Economy not cause of job losses

The more I hear about our “bad economy” and the loss of jobs in this country, the more sick to my stomach I become. What Americans should realize is that a good portion of job loss in this country is likely the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Agreement enacted by our former president […]

Now and then: Former Zia finds niche in coaching

By Kevin Wilson Katheryne Hickman probably figured basketball would only take her as far as Eastern New Mexico University. Instead, her basketball career has taken her from San Antonio to Portales to Houston to Georgetown. Georgetown, Texas, that is. Hickman, who played for the Zias from 1997 to 2001 and finished as the No. 5 […]

Sweat shops can be a superior alternative

Walter Williams Here’s a question. Suppose you see people lining up for hours, and people willing to pay a month’s salary in bribes, in order to get a $2 a day factory job. What might you conclude? Would you guess there are higher-paying jobs around, but the people are too lazy to look for them? […]

Virtue, dedication helped city man climb

Don McAlavy This is the first of a series of stories told by Jack Winton and Engle Southard (Clovis High School class of 1951). The interviews were conducted a couple of months ago. Both of their parents were hard-working people and both of the boys learned the work ethic: “We were really good kids growing […]

If you see me singing, don’t be surprised

Judy Brandon: Local columnist I meditate at times on the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love. I stand amazed that he loves me. Before I doubt my faith, I realize that I am not alone; these thoughts have been the thoughts of many throughout the ages. One of Job’s friends reminded […]

Pay raise only fair for city commissioners

Gordon Smith In response to Friday’s letters to the editor from Denver Jones and Ben Moralez: First thank you for noticing what goes on in your city. The vast majority of the population doesn’t notice. Both letters question the reasoning behind the recent pay increase for city commissioners, and I would relish the opportunity to […]

Where are sensitivity police for Dems?

By Mona Charen Need I say it? If a Republican had made the sort of joke Sen. Hillary Clinton made at a Missouri fund-raiser, it would have been front page news for days. Introducing a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, Sen. Clinton said, “He ran a gas station down in St. Louis.” After the laughter subsided, […]

Mom needs help with Christmas gifts for kids

By Eric Butler Santa may know who’s naughty and who’s nice, but what if the nice ones’ parents need some help to make Christmas a special holiday? Cheryl (not her real name), a resident of the area for the last 28 years, is hoping that the Salvation Army will be able to make it possible […]

Don’t be one of Job’s friends

DON’T BE ONE OF JOB’S FRIENDS The Book of Job is the textbook on suffering. Open it and you’ll see an extraordinarily good man undergoing extraordinarily terrible affliction. He loses his family (except his wife, and keeping her might easily be counted among his afflictions!), his wealth, and his health. He’s reduced to sitting on […]

City approves ‘inducement’ for cheese plant

By Jack King Clovis’ city commission on Thursday approved issuing $250 million in industrial development bonds as incentive for bringing Southwest Cheese Co. to Curry County. Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, told the commission the bonds are “an inducement, not a commitment.” They put the property on which the cheese […]