Bigger not necessarily better

Of the multitude of really foolish ideas our society naively buys as unquestionably true, one of its most foolish, fiercely held, and utterly false beliefs is this: Bigger is always better. In 1927 British essayist and author G.K. Chesterton, in a book entitled “The Outline of Sanity,” wrote about what he called “The Bluff of […]

Oasis State Park hosting catfish derby

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File Photo Liam Hurley, 9, left, and Lan Pare, 10, fish at the Oasis State Park pond in November 2009. The pond is to be the site of the second annual Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby on Saturday. Argen Duncan The Biggest Catfish Challenge Derby is back, and with bigger prizes and an extra hour to […]

Government always bigger threat

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The president of the AAUP — American Association of University Professors — issued a lengthy declaration warning the membership against getting involved with BP, the giant oil company whose operations have gone awry in the Gulf of Mexico and whose management is suspected of numerous failures and malpractices […]

Clovis schools see rise in unpaid lunch bills

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

Harder fall comes for those with bigger egos

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist In last week’s column, I wrote to extol the virtues of physical labor, reasoning that our minds work a lot better if our bodies do some hard work also from time to time. I closed with the Apostle Paul’s words, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to […]

Population growth positive for economy

Freedom New Mexico A Census Bureau report this month predicting a significant increase in population and in the percentage of ethnic minorities in the United States made big news. The bigger news may be how little Americans should be worrying over the trends. The bureau projects that by 2050, the U.S. population will be 44 […]

Clovisites ignore bigger picture

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I understand the Clovis High School yearbook has pictures. Of girls. And the pictures offend some because the book acknowledges the girls are lesbians. The issue’s been discussed before, during and after 170 citizens attended a school board meeting last week, so many points have already been made: • There’s […]

Honoring the fallen

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School English teacher Renie Smith, center, presents Sandra and Leroy Segura Sr. a picture of their son, Leroy Segura Jr., a former student of Clovis High School, Monday afternoon as part of a gold tag ceremony at the Traveling Tribute Wall. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer With […]

Size doesn’t solve society’s issues

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer My dad was talking to my 10-year-old niece, Mireya, recently about the music devices he grew up with — cassettes, reel-to-reels and eight-tracks. “And those ‘big CDs,’” Mireya remarked about the old vinyl records. This remark not only cracked me up, it got me started thinking about how so […]

Driving history reveals life changes

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I have a checkered driving history, which reveals more than my driving habits over the past two decades. It speaks volumes about each three-year increment, the time my insurance company goes back to count tickets. My friend Bernard says I’m a crazy driver, usually while telling me to slow down, […]