Patriot Act needs to be reassessed

C rucial votes on extending the USA Patriot Act could happen soon in both houses of Congress. The current extension of the act, passed three months ago, expires May 27. The act originally was passed by Congress in the wake of the 9/11 attacks almost 10 years ago. It greatly expanded government surveillance powers. This […]

Reporter’s notebook: Fifth-grade class plants trees at Fort Sumner State Monument

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Courtesy photo: Raymond Samora Karen Kimmell’s fifth-grade class at Fort Sumner Elementary School planted fruit trees Wednesday on the grounds of Fort Sumner State Monument. A Fort Sumner man is hoping schoolchildren will literally see the fruits of their labor every time they visit the Fort Sumner State Monument. It was at the monument a […]

In search of ponies: Lamb lesson

Sharna Johnson It was Easter time a couple of decades ago and my father had a surprise up his sleeve. My brother and I thought it was just another of many exploratory trips when we pulled up to the farm and saw the sheep milling about in the field — until Dad told us to […]

Clovis shooting victim dies

CNJ staff A 26-year-old Clovis man died Tuesday from wounds received in a shooting last week. Daniel Perez died at 9:15 a.m. (CST) at a Lubbock hospital, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Perez’ death marks the first homicide of the year in Curry County. Police records indicate deputies were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. April 13 […]

Feels good to purge closet

It had to be done. Critical mass had been reached. Something had to go or my side of the closet would burst at the seams. I had long ago ruled out expanding into my wife’s side. When we moved in, she pointed out the three rods she would be taking and the one that was […]

Jesus took on everyone’s sins, even worst of us

I heard a remarkable true story this past week from one whose mother was an eyewitness in a well known event in history. More than a half century ago, a young single British nurse served her country faithfully in WWII. She had proven herself to be a loyal and fearless nurse who witnessed the unimaginable […]

Sins of spirit always deadliest

Curtis Shelburne A few years ago, I did something I’d never done before. Along with two writing partners, I tried my hand at penning some short pieces for what we hoped might become a series of gift books. We had in mind some little volumes entitled something like, “Dear Mom,” “Dear Dad,” “Dear Teacher,” etc. […]

Press release: N.M. gas prices up nearly five cents per gallon last week

New Mexico, March 28- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45/g (Sunday). This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.56/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

Human feelings pass, but God’s love lasts

I am reader of John Piper and his writings. John Piper is the senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn., Piper is the author of more than 30 books over his 25 years of preaching and teaching. Not long ago I read again one of Piper’s statements. He said: “A snake bites Paul, […]

Social issues need to be put on backburner

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Grant McGee: College protest lacked passion

Some folks were protesting in front of one of our High Plains courthouses some days ago. I like seeing folks protest. It means that something has moved them so much they have gotten off their duffs from in front of the TV, made some signs and taken their complaint out where everyone can see. I […]

Principles cannot be compromised

It is often necessary to compromise face-to-face, but to compromise when stating principles means you have none. Something I read a few days ago had someone referring to themselves as “ideologically extreme, behaviorally moderate.” I like that phrase. I am serious about libertarianism. I also know that as long as someone is not attacking anyone, […]

Audiences killing off quality TV

It was just days ago that we said goodbye to quality football programming, and I fear that except for a few repeats, it’s gone for good. The NFL? No, I’m talking about “Friday Night Lights.” Last week marked the swan song for the series … well, sort of. The series, based loosely on the 1990 […]

Christ expert at transforming lives

Judy Brandon Many years ago my sister Susie and I headed off to Baylor for the fall semester. Mother and Daddy were excited — after all their children were going to a place of old friends and acquaintances that they had made during their college years. Some were faculty, some were just citizens of Waco, […]

Reagan warned us long ago socialism threat

Freedom New Mexico Foes and revisionists cast Ronald Reagan as an amiable dunce, or all charisma and little substance. Some give him his due backhandedly, portraying him retrospectively as much more of a centrist than, say, today’s Tea Partiers. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the alleged dunce who faced down […]

Double standard price of freedom

A few weeks ago, there was furor over changes to “Huckleberry Finn.” In an effort to minimize harsh language, the N-word was changed to “slave.” Film critic Roger Ebert felt that wasn’t an upgrade. He tweeted, “I’d rather be a (N-word) than a slave,” but he didn’t say N-word. He got blasted, and issued an […]

Press release: New Mexico weekly gas price update

New Mexico, January 31- Average retail gasoline prices in New Mexico have risen 0.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.97/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.08/g, according to gasoline price website NewMexicoGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices […]

‘Shipwreck’ faith can face impossible situations

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Some days ago I read about Clelia II, a cruise ship that endured great damage when it was battered by bad weather in the Antarctic’s Drake Passage. With 160 passengers aboard, an engine was lost, and windows broken from 50 foot waves. Yet all aboard were saved. Not so the conditions […]

2010 year of adjustment for Cannon

FNM file photo Clark was nominated for his first star. If his nomination is confirmed by the Senate, he would be elevated to brigadier general. Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was a pretty abnormal year, in that it was actually pretty normal. With no threats to close […]

Year in review: Low-altitude training, land use study highlight year

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File photo Cannon Air Force Base is on the cusp of a few new developments, including low altitude training and the finalization of a joint use land study intended to help the base grow while reducing negative impact to civilian neighbors. Kevin Wilson As far as years go for Cannon Air Force Base, 2010 was […]