Out of the depths, hope!

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I love the Psalms. They are so filled with the reality of life that we can all find ourselves in them as the reality of our own lives crowds in. Consider, for example, Psalm 130, a psalm for real people, flesh and blood humans, who haven’t got life all […]

Students should be focus

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist Last week, this column centered on the contributions of teachers to the lives and futures of students and included a statement concerning how school provides a structured and organized, thus safe, environment for many children. It would take up valuable space to describe in detail how many children, growing up […]

Portales seniors graduate

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Tanya Gossett gets a hug from from guidance counselor Carolyn Van Wettering as she crosses the stage to receive her diploma during Friday’s Portales High School graduation held at Greyhound Arena. She was among 159 graduates. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico It was a ceremony that commemorated the end […]

March 30, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Where is our sheriff when needed? I am a concerned citizen who lives in the Grady community. Our only local gas and diesel fuel pumps have recently been removed. This was due to the burglary of fuel and vandalizing of pumps several times starting in January and continuing through March. The owner, Darrell Cook, had […]

Life full of sometimes dangerous twists, turns

By Judy Brandon Have you ever taken some common event in your life for granted? I have and a particular road trip showed me that sometimes we do not reach our destination and life changes drastically in the process. This eye-opening experience came for me when some years ago when Annie, Buffy, Mother and I […]

Clovis Community College: Jan. 30 Blood Drive

Clovis,NM–Old Man Winter is overstaying his welcome in  Clovis and the area’s residents are gearing up for a community blood drive to help avoid possible blood shortages this month. Clovis Community College, 417 Schepps, is having a blood drive, on Wednesday, January 30th, in the Commons, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  You must be […]

Military service may be difficut, but not in vain

By Wendy Franklin December 7th is here, and each one of us should take a moment to reflect and give thanks to those of our grandfather’s generation who served America during the second World War. Especially those of us fortunate enough to be a part of today’s military. We all endure hardships today, but not […]

Veteran profiles

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Bill Marks joined the Air Force in 1952 when he was 19 years old. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He said joining the military was a way for him to travel. Originally from Minnesota, March was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base and has lived in […]

Don’t eat that meatball until …

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t remember how old I was; I just remember that I was hungry. I was a boy. I was alive. So I was hungry. It was early — early, at least, for a Sunday morning. My mother had been doing some cooking, probably for a church dinner, when […]

Tragedy teaches several lessons

Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives, expect that those in charge live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, miners and many others. […]

Tragedy teaches lessons

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives expect those in charge to live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Honoring Capt. Evans

Courtesy Photo A night view of the EOD Memorial located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Hundreds of people, including friends, family and service members, recently gathered at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. to remember those who lost their lives while serving their country. Fourteen new names were added to bronze plaques during the 38th […]

Music says much about personality

By Clyde Davis: Columnist During the summer between my second and third years of seminary, I was living in the single men’s dorm, remaining on campus, since one of the ways I kept the bills paid was to contract rough carpentry and painting work. Everyone, it seemed, was on the opposite end of the theological […]

Tragedy prompts prayers

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Priorities must be set in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family […]

Appreciate those who serve

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist James V. Spignesi Jr. was a Connecticut fish and game law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. As he and his partner were patrolling, investigating suspected deer poaching, a deliberate shot from a rifle ended the life of this father, son and husband. Spignesi stands as a symbol […]

Entrepreneurial spirit lacking in America

By Freedom Newspapers Our nation was founded by people risking their lives to personally profit. They became people who risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to establish a never-before-attempted form of governance, also for individual and mutual profit. America emerged as the world leader in innovation, risk-taking and optimism, the most profitable country on […]

Pictures can’t tell whole story of life

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Editor’s note: This column is being re-run by request. My sister Susie was here not long ago, and we were looking through some old family pictures. Mother even has for each of us reprints of photos of generations going back to our great-great-grandmother and great-great-grandfather. Our children enjoy looking at […]

Letters to the Editor: Weather warrants more equipment, care

Regarding the city of Clovis’ performance in combating the weekend snow: Public Works Director Harry Wang said he feels the town has done a good job dealing with the snow. Apparently neither Wang nor the Public Works Department drove down the majority of side streets in town. I would think with the changing weather pattern […]

“Hardest-working” title fit self-reliant Brown

By Freedom Newspapers It was almost a shock to hear that James Brown was only 73 when he died on Christmas morning in Beech Island, S.C. It seemed as if the self-styled — but accurately so — “hardest working man in show business” had lived through enough to fill at least three or four ordinary […]