District 42 State Senate candidate profile: Gay Kernan

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Courtesy photo Gay Kernan is a District 42 State Senate candidate. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked District 42 State Senate candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3, the general election Nov. 4. Name: Gay G. Kernan […]

Sen. Gay Kernan plans to run for re-election

CNJ staff Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, announced Monday her intention to run for re-election in District 42. Kernan has represented District 42 for five years. The district consists of Lea County and also parts Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves and Eddy counties. Kernan’s legislative priorities include improving education, providing fair and balanced funding to the schools and […]

Portales man charged with cattle theft

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A 29-year-old Portales man was arrested last week and charged with cattle theft, according to a press release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office. Christopher Neil Gay, 29, stole five heifers and a calf a month ago from a ranch on N.M. 267 near Floyd, according to police. Police located […]

Prejudice feelings permeate society

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers NBA basketball star Tim Hardaway’s anti-gay comments prior to the All-Star game point up bigotry is alive and well in our country and shows up in all colors, backgrounds and economic situations. Hardaway is a black man in a country where black males have historically been the target of more […]

Walking in others’ shoes good exercise

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist This is for a reader who demands to know why I write about gay issues. His conclusion is that I must secretly be gay myself. Actually, he doesn’t express himself quite that civilly. To the contrary, his e-mails — which, until recently, were arriving at the rate of about one […]

Homosexuality not something to hide

By Leonard Pitts: syndicated columnist Today’s topic: flaunting homosexuality. Exhibit A: Doogie. Meaning Neil Patrick Harris who, in another life, was the title character in “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” the tale of a boy genius who becomes a doctor. Recently, Harris was outed on a gossip Web site. His response in a statement to people.com said […]

Marriage no place for big government

By Tibor Machan : Syndicated Columnist The charge that George W. Bush is merely trying to kowtow to his base with his promotion of a constitutional ban on gay marriage sounds plausible enough, but that’s really not the crucial issue. Never mind his motives. Whether the idea is sound is what counts. Should the Constitution […]

‘Progressive’ Christians spread message in Clovis

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CrossWalk America participants, from left, Brad Wilson, Eric Elnes, Rebecca Glenn and Mark Creek-Water head east on U.S. 60/84 into Clovis on Thursday. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer They say they are passing through the area spreading Jesus’ message of love. Their self-described progressive views on Christianity, however, are not […]

Preacher Fred Phelps gay, not crazy

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Allow me to share with you an epiphany. I think Fred Phelps is gay. Not that I’d have any way to know for sure, and not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it seems obvious to me that Freddie has spent a little time up on “Brokeback Mountain,” if […]

Gay, Jimmy

Jimmy V. Gay, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, at Farwell Convalescent Center. He was born to Reba Leona Raburn and Bonnie Britt Gay on July 27, 1930 in Bovina. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and a multitude of friends He is survived by a son, Jimmy R. Gay (and wife, […]

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 […]

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy needs repeal

Freedom Newspapers Can colleges, in this instance law schools, bar military recruiters from their campuses because of the schools’ policies not to discriminate, as the military does? This was the central question in oral arguments heard Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rumsfeld vs. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights. The latter is an […]

Bad parenting won’t help boy become man

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ronnie Paris and I had the same father. At least, that’s the way it felt reading the news reports out of Tampa last week. They told of how Ronnie’s dad — his name is also Ronnie Paris — used to hit the boy, throw him around, bang him up. According […]

Marchman, Ruth

Ruth Marchman Services: Have been held. Ruth Marchman, 64, of Kalona, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at University Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa. She was born on July 25, 1940, in Clovis, to Frank and Emily Rierson Marchman. She was preceded in death by her father; and her grandparents. Survivors include her mother, Emily […]

Conservative lifestyle brooks no ‘alternative’

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Is it just me, or does the mayor seem conflicted? Granted, James West has a lot to be conflicted about. Last month, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reported it had caught the city’s chief executive, a social conservative who has long opposed gay rights, in a gay online chat room making a […]

Texas should halt legislation based on fear, ignorance

Freedom Newspapers There’s no scientific proof that homosexual foster parents treat children in their care worse than heterosexual foster parents. And there’s no evidence that legally recognizing a same-sex couple’s union will bring civilization crashing down. But that hasn’t stopped the Texas Legislature from forcing “solutions” to problems that don’t exist. Whether out of ignorance […]

Spate of anti-gay laws reveals inhumanity

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Gay Holocaust? That was the subject line of an e-mail I received last week from “Chris,” a lawyer in a red state. He wanted to know if anybody else sees a similarity between the beginning of the Holocaust — the nibbling away of rights and personhood that ultimately led to […]

Silence speaks volumes

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — For Eastern New Mexico University freshman Jenny Gheer, the sign hanging from her neck said everything she needed to say. And if it didn’t, she had a pen to help. Gheer was one of many in the community who took part Wednesday in Day of Silence, a national […]

ENMU student protest targets lack of tolerance

By Laurie Stone: CNJ Correspondent PORTALES — Some Eastern New Mexico University students are trying to make a statement today — by staying silent. The Day of Silence is a national youth movement organized to protest harassment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people. Those participating in the Day of Silence will wear a […]

Morality should extend to computers

By Mona Charen:CNJ columnist There was a time, dear readers, when I seriously considered closing my e-mail account. Though I love your e-mails, there is a limit to the number of Viagra offers, turned-on housewives and penis enlargers that one can cheerlessly delete before going into complete meltdown. Thankfully, I have found a program that […]