Obama should revise energy policy

Just prior to the election, battery-maker A123 Systems filed for bankruptcy. As the recipient of $249 million in federal money, the Massachusetts-based company represents just the latest in a long line of troubled taxpayer-enabled green ventures — some 34 companies and $7.5 billion to date. How little different this is from Houston-based Enron's forays into […]

Local charities use gifts efficiently

One day remains to make a charitable gift that benefits others, make you feel good for your actions, and allows you to take a tax deduction for 2012. A new tax year starts Tuesday. When you make a gift, give with confidence to Curry and Roosevelt charities that have been designated by the Internal Revenue […]

TRICARE co-pay hikes coming

House-Senate conferees have agreed to the more modest House-passed plan for raising drug co-payments on military family members and retirees who fill prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets or through mail order. The fee increases are scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, TRICARE officials said as the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill, with many other provisions […]

Past Christmas looks better in hindsight

There's nothing like a Christmas Day NBA broadcast to make me feel a little reminiscent, even as I cringe at the "back in time" ads: I really hope if Blake Griffin finds a time machine, he doesn't waste the opportunity by going back to pitch a car that doesn't exist yet to a Blake Griffin […]

Pastor offers take on recent tragedy

As a teen in the mid-1950s I began to develop the vague notion there may be more to life than hotrods and Friday nights at the drive-in. The revelation was, as we said back then, a real drag, daddy-o. So what to do with one's life? Since high school essay writing was always fun, and […]

Self defense prevents massacres

Mass murders. Who commits them? Where do they happen? How can they be prevented? How can they be stopped when prevention fails? These seem to be the only reasonable questions to ask in the wake of Sandy Hook. Who commits them? People who have mental problems, which have often been treated with medication. That includes […]

Reactions to shooting scattered

This is more rambling than most of my ramblings, so please forgive me. But Friday's shootings in Newtown have left me unable to keep a straight thought. I can't imagine how it is for parents, and I'm glad I only have to imagine at this point. I've heard a lot of reactions to the shootings, […]

Their view: Book blames government for financial crisis

Conservative columnist Walter Williams writes a weekly column for the Clovis News Journal. Here's a recent sampling of his work: Suppose you saw a building on fire. Would you seek counsel from the arsonist who set it ablaze for advice on how to put it out? But that's precisely what we've done: Turned to the […]

Proposal would help offset hikes

Late-hour speeches by Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and John McCain (Ariz.) on runaway military health costs led the Senate Tuesday to shelve a defense bill amendment that would have spared family members and retirees more burdensome co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base. The timing of their opposition, in the last hours of consideration […]

No holiday break from worries

It is just a couple of weeks before Christmas and we are all grateful for the season. For this brief time we can shed our concerns, bask in the holiday spirit. It is the one time of year we can relax and forget our woes. As 2012 nears the end of her flight, much like […]