Voting worth a little inconvenience

by Ned Cantwell Your local Sears store may not yet carry it, but you will soon be able to purchase a refrigerator that lets you read your e-mail when you fetch a glass of milk. It is not clear to me why anyone would ever want to mix those two tasks, but there you have […]

Federal government abusing its powers

by Walter Williams Last week, Washington Post columnist George Will penned a column “Despotism in New London.” In it, he described how Connecticut’s Supreme Court, by a 4-to-3 ruling, allowed the New London Development Corp. to use laws of eminent domain to condemn much of the city’s Fort Trumbull neighborhood, near a $270 million Pfizer […]

Zahn, Dorothy

Dorothy Zahn Services: Have been held. Dorothy Zahn, 72, of Portales, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born on April 11, 1932, in Causey, to Lillie Mae and William A. Chambers. She attended a small country school in Chaves and in Roswell before the family moved to Portales […]

Grief is strange and powerful

Grief is a strange thing. In its acute form it’s like a growling and potentially vicious dog. It’s far too loud and dangerous to ignore, and so you deal with it head-on. But then, about the time you begin to feel that you’re dealing pretty well with grief (and you probably are), the wretched cur, […]

Garcia, Johnny

Johnny Garcia Services: Have been held. Johnny Ray Garcia, 58, of Clovis, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at his home. He was born on Feb. 17, 1946, in Clovis, to Willie and Nellie Candalaria Garcia. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Gloria Garcia March. Survivors include a daughter, Juanita Garcia […]

California man trying to keep boyhood promise

By Mike Linn: CNJ new editor A few days after 3-year-old David Lucas’ sister died from complications during childbirth he stopped by her gravesite and made her a promise. Forty years later he’s trying his best to keep it. “I told her I’d be back, that when I got older I’d come back and get […]

Tight security expected for first lady

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First lady Laura Bush will be speaking at the Curry County Fairgrounds Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. as part of her Victory ‘04 Rally tour. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer It’s not the president visiting Clovis today, but local Republicans say security at the event may be just as tight. First […]

Elimination of federal fire roads makes no sense

Freedom Newspapers Five feet and just a few seconds: That was the difference between life and death for 23-year-old firefighter Eva Schicke on Sept. 12, when she perished while battling a blaze in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. Schicke and other members of an elite helicopter forest fire fighting team suddenly found themselves scrambling for their […]

TV censorship should be left to parents

By Steve Chapman We can all remember, with shock, the first time we caught sight of a bare breast on network television. It happened just eight months ago, during the Super Bowl halftime show, when singer Justin Timberlake yanked down Janet Jackson’s top and exposed, for a fleeting instant, an item of flesh never before […]

Muslim message falling on deaf ears

By Leonard Pitts Jr. You could tell he’d had enough. I’m talking about Ibrahim Hooper. If the name is familiar, it’s because Hooper, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, has become the news media’s go-to guy on issues related to Islam and terrorism. This particular morning, he was being interviewed on an […]