God loves us completely — no magic require

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Witch doctors and magic. The kind of things you’d expect to find among tribesmen in the African bush, right?   Yes, unless it’s the American variety. You see, generally when we think of magic, we’re basically thinking of a recipe and manipulation. Magic calls for very little faith at […]

Town meeting addresses flu outbreak preparations

By CNJ Staff What: Two town hall meetings are being hosted this week to help residents prepare for the slim possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak. Why: The meetings are part of a national campaign to raise awareness and educate people on preparedness, according to Ken De Los Santos, director of the Clovis/Curry County Emergency […]

Fleeting life composed of defining moments

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Here it is, nearly the middle of October, and before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. It seems that this year, as the saying goes, “has just flown by.” I think about what the Psalmist wrote when he was thinking about time and how his little short life […]

Helping heroin addicts a moral imperative

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If we came up with a sure cure for lung cancer, we wouldn’t withhold it because it might encourage people to smoke. But something about heroin addiction tends to cloud our thinking on public health policy. On this subject, though, Los Angeles is currently enjoying a moment of sunny clarity. […]

Real freedom not type seen on talk shows

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Think about it: Daytime talk shows can be really offensive. The strange and weird are more the ordinary on these shows. For some of these shows, producers and hosts all connive to parade guests that boast about deceitful and immoral living. The audience usually applauds when these people “spill” their […]

Remembering 9-11

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Tech. Sgt. Amy Bengry (center) presides as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the honor gurard ceremony while Master Sgt. Eric Butt (left) and Staff Sgt. Ross Lindeman fold the flag. Cannon community pauses to renew, strenghten resolve (Editor’s note: The following remarks were made by Col. Scott West, 27th Fighter Wing commander to members […]

Canadian sport perfected by U.S. Air Force

2nd Lt. George Tobias They swarm around the table pushing and jockeying for position, trying to knock their opponent’s ball into a pocket, “crack” the balls collide. And just as fast, the roles have changed. This was the scene at The Landing on Aug. 18 when a Crud tournament pitted teams from the 27th Mission […]

Will, not capacity, holding U.S. back

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Does the United States have the power to eliminate terrorists and the states that support them? In terms of capacity, as opposed to will, the answer is a clear yes. Think about it. Currently, the U.S. has an arsenal of 18 Ohio class submarines. Just one submarine is loaded with […]

Purpose found in following God’s pattern

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist When Susie and I were growing up, Mother made our clothes. Cloth World was our favorite store. Simplicity and McCall’s patterns were common things around our house. Mother would spread the material out on the kitchen table, lay the pattern over the material, pin the pieces to the material with […]

Should We Feel Guilty When Our Lives Seem Good?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Colunist Let’s be honest: Some days and some times in our lives are of the sort that we just pray to get through. If most of the times of our lives are of that sort, well, some more questions and prayer, introspection and counsel, might be helpful. If you’re going […]

Marriage no place for big government

By Tibor Machan : Syndicated Columnist The charge that George W. Bush is merely trying to kowtow to his base with his promotion of a constitutional ban on gay marriage sounds plausible enough, but that’s really not the crucial issue. Never mind his motives. Whether the idea is sound is what counts. Should the Constitution […]

Our gratitude to soldiers goes beyond words

Freedom Newspapers They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was […]

Memorial Day a time to honor our fallen heroes

27th Fighter Wing On Memorial Day we pause to remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation, the fallen warriors who never came home to their families and friends. Liberty is a precious gift whose benefits we all enjoy, but too often give little thought to its price. Memorial Day is the one […]

Citizens can be trusted to handle freedom

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist In Florida, we can witness a rather direct confrontation between citizens and the nanny state. The case reportedly involves the “owners of two local escort services — Destin’s Angels and Florida Dream Girls — (who are) facing possible prison time on charges they used escorting as a front for other […]

Federal seat belt laws would only restrict freedoms

Freedom Newspapers Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that […]

Roy Richardson

Roy Richardson Date of birth: Sept. 10, 1925 Dates of service: March 1945 to December 1946 Hometown: St. Vrain Theater and location of service: Philippines, Luzon and Japan Branch: Army Rank: Private First Class Unit: 120th Artillery Battalion, 8th Army Lives in: Texico Veterans organizations: American Legion On a ship entering the Pacific during World […]

Georgia mother gave children strong spiritual foundation

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I know about this story first hand. In this year 2006, there is much to be learned from this seemingly obscure incident. It was 1910 and “Decoration Day” at the old Salem Methodist Church in rural Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event and had planned for noon […]

Terrorists should think, not vent just vent

By Tibot Machan: Syndicated Columnist The Jan. 30 edition of the New Republic contains a fascinating and alarming piece — maybe it’s a parody, but it sounds mighty authentic to my ears — by Ali Salem, “The War of the Hotels,” which appeared in the London-based Al Hayat, a pan-Arab daily. The piece relates — […]

These truths have saved many lives

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist You would have to work hard to find any place that more seriously tests faith and theology than a hospital waiting room. An honored clergy colleague, Bill Love, himself now with the Lord, once wrote about just such a place and his experience there. The lady lying in intensive […]

Johnny D. Morgan

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Johnny D. Morgan Date of birth: May 2, 1917 Dates of service: March 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and […]