Diversity would do world of good

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Shame on our politicians! As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today and runs through Oct. 15, some politicians are only concerned about being re-elected and are leaving millions of concerned citizens and Mexican immigrants in limbo as they delay immigration reform. They cried “state of emergency” last […]

Fears are challenges everyone must face

By Anita Doberman: Lifestlyes Columnist One of my favorite short stories is Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” where Gregor Samsa wakes up as a gigantic insect and has to deal with his newfound identity. I like this story because it deals with change, something that I have experienced many times since joining the ranks of “military spouse and […]

12/8 Student Profile

Aylssa Kate Pyeatt is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Sam and Lisa Pyeatt. What is your favorite TV show, past and present? My all-time favorite TV show would have to be “Boy Meets World.” What is so great about your favorite sport? Swimming is really fun because I am […]

Hate more deadly threat than terrorists

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Last week, fear killed Jean Charles de Menezes. He may or may not have been dressed suspiciously, as London police say he was. May or may not have jumped a subway turnstile, may or may not have ignored commands to stop. What is beyond question is that de Menezes, a […]

Teens talk about issues they face as graduates

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Clovis High School seniors (from left to right) Rosamond Garcia, Aaron Rooks, Anthony Luna, and Kinsey Kleyn-Kennedy browse through a college guide magazine the school will provide for seniors who will graduate May 21. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Glances, shrugs, and turned down smiles are like a second language […]

Rigid thought creates fear

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist This column has occasionally taken a stand against rigidity of thought and viewpoint, based on the belief this is not the way God has designed us as human beings to live our lives. In other words, I try to find a balance between our own spiritual journey and those who have […]

Fear shouldn’t dictate airing TV commercials

Freedom Newspapers Television’s infancy in the 1950s was a period when advertisers were given veto power over the content of shows their ads were paying for. The Fox television network’s yanking of GoDaddy.com’s commercial from a planned second airing during Sunday’s Super Bowl — after it had already been shown in the first quarter — […]

‘Freedom from fear’ not in Bill of Rights

CNJ staff In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Bush finally started spending some of what he has called the “political capital” he earned with his re-election. It was good to see him begin to tackle difficult domestic issues, but we’re still troubled by his seemingly open-ended commitment to defeat tyranny everywhere […]

Feds should trust Native Americans with own affairs

Freedom Newspapers A lot of people in Washington like to hold up Native Americans as paragons of environmental virtue, and to talk up a storm about helping tribes finally step out from under Uncle Sam’s long shadow and stand on their own. But when tribes actually reach out for some of that autonomy, this talk […]

Americans yield to fear mongering

Tibor Machan In his provocative if sadly narrow-minded book, “What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America,” Thomas Frank reveals just how even people with good insights can turn a blind eye to the broader implications of what they partly understand. The book is about why middle America is so ready […]