Driver goes off road, new life begins

Grant McGee I ain’t drivin’ an 18-wheeler no more. The folks over at the Motor Vehicle Division office “encouraged” me to surrender my Commercial Driver’s License (known as a CDL) when I was taking care of some business there the other day. They told me if I wanted to keep it I’d need this and […]

Motel living not so bad

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers T here is no better way to test your strength, endurance and sanity than to live in a motel room for several weeks. In between my move from Clovis to Tucumcari while my new house gets its final touches, my motel stay is going on three weeks. At least there […]

Embryo use destruction of human life

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The Kansas City Star, editorializing about the president’s threat to veto the stem cell bill passed by the House, described human embryos as the “excess products of fertility procedures.” The Los Angeles Times, contemptuous of the president’s ethical misgivings, declared: “It’s not a choice between a human life and an […]

Garcia , Deandre

Deandre Garcia Services:Have been held. Deandre Garcia, 5 months, of Clovis, died Monday, June 20, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on Dec. 24, 2004, in Clovis, to Matthew Jimerson and Rachel Garcia. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bobby Garcia; an uncle; and numerous cousins. Survivors include […]

Using humans for spare parts inhumane

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist The Kansas City Star, editorializing about the president’s threat to veto the stem cell bill passed by the House, described human embryos as the “excess products of fertility procedures.” The Los Angeles Times, contemptuous of the president’s ethical misgivings, declared: “It’s not a choice between a human life and an […]

Two months living in Clovis and counting — ya’ll

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer J une 1 not only marks National Tailors Day, but it strums home a grand celebration of sorts for myself — my two month anniversary in Clovis. Appropriately moving from New York City to this small town on April Fool’s Day, I have been through wind, dust and sun […]

Iraq U.N. Oil for Food program corrupt

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Good morning, and welcome to today’s edition of “What’s News?” A Senate committee has released a report alleging that two prominent European opponents of the Iraq War were paid off by Saddam Hussein as part of the U.N. Oil for Food program. I’ll reveal their names in a moment. You […]

New Yorker fitting in nicely

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Contrary to popular belief — or one I just made up — culture shock is not some obvious, earth-shattering thing. With almost a month in the small town of Clovis, after nearly two decades in Brooklyn and New York, N.Y., I was erroneously waiting for that bolt of lightening […]

Some critics lose sight of real values

Tibor Machan No one is more prone to criticize the various levels and branches of the U.S. government than I am. My complaints, however, tend to focus on how our political institutions have departed from the best ideas on which the country was founded. When you read most prominent mainstream newspapers and magazines — The […]

Professors silencing pro-American ideas

By Mona Charen While Harvard’s President Larry Summers turns slowly on a spit over a faculty campfire for engaging in thoughtcrime, another Ivy League leader is dipping his toe into controversial waters. Columbia President Lee Bollinger, speaking at a New York Bar Association meeting, declared that university professors have responsibilities in addition to rights. The […]

Goodbye, to self-described libertarian

CNJ staff Syndicated political columnist William Safire, 75, is retiring his op-ed column, but he will continue to write his “On Language” essays for the Sunday New York Times Magazine. “It’s time to leave when you’re still hitting the long ball and have something else you want to do,” he said when he announced his […]

U.S.: Generous and humanitarian country

by Mona Charen The school movie. What a glorious thing it was to a student eager to avoid real work. The lights were dimmed, and nothing was expected from us except to gaze at a screen. (Later, we understood that lazy teachers liked movies for the same reason.) But at least the films we saw […]

New York’s 1973 anti-drug laws lighten up

Freedom Newspapers I t’s hardly a giant step toward decriminalization or even toward harm reduction. But the modest reform of the so-called Rockefeller drug laws in New York signed into law last week by Gov. George Pataki represents an important step in the direction of common sense in the way the government approaches certain drugs. […]

Homeland Security candidate lacks character

Freedom Newspapers As Mickey Kaus so aptly put it on his recent Web log, whenever a nominee for an important post readily admits that he has an “illegal nanny,” it’s certainly a sign there are far more problems lurking behind the surface. The nanny excuse, he writes, is the modern version of leaving politics to […]

Security agency candidate has plenty to prove

Freedom Newspapers At the top levels, law enforcement is mainly about management. That’s why we hope the Senate Government Affairs Committee confirmation hearings on Bernard Kerik closely examine whether he has the management skills to run the mammoth and labyrinthine Department of Homeland Security, the job for which he was nominated by President Bush. There’s […]

York, Glen

Glen York Services: Have been held. Glen Allan “Skippy” York, 26, died on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, in Clovis. He was born on April 4, 1978, in Raton, to Glen A. and Linda Wakefield York. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Raton and he worked for the Burlington Northern and Santa […]

Media preying on emotions of public

By Thomas Sowell A joke has President Bush and the Pope sailing down the Potomac on the Presidential yacht. The wind blows the Pontiff’s cap off and it falls into the water. President Bush orders the yacht stopped, gets off and walks across the water to retrieve the Pope’s cap. The next day’s headline in […]

Political affiliation may affect television choices

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Republicans and Democrats disagree on just about everything. But there is some common ground, at least this time of year. Citizens from both political parties are looking forward to the new fall television lineup, especially when “CSI” comes on. Initiative Media Group — a media service company based in […]

Kerry just too soft to hold presidency

By Mona Charon: Syndicated Columnist NEW YORK — I have never seen so many police — and for the first time I really understand Rudolph Giuliani’s love for “New York’s finest.” Convention goers were impressed with their hospitality, their politeness and their restraint in the face of some extremely obnoxious protesters. (Many of the protesters, […]

Derailed train car killed worker

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor The cause of death of a Clovis railroad worker moving a tank car is still under investigation, according to city and railroad officials. Glen A. “Skip” York II, 26, an employee with Burlington Northern and Santa Fe rail yard, was killed Thursday afternoon by a derailed rail car, according […]