Proposal to ban funeral services too extreme

Freedom New Mexico Funerals are accepted as the final rite of passage in virtually every culture. Here as in most of the world, funerals, and funeral processions, are part of that rite. In addition to showing respect for the deceased, they help offer some closure, perhaps even catharsis, to the mourners. Texas District Attorney Rene […]

Funerals not always sad occasion

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I told my sister Maria recently, “You missed a good funeral,” and she looked at me like I was nuts. “No, I mean it,” I explained. “It was a good funeral, getting to meet and visit with Dad’s side of the family.” It’s something we rarely got to do while […]

Ceremonies mark passing of time

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I went to a Clovis wedding not too long ago. My friends Ms. J and Mr. J got hitched. It was a small affair in the bride’s parents’ back yard. The blessed couple was happy, the vibe was good, I was glad to be there. There was a time that […]

House votes to restrict funeral demonstrations

By The Associated Press SANTA FE — A Kansas fundamentalist group’s effort to disrupt the funeral of a New Mexico soldier has prompted lawmakers to pass a bill restricting demonstrations at funerals. The state House on Thursday unanimously endorsed a measure that curbs demonstrations within 500 feet of a funeral site for an hour before […]

Funerals one of life’s inevitabilities

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Been to any good funerals lately? These days, funerals seem more like family reunions to me because that’s the only time my mom sees some of her relatives. She was so close to them as a child, but has since grown apart due to time and space. Seeing tios, tias, […]

Kansas law counter to First Amendment

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist It’s hard to describe the views of Rev. Fred Phelps without feeling soiled by the association, but I’ll do it anyway. He attests that God is disgusted with America’s tolerance of homosexuality. In his view, the Almighty is punishing the nation by using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to kill American […]