Aging is just part of life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My husband was home for a long weekend before being off again, and we decided to go on a date. It was a last-minute idea, meaning I didn’t have time to do my makeup, put in my contacts, or torture my husband to give opinions on five different outfits that meant […]

April 6, 1912

Clovis’ public schools were crowded, with up to 100 students in some rooms. Conditions were “making the air breathed very bad and in fact causing a condition of affairs that is nothing short of criminal,” The Clovis Journal reported. … Whitcomb Weaver Candy Co. at 117 E. Grand promised “something new and fresh every day.” […]

ENMU games at Southeastern postponed

CNJ staff DURANT, Okla. — With the potential of a major ice storm throughout Oklahoma, today’s Lone Star Conference doubleheader between Eastern New Mexico and Southeastern Oklahoma has been postponed. Because of the travel distance and the fact the games don’t count in LSC South standings, it’s unlikely the teams will make them up. All […]

Don’t mistake resolve for arrogance and disdain

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist With apologies to the makers of the 1994 film, it’s never been “the madness of King George” that troubled me. No, it was the arrogance, a hubris so awesome and awful you tended to forget George is not, in fact, a king but a president. One might have been forgiven […]

A penny spurned is not a penny saved

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Sometimes our government does something outrageous and oversteps its bounds. Ok, this has been happening more frequently lately. But we know things have really gotten bad when the feds go after our precious penny. There has been a movement in recent years to get rid of our copper-faced Abe Lincolns. […]

Missing: One dog in need of bath

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico dog that has been perpetually running away for more than a year to find a girlfriend has taken off again. When he was gone a week, we formulated a theory. He found a girlfriend. When his absence stretched to 14 days, we got a new theory. He […]

Citizens can be trusted to handle freedom

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist In Florida, we can witness a rather direct confrontation between citizens and the nanny state. The case reportedly involves the “owners of two local escort services — Destin’s Angels and Florida Dream Girls — (who are) facing possible prison time on charges they used escorting as a front for other […]

War doesn’t make limiting freedom OK

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “The enemies of freedom will be defeated.” — President George W. Bush, 2005 “We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Pogo, 1971 The following happened in the United States of America on Feb. 9 of this year. The scene is the Little Falls branch of the Montgomery […]

Could Gas Prices Be a Blessing in Disguise?

By Curtis K. Shelburne As I write this column, gasoline prices are rising so rapidly that it would be pretty safe to bet they’ll be a couple or twenty cents higher per gallon by the time I finish writing this than they are as I begin. Where will it end? I don’t know. One good […]

Private industry shouldn’t pay for government ads

Freedom Newspapers In a decision that seemed to twist logic unmercifully to arrive at a prescribed conclusion, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declared those ads promoting “Beef: It’s what’s for dinner” are not the work of an industry council promoting their product, but are in fact “government speech.” Therefore it’s acceptable to use the […]

Flying objects a sign of spring

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist It’s spring again — daffodils are blooming, pollen dust is up your nostrils, and folks all over New Mexico are getting stiff necks from gazing at Unidentified Flying Objects. That’s because this state holds the record for the most melodramatic assaults from outer space. In fact, New Mexicans have won […]

Trial proof U.S. holds abusers accountable

Freedom Newspapers Let’s get one issue out of the way at the outset. The conviction and sentencing of Army Spc. Charles Graner to 10 years in prison as punishment for his part in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison stands on its own. The fact that Saddam Hussein’s minions did much worse […]

Fraud becoming standard practice

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Call it the revenge of Milli Vanilli. You remember them, right? The pop music duo that came out of nowhere to score one of 1989’s biggest hits, an album called “Girl, You Know It’s True?” But “true” is one thing Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan never were. One year, 7 million […]

Nuttall’s success should be seen by harshest critics

CNJ Editorial Neil Nuttall completes 7 1/2 years as Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent this week, leaving Tuesday for North Central Missouri College where he becomes its president. Nuttall leaves behind a legacy of academic vision and infrastructure that will serve Clovis students and the community for decades to come. And, as with all such agents […]

Search engines: Finding the needle in the haystack

By Tom DiFrancesca The realm of “Geekdom” is growing and thriving beyond all expectations — what a rush. For every person who has ever been made fun of because of their interest in computers, networking, and the Internet, we all cry out in unison: “take that you mere mortals.” It was only a few years […]

Cellular technology getting bigger and better

By Tom DiFrancesca Modern and emerging technology never ceases to amaze me. Just about every day I sit (or stand) with mouth agape as I read about or personally experience yet another really cool service or electronic gadget. Case in point: As I type this column, just off to the right of my keyboard sits […]

Brown v. board hasn’t solved problems

Leonard Pitts Jr. I have not looked forward to this column. To be perfectly candid, I’m only writing it because I feel obligated. Monday marked the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that ended the doctrine of “separate but equal” and helped shatter American apartheid. What else is […]

U.S. ambassador must try to build a nation in Iraq

Freedom Newspapers President Bush has appointed veteran diplomat John Negroponte, now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to be the ambassador to Iraq, heading what is slated to be the largest U.S. embassy in the world, with 3,000 employees. His job, which will in some ways be more like nation-building than traditional diplomacy, will […]

Media has the power to halt mudslinging

Mona Charen Every election year, politicians massage, manipulate and sometimes outright distort the facts in order to get elected. When the contest is over, journalists gather at jaw jaws like the Joan Shorenstein Barone Center at Harvard and gravely pull their chins over this lamentable phenomenon. But the journalists are the very people who can […]

Bush administration manipulates facts

Leonard Pitts Jr. Two plus two — I have this on good authority — equals four. So how do you feel about that? Do you support that interpretation or do you think it should be changed? Yes, I know. You’re wondering if I’ve lost my mind. Well, asking that question tells me something about you. […]