

Freedom New Mexico This weekend, debt-ceiling wrangling in Washington remained stuck — a hash of politics (proposals are tied to 2012 election impact); ideology and principle (the rich should pay more; spending should be cut; the budget must balance); an attempt to solve everything at once with every possible remedy (see “politics”) and, as always, […]

Song leads to cravings for steak

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Ever get a song stuck in your head with no hope of shaking it? Lately for me it’s been the Zac Brown Band’s song “Chicken Fried.” You can’t miss the tune if you listen to a country music station longer than 15 minutes these days. “You know I like my […]

Airmen train with F.O.R.C.E.

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Airmen from the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron board a plane before “deploying” to a hostile “village.” The exercise in Roswell was the culmination of week-long training that 13 Cannon airmen participated in. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public Affairs The two security forces […]

Quick fixes won’t solve gas price problems

By Kevin Wilson To promote the Philadelphia 76ers making the NBA playoffs, a Philadelphia gas station offered gas for 76 cents a gallon. The promotion started at noon Friday, and cars lined the block as early as 6:30 a.m. I like cheap gas as much as anybody else, but you know what I like more? […]

Remembering war casualties

By Sharna Johnson With a tiny paper Superman symbol no bigger than the tip of a finger stuck to the glass, Leroy “JR” Segura Jr.’s name stood out amidst the rows of golden dog tags glowing in the mid-day sun. “He always said that he was Superman,” JR’s younger brother Jake Segura said. Though he […]

Exercise promotes handicap awareness

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Brenda Miller of Southwest Cheese, left, and Erinn Burch of the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, make their way to the buffet line Wednesday at the Pizza Palace while participating in an event that raised awareness about life for people in wheelchairs By Gabriel Monte, CNJ Staff Writer Claire […]

Kerry comment won’t blow over anytime soon

By Freedom Newspapers John Kerry is the gift that just keeps on giving — to the Republicans. He did come around with an apology Wednesday to any service members who might have been offended by his remarks at Pasadena City College last week. The question is whether that will be enough to make this episode […]

Confrontations come with excess baggage

Grant McGee: local columnist A total stranger angrily confronted me the other day. I’m not going to go into any great detail about what happened. I drove into a Clovis neighborhood and stumbled into a drama-in-progress. The stranger thought I was part of it. Later as I tried to make some sense out of this […]

Today’s nicknames are not just for kids

By Grant McGee Are people still calling you by your nickname? I thought about this after seeing a quote from the British essayist William Hazlitt (1778-1830), “A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man.” I suppose nicknames hurt when you’re a kid, but a lot of stuff can bug […]