Privatization for USPS long overdue

Freedom New Mexico Ronald Reagan tried to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. The effort was dropped after he left office in 1989. It’s time to take up the idea again. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe testified last week before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that the USPS, essentially, is broke. He said the […]

Letters to the editor: Privatization may be better option

Privatization may be better option Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that […]

Taxes wasted on phone service

Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that experience this week, and like […]

Letter to the editor: Coyotes forced to feed on livestock

I tried to stay out of the debate, but Calvin Lary’s letter about “nature’s way of balance” was just too much to swallow. Yes, nature has a way of balancing life out here on the Plains. It is an ancient plan and has worked for eons, until man came out here and tried to turn […]

Police blotter —

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 6 p.m. April 1 an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Piedmont for a report of lost property. A woman said a couple hours prior she was in the drive-through of her bank to deposit her tax […]

Commissioners give consent to file foreclosure suit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners gave the city consent Thursday to file a foreclosure lawsuit against 128 properties in Clovis. The properties are ones for which delinquent, unpaid sewer, garbage, weed cutting or demolition fees exist, City Attorney Dave Richards told commissioners. The city finance office has diligently tried to collect on the […]

Editorial: Child insurance program only proves costly

The great American journalist H.L. Mencken tried to tell us, way back in 1920: “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” That’s a pretty good characterization of the $115 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, commonly known as SCHIP, that President Obama signed earlier […]

Oct. 3, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About midnight Sept. 22 an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Westchester Avenue for a report of battery. A pregnant woman said her boyfriend got upset with her after she went for a walk and threw hot water […]

Sept. 10, 2008 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 3 p.m. Aug. 30 an officer responded to the area of 14th and Sycamore streets for a domestic dispute. Witnesses reported seeing a man stop his vehicle in the street and try to pull someone out of the vehicle. The suspect […]

Warm, windy weather hard on crops

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico High winds and hot temperatures have tested the skills of gardeners and farmers and tried the patience of everyone this spring. “We’ve certainly seen our share of warm and windy weather,” said Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “We’re getting a little sick of it […]