Freedom comes with limitations

The week leading up to Independence Day made it glaringly obvious to me that few people today really know what freedom means. Sure, they know and use the word, but it is something like the word relativity to them: Something they have heard of and that they might think they understand because of how others […]

Independent spirit lives on in America

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

CCC marking 20 years of independence

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson It was 20 Septembers ago that Clovis Community College came to be, when a mill levy vote dissolved its affiliation with Eastern New Mexico University. Kevin Wilson A lot of things didn’t go as planned in 1990 — the Time Warner merger, Mike Tyson’s title defense against James “Buster” Douglas. […]

Press release: Senator discusses oil independence legislation, Wall Street reform and unemployment insurance extension

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about his recently introduced Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act. He also gave remarks on the passage of Wall Street reform legislation and today’s long-overdue vote to move forward with an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for out-of-work Americans. To listen to the […]

Officials dish about Fourth of July menu

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo James Burns, owner of Burns Do It Center, explains the benefits of using pellets instead of charcoal while grilling. Burns said Friday the rain won’t stop him from grilling for the Fourth of July. The Independence Day weekend is here which means the patio table is set, the American Flag […]

Press release: ENMU Observes Independence Day on July 5

PORTALES–Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will be closed on Monday, July 5, for the observance of Independence Day, and will re-open on Tuesday, July 6.

American spirit of independence still thrives

Freedom New Mexico Independence Day weekend is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Police: Fireworks complaints increase

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Delilah Barela and her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Destinee look for fireworks Thursday at a tent sale west of Clovis to help the family celebrate the July 4th weekend. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer As Independence Day draws closer, Clovis police are getting 10 calls or more a day because […]

Immigrants guaranteed rights, too

Freedom New Mexico Americans have lived under the same Constitution, and behind the same Declaration of Independence, for more than two centuries. It’s sad, then, to see that so many people don’t know — or at least don’t appreciate — the basic precepts those great documents assert. Sadly, even members of our own government — […]

Holiday continues at Ute Lake

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Portales gets head start on holiday

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Western Enterprises, pyrotechnic workers, Cody Brooks and Kamdron Kralik work on the fireworks Thursday in preparation for the annual Independence Day fireworks show at Greyhound Arena. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Portales residents started celebrating their independence a day earlier this year at the second annual Smokin’ 3rd of […]

Independence with peace needed for Kosovo

Freedom New Mexico The controversy over the province of Kosovo formally declaring independence from Serbia on Sunday may not turn out to be as explosive as some observers think. But the move is an example of how decisions taken during emotional periods can have consequences years down the road that are not necessarily beneficial for […]

U.S.’ hard-won freedoms must be defended

By Freedom Newspapers Each year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation on July 4, remembering the conflicts and patriots who died to preserve our ideals. This week, we will again remember those men and women and gather with family under the sheltering umbrella of the United States of America. But let us remember more. […]

Constitution is ours to protect

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It’s hard for me to grasp the fact that our nation’s bicentennial July Fourth celebration took place more than 30 years ago. Like the centennial of our community, it had a special flair, a special flavor; it was not just another July Fourth to be celebrated in the usual manner. I […]

In Tribute: Contractor built homes, work ethic

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Don Killough raised his family the same way he built houses — a good foundation, some independence and strict parameters. Killough’s children remembered the Clovis building contractor as a loving, supportive father who valued a strong work ethic and could be seen in church whenever its doors were open. […]

Real freedom not type seen on talk shows

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Think about it: Daytime talk shows can be really offensive. The strange and weird are more the ordinary on these shows. For some of these shows, producers and hosts all connive to parade guests that boast about deceitful and immoral living. The audience usually applauds when these people “spill” their […]

Independence celebration planned

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A bell rung by the Rev. Idalgo on Sept. 16, 1810, signaled the start of Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain. The ensuing battle lasted for 10 years before independence was gained. Today, the observance marking the day is known as Diez y seis de Septiembre. An area event commemorating […]

Essay celebrating independence still rings true

Freedom Newspapers Otto Whittaker wrote the following essay, “I Am the Nation,” in 1955 as a public relations advertisement for the Norfolk and Western Railway. According to “Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations,” the original version did not contain the phrase, “the steaming jungle of Vietnam.” On this Independence Day, we find its message suits […]

America best place to live

Debra Whittington: Religion columnist Although the date on the calendar is past the Fourth of July, the spirit of the holiday needs to be with us each and every day of the year. We live in the greatest country on Earth and yet take it for granted. I pray that all had a wonderful holiday […]

Muleshoe celebrates the 4th

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Kara Young drives John Young in a small tractor during a parade held as part of Fourth of July festivities in Muleshoe. (CNJ Correspondent: Andrew Chavez) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer MULESHOE — When Sue Haberer used to teach school, she was always looking for that perfect gift to give the other teachers on […]