Song rattles cowboy image

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In a house on the dry, windy plains of New Mexico, the first gay-themed country song performed by a major artist was penned. Lubbock-born singer-songwriter Ned Sublette wrote “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other” when he spent time in his parents’ Portales home in the summer of […]

Mother Mary holds place in many hearts

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist When Pope John Paul II was buried in April, his simple coffin had an engraved cross and letter “M” for Mary. John Paul II held a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, declaring her “Patroness of the Americas.” Since the Virgin Mary, also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, was […]

Demoting DeLay could be good for GOP’s image

Freedom Newspapers We suspect the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will sooner or later be exposed as a politically motivated prosecution. But whether DeLay is found guilty or exonerated, we believe his demotion will be a good thing for the Grand Old Party. No one likes to see a good and honest person […]

Kerry has curdled self-image of U.S.

Mona Charen In their new bestseller, “Can America Survive?” Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth begin with a pointed contrast between the America of today and that of 1942. One starts the section with trepidation, since such comparisons are overdone and usually strained. But the authors handle it deftly. The result is a quite devastating insight […]