Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Democratic vision means tax increases

Freedom New Mexico The temptation is to dwell on the politics in Denver, where Democrats are trying to heal wounds and bring Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters into warm embrace and striving to normalize Barack Obama in the public’s mind. We will assess those successes or failures in the coming weeks.

Candidate Profiles: County Commission District 2

Editor’s note: The CNJ sent out a questionnaire to candidates running for county positions up for election. Candidates had a 300 word-limit for each question and their responses are published as submitted. Alan Glen Sumrall Age: 58 Occupation: Farmer/Rancher Previous elected offices: 9 years Curry County Fair Board; 2 terms Grady School Board; elected twice […]

District 2 candidate profile: Alan Sumrall

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Courtesty photo Alan Sumrall is a District 2 County Commission candidate. Alan Glen Sumrall Age: 58 Occupation: Farmer/Rancher Previous elected offices: 9 years Curry County Fair Board; 2 terms Grady School Board; elected twice as President of New Mexico Wheat Growers Association; currently Treasurer of Curry County Mounted Patrol What is your long-term vision for […]

District 2 candidate profile: Daniel Stoddard

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Courtesty photo Daniel Stoddard is a District 2 County Commission candidate. Daniel J. Stoddard Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 48 Occupation: Owner of Fairhaven Assisted Living Facility Previous elected offices: None What is your long-term vision for the county? And how will you plan for that? My long term vision for the county is to help […]

Local artists deserve support

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Among the hoped for fall events of Pintores, the local art league, is a fund-raising auction featuring art by local artists. A similar auction, held in 2005 in Portales, raised several thousand dollars for the benefit of students at ENMU who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The question raised by […]

Space travel means one pricey ticket

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist George Bush, the first and arguably the brighter George Bush, first spoke in 1987 about “the vision thing.” The vision thing. It’s the concept of looking past my tiny world and dreaming of what could be. I don’t have the vision thing. Noting my inability to project beyond current reality […]

Seeing God requires faith, spiritual vision

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist When I was a little girl, I often played a game of making objects out of the huge clouds that would cross the sky. I would play guessing games with Susie, telling her to look at the clouds to guess what animal or tree or person or whatever my imagination […]

Politician should act before he’s praised

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Barack Obama is not Jesus. Forgive me for pointing out what ought to be obvious. But I feel the need after reading the umpty-millionth profile (this one appearing last week on the front page of USA Today) in which seemingly every exhalation of his name was accompanied by angels singing […]

New Orleans planning not by ordinary citizens

CNJ Editorial The floodwaters have not receded yet — indeed they have been augmented — but the devastation that is much of New Orleans has attracted a coven of planners, visionaries, utopians, reformers and moral uplifters to dream at the Big Easy’s corpse. They don’t seek to pick the city’s bones clean, but to feast […]