Budget cuts may push back road projects

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Road Department employee Calvin Davis prepares to shut down a blade at the end of Wednesday’s shift. State budget cuts are cutting into road projects the county had planned for this year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County may have to postpone some of its road […]

Structure within society needed

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It has been my experience that people who take politics seriously tend to want to have their idea of a good or just system of laws fully implemented. Yet these people aren’t ignorant about the poor prospects of achieving their goal. Unless a society is being ruled by […]

No action yet on campaign ethics proposals

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican With the ticking of the clock on the New Mexico Legislature’s 30-day session growing louder every day, no legislative committee so far has acted on an ethics bill designed to prohibit political campaign contributions by lobbyists and contractors. The House Voters and Elections Committee on Tuesday discussed […]

Author found success after struggle

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist I grew up to be 16 on a small farm, driving a tractor, pulling a one-way and plowed all day and dreamed of being a cowboy. My hero was none other than Zane Grey and yet not a cowboy, but the best writer of the west. Recently I’ve had time […]

New year brings challenges

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist New Year, new opportunities, new challenges. Yet, as we all realize, it’s largely the symbolic attribution to an arbitrary date. The impact amounts to nothing if we don’t internalize newness. Resolutions, then, become the symbolic emotional housecleaning. My own list this year promises to be reinforced by a news story […]

Act makes claim filing too tedious

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors […]

Biofuel policies worsen growing food crisis

Freedom New Mexico The United States, Europe, and some Latin American countries did not do themselves proud in the face of a very real world food crisis at the U.N. food summit meeting in Rome last week. Food commodity prices have doubled over the last couple of years and the World Bank says an additional […]

Candidates have yet to touch on many topics

By Freedom New Mexico This is the first time since 1928 there has been no incumbent president or vice president running in either party’s primaries. That has made for a fairly wide-open race, with no clear favorite — or at least with all the reputed favorites having to weather serious doubts and challenges. Several candidates […]

One night in Bethlehem changed the world

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I will always remember the Flat Creek Baptist Church Christmas play many years ago. It really was a simple program, with several of the children who lived in that rural area. We were to tell the Christmas story at night on the Sunday before Christmas. On this Sunday, my sister […]