Letters to the editor: Privatization may be better option

Privatization may be better option Have you tried calling any government agency lately? Agencies such as the local Social Security office, for instance? Wasn’t it nice to have your own private 800 number to dial to get an immediate hookup to the expected recording advertising all the great services that are offered? I had that […]

Aiming to be better next year

Kevin Wilson I’m doing everything I can to eat all of the junk food, swear at all of the people and spend all of the money. Yes, I’m getting in all of the stuff I’m resolving not to do once Saturday comes around. Once 2011 rolls around, I want to spend less and save more. […]

First person: Veteran lends voice to girls basketball

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Bill Gaedke, known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, has been the public address announcer for sports events for more than 30 years. The second season is about to start for Bill Gaedke. Better known as “Chief” around Clovis High School, the longtime instructor and retired Air Force chief master […]

Commissioners approve agreement toward Hotel Clovis renovations

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson An artist’s rendering of the planned Hotel Clovis Lofts, a $13 million conversion project by Tierra Realty of Clovis. Kevin Wilson City officials feel tax dollars will be better spent helping a private company renovate the Hotel Clovis than tearing down the city-owned building. The Clovis City Commission met Friday […]

Letter to the editor: Inmates treated better than seniors

Do we really need a judicial complex? I say no, but that’s my choice. Maybe we should use the money for something else, and here is some food for thought: Let’s put seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes. This way the seniors would: • have access to showers, hobbies and walks; • […]

Military mama: Doing something better than doing nothing

All you need is a little perspective… There’s always an option to dislike your situation, your neighborhood, your town, your job, your situation. But there’s also always a choice to deal with it, and better yet you can choose to enjoy it. As if it were that easy, you say? It is. Each day you […]

Ministry helps connect families to vehicles

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Noel Hunt of Farwell said she’s going focusing on getting families transportation and may not worry about cosmetic damages to the next car she’ll be donating. Liliana Castillo A Farwell woman has started a ministry to help needy families better navigate their lives. Noel Hunt, a wife and mother of […]

Elbow grease better than WD-40

Glenda Price I volunteered to go pick up this two-horse trailer and bring it home. It was only about 25 miles away, so I figured it was no problem, and took off on my merry errand. A really nifty gal named Rita had been storing it at her place. It had been a couple of […]

Kid’s pardon better left by wayside

Karl Terry Some want to see Billy the Kid exonerated of his crimes and riding the trail as a hero. Some, like Billy the Governor Richardson, might want to steal a little of his fame not unlike the Kid used to rustle cattle on the High Plains. I’ve kept silent for the last few months […]

Food at the speed of life: Cooking mishap makes good column

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Forget the better mousetrap — I wish someone would build a better Band-Aid. I was chopping an onion one night, in between breaks to let my eyes stop stinging and watering, when I cut my finger instead of the onion. Not to be deterred, I wrapped a piece of paper towel around my finger and […]

Residents share stories of favorite teachers

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo Highland Elementary School fifth grade teacher Janet Kennard teaches math concepts to her class Friday. Kennard, a teacher for 14 years, is a second generation teacher. Her mother taught in Clovis schools for 36 years. Freedom New Mexico They made difficult subjects seem fun at school. They were an encouraging […]

Hands-free device better on animals

Glenda Price My friend and I were strolling through the local farmers’ market one day, when she suddenly began talking. I tried to answer her, even though I really didn’t know what she was talking about. This went on a few minutes — her talking, then me talking — when she finally turned toward me […]

Fitness failure: Move over Albert

Kevin Wilson Am I in better shape than Albert Haynesworth? That’s the question I asked, and answered, late Monday night, armed only with workout clothes, my phone and a pouch of Gatorade … or is it G? No matter. I wasn’t concerned with letters, only numbers — 70 and 73, to be precise. Haynesworth is […]

Ten rules to a good, clean fight

Curtis Shelburne Mark it down: all couples sometimes fight. If it makes you feel better to hedge, make that “All couples sometimes have serious and somewhat warm discussions.” That is nothing but normal, and may even be healthy—vastly healthier than the immature, toxic, and completely unfair “I’m clamming up,” passive aggressive, silent approach no one […]

Ag sense: Safflower: An oilseed for drier and warmer climates

Broad-leaf crops, which fit well into our cereal-based cropping systems, are needed to improve long-term sustainability of our agriculture in the High Plains. Depending on the crops selected, it can improve resource-use efficiency, break the pest and disease cycle and control weeds better. In addition, if the broad-leaf crop is better heat and drought adopted, […]

Clipping better left to professionals

One of my daughters has a toy poodle named Rudy (short for Rudoph Valentino Price, since he’s a little lover.) He’s a really fun little guy who is exceptionally smart. The only problem is his curly poodle hair grows really fast. A groomer lady informed me that he should be clipped at least every eight […]

Better Business Bureau warning of phone scam

CNJ staff The Better Business Bureau in Albuquerque is warning of a phone scam in which callers from Jamaica tell people they have won a prize and need to pay fees to claim it. According to a release from the bureau, the caller identification systems show an 876 area code and the callers have Jamaican […]

Mind better occupied with God than with fear

Curtis Shelburne Recently I decided that it might be interesting to start making a list—a list of the things the media tell us we should be afraid of. If you focused just on the morning shows in a two-week period, I’m betting you’d find that on every day, multiple times more often than not, the […]

Tort system better than regulation

Tibor Machan Many moons ago I directed a conference on government regulation, out of which the book edited by me and the late M. Bruce Johnson, “Rights and Regulation,” was created. In this book some of those who supported government regulation — and most mainstream contributors did so — maintained that being opposed to government […]

Individual matters more than integers

Freedom New Mexico Air traffic controllers had better keep an eye out for flying pigs, because Pat Buchanan has come out in support of quotas. The conservative commentator and erstwhile presidential candidate recently weighed in on President Obama’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The court currently includes two justices of […]