Genuine Worship Is Not a Matter of Externals

By Curtis K. Shelburne Most of us know that our lives are not made up of continuous “mountain top” spiritual experiences. We have valleys, plateaus, and lots of days when we are called simply to hike onward and just put one foot in front of the other, when the order of the day is simply […]

Recent actions at schools appear dictatorial

By Tristan Carpenter, student As a proud ex-student of Clovis High School, I am outraged with my alma mater’s recent dictatorial administrative practices. Banning faculty from wearing blue jeans, censoring student publications, and punishing three students for exercising their First Amendment rights is indicative of a system that refuses to address the major problems facing […]

We need to rate the BLEEP newspapers

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re watching TV these days, you’re in good hands, because television now has rated shows just like the movies. But the ratings are a little different. Among others, they have “R,” “PG-14”and “NR.” • R stands for Raunchy. You can tell it’s wicked, because parts that caused the R […]

It’s too late to nitpick U.S. lawmaking

Tibor Machan If we had a country governed by the rule of law, where legislatures respected individual rights and did not pass edicts and regulations that violate our unalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, then all the bellyaching about “judge-made laws” would make sense. Sadly, however, it is too late to complain […]

Exchange service merger reviews mixed

By Tom Phillpott: Military Update Bush administration plans to merge the three military exchange systems, to cap commissary shopper savings at an average of 30 percent and to test “variable pricing” as a way to reduce commissary taxpayer support drew sharp criticism during a House hearing on Wednesday. Republican subcommittee chairman John McHugh of New […]

‘Terror alert’ may end up useful to U.S. enemies

Freedom Newspapers To be sure, it’s not easy to suggest a better system — especially since we’re reasonably sure the country would be better off without a Department of Homeland Security and with better coordinated intelligence. But there’s little question the color-coding system designed to alert the public to intensified danger of terrorist activity has […]

Q and A: Career prosecutor makes way back home to Clovis

Matt Chandler, 28, an assistant district attorney in the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, is one of the newer members of the local legal profession but he’s not new to the area. His great-great-grandfather was one of the community’s earliest settlers in 1908. His father spent 24 years in the Clovis Police Department, retiring as […]

Fund requires help from those invovled

Danny Joe Lyle The Clovis News Journal recently reported the state of New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (ERB) fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the past three years. That number is closer to $1.7 billion. The ERB portfolio has for many years held a strong commitment […]

Potential airport security systems intrusive, Orwellian

It should go without saying that in a free country, or even a relatively free one, government officials should not maintain huge databases of individuals for monitoring and security purposes. Yet the U.S. government, for the nominal purpose of improving airport security, is pushing a new big-brother-style system to monitor air travelers. Federal officials, having […]

Bush effort is a start to reopening immigration talks

President Bush’s new proposal on immigration has at least one virtue. It represents an effort to confront — and begin an open discussion about — an immigration system that is clearly not working. Whether you think immigration should be more restricted or less restricted, the fact that 8 million to 12 million people are in […]

NMAA realigns small classes

By Eric Butler The New Mexico Activities Association has scrapped its controversial alignment for prep athletics. Class 1A and 2A will be realigned for the 2004-05 school year. The larger schools will be realigned the following year. The new alignment-classification plan approved by the NMAA’s board of directors Wednesday is similar to one in Montana […]

Many readers ready for playoff system

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “Who’s the No. 1 college football team? The University of Southern California or Louisiana State University? And since college football has once again failed to establish an undisputed champion, is it time for a playoff system?” Some responses: “Yes, a playoff system needs to be installed to correct […]

Beware: Return of draft could be real possibility

Given that next year is an election year, it is probably unlikely that a serious effort to reinstitute conscription — a military draft — will happen anytime soon. But a number of circumstances make it a possibility once the election is finished. Those who value freedom and an effective national defense should be aware of […]

County funds will go to city for cheese plant

By Jack King Curry County Commissioners approved a request from the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Tuesday to transfer $300,000 from the county’s environmental fund to the city of Clovis to help pay for a wastewater treatment system for the Southwest Cheese plant. But they said the money will not be transferred until other types of […]

Hey, computer illiterates, this is fun

Leonard Pitts Jr. It is spring. I walk into my home office ready to work. My computer is not. It seems to have smoked crack overnight and will not function, despite repeated rebooting, several sharp slaps to the CPU and curses upon the name Bill Gates. I call technical support. Technical support explains that I […]

Free market closer to fair than alternatives

Tibor Machan In many years of trying to understand the free market economy I have been hampered by the fact that rarely does a true free market exist. Like ideal marriages, genuine free markets are mostly something we can conceive of and understand in theory, but rarely encounter in the actual world. Yet, just as […]

Academy victims stand to benefit from new system

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS A victim’s confidentiality versus the public disclosure necessary to prosecute crimes and hold individuals accountable: That’s the tightrope students and administrators at the Air Force Academy have walked in dealing with sex-crime allegations since the school went co-ed in 1976. Sometimes the academy has leaned precariously to one side of the line, sometimes […]

‘Agreement’ may pose threat to American lives

Freedom Newspapers Environmental groups are calling “groundbreaking” an agreement they’ve wrested from the Pentagon that will drastically limit the Navy’s ability to use a new, low frequency sonar system that animal advocates say poses a threat to whales and porpoises, but which the service says is essential to tracking the world’s increasingly stealthy submarines. It […]

Grant keeps CATS moving around Clovis

Jack King The Clovis Area Transit System (CATS) will be getting a new administration/customer service facility and some new buses thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration, said CATS director Mary Lou Kemp. Kemp said the city hopes to break ground on the new facility, which will be located on Seventh […]

Amendment answers lie in the past

Clint Harden After serving as the Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico’s Department of Labor for eight years and now as the State Senator for District Seven, I have crisscrossed this state talking and listening to hundreds if not thousands of New Mexicans. What I have heard is the top priorities of the state are water, […]