A matter of faith

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melissa Cartwright, in a program for three days, makes her dorm bed Wednesday at the Lighthouse Mission. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They know that if they build it, they will come. That’s the easy part. It’s the financing that needs prayers and faith. After 22 years of sheltering, […]

Bill would offer more online access to Legislature

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Residents who want to know more about state government’s pocketbook, its power players and public meetings would have an easier time accessing information online under a series of measures introduced so far this session. Ideas advancing their way through the process include expanding webcasting in the House […]

Know what’s scary? Senselessness

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Here are some stories that are either funny because they’re scary, or they would be funny if they weren’t scary. I’m not really sure. • I saw the greatest, and worst, headline in the history of the New York Knicks about two weeks ago after a loss to the Oklahoma […]

It pays to know the ways of your enemy

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Thou shalt not kill.” Well, nobody’s perfect. I actually committed a killing right in the sanctuary of our church awhile back. No, I didn’t throw someone into an irreversible coma by preaching them to death during a service. I’m shocked and disappointed you would even think such a thing! But kill […]

Going green starts with personal change

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist I suppose the problem addressed in this column is like other common questions, in that the answer lies, not in knowing, but in doing. We know that, if we do not develop alternative energies, our modes of transportation will radically alter when fossil fuel runs out. We know that we […]

Education committee helps support schools

By Penny Bailey: Guest columnist Did you know Clovis Schools has an Education Foundation? And, if you did, do you know what it is for? Well, if not, you are not alone as a lot of people in Clovis are not aware of the foundation. Or, if they know the Education Foundation exists, they’re not […]

Zoo looking for new giraffe

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Hillcrest Park Zoo staff is working towards buying a male giraffe as a mate for Jael. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Jael the Giraffe may not know it, but zoo adminstrators do: Her biological clock is ticking and, at 7 years old, she’s in prime shape to have offspring. […]

Homecoming like family reunion

By Lynn Moncus: FNM columnist A recent trip to New Mexico State University to attend Homecoming was quite an event for this woman from lma. As I wandered around on campus one afternoon, I realized one more time how far over-the-hill I am. While looking at those young people, I really felt my age because […]

Cameo Elementary’s Parent Center offers space for children, parents to spend time together

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools History is in the making. Now, I know each day we live, we are actually making history, but what you might not know is that you are actually reading a part of history…right now. Yep, this article is making history in two ways. First, this is my first official […]

Solutions not found in big government

Freedom New Mexico Political corruption remains a perennial concern for the voting public, and with good reason. Still, this particular brand of dishonesty has something in common with other human failings: People tend to see it clearly in others but not so clearly in themselves. We all know the images associated with ethically challenged elected […]

Real heroes have gone unnoticed

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist This is a test. Have you heard of Elvis Presley? How about Oprah Winfrey? Or Johnny Carson? Yes, of course we all know about those people. Here’s the rest of the test: Ever heard of Sir Alexander Fleming? How about Dr. Allan L. Drash. No? We have Fleming to thank […]

Parents finally getting to know me

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I don’t need everything spelled out to me. That’s why when I was visiting a friend a few months ago, I could tell a female guest had just gotten out of a relationship. She said she was, “trying to stay strong,” which meant she’s not going to cry about the […]

Frugality takes hit on my wallet

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Cheap never seems to work out for me. I should know better than to try and save on eyewear. A little bit of personal history is in order here I think. I’ve been wearing glasses about 38 years now. I first learned my eyesight wasn’t so great after an exam […]

Talking aids strengths

By Anita Tedaldi My husband returned home for a short visit before taking off again. I guess we should be used to the routine, the coming and going, and to the changes we adjust to, but each time I’m taken back by how tough it is, no matter the preparation and good intentions. As with […]

Mental health should be priority

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist This is supposed to be the year of the military family. I know. It’s only the middle of May, there are many months ahead of us and great things can, and hopefully will be done, but I’m an inpatient person. I actually worked on a story on what the year […]

City administrators: Stimulus paperwork complicate process

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico City and county administrations know all about needing a little extra dough. So, sure, when the federal government invited proposals for ways to spend stimulus money, grant writers in eastern New Mexico scrambled to get in line. But while the creation of the American […]

Ethics in peanut butter case questionable

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I don’t know if I coined this term; I rather doubt it. Nonetheless, I find it a useful one, and have even used it in ethics classes that I have taught. Immediately, the class gets the sense of what I am talking about, when I refer to “flexible ethics.” Maybe […]

Money can be made off of stupidity

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist You know that sick feeling that smothers your whole body when you realize you’ve just done something stupid? That happened to me a few days ago — again. I went to watch my grandson’s basketball game. In the school’s parking lot I decided I didn’t need my purse inside, so […]

a view from under the pew: happy cheesy new year

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. happy cheesy new year boss this holiday season got the best of me i turned into a […]

First person: Holiday enthusiast

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sherri Gomez, 24, said she likes wrapping square packages because they are the easiest. Sherri Gomez spends most of her time watching cartoons and movies about superheroes with her 3-year-old son Anthony. But for a month during the holiday season, she works at Roden-Smith as a gift wrapper. Family business: […]