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 […]

Remembering war casualties

By Sharna Johnson With a tiny paper Superman symbol no bigger than the tip of a finger stuck to the glass, Leroy “JR” Segura Jr.’s name stood out amidst the rows of golden dog tags glowing in the mid-day sun. “He always said that he was Superman,” JR’s younger brother Jake Segura said. Though he […]

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, […]

Liberty, not party label, what matters

By Freedom Newspapers While much of the obsession with today’s elections across the country is focused on whether the Democratic Party will regain control of Congress, a bigger issue looms. Yes, if Democrats should once again garner a majority in the House and/or Senate, the balance of power will shift somewhat. And there are a […]

BP miscalculation makes for one costly mistake

By Freedom Newspapers It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP […]

More and bigger don’t necessarily equal happiness

“Happiness is worth a lot to me,” a good friend, colleague, and mentor once told his boss as he made a decision that would lead to his leaving the company. “Well, so what? Isn’t happiness worth a lot to everybody?” his boss replied. “No,” my friend replied truthfully and I think with unusual wisdom, “it […]

Reaction mixed on effect of state’s first tax-free holiday

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Johnny Pacheco and his wife Kristen Pacheco, both of Portales, walk through the North Plains Mall as the two shop Saturday in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Wearing the company’s trademark black-and-white striped shirt and surrounded by name brand athletic gear, Foot Locker manager Ken Walker outlined his own […]

‘Flash’ can still compete

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Despite Flash’s relative lack of size, the 20-year-old horse has been doing rodeos since before his rider, 7-year-old Brogan Macy, was born. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Twenty-odd years ago, Flash the basset hound was a regular on the original TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard. Right around that time, […]

Richardson moving on to bigger things

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist As a self-appointed and sadly unpaid public relations advisor to Gov. Bill Richardson, it is disheartening to learn I can no longer leave the state. Every time I do, it seems, I return to find Big Bill boiling in a pot of trouble. Not to brag or anything, but I […]

Director: Extravaganza bigger, better

CNJ staff The 16th Annual Hartley House Extravaganza is expected to be “bigger and better than last year,” according to Debra Chavez, program director for The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence. The event is at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. Last year’s event raised around $10,000. Chavez hopes […]

Bigger-is-better approach not always intelligent

The bigger-is-better mentality is alive and well in Washington, in spite of ample evidence that quantity and quality don’t necessarily correspond, and sometimes even have an inverse relationship. President Bush in an executive order last month required the Central Intelligence Agency to double the number of agents in its clandestine service, that small but critical […]

Fair attendance down in 2004

CNJ Staff Conflicts with school and a rainy Thursday night resulted in the lowest Curry County fair attendance since 2001, officials said Monday. Fair board president Buddy Vaughan said 26,870 people passed through fair gates last week, a 3 percent decline from a year ago and almost 14 percent fewer than in 2002. “We really […]