In search of ponies: Pets don’t leave nest

Sharna Johnson Finally it’s here — Graduation! For the last few months I’ve listened to the buzz from all the kids — as they try to figure out everything from picking a college to arranging the money, getting the prom dress and mailing those announcements — and now it’s here. As happy as I am […]

First person: Safety first

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jesse Walthers, a Texico native and lifeguard at the Clovis Wellness Center, plans to join the Army. He has been a lifeguard since he was 15 years old. When Jesse Walthers is on the clock, his main duty is to make sure people don’t drown. In his next line of […]

Don’t let bureaucrats set premiums

Freedom New Mexico State legislators are considering yet another unnecessary, counterproductive law to regulate the health care industry. As last year, with legislation passed in California and the Obamacare health law passed by Congress, this year’s Assembly Bill 52 seeks to control health care costs by using government’s heavy regulatory hand. It approaches the problem […]

A view from under the pew: ella the unenchanted ant

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist just the other day boss iran across a disillusionedyoung insect ella the apathetic ant was ambling down a churchaisle bemoaning the state of her life and the churchpew underworld around her life looks so hopelessella moaned nothingreally matters anymorei don t matter anymorenobody matters anymore and besides i really […]

Geronimo, bin Laden share similarities

Like every other American, I was stunned last Sunday when I learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in a military enclave in Pakistan. I felt relieved that we had finally run the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks to ground. I was glad that our military and intelligence members […]

Don’t put blame on oil speculators

Here’s a non-rocket science question: If you expect a reduced harvest of wheat, corn, rice or any other commodity some time in the future, what would be the wise thing to do about your consumption today? I bet that the average person would answer: Consume less now so that more will be available in the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Election day and Reagan comes to Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Special election Don’t forget the special election today in Clovis concerning a gross receipts tax increase. See the Clovis News Journal for a list of polling locations and times. Quirky quote of the day “Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away […]

In search of ponies: Dogs predisposed to destruction

Sharna Johnson “My dog is helping me downsize,” a coworker said to me recently. “How so?” I asked curiously. She went on to explain her dog has this thing about destroying anything that enters his area of the yard, regardless of what it is. So far he has eaten a garden hose, potted plants and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A windy festival and the end of polio

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Wind festival Don’t forget the first Downtown Wind Festival in Clovis this week.It’s from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a Pedal ARTitude Rally, which is a kinetic sculpture event. Basically take a bike and decorate it, wear a costume, carry a sock puppetand […]

Farmland in dire need of rainfall

They say if you don’t like the weather in eastern New Mexico, wait a few minutes and it’ll change. OK, I’m ready for a change. There’s a story going around that they’re laying off weather forecasters left and right because anyone can write the forecast lately. It goes something like this: “Lots of sunshine, highs […]

McGee: Boy meets burritos

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Don’t you just love burritos? I’ve had a love affair with burritos since I was in high school back east. They’re so good; chowing down on that tasty, sometimes gooey, warm stuff wrapped up inside a soft tortilla. It started with beans, the main attraction in many a burrito. I […]

Resurrection hope in the midst of calamity

Curtis Shelburne As most of our friends and parishioners know, my brothers and I, all four of us preachers, head to Robert Lee, Texas, a couple of times a year to spend some time together at the old homeplace of our maternal grandparents. The other guys usually manage to get there, each alone, from one […]

Civilization dependent on ecosystem

I occasionally, when preparing for class, find myself discovering things that I wish I had not found. I suppose that this is true for other educators, as well. Like the words from Don Henley’s song, “Dirty Laundry,” it’s a matter of “You don’t really want to know what’s goin’ on; you don’t really want to […]

Don’t count out Denish just yet

When she was bouncing up and down, yelling, waving her arms, feverishly trying to coax cheers from Hobbs Eagles fans back in the 60s, the vivacious 17-year-old’s dreams for the future pretty much mirrored those of her girlfriends. Marry a great guy, have wonderful kids, be a supportive mom, live a comfortable, quiet, normal life […]

Resolution reduces transparency

I don’t know who I’m specifically sticking up for with this column. But the beauty of it is that it doesn’t matter. The New Mexico Senate, on Feb. 23, passed Resolution 4, which amended its rules to state that, “Photography, video or audio recording or transmission of committee proceedings may, upon request, be allowed with […]

In Search of Ponies: The name game

I don’t know about anyone else, but after years of having pets it can get a little challenging to come up with original names for them. In fact, I think the names must have started running out when I was a kid. Aside from the brown dog named Brownie, we had a succession of shepherd-type […]

Architects: New courthouse best option

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson During a Tuesday citizens committee meeting, architects from Rohde, May, Keller, McNamara Architecture of Albuquerque presented their groups plan for a Curry County judicial complex, addressing the Nov. 2 failure of two bonds designed to pay for the project. Sharna Johnson If Curry County has to choose between a new […]

Super Bowl party better when planned

How to appropriately plan for a Superbowl celebration: 1. Don’t go if you are going to be a spoilsport. By spoilsport, I mean anyone who cannot enter into the spirit of the event because he or she is too frustrated over, for example, what the Bengals did. It may be easy for me to say […]

Press release: Hounds kicker selected Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American

PORTALES, N.M. — Junior place kicker Taylor Cannon (Los Lunas, N.M./Los Lunas HS) from the Eastern New Mexico University football team has been selected Honorable Mention Don Hansen Football Gazette All-American, for his outstanding performance during the 2010 season. The award marks the third All-American Honor for the Greyhounds this season and the seventh in […]

God’s works help push aside fear

I have a fear of heights, also called acrophobia. I do not have a severe form of it I don’t think but I have at times in my life not been able to do things involving heights for my fear. This fear keeps me from walking up staircases that are too high or walkways that […]