Opinion: Public watchdog needs to have some credibility

Supporters of Curry County Commissioner Chet Spear love his aggressive style of questioning every nickel charged to taxpayers. They also love his attention to detail — the man checks documents for typographical errors — and his overall obsession with his job as an elected official. His critics see a conspiracy theorist in a tinfoil hat […]

Hansen: Great hope turned stalemate

I was born about four years after the bombing of Hiroshima marked the start of the nuclear age. The bombing was a ghastly horror, shocking even the flight crew that dropped the weapon, but it shortened the war. Like most people, I have spent my life in its shadow as we commemorate its 70th anniversary. […]

McDonald: Technology takeover a struggle

Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages. But when it comes to the modern world, the young’ns have a leg up on us. That occurred to me not so long ago when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit […]

Sloan: Two days in a life — trials, blessings

I am writing this from a motel room in Fort Worth, waiting for a consultation tomorrow (last Wednesday) with a surgeon who performed my fourth deviated septum surgery in 2012. He grafted part of a rib to rebuild my septum. It was the only one of my procedures that actually improved my breathing and lessened […]

Letters to the editor — May 29

Editor’s note: Deadline to receive letters to the editor related to the June 7 primary is Tuesday. Letters may be emailed to dstevens@cnjonline.com County commissioners betrayed voters As the primary election draws near, I would like to take this opportunity to bring to the forefront a very important reminder for the voters of Curry County: […]

Editorial: Arming Libya example of bad military plan

The recent decision by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and more than 20 other nations to allow arms sales to Libya’s fledgling government to fend off the Islamic State and rival militant groups is not only a risky move in terms of world security, it’s another example of the perils of […]

Opinion: Reading program worth investment for kids

We don’t always agree with Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. … But when we do, it’s for a good cause. Pyle is leading efforts to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Curry County. The country singer’s project places books in the hands and homes of preschoolers at no charge to their parents or guardians. The […]

Our values have been dismantled

Something needs to be said concerning our country’s history, Judeo-Christian principles, and our current moral state. The Progressives would have you believe America is no longer a Christian nation, that we have evolved past those stodgy Ten Commandments, living in an open, “progressive” society. Shame on us all for allowing this. As a girl, I […]

Gay marriage group important step forward

New Mexicans are still waiting for a decision from the state Supreme Court on whether same-sex marriages are legal in New Mexico. The court heard oral arguments in October, but no ruling has been issued. Considering the legal issues and writing the decision takes time, obviously. Even so, supporters of marriage equality are not simply […]

Viewpoint: New Mexico’s cremation laws need adjusting

Generally, when a family member dies, the family proceeds to make final arrangements for the body. But for Leah McFarland, a mother who raised her daughter alone, it wasn’t that straightforward. Because she was estranged from the father for many years and could not locate him, the mortuary she selected would not cremate her 30-year-old […]

U.S. government acting against its own citizens

“T rust us.” That’s tough to do right now  if the request is coming from your  government. From the IRS targeting political opponents, to the Justice Department seizing records of journalists, to the National Security Agency compiling phone call and Internet use data from millions of Americans, it’s almost as though the Obama administration has […]

Tough to justify conflict with Syria

The next Middle East conflict, Syria, into which the United States is about to inject itself, is fraught with peril. It is difficult to justify joining this fight. At issue is President Obama’s decision to arm the rebels fighting the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad. While the decision purportedly would involve small arms and, […]

Public funds require utmost accountability

Some local governments are just learning the fiscally troubling news that they will not be getting back as much in gross receipts tax revenue from the state as they thought they would. Businesses collect the gross-receipts tax from consumers and turn it over to the state, which distributes the tax revenue to cities, counties and […]

Student profile – Tyler Steele, Clovis Christian

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of profiles on graduating seniors from area high schools. Tyler Steele is a graduating senior at Clovis Christian School. He is a decorated member of the school's football team, and also played basketball and ran track. Steele is also a member of the National Honor Society […]

Opinion: Jail cells not the solution for mentally ill

Local law enforcement and corrections officials shouldn't be responsible for mentally ill residents. But too often, in eastern New Mexico and across the state and nation, mental patients are locked in our jails because we don't know what else to do with them. We need a better idea. Last Sunday's Clovis News Journal examined an […]

Lopez statue great idea, with private dollars

Government should spend public money on projects that benefit the public — not on monuments honoring iconic sports figures. We're not sure what our Legislature was thinking when it allocated $150,000 to build a statue honoring golf legend Nancy Lopez in her hometown of Roswell. We're glad Gov. Susana Martinez was thinking, and watching out […]

Decline of bees threatens our food supply

The continued decline of honeybees is raising alarm bells, with commercial beekeepers telling The New York Times that some 40 percent to 50 percent of hives needed to pollinate fruits and vegetables died last year. Even people who don't consider themselves environmentalists are becoming concerned. Increasingly, researchers and beekeepers are coming to the conclusion that […]

Proposed field for Greyhounds needs scrutiny

Eastern New Mexico University is considering whether to build a new football stadium. This one would be on its Portales campus, would include soccer and track facilities, and could double as home field for Portales High School athletes. The downside, of course, as with all new stadiums, is the projected cost: $8 million. Compounding the […]

Losing the same-sex marriage battle

Same-sex marriage is probably inevitable in America whatever the Supreme Court decides. That's because the public is clearly leaning that way. That the Court is even being asked to impose a sweeping social change on the nation is illustrative of another lost battle — the idea that the Supreme Court is not a super-legislature and […]

Released from the bondage of hate

A few words on the death of Elwin Wilson. He passed last month in a South Carolina hospital at age 76. Wilson had endured heart and lung problems and had suffered a recent bout with the flu. There is little reason you would know his name, but as a young man, Wilson made a virtual […]