God’s gift inimitable

Curtis Shelburne What we need most for God to do in our world and in our lives are the very things we cannot possibly do ourselves. They are also quite often the things that we, in our frequent fits of arrogance (it’s called human pride), are tempted to think we can. God’s people in first […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Religion column: Look for encouragement from men of Bible

This week, the focus is on some men of the Bible who no doubt realized that God was the source of their spiritual sustenance. Their lives as well as the women’s lives in last week’s column reveal that even the smallest little happening in a day can be the result of a Holy God meeting […]

Jobs’ success shows reward of capitalism

Freedom New Mexico Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who died of cancer this week at the young age of 56, is being remembered across the globe as a great innovator, entrepreneur and visionary whose work has greatly improved the lives of people from all stations of life, in all countries and all professions. We appreciate […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Issues or causes should not take God’s place in our lives

Curtis Shelburne Tell me, if you please, does the name Wayne B. Wheeler ring any bells for you? It didn’t for me, either, until I read Daniel Okrent’s fascinating book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Wayne Wheeler died in 1927, less than a paltry 100 years ago. At that time, the editors […]

Bin Laden reaction: Clovis woman hopes for peaceful world

Rabiah Memon spent Sunday night and Monday morning happy but concerned at the same time. While glad to hear news that Osama bin laden had been killed, Memon said violence broke out in Karachi, Pakistan, where her family lives and her siblings were in school and trying to get home to safety. “We were very […]

In search of ponies: Pet adoptions work both ways

What does a three-legged cattle dog have in common with two purebred divas wearing $100 Coach collars? New homes, that’s what. This week two of my friends did something completely unexpected. They adopted dogs. Now why was this unexpected, you may ask. Well, because both are single ladies with extremely busy lives that have always […]

Way back to Father through Jesus

Curtis Shelburne We are all on a journey. What is particularly ironic about the journey is that we spend most of our lives trying to get back where we started. We spend most of our lives trying to fulfill our deepest longing, the desire to be home, truly home. If you think about the journey […]

County seeks names for DWI memorial

CNJ staff Curry County is looking to memorialize those who have lost their lives or were injured due to a DWI crash. As part of an effort to refurbish a DWI memorial on the west lawn of the courthouse, the DWI Task Force is asking to hear from friends and family members who want a […]

Environmental ruling devalues human lives

Freedom Newspapers W hat’s more dangerous? Forest fires or lawsuits by radical environmental groups? Ponder recent Colorado fires that destroyed hundreds of homes. Visualize the couple huddled with their kids and the family dog, thankful they left the forest in time. They hope everyone else found their way to safety before fire began gobbling up […]

Christian lives should speak volumes about faith

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist With the beginning of school, I always think of my sister Susie and her postcard project. Susie was an elementary school teacher for more than 20 years. Even though she no longer lives in Clovis, her past students still stop me at times around town and ask if I am Susie’s […]

Your double may be out there somewhere

Grant McGee: Local columnist Last weekend while yard sale-ing I made the acquaintance of a woman who told me I look just like a relative of hers who lives in Plainview. While she was telling me how much I looked like her nephew, I was thinking about how much she looked like my Aunt Marguerite […]

Children need fathers to be in their lives

Freedom New Mexico Mother’s Day might get more attention, with more elaborate celebration. Fathers often downplay the event themselves, partly due to modesty and perhaps also because they have to pay for any celebration that is made. It’s a generally accepted truth, however, that children tend to show more affection toward their mothers than their […]

Former vice-commander asks residents to take pause

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Col. Philip Frazee, former 27th Fighter Wing vice-commander at Cannon Air Force Base, sums up his Monday morning address at the Memorial Day ceremony at Lawn Haven Cemetery as an MC-130W from Cannon Air Force Base flies overhead to close the event. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Amid a […]

First person: Passion for saving lives

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jan Elliott spends most of her time working, according to her co-workers, but said she enjoys golfing and reading. Jan Elliott of Clovis was selected as the 25th annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. She has been the executive director for EMS Region III for 21 years. She […]

Polls will tell whether voters accept reform

Freedom New Mexico Liberty died a little on Sunday. The government gained a little more control over our most personal decisions, about our health, about our very lives, on the promise that some taxpayers will subsidize health insurance — which every American will be required to buy, an unprecedented mandate — for other Americans. What […]

Teacher believes science fair can change students’ lives

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Zia Elementary School student Logann Ewers works on her display board Tuesday, getting set for the regional science fair Saturday at Eastern New Mexico University. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Zia Elementary School science teacher Suzanne Tipton knows how science can change a student’s life. She saw it in […]

Gremlin resides in my computer

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist A gremlin lives in my computer. I’ve named him Elmer. We get along fine for awhile, then one day he says, “You’ve been doing really well, Glenda. Too good for my liking, so I’m gonna mess you up.” And he does. His little attacks usually are sneaky, and more irksome […]

Safe haven law saves lives

By Mona Charen; Syndicated columnist Mia’s story is good holiday fare. That must have been what the Washington Post editors were thinking when they put her smiling face on the front page. Whether they considered the deeper implications is not so clear, as we shall see. Mia Fleming is a 20-year-old college student who was […]