Lessons from the beasts around the manger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist C. S. Lewis once wrote a poem entitled “The Nativity” as he reflected on the qualities the animals brought to the stable on the first Christmas: Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow) I see a glory in the stable grow Which, with the ox’s dullness might at […]

Material goods inconsequential to God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Sometime ago I viewed a documentary entitled “The In Crowd and Social Cruelty.” The report addressed the problem of bullying and American children. For some reason, kids seem to dish out abuse to those less accepted. Many adults today have been the brunt of bullying behavior. On the other hand, […]

Dog goes to court without attorney

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson After his dog, Kujo, was denied a court-appointed attorney, Dale Mattingly says he doesn’t know the law and fears he can’t adequately defend Kujo in a courtroom. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Dale Mattingly believes his dog Kujo is entitled to a court-appointed lawyer to defend his interests. Kujo […]

This holiday, leave entitlement at door

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist I knew a woman once who, on receiving a diagnosis of cancer, did what most of us would do, submitting to the treatment (which entailed surgery) and going about the course of therapy which was necessary. Like many cancer survivors, after a period of some months she was ready to […]

Bogus medals reprehensible, but not criminal

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of the […]