Na

Curtis Shelburne You don’t have to be an English major to be amazed by the power of words, but the English major under my hat is still amazed every time I open a really great book and find myself inside the head of a really great person. It’s almost a miracle to be able to […]

Two distinct choices in mayor’s race

We don’t endorse political candidates because voters don’t need the media telling them how to vote. What we do offer is perspective on candidates’ words and deeds.

Monday morning briefing: Candidates debate and women get the vote

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Candidate debate Don’t forget the Portales municipal candidate forum 6 p.m. Monday at the Yam Theatre. Candidates will give opening statements on their interest in their positions then be presented questions. Information: 763-6991. Party politics The Democratic Party County Convention is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public […]

Slogans leave room for flexibility

s-wendelsloan20113.jpg

Since Willie Nelson and I don’t have the support of fat casino cats in our Green Tea Party candidacy for the Oval Office, we are hawking bumper stickers for Super-Six-Pack contributions. Even though as minors we bootlegged patriotic brands like Lone Star and Texas Pride, we are not jingoistic about imports. While our slogans are […]

Country music has its own appeal

Kevin Wilson I don’t listen to country music. OK, that’s a lie. I have four country songs on my mp3 player, by four artists (guess one and I’ll owe you a Coke). Since my player’s got about 5,000 tracks, that’s a 99.93 percent truthful statement. I may joke every so often to my friends that […]

McGee: Waiting in line can be enlightening

I had to stand in line the other day. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with standing in line, I get into the Zen of it: If I am to stand in line, I will stand in line. In my younger years I would’ve been fuming. Over time I’ve learned various ways to […]

Obama’s use of force takes away freedom

Freedom New Mexico Don’t be gay. Accept and pay for abortion. Do it my way, or suffer consequences. This isn’t a debate, it’s a demand for action. Our country was founded to carve out freedom, expand it within American borders and defend it to the death. We ended slavery, prohibition and gave women the right […]

Educators say early start best for reading proficiency

lz3sei-lz3scw22socialpromotion3.jpg

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Christian School third grade teacher Janella Hill leads her class Wednesday in the “Friendly Letter Song,” a song to learn the five parts of letter writing. Benna Sayyed Educators in Curry and Roosevelt counties agree that early intervention is the best method to help develop reading proficiency. They don’t […]

Reaction to change controllable

A friend of mine had lunch Tuesday in Lubbock. I don’t know what she had, but I do know she’s probably not going back there. She got a fortune cookie after her meal, and the fortune read, “Did you enjoy your meal? Order another one to go.” Really? It’s one thing to try to upsell […]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS […]

Out clauses can prove to be useful

Maybe this is a cheap way to do it, but I don’t care; if you want to follow through on a resolution, you’ve got to create reasonable out clauses. You don’t tell a friend who you haven’t seen in years, “We can’t hang out, because I resolved to only eat out once a week, and […]

Taxes don’t cover religious greetings

It’s time to celebrate those time-honored traditions. Chestnuts on an open fire. The second glass of eggnog that makes you never want to touch the stuff again. And fighting to make the government spend money on your personal beliefs. Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh made a big splash when he was elected, riding in on a […]

My wish list more naughty than nice

I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch-high pile of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Norman Luboff Choir. […]

Black Friday not enough to revive U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. economy is looking to the figurative skies for Santa Claus to swoop down and bestow copious presents. But we don’t know yet whether the jolly old fellow judges us to be naughty or nice. On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at a 2 percent annual […]

Zias basketball capsule, Nov. 22

CNJ staff ENMU (1-3) at New Mexico (0-3) When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: The Pit, Albuquerque Last time out: ENMU lost to Western State (Colo.) 68-52 on Saturday at Pueblo, Colo. Also on Saturday, the Lobos fell short in an upset bid at home against No. 13 Oklahoma, losing 58-56. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Of note: […]

Libertarians aren’t angry people

One accusation I have seen repeatedly leveled at libertarians, by people who see themselves as being in the mainstream, is that libertarians must be angry. Just because we speak out against the use of coercion, and don’t fall for exceptions based upon — well, anything, we must be angry? Now, I won’t deny I have […]

Zias clinch LSC tournament berth

CNJ staff Coaches Mark Ribaudo of Eastern New Mexico University and Don Carthel of West Texas A&M have seen the “Wagon Wheel” rivalry from both sides. Ribaudo spent five seasons as an assistant at WT and has now been at ENMU for 15 years, the last seven as head coach. Carthel played for and graduated […]

TRICARE news: Don’t let excuses keep you from mammogram

By Shari Lopatin: TriWest Healthcare Alliance When Mara Street turned 40, she received a call from TRICARE to recommend she go for her first yearly mammogram. Street, who resides in Great Falls, Mont. and is the wife of a retired Air Force captain, didn’t listen at first. “I deleted the message, thinking I’m a healthy […]

ENMU honoring educators

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will honor five educators during its fourth annual Educators Hall of Honors Gala, scheduled for Oct. 8 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. There will also be musical entertainment. Educators scheduled to be honored are Don Wilson, Richard […]