Politics are battle for ‘Land of the Free’

By Jim Lee: Local Columnist Since childhood I have been fascinated with politics. As a high school sophomore I worked on John Kennedy’s campaign. I was only a kid, of course, and I just did whatever the local organization needed me to do. I learned a lot. I saw our presidential candidate in person when […]

God can see right through religious facades

By Judy Brandon My sister Susie from Minnesota is in Clovis visiting us this week. The other day we were talking about some of our experiences as kids. One of the things we talked about was visiting our cousins, who lived on a farm in eastern Oklahoma. One of the best times we remember at […]

Funny bones can be lost through surgery

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]

Life events do not always make sense

Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I magine the pieces of your life, the events and the happenings, intersecting like coordinates on an axis. Each line between coordinates represents some significant event, and that means significant to you not someone else. Now imagine a line connecting “know I did the right thing, without question” to “totally bizarre […]

Apartment life is more than location

By Grant McGee I moved out of my groovy disc jockey pad last week. The pad was a one-bedroom apartment smack dab in downtown Clovis. Some of my compadres wondered at my choice of living quarters because of its location. “Look,” I said, “there’s new carpet, a new hot water heater, new refrigerator, it’s been […]

An armchair guide to traveling by bus

by Grant McGee Last weekend’s snowy Saturday, waiting at the light at Prince and First, I had bus trip memories. It was all because two TNM&O buses were at the same intersection. One’s destination placard read “AMARILLO,” the other read “EL PASO.” Going by bus is one of my favorite ways to travel. People ride […]

Death shatters family’s illusions of Clovis safety

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Carlos Murillo and his older sisters Imelda and Ermelinda moved from California to Clovis, they thought they were coming someplace safer than their hometown of Duarte in the Pasadena suburbs. The sisters said they never expected their brother’s life to end at the age of 27 in a bullet-riddled car […]

The soul needs more than whitewashing

By Judy Brandon Summer reminds me of the days spent with our cousins who lived on a farm in eastern Oklahoma. Susie and I always looked forward to visiting there because it was just like going to a place that was hidden from the world. Our cousins always had so many great things to do. […]

Some yearnings bring little satisfaction

By Judy Brandon When my mother told me about her old friends calling from Missouri last week, I could not help but remember our two families’ trip together to the Missouri State Fair in 1958. Their two children, who were the same ages as my sister, Susie, and me, made our outing more exciting. The […]