One year later, shooting case difficult for investigators

Freedom Newspapers At the edge of Sgt. Dan Aguilar’s desk are two cardboard expanding files stuffed with papers to the point of bursting. They are the case files for 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died a year ago Friday while sleeping in his bed. He said he put the files away several times, but then something […]

Politics at play in schools’ pledge practice

Freedom Newspapers F or many who believe in God, no matter which religion or sect they adhere to, it’s difficult to argue with the sentiments expressed last month by Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn. He said, “We should not and cannot rewrite history to ignore our spiritual heritage. It surrounds us. It cries out for our […]

Journalist in dogged pursuit of happiness

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Those positive-thinking people who say you can envision what you want and get it are usually on the mark. However, I have been breaking my brain to achieve my latest desire. Alas, to no avail. I am still not my dog. There are several reasons someone would want to be […]

Last-minute shoppers scramble to buy gifts

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Shameka Patton, left, and her sister Tchicaya Williams shop Saturday at Bath & Body Works in the North Plains Mall. They were Christmas shopping for last-minute gifts for other sisters who will be in town for Christmas. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The aisles of Wal-Mart were filled, some so […]

Need to belong leads to tragic results

By Leonard Pitts I just visited the Web site that fascinated Jeff Weise, the 16-year-old who shot up his high school on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. There, I learned that the tribes of humanity must be separated or risk destruction by assimilation. That Jews are a “fanatical religious-ethnic” group conspiring to control communications […]

Chinese politics could put U.S. in tough spot

Freedom Newspapers China’s rubber-stamp national legislature, by a vote of 2,896-0, has passed a law authorizing a military attack to stop the island of Taiwan from pursuing formal independence. It is difficult to tell just how genuinely threatening this move is, but it is likely sooner or later to force the United States into some […]

In troubled times, go to spiritual roots

Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist We unquestionably do live in uncertain times. War, terrorists’ attacks, crime, kidnappings and shootings? Life is so uncertain and dangerous at times. These three questions can help when looking at difficult times. What can I know for sure in this life? What should I do in the midst of life’s circumstances? […]

Holiday hardship

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Christian Heller Jr., right, laughs as he visits with his niece Rebecca, 8, at the Hellers’ home Friday in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ staff writer Christian Heller Jr. wheels his way to the living room, a tight grin on his face and a desire to have what most people take […]

Is the Department of Homeland Security effective?

Freedom Newspapers It is probably too much to hope that the resignation of Tom Ridge as Secretary of Homeland Security will prompt a rethinking of the wisdom of creating such a department in the first place. As we noted when the department was created by bundling together 22 existing agencies, that kind of reorganization was […]

Life: Adventure filled with surprises

By Curtis Shelburne Years ago I read an excellent book by a man of deep faith, Swiss psychiatrist Dr. Paul Tournier. He entitled his book “The Adventure of Living.” Life is an adventure, he wrote, precisely because you never really know what is going to happen next. But for Christians, it is an adventure that […]