I want my descendants to live free

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What kind of future do I want my kids and their kids to live in? A tightly controlled, safe future where they are watched out for and protected from anything that might harm them? Where human rights are thrown under the bus in the name of some nebulous common good? Or a liberated future where [...]

Opinion: Sloan’s slogans get point across

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I have begun a line of inspirational T-shirts. You know the kind: “Please Be Patient: God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet” — “Until They Pry It from My Cold Dead Fingers” — “Mama Mia, That’s a Spicy Meatball!” My color-coded shirts let passersby know instantly whether they are blood-pressure friendly: Red for Republicans, blue for [...]

Camouflage makes issue clear

From high school on, whenever somebody would pull out some kind of school or office supply decorated in camouflage, there would always be some kind of joke. “Wow, John … how is that pencil eraser just floating in the air? It’s magical. Oh, oh, sorry … I didn’t see the pencil because it was camouflage.” [...]

Court addresses different kind of cold case

Freedom New Mexico The scientific standard for statistical significance and the legal standard for material misrepresentation in a federal securities case aren’t the kinds of topics that typically inspire lively dinner conversation. Nevertheless, a recent Supreme Court decision involving these issues deserves greater public attention and will affect consumers’ choices in their stock portfolios and [...]

We all win from this kind of infighting

Freedom Newspapers The kind of political fight we’ve longed to see finally broke out in Washington last week as Republicans battled other Republicans over whether to cut a lot from the federal budget, or to cut even more than a lot. Democrats, who lost control of the House in November’s election, can be thanked for [...]

In search of ponies: Barn smells become comforting

Sharna Johnson It was a wafting, almost ambient kind of odor. Sniff sniff sniff… “Urine… stale urine,” I identified, looking around and dismissing it, figuring there was a dirty baby diaper somewhere in the restaurant. The next time we ate at that restaurant weeks later, we were seated in the same booth. It was faint [...]

Any dad can be best kind of dad

By Grant McGee: Local columnist With Father’s Day upon us, I got to thinking about different kinds of dads. Their names come from their habits and what they do. For instance there’s Garage Dad, he spends a lot of his free time in his garage tinkering with vehicles. Garage Dad can sometimes be heard yelling [...]

God saves those who trust in him

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist The son of some dear friends of mine lost his battle this week. The family feels defeated. It had been a long battle. For two decades, this young man had fought a battle with drugs. One night this week his much-abused body gave up. And now his family, long [...]

Young bucks

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Kristyl Jaure, 15, applies rosin to her rope before the junior bullriders took to the arena Friday at the Curry County Events Center. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When her dad asked her brother if he wanted to try bullriding, Kristyl Juare said she spoke up and said she wanted to. Friday night, the [...]

Police chief wants euthanasia policy for pets

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The city is facing a dilemma since making the state-mandated switch to a new kind of animal disposal — to kill or not to kill pets at the request of their owners. Police Chief Steve Sanders said almost as soon as the city animal shelter began lethal injection instead [...]