Suffering, joy result of free will

Curtis Shelburne How can a good and powerful God allow suffering? That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question defies easy and glib answers. Pain is a caustic solvent that melts away easy answers and plastic […]

Truth will find all who deceive in the end

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Are things always as they seem? My sister received an e-mail from a couple in her church on Friday, October 15th, that answers this question with a “No”: “We are writing this with tears in our eyes. We brought our family over here to London for a short vacation. Unfortunately, […]

Monday morning briefing: Test answers, Curry County info and Charlie Manson

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Test answers Portales residents who want more information about the schools’ scores on Adequate Yearly Progress tests can attend the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting. It’s 6 p.m. today in the district Administration Building, 501 S. Abilene St. Assistant Superintendent of Instruction […]

Tucumcari man protests over son’s death

Freedom New Mexico The father of a 2-year-old boy who died last fall from blunt force trauma was one of six protesters outside the Quay County Courthouse Monday seeking answers to his son’s death. “There are too many unsolved murders in this town and we don’t want this to be another one,” said Bobby Prieto, […]

District 2 Curry County commission candidate profiles

Editors Note: The Clovis News Journal asked the Curry County Commission candidates to answer the following questions in 200 words. The answers were edited for grammar and style. The general election is Nov. 4. District 2 candidate Dan Stoddard initially declined to participate, but submitted his answers on Friday. In an attempt to be fair, […]

It’s no debate: Big government wins, we lose

Freedom New Mexico From a political perspective, the big debate Friday night was probably a draw. Given that the electorate is nearly evenly divided on which candidate to choose, the debate results will only reinforce this indeterminate status quo. Republican John McCain had better answers on the economy. But Democrat Barack Obama had better answers […]

Dairy Fest offers food, entertainment and education

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CNJ file photo The third annual Dairy Fest will be held this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Curry County Fairgrounds. By Janet Bresenham: Freedom New Mexico For anyone who has ever wondered about life on a dairy, one local summer event has the answers. This year’s third annual Dairy Fest will […]

Victim’s family still seeks answers

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Courtesy photo No arrests have been made in the eight years following the death of Theresa “Summer” Hubbard. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As another summer approaches, Theresa “Summer” Hubbard’s family is still waiting for answers, still seeking justice. Almost eight years since the 37-year-old Clovis mother of two disappeared, there have been no […]

In search of answers

Videographer Tony Bullocks has started a new feature in which he seeks answers to citizen concerns.

Could this be right?

Blogger Alvin Petty answers the question, “Was Jesus ever mistaken?”

Just a bun, please

After a lifetime of “eating the bun,” Sharna Johnson offers her FAQ with answers for those who don’t understand.

What’s to love about Clovis:

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked what they love about Clovis. Here’s what some had to say: • Gina Hochhalter: “The locals are oftentimes (and by default, surprisingly) more inspiring and open to diversity than people who move here. We should be happier because these are great qualities, and we should definitely not fear […]

Ah, those friendly people

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked what they love about Clovis. Here’s what Gerald Majewski had to say: “The friendliness of most of the people. Others need to learn from them.” • • • Want to participate in questions and answers with the editors? Email us

A first in Clovis’ future?

Clovis’ historian Don McAlavy reports Gayla Brumfield or Gloria Wicker would be the city’s first female mayor if either is elected in March – “as best my memory tells me,” he writes. “If you wait a while,” he adds, “you might discover a woman becoming president of the United States. But being the Republican that […]

Missing Man Table

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A table is set Thursday at the Baxter-Curren Senior Center to honor missing troops. The symbolism of the Missing Man Table and honors: The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our missing troops. The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call […]

Estranged in her own world

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Andrew Montoya says he has worn bare spots in the grass form swinging so often with his daughter. CNJ staff photos: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her knees drawn to her chest, Darian Montoya, 11, crouches in the bathtub and bangs her head against the faucet, over and over and over. A […]

Kids can say the darnedest things

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist If you’re looking for answers that have eluded mankind for a dozen millennia, find a bunch of kids. They have all the answers. I received a real-life list of these answers recently from my niece Whitney, a soon-to-be college graduate. (No gifts please; send money!) Here they are: How do […]

Five years later, truth about 9/11 still evades U.S.

By Freedom Newspapers The commemorations and endless coverage Monday highlighted an interesting fact. Five years on, America still has not come to terms with the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Despite the attacks being televised and despite a moment of stirring unity, life has returned to a “new normal” involving inconvenience but little sacrifice, […]

How to triple your answers to prayer

By Curtis K. Shelburne By Curtis K. Shelburne   A “teaser” on the front of the little magazine touted an article inside: “How To Triple Your Answers to Prayer!” I’m wondering what might be prescribed. Incantations? A caldron filled with a steaming potion featuring eye of newt, tongue of frog? Could I get more answers […]

Tough questions indicate love of country

Helena Rodriguez In two days, we observe the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a horrid day plotted by suicidal madmen, an event that shocked the world and demanded justice. Instead of justice though, we have an unjustified war in Iraq, and now the dark shadow of Hurricane Katrina is hanging over […]