2/10 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the search for st valentine boss i realize that it will soon be valentine s day and the other day i wanted […]

Valentine’s Day calls for unique gift ideas

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It is time, friends and neighbors, to prepare our hearts and minds — especially our hearts — for the celebration of romance and other forms of love, which we know as Valentine’s Day. A list of unique ideas occur to me. • Get some ideas from the Internet. I did […]

Gay cowboy love story may be most frightning movie ever

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist I went to see “Brokeback Mountain” last week, mainly to prove to myself that I could. This was after reading a New York Times piece by Larry David of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” fame in which he wrote that, though he loves gay people and supports both gay […]

God comes to us — just as we are

By Curtis Shelburne At first the quotation I’m about to share may sound a bit cynical, but when you have a little time to think about it, I think you’ll agree with me that it is not only realistic and true, it is filled with hope. You see, when God came into this world “in […]

Holiday memories fueled by variety of experiences

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What are the pieces that compose the collage of memories that you have marked “Christmas and holiday season?” What are the sights, the sounds, and the special places that they take you in your mind at this time of year? In the middle of all the frantic juggling of schedules and […]

Wayland staff helps man find pathway to faith

By Teresa Young: Wayland Baptist University Raymond Atchley admits he was unsure of his faith when he enrolled at Wayland Baptist University’s campus in Clovis a few years ago. “I’m not really sure that I’m a Christian, and I may be agnostic,” he told Carol Green, then dean of the Clovis campus, asking if he […]

My dog ate my homework

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist “My dog ate my homework.” That excuse is no longer particularly original, but that’s one thing I like about it: it’s stood the test of time. Ever since teachers started assigning homework, 95 percent and more of homework has been biodegradable and largely digestible (presumably whether the words were misspelled […]

Air Force team ‘will leave no stone unturned’ in finding mission

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Randy Harris uses a map to promote assets at Cannon Air Force Base — including its unrestricted air space — during Thursday’s meeting with an Air Force team at Clovis Community College. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Matters of military value were dwarfed by matters of a more personal nature […]

Every season should bring out thankful heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. Christmas comes next and then Easter — which is the order of my favorite seasons. I suppose fall and all its colors of the changing season reminds me of life’s changes. We are not in one season for all the times of our […]

Gridlock prevents political meddling

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Now and then my pen dries up, as it were, and I rake my brain for something I should write. But actually the problem isn’t that. Rather, it’s that columnists or pundits are mostly expected to chime in with complaints about public affairs, and I am actually a bit satisfied […]

Yard sale-ing succeeds with zen attitude

Grant McGee On Saturday, if all goes as planned, there will be a huge yard sale at the Curry County Fairgrounds. It’s hoped people will come from Curry, Roosevelt, Parmer and Bailey counties as well as from around the region for the event. It’s not your typical yard sale. The cash raised will go to […]

Public charity against Constitution’s spirit

Walter E. Williams Last week, President Bush promised the nation that the federal government will pay for most of the costs of repairing hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, adding, “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again.” There’s no question that New Orleans and her sister Gulf Coast […]

Find out if you are old or not

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist I was rocking my chair last week when it dawned on me that I might be over the hill — a hair-raising experience for someone as young and vibrant as I am. So I called my daughters to confirm my youthful status: “What brought this on?” they asked. “Well, things are […]

What matters most is being human

Leonard Pitts, Jr. Does it really matter? The city is flooded, people are homeless and hungry and scared and dead. Shouldn’t this be a time for giving money and saying prayers? Should we really care about the color of the people looting in the hurricane zone? Or that Louisiana is a red state? Or that […]

Local BRAC reactions

What they’re saying “For the majority of people, it’s just a slow death.” — Gene Weber, an Air Force retiree, on BRAC’s decision to keep Cannon open, but move its planes and personnel “I graduated from Eastern New Mexico University 20 years ago. I hope and pray Cannon is not closed. I have not forgotten […]

There’ll be hail to pay

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer H aving your garden thrashed by a summer storm is not a pleasant thing. It actually hurts to awake and find a group of ripped roots, a fleet of mashed beets, and torn rows of corn. Nor is it like suffering the death of a cat, the loss of […]

ID Act will punish law-abiding citizens most

Freedom Newspapers Is it over-dramatizing to say that the historic and chilling command, “Achtung! Your papers, please!” could find a modern-day American equivalent if the federal Real ID Act becomes law? Maybe so, but that danger and fear does come to mind as Congress moves forward with the Real ID Act. The bill mandates that […]

Right to choose extends to both sides

By Steve Chapman Abortion-rights advocates cherish the right of choice. But not all choices are created equal. People who uphold a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions want to deny others the right not to take part in those decisions. The demand for freedom has been turned into a pretext for compulsion. The […]

Assistant superintendent aims to make step up

Editor’s note: This is the first of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent position: Ladona Clayton is assistant superintendent for instruction of Clovis schools. Q: How is your experience as an assistant superintendent going to help you in the superintendent position? A: I’ve had vast experiences in the assistant superintendent […]

City landmark in need of major repair, but cost prohibitive

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An angel statue stands in front of a collapsed stone wall at the Sunken Gardens in Hillcrest Park. The 20-foot long wall has been in disrepair for about two years. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A longtime Clovis tourist attraction and one of the city’s most popular wedding spots […]