From the editor’s desk

Those who’ve grown up around here have heard the warnings all of our lives — we’re going to run out of water some day. Some day is not that far away anymore. If we don’t do something quick — drastically reduce our water consumption or figure out a way to get more water in here […]

Research closing in on cancer

The small news story last week about scientists led by Zheng Cui, M.D., at Wake Forest University piqued our curiosity: The scientists had discovered a cancer-resistant mouse and were curious and perspicacious enough to study him further and discover that the resistance was genetic and inheritable. Could this really have some application for human beings? […]

Public does have a right to know — and should push it

By Bob Johnson The state Taxation and Revenue Department wanted to make a profit — and compete with private business — by charging whatever it pleased for electronically stored public records of its Motor Vehicle Division. So the department came up with a bill to make that possible. The scheme almost made it through the […]

Tumbleweeds toss memories to mind

By Bob Huber As long as we’re preoccupied with plucking tumbleweeds from our teeth, it should be noted that guys in white jackets label this rambling sticker bush Solsola tragus. A less scientific moniker is “Russian thistle” or “pig weed,” which is related loosely to the goosefoot family. I knew you’d want to hear that. […]

Water’s future flows with challenges

By David Stevens Those who’ve grown up around here have heard the warnings all of our lives — we’re going to run out of water some day. Some day is not that far away anymore. If we don’t do something quick — drastically reduce our water consumption or figure out a way to get more […]

Resource rules should affect all

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman should be lauded for co-authoring legislation that would grant American Indian tribes more flexibility in how they manage natural resource development on reservations and trust lands. Handled responsibly, increased development of natural resources will bring more prosperity to often impoverished reservations, enhance tribal self-reliance and reduce American dependence on energy […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Alerts

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the national terror alert, which was recently lowered from orange (a high risk of terrorist attack) to yellow (a significant risk). Some responses: “I believe the national terror alert is that warm blanket trying to avert lawsuits caused by terrorism. I do believe it is useless. It […]

Letters to the editor

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters should be less than 300 words and must be signed. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses […]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides […]

Warning: Cactus sap can be hazardous

Tibor Machan Back in the early 1970s a friend of mine in the Louisiana state house told me a lesson he learned. Trying to indicate to his colleagues the absurdity of government micromanagement of the state’s economy. He introduced a bill that would have government regulate water diviners. By his lights, these folks were not […]