In Search of Ponies: Animal language simple

Sharna Johnson I think many of us find within different social settings we adopt alternate vernaculars to our own. For instance, when I visit my grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains, I develop a twang and blend words like “Ain’t” and “Y’all” into my vocabulary. If I spend time with British friends, I inexplicably develop a […]

Nation must move past 9/11 attacks

Freedom New Mexico The images are still vivid in many Americans’ minds: Planes careening into buildings; New Yorkers staring upward as people launched themselves toward certain death; families grasping photos of the missing, clinging to flimsy hopes; the numerous memorials in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. More than nine years have passed now, but the […]

Holiday used as day of rest by many residents

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Three-year-old Nathaniel DeHoog takes a turn on the slide Monday afternoon at Greene Acres Park. Nathaniel’s grandparents said they took him to the park for the afternoon so he could burn off some energy. Sharna Johnson For some area residents, Labor Day is a day to spend with the family […]

Labor unions’ usefulness questioned

More people could be free to rest this Labor Day weekend, although many won’t be doing it voluntarily. We entered the holiday with mixed, but mostly disappointing, news on the economic front. The Labor Department on Friday gave an apparently contradictory report that American employers added 67,000 new jobs last month, even as the unemployment […]

Rebuilding after disaster homeowners’ responsibility

Freedom Newspapers News outlets are reporting heavily about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Mississippi coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Heavy rain from the huge storm overwhelmed the levees surrounding New Orleans, causing flooding that destroyed much of the city. Five years later, much of the damage still exists, and thousands of people […]

CLGA appreciates Clovis muni course

Please allow me this opportunity to congratulate the Clovis Ladies Golf Association for providing another wonderful year of golfing for the ladies of Clovis. By providing lessons, the members of the association have introduced many women to the game and many others have been given the opportunity to improve their skills. The CLGA recently hosted […]

In search of ponies: Animal ‘collecting’ takes balance

“Exactly how many animals do you have?” asked a man who said he reads my column regularly. I have to admit, I had to run a quick count. And a couple weeks ago when a nasty funk developed in the garage, the smell of death led me to conduct a head-count to make sure the […]

Soul should become instrument for God

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I have been doing some reading this week in an unusual book. We have some of the Foxfire book series on our bookshelves in the den. The books in this group are an accumulation of the people’s ideas, ways of doing things, tips for cooking and canning and just general knowledge […]

Not many food items on ban list

Karl Terry Michelle Obama doesn’t like beets and apparently neither does her husband. My grandmother once called me her little beet-eater because I liked the red root vegetable that I really only ever got at her table. I don’t think they were fresh beets too often but their sweetness seemed to me a little like […]

MySpace vs. Facebook

James Walker and Torie Iverson Editor’s note: Clovis’ James Walker and Rio Rancho’s Torie Iverson participated in the New Mexico Press Association’s annual high school journalism workshop last month. They wrote this story for The Future Press newspaper: Many technological advances in American culture have helped teens in many ways. Popularity of different online social […]

DISCLOSE Act limits freedom of speech

Americans rightly are jealous of their right to freedom of speech; it is a prerequisite of freedom and a bulwark against government tyranny in so many ways. That’s why the First Amendment begins, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Most important, the founders had political speech in mind when those […]

Tort system better than regulation

Tibor Machan Many moons ago I directed a conference on government regulation, out of which the book edited by me and the late M. Bruce Johnson, “Rights and Regulation,” was created. In this book some of those who supported government regulation — and most mainstream contributors did so — maintained that being opposed to government […]

Hospice goes beyond medical care

By Stacy Gleaton: Guest columnist In the past, many families took care of their own and never sought outside assistance. Nowadays, many families just don’t realize the great services that are available to them. Plains Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Hospice began in 1994 and has been providing excellent end of life care ever since. PRMC […]

Shoutouts

Bella Vista pinewood derby On May 13 at 1 p.m., the Arts Academy at Bella Vista hosted the first annual pinebox derby car race. Nine students built one of a kind cars and competed against one another to identify the fastest car at Bella Vista. Each student spent two months creating, painting and decorating their […]

Letter to the editor: Poly-carts have many more disadvantages

Poly-carts have many more disadvantages Richard Baca in his letter to the editor in Sunday’s CNJ makes some good points about the problems with poly-carts, but he missed a number of important disadvantages. The carts when filled may be too heavy for elderly or handicapped residents to wheel to the street. The carts when empty […]

Miranda rights worth defending

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer How many times does Lucy get to pull the football away? For the umpteenth time, Sen. Joe Lieberman is proposing something that’s ridiculously harmful to our way of life, and Democrats are open to compromising with him because he’s with them on everything except the war (and other things […]

Cancer remains surreal experience

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Welcome to the world of insecurity, and realizing that, no matter how safe you think you are, you have no guarantees. You can control your habits and actions, but you cannot control forces beyond your impact. This is the world of cancer; this is the world which has been walked […]

Letters to the editor: U.S. not refuge for illegal immigrants

U.S. not refuge for illegal immigrants How many people can you put into a lifeboat before it goes down? For so many years, our nation has turned a blind eye to illegal immigration overflowing our southern borders. Our government is complicit in exponentially adding to the problem. Granting amnesty to the millions who have already […]

Competition heavy for state races

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For a position that many candidates say doesn’t really do anything, plenty of people seem to want it. The lieutenant governor’s race has five Democrats vying to be the next Diane Denish, and three Republicans ready to serve who they hope will be the next Republican governor. The field […]

Supreme Court more political than intended

Justice John Paul Stevens, thought of as one of the left-leaning members of the U.S. Supreme Court, on Friday announced his retirement from the highest judicial body in the country. His farewell to the court is not a surprise and had been speculated about since late 2009 when he hired fewer clerks than he had […]