Letters to the Editor: Alcohol contributes to moral collapse

This letter is about the 725 names needed on a petition to call an election on Sunday liquor sales. I would like to see the names of those who cannot stand even one day to be free of alcohol sales. I sincerely hope I would not see any names from our police and fire personnel […]

Flag bans set dangerous precedent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve heard both sides of the Confederate flag debate, once as a student participating in an online intercultural communication class discussion, and last summer, as an instructor teaching an Upward Bound class in multicultural history. In both debates, the overwhelming consensus was the Confederate flag is more divisive and is […]

Father’s stories lost on inattentive son

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist I never listened to the stories he told. Either “Speed Racer” was on or the new Fantastic Four was out or the Spinners were on the radio. Whatever. I never listened. Things were not good between us. He had a drinking problem, which meant he had a hitting problem. I […]

Arrrrgh! Pirate flag draws ire of citizen

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Be it a lighthearted prank or a hidden message, little explanation was given for the pirate symbol that popped up this week outside the Clovis Public Defender Department. The skull and crossbones flag that flew from a pole outside the Clovis office Wednesday and Thursday was removed Thursday afternoon, […]

Flying tattered flag no sign of freedom

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The Lady of the House and I were driving around Clovis last Saturday, checking out yard sales, when something caught my eye. I won’t say where … it could be a house, it could be a business … but I saw the flag of the United States of America, literally […]

Flag returns to Hurlburt

CNJ Staff The 1st Special Operations Wing flag returns to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Thursday during a redesignation ceremony of the 16th SOW, according to a 16th SOW Public Affairs press release. It will be the first time the 1st SOW flag has flown at Hurlburt Field since Oct. 1, 1993, when Air Force officials redesignated […]

Letters to the editor 7/9

Celebration success to those who heard it The “Kept Cannon” celebration held July 1 was a complete success. Here are some brief comments: Clovis Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos’ extensive decorating and preparations of the Civic Center was highly commendable. Mayor David Lansford’s leadership and persistence to build a Clovis Civic Center provided […]

Allowing flag burning honors our forefathers

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday took a step toward limiting the First Amendment by sending to the Senate floor a constitutional amendment that allows Congress to ban flag desecration. Conservatives have been trying to get the amendment through Congress since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down flag protection laws in 1989. […]

June can never come too soon

Bob Huber : Local Columnist I love June. With each passing year, I love it even more. That’s because it contains Flag Day, D-Day, Father’s Day, my birthday and National Eat More Prunes Day. It’s a month-long feast of gala celebrations, if you get my drift. If Congress had a lick of sense, they’d set […]

Vietnam veteran flies flag daily to salute American servicemen

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Zak Casarez, left, and his grandfather, Dale Fite of Clovis, fold up the flag at the end of the day Wednesday. Fite said he is teaching his grandson the importance of paying respect to the flag with the daily ceremony. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When storms rise over Clovis […]

Conservatives in danger of giving up values

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Conservatives, almost by definition, have an appreciation of the past: They want to conserve valuable traditions and principles. But one of the paradoxes of many people who go by that name is they are forgetting essential precepts of their own philosophy. Their current eagerness to amend the U.S. Constitution, not […]

Immigration solution will take compromise

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist To translate the Holy Bible and read or recite it in a language other than Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin or any of its original forms is un-Christian. Does that sound ridiculous to you? The notion that singing the National Anthem in Spanish is un-American is also ridiculous. Some people may not […]

Residents demonstrate for immigrant rights

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A boy rides on a marcher’s shoulders waving an American flag as hundreds of participants in a rally walk north on Mitchell Street Monday morning. The marchers walked in a show of support for immigration reform. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The honking car horns could be heard for blocks, […]

4/19 Letters to the editor

Legality, not race, main immigration issue Why is it that someone can come into our country illegally and demand that they be made citizens? First off, I am in no way a racist. I have nothing against Mexicans or any other race of people. But I do have a problem with the illegals coming over […]

Multiculturalism only sparking divisions

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Concerned that the raging immigration debate would spark violence, officials in at least two schools in Colorado have banned students from bringing flags to school, the AP reports. Predictably, this news and associated rumors have lit up the phone lines at call-in shows around the nation. Conservatives are right to […]

McNaughton family honors police

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Matt Chandler, left, district attorney for the 9th Judicial District Court, accepted a flag from U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Jeff Scofield Monday at the District Attorney’s office. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Local law enforcement members were recognized Monday by the family of Laura McNaughton, the 30-year-old Clovis woman found […]

Increasing customer satisfaction or improved customer service

Senior Airman Christopher Willing Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The camaraderie you build sometimes feels like you gained a bunch of brothers and sisters with all the joking and occasional bickering. […]

Intramural flag football good for more than just athletics

Melanie Salazar, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs It may not be the NFL, but at first glance you wouldn’t know. Matching jerseys scatter throughout the field. On the sidelines, fans and teammates cheer as the momentum seesaws back and forth. Coaches cringe and point, running up and down the sidelines, shouting their advice across the […]

Honor Guard service more than just a ‘special duty’ detail

Senior Airman Christopher Willing 27th Communications Squadron Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The camaraderie you build sometimes feels like you gained a bunch of brothers and sisters with all the joking […]

Honor Guard builds pride

Honor Guard members Senior Airman Jaclyn McCord and Senior Airman Brian Vasvary form up for an official functions. Senior Airman Christopher Willing 27TH COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON Honor Guard is an exciting and rewarding experience. You will meet people from all across the base who you become good friends with as you learn about each other. The […]