Clovis’ future depends on water

I always have loved to call Clovis home. The amazing people of this area have always shown great heart, soul, courage and faith with any challenge we have faced. Recent examples include getting off the Base Realignment and Closure list in 2005 and the tornado recovery effort in 2007. Now we get to face our […]

What we need is a 24-hour courage cycle

I’m increasingly convinced that the modern 24-hour news cycle blesses almost no one. With nothing really new to report, even in the midst of the kind of crises the talking heads love to talk about, and talk about, and talk about, the never-pausing news organizations become a kind of TV Twitter assailing those of us […]

With courage, Hoiles defended Japanese rights

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: R.C. Hoiles was founder of Freedom Communications, parent company of our newspaper. In conjunction with the company’s emergence Friday from bankruptcy and the changing ownership from the Hoiles family, we’re dedicating this week’s editorial pages to remembering Hoiles’ philosophies.

Singer’s courage inspiring

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist I have a new hero. Her name is Susan Boyle and I love her. Even worse, like a middle school girl enamored with her idol, I want to be just like Susan Boyle, maybe with a different haircut or plucked eyebrows, but nonetheless I emulate her fearlessness, strength and confidence. […]

Tammy Faye proof second act of life can be sweetest

By Freedom Newspapers For someone like Tammy Faye Messner, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s assertion that there are no second acts in American lives falls flat. The public first came to know her as the wife of Jim Bakker, a televangelist who eventually had a rendezvous with disgrace. In later years, however, this woman proved she was […]

Washington’s biggest strength: He knew his biggest weakness

Freedom Newspapers Think of an elected official everyone admires. It’s not so easy, is it? Now try George Washington. Twice unanimously elected by the Electoral College, the first U.S. president probably comes closest to universal admiration. Others like Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (either one), Kennedy and Reagan have sizable constituencies with axes to grind, or worse. […]

Too much keeping quiet going around

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist They could have just shut up. That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice … not ready to back down … still […]

Country singer produces unique, appealing sound

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Some dreams can be followed from anywhere, be it Clovis, Anchorage, Alaska, or Punxsatawney, Pa. If one is a writer, one can send one’s work to where it needs to be for publication consideration. If one is an artist, unless the work is site specific, it can go anywhere; the […]

Syrian-born psychologist took brave stand

By Mona Charen Among the most moving scenes in film history occurs in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” in which the little girl, Scout, who has been watching her lawyer/father plead for the life of a falsely accused black man in the old South, is exhorted by an elderly black spectator in the gallery to rise […]

Courage under fire: Do we have it?

By Curtis Shelburne In his book, “Citizen Soldiers,” author and historian Steven Ambrose tells the story of the pivotal days during and after D-Day in World War II as the Allies landed what would be the decisive blow against the Nazis. Ambrose tells much of the story from the perspective of the soldiers who fought […]