World could use less criticism, more critique

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist An article on the sports pages caught my eye the other day. The focus was Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe and some of the negative press he has seemingly attracted over the course of his career. Now, I am not much of a Cowboys fan, nor am I a Cowboys […]

Soldiers’ religious service vital part of holy season

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist We cut out the lights and engine on the HumVee, drifting through the last 200 yards of woodland, the snapping of branches and the light thudding of the wheels now the only sound to ruffle the South Georgia twilight. We were rolling downhill, a gentle slope, leading into a streambed […]

Impulse shopping often results in regrets

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist There is still plenty of time left for even thoughtful shoppers to find the right holiday presents, and with that in mind, space in this column next week will be devoted to that reality. In keeping with the mad rush of after Thanksgiving shoppers, we are going to focus this week […]

First Thanksgiving rooted in act of giving

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist ‘M y hands are small, I know,but they’re not yours, they are my own but they’re not yours, they are my own and I am never broken.” — Jewel.  Well, my hands aren’t really very small. They are — hey, one of the coolest things that happened to me in junior […]

Town’s relief efforts should be applauded

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What do a media professional, a hospital counselor, a fire dept. employee, and a law enforcement officer have in common? The first two I have the privilege to regard as my friends; the last two I haven’t known very long, or met only briefly. What is obvious is that they all […]

Where have all the heroes gone?

Clyde Davis Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no knowledge of, and […]

Radio waves hide unknown announcer

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist Inspired partly by Tom Petty’s “Last DJ,” and partly by a lonely stretch of late night radio reception, somewhere northeast of Amarillo, this piece is entirely fiction. Or, maybe not. I can’t tell you where I am. Not exactly, or even within a close proximity. The FCC has been tracking […]

Area has resolve to beat BRAC

By Clyde Davis T here’s a whole line of thinking out there that misleads many people. We find it in religion, in medicine, in politics: the concept that attitude determines everything. “If you only have enough faith…” That being said, attitude does have a profound influence on how we handle life and its challenges. Will […]

1940s Portales dog truly amazing

By Clyde Davis Yakki may have been an exceptional dog by any standards. Certainly, in respect to trainability, ability to learn and native intelligence, he was at the top of his class. Yakki lived in Portales in the years around the second World War, and was of the breed known at the time as an […]

Valentine’s: The most romantic day of the year

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist To those who are born romantics, our favorite holiday is fast approaching. Have you given any thought to Valentine’s Day ? Perhaps this column will lead you in that direction. We are always on the lookout for new ways to embrace the woman or man in our lives and help him […]