Czech president remembered as hero of liberty

Autumn 1989 was one of the most exciting times in decades. The Berlin Wall, symbol of communist tyranny, was pulled down, bringing freedom to East Germany. Other Eastern European “satellite” states of the Soviet Union — Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary among them — also achieved their freedom. People who had been enslaved under communism for 40 […]

Religion feature: Local Catholics learning new translation

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CNJ Staff Photo: Benna Sayyed Father Carlos Chavez, pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, reads from the new translation of the Roman Missal. He received the new translation a few days ago. Staff and wire reports For decades Roman Catholic priests have begun Mass with the words “The Lord be with you.” For decades the […]

Most laws in U.S. unnecessary

The system is broken. Almost every law, particularly every new law passed in the past several decades, is not based upon right or wrong, but upon opinion or value judgments. The U.S. imprisons, or traps in its “justice system,” more people, percentage-wise, than did Stalin in the USSR, and more than China ever has. You, […]

Mobile device monitoring needs control

Freedom Newspapers Nearly three decades after the Police first sang of watching “every move you make,” modern technology now gives mobile phone and Internet providers the power to “police” our every move. With the proliferation of social networking applications like Four Square, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that mobile devices track users’ movements. However, consumers might […]

Football still in Portales High grad’s blood

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Courtesy photo Portales native Raul Anaya played two years at quarterback for the New Mexico Razorbacks. He now plays linebacker for the New Mexico Crush. After more than two decades playing football, Portales native Raul Anaya said he’s done after this year. An all-state quarterback and safety at Portales and a two-year starter at linebacker […]

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the […]

In tribute: Defense attorney remembered as peacemaker

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File photo Fred Tharp, shown in this 2007 photo, practiced law for 41 years and was the state’s first public defender. Kevin Wilson Fred Tharp spent years learning the law, and decades more applying it. But he tried to live his life by a law that wasn’t in any courtroom. “When we stop caring about […]

Press Release: Clovis Music Festival ticket spans three decades

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Community celebrates Cannon

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Airman 1st Class Justin Turner with the Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron chats up servers at Friday’s Cannon Appreciation Day held at Unity Park. Event organizers said 4,000 burgers and 4,000 hot dogs were on hand for the event. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico After two decades of cook-outs […]

Business naming tradition dates back decades

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CNJ illustration: Cheyanne Bardin Many Portales business are named after a non-existent valley and Clovis businesses often reference hills, though there are none in the area. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Plain 1.a. An extensive, level, usually treeless area of land. b. A broad level expanse. That residents of Clovis and Portales live in […]

The Parable of the King’s Bridge

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Once upon a time in a land far, far away, a large and ornate bridge connected two bustling villages and spanned a mighty river. The bridge had stood for decades, having been built by a great king who had spared no expense in building it to last for many […]

Census Bureau projects growth slowdown

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — New Mexico faces a potential shock if the Census Bureau’s crystal ball proves accurate about population growth over the next three decades. The federal agency projects a dramatic slowdown in the rate of growth in New Mexico’s population between 2000 and 2030. According to projections released last week, […]

Facing death penalty no deterrent

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist California’s governor wouldn’t give in. Neither would the U.S. Supreme Court, so Donald Beardslee, who killed two women in 1981 over a drug deal — while supposedly suffering from brain damage — was put to death by lethal injection last month. As reported in the media, Beardslee’s defense attorney claimed Beardslee […]