For Christians, name means security, eternity

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist On the day I am writing this column I also heard that a tropical depression is forming in the Gulf of Mexico. If its winds get to a certain point, this will turn to a hurricane and the hurricane’s name will be Alex. Alex is the first of the season. As […]

Ensuring fairness is complicated

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, compared to me. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I […]

Columnist follows signs, returns to writing

By Grant McGee: Local columnist In August 2008 I wrote what I thought was my last column for Freedom New Mexico. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise … I’m back. I never said I’d never be back. I closed my last column with simply, “That’s it … for now.” There were a number of reasons I stopped […]

Education column: School staff leading by example for literacy

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Growing up, I heard a lot of ‘old sayings’. Some I totally understood and others…not so much.

Education column: Students visit ocean without leaving town

When was the last time you went on an underwater expedition…and did not leave Clovis? Impossible, you say? Well, you would be wrong, because that is exactly what the third grade class of Lockwood Elementary School did recently. Without leaving Clovis, they experienced an underwater expedition via technology. The Clovis school system was visionary enough […]

Everyone loses in NBC shakeup

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I had two major thoughts this week, neither long enough for its own column, but combined enough to be way longer than necessary. Sorry. ••• As a long-time fan of late-night television, it’s troubling to see the mismanagement decimating the tradition of “The Tonight Show.” But nobody at NBC is […]

Education column: Student Support Center offers help, understanding for special needs

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools So, if you have been reading this weekly article, you know that I’m relatively new to this job and am having a wonderful time learning about Clovis Schools and sharing what I learn with you. And, one of the things I have discovered is there is much more to […]

Quality of service often overlooked

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist One of the greatest ways to end the old year, or begin the new, is to be handed a column idea that really works by someone who doesn’t even know they are doing it. So I would like to extend a big thank you to the hostess in a local […]

Education column: District’s principals positive force

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Tomorrow is the first day of the New Year… ready or not, change is here. So, when you hear something is going to ‘change’, what is the first emotion you feel? For me, it is usually tension. I am never too sure how this new change is going to […]

Skyward puts information at parents’ fingertips

As this is an education column, I think it only appropriate that you take an occasional test…or at least solve a riddle. Here it is: What do Christian Believers, Jalisco Taqueria (on 7th Street), Java Loft, La Casa Family Health Center, Lighthouse Mission, Mainline Bowling, Matt 25, Ministerios Unidos para Cristo, North Plains Mall, Roden-Smith, […]

Education column: Special ed students provide community service

By Penny Bailey: Education columnist OK, so I am telling on myself … when James Baxley invited me to his class to see the terrific things they are doing in his special education class, I was not sure what to expect. I was certain the students were going to be great and the teachers super, […]

Near end, Novak on par with libertarian ideas

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday of brain cancer at his home in suburban Washington. He had written a syndicated opinion column since 1963, for much of that time with Rowland Evans, who was in some ways his polar opposite, which made for a fruitful partnership. Unlike many opinion columnists, however, Novak began his career as […]

Movie one big marketing campaign

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Let it be known this column includes spoilers for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” I’m giving away the first five minutes, and telling you the rest doesn’t really matter. I’ve heard about married couples who tell me they saw each other and they knew in the first five minutes […]

Men, women uniquely ‘gifted’

By Curtis Shelburne I am blaming this easily misunderstood column on a morning of lawn mowing. I try not to, but I usually end up thinking when I mow. Whether it’s good thinking or not is open to question. Following the mower, I found myself mulling over some issues related to “masculinity/femininity” as I remembered […]

Rain rarity for some country folk

By Glenda Price: Columnist It rained the day I wrote this column. I saw it, stood in it, tasted it. It was good. Ranch folks, especially those of us who grew up in the drought years of the 1950s, have permanent cricks in our necks from looking up at the sky watching for rainclouds. We’ve […]

It’s time for some time out of town

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist With any luck, within an hour after I get this column written and e-mailed to the newspapers, I’ll be headed out of town for a few days. It’s time, in more ways than one. It’s the time of year again when my three brothers and I all try to […]

Abilities useless without desire to improve

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist This column is, by design and intention, not a religious column. It may be at times a spiritual column; in that vein, at some time during Lent, it seems appropriate to address the issue of self examination and self denial. Plato attributes to Socrates the statement that “The unexamined life […]

Zias notch one in win column

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CNJ correspondent photo: Carrie Pendleton Freshman Melissa Williams throws the ball back to the pitcher during Tuesday’s game at Zia Softball Field. ENMU won 6-1 over Texas A&M International. By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team played a complete game Wednesday. The Zias hope to carry it over to Lone […]

Tabloid reality seems ghoulish

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column finds its genesis in one which was recently written by Mr. Leonard Pitts, whose syndicated work appears in this newspaper. Mr. Pitts, an African American male, is around my age and writes from the slightly, but not overly, conservative side of the spectrum. Though I frequently find myself […]

In God we trust — not in us

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist I am writing this column on January 4. Christmas is almost over. It’s not over on December 26, which is only the second of the “twelve days of Christmas,” which was a season before it was a song. I’m whistling in the wind, I know, but I prefer to stand […]