Local Republicans inspire hope

There is hope for America to overcome excessive indebtedness. While attending our weekly Gideon prayer session on Saturday at a Clovis restaurant, I witnessed the Curry County Republican Committee meeting at the same time. Their meeting was attended by more than 100 members and many were standing because of lack of space. Many were major […]

Co-worker known for dedication, service

One more day, one more conversation, one more outburst of laughter and even one more time just to argue with you. These are a few things I and many others wish we could have with Catherine Bugg. I’d like one more chance to speak up and let her know just how much she and her […]

Petraeus: Loans force families apart

Many military homeowners who saw their homes plummet in value in the financial crisis still can’t get relief from “under water” mortgages that leave families owing more to loan servicers than their homes are worth. The situation is especially difficult for the military where families must move every two to four years. Some affected members, […]

Jesus our hope in uncertain times

In this Christmas season 2011 the fact that Jesus is our hope means so much more to me. As I write this column four days before Christmas, I am thinking about the changes in our world since our children were small. Many things have changed. Christmas presents for kids have changed. Annie and Buffy went […]

Not every problem needs a solution

Everyone knows there are problems in the world. There is theft. There is child abuse. There is poverty. And many more. The question becomes “How do you fix it?” While it seems most people think a new law or tougher enforcement is the answer, libertarians see those “solutions” as only exacerbating the problems. We also […]

McGee: Stranger’s kindness met with caution

Grant McGee Too many campfire tales, scary movies and news stories have taken a toll on how I respond to helpful strangers. I realized this on our recent trip to the American Southland. If you remember we arrived at my brother’s house in south Florida. While he and his wife were out of town they […]

Mental health needs still unmet

Despite adding billions of dollars for mental health care to Department of Veterans Affairs budgets the last four years, and the hiring of 7,000 more mental health professionals at VA clinics and hospitals, many veterans with severe combat-related stress still face long waits to get the care they need. And some VA facilities might be […]

Cooperative efforts help students’ creativity

There are a great many gifts these days, being made in the Clovis Christian High School art and wood arts departments, especially involving joint use of the two classes, which are located across the hall from one another. The focus in this column is on handmade gifts, for those whom one loves, especially those made […]

Biblical women showed gratitude to God

With Thanksgiving so near, I have been thinking about many Bible women who were thankful. Their examples can give us encouragement today that God is the author of all blessings. God works out the biggest events and the smallest details of our lives. Eve was no doubt t thankful when she had another child after […]

Local churches put own spin on Halloween

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Tyler Bridges, a member of the 21st Street Church of Christ, practices his magic tricks Friday afternoon in preparation for the church’s SHINE Fall Festival being held today. Pastor Larry Tittle said the event will include themed rooms, such as the magic room, but the church tries to take the […]

McGee: Country has many adventures for tastebuds

On a drive to Amarillo, The Lady of the House and I passed an empty building along U.S. 60 between Hereford and Canyon. “That place used to be a store or restaurant or something and it had a handmade sign that read, ‘Home of the Wanda Burger,’ remember that?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said. “I […]

Personal goodness not enough to save us

I am sure that I share many growing up experiences with other baby boomers my age. Many things in many areas of our lives are different in 2011. Think about cleaning supplies. In stores we now can find throw away wipes, cleaning sheets with the cleaning mixtures already in them and dust mops with special […]

Anniversary is call for sober reflection

For many of us, we clearly remember the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 — the surreal news reports, the images of iconic buildings collapsing, the uncertainty of the extent of these terrorist attacks. Now, almost unbelievably, it is 10 years later, and likewise amazingly and miraculously, our nation has not sustained another comparable hit like […]

What matters most is our opinion of God

With the beginning of a new college semester, I think back to my own college days. During those years, I had many wonderful professors who were friendly and engaging. Then I had a few that were really intimidating. One was an English professor. My sophomore year, I needed an English class so I chose an […]

Education column: Faculty, staff gearing up for school year

Every year we begin school with a bang. Communications fly back and forth, all departments shift into high gear and, as far as staff is concerned, we are about to experience the payoff of careful and thorough long-term planning. Even though teachers officially started back this past Monday, many have been coming in for weeks, […]

Big government leads to abuse of political funds

Freedom New Mexico The freedom to influence and support political candidates by contributing money in election campaigns is under attack. Many, including the Freedom New Mexico, are bothered, and should be, by the disproportionate influence of big money in political campaigns. The problem spans the political spectrum. But the solution isn’t to infringe on constitutional […]

Northwest Plains Pest Management News

Monti Vandiver Crops continue to challenge producers at every turn, many if not most, current issues are simply a culmination of this years hot, dry and windy weather conditions. At some point accumulated crop stress will overwhelm the plants ability to hold on. Dr. Bob Nielson (Extension Corn Specialist, Purdue University) presented me with a […]

AgSense: Conserving rainfall challenge of dry season

Many people who have spent more than half a century in the southern High Plains say that they have not seen a year like this before. This year is unique. Rainfall stopped after a wet summer in 2010 and less than three inches has been received in the last nine months. Distribution is also erratic. […]

HALT Act just another ploy to garner votes

Freedom New Mexico With so many problems facing our government, it appears that many politicians plan to base campaigns on immigration, just as they have for the past 12 years. That’s unfortunate for those on the border who have been waiting, and hoping, for substantive action on the issue for all that time. As long […]

Politicians feel pressure to act

Politically minded people are starting to anticipate election season. This means many of them will be asking the wrong questions of the candidates; who will be all-too willing to answer them. We are already hearing politicians detailing what they would do about things that no government, nor any politician, has any authority to be involved […]