Nader may not win, but can effect change

Freedom Newspapers Although we have disagreements with him on many issues, we welcome Ralph Nader into the 2004 presidential race. We long have favored giving voters more choices than those offered by what he derides as the Republican-Democrat “duopoly.” Nader ran in 2000 on the Green Party ticket and helped shave votes from Al Gore. […]

High-speed chase in Clovis ends with wrecked car, arrested driver

Cops and Courts An 18-year-old Clovis man was arrested Tuesday after leading three law enforcement agencies on a chase that ended with the man crashing his car. Officials said the chase exceeded 70 mph and the man’s two stepchildren were inside the car. No one was seriously injured, officials said. Complaints against Sergio Silguero, 18, […]

Cannon cop pleads guilty in court martial

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An airman assigned to the 27th Security Forces Squadron — the Air Force’s equivalent to a civilian police department — pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal drug use. In return, he will receive possible leniency based on his agreement to testify against other airmen, all but one […]

Q&A 1/18

State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, sponsored House Bill 974 which passed during the 2003 session of the state legislature. According to the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, the bill directs the corrections department to establish a demonstration prison-based drug rehabilitation program for inmates including components that address drug rehabilitation, education, self-respect, and life skills. Crook […]

Police investigate tainted popcorn

By Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis police are investigating allegations that a Marshall Junior High student gave drug-laced popcorn to unwitting classmates. Police on Thursday had not determined if the incident was a prank. Two students complained of headaches and upset stomachs after eating the popcorn on Monday, officials said. No serious illnesses were reported. Officer […]

Firearm ban in national parks leaves America vulnerable to drug gangs

A ban on the carrying of firearms in U.S. national parks is based on a dangerous delusion, given that visitors to these often remote areas aren’t somehow magically immunized against criminals or attacks by animals. Americans shouldn’t have to surrender their Second Amendment rights or an effective means of self-defense when visiting their own “public” […]

Steps must be taken to ensure happy New Year

Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico enjoyed a prosperous 2003. Records show 280 new businesses opened in Clovis and Portales added two dozen new chamber members. All this is evidence that the region’s retail business is booming. All signs point to more economic pleasures in 2004, with groundbreaking expected this month on a $200 million cheese […]

Alternative punishment for drugs?

By Mike Linn For almost 30 years Terry Hileman described himself as a casual substance abuser, someone who would raise cheers with friends and co-workers in area taverns on the weekends. But two years ago, after the 48-year-old Albuquerque resident was arrested a third time for driving under the influence, he began to re-evaluate his […]

War on drugs trampling on rights of privacy

The systematic shredding of the Fourth Amendment’s protection of personal privacy in the name of the war on drugs proceeds apace. The latest example is a Supreme Court decision (in Maryland vs. Pringle) that approves the police arresting every passenger in a car where drugs are found. The case stems from a 1999 traffic stop […]

Prohibition failed; U.S. war on drugs on similar track

Freedom Newspapers Only America’s oldest citizens remember one of our nation’s great follies, alcohol Prohibition, which ended 70 years ago this month. The Noble Experiment, as it was called, was supposed to produce an increase in virtue and productivity as people shunned Demon Rum for work. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, as reflected […]

Medical drugs: Many complaints, few answers

Thomas Sowell Reader responses to the discussion of government-controlled medical care in this column raised questions that need answering. The most frequently raised question was why American pharmaceutical drugs sell for less in other countries. Some readers considered this proof that the sellers of these drugs were making excessive profits. They argued that, since the […]

Health-care bill could cost more than percieved

Freedom Newspapers House and Senate negotiators reportedly haven’t been able to agree on several issues in a bill that would provide an open-ended prescription drug benefit under Medicare and (maybe) offer hope of reform in the troubled program. Good. The proposal under consideration, which the White House apparently thinks is the key to buying a […]

Police Blotter 11/9

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: A dog owner called police about 9:30 a.m. Monday to report his daughter’s pet husky had disappeared about 7:45 a.m. from the 1700 block of Laura Lane. Police inspected the dog’s leash, which appeared to be intact and in working condition, and […]

Illegality of drugs causing more harm than drugs

Freedom Newspapers A couple of recent news stories point out some of the flaws with the government’s war on drugs. Rush Limbaugh’s admission of his addiction to prescription pain killers is instructive on several levels. At its most basic, Limbaugh’s case shows drug addicts come from all walks of life. Pop culture and drug warriors […]

Police Blotter 10/2

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, police observed a 17-year-old male on Fourth Street who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The man surrendered without incident. A check of his pockets revealed a knife, a marijuana pipe, and about $1,000 in cash. Police issued […]

FDA regulations are restricting women’s choices

Freedom Newspapers T he recommendation from a scientific adviso ry panel that the Food and Drug Administration allow silicone breast implants back on the market 11 years after the FDA banned them in 1992 highlights several extremely odd aspects of the way we have come to make medical decisions in this country. Unfortunately, scientific evidence […]

Limbaugh would not benefit from jail

Letters to the editor Although there are many who would like to see Rush Limbaugh hoisted on his own petard (excuse my French), I say let there be no rush to judgment. Like many Americans of all colors, Limbaugh has merely fallen prey to the chemical comforts of illicitly obtained narcotics. The weak and spiritually […]

States are right on drug reform

Freedom Newspapers While the federal government in recent years has approached illicit drug policy along the lines of the classic definition of a fanatic — if it isn’t working, redouble your efforts — there has been a quiet rethinking of drug policy at the state level, beginning with the decision by California voters in 1996 […]

Deja vu disaster in Medicare drug benefit awaits

Senior citizens who eagerly await a Medicare prescription drug benefit might want to be careful what they wish for, if history is any guide. The political positioning over a Medicare drug entitlement has reminded longtime Capitol Hill watchers of a similar scenario from June 1988 when Washington enacted the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act that turned […]

Republicans overdosing with drug bill

By Mona Charen When it comes to foreign policy, I sleep better at night knowing that Republicans control the White House and the Congress. But on health care, it has lately become difficult to imagine how things could be much worse with the Democrats in charge. When the Clinton administration attempted to move us down […]