Prayer and a Lesson Learned in the Garden

By Curtis K. Shelburne A time of trouble is a time to pray. The Apostle James tells us plainly, “Is any of you in trouble? He should pray” (5:13). Have you tried it? What happened? Maybe the answer to your prayer was a resounding, “Yes.” Remember the time you prayed for a dear one in […]

Once upon a time, in a press conference

Ned Cantwell (Writer’s note: Any resemblance to the New Mexico county now awaiting a threatened lawsuit over its issuance of gay marriage licenses and the fictional county below is purely coincidental. Well, almost.) Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the national press. My name is County Clerk Needon Attension, and we welcome you here to […]

It’s too late to nitpick U.S. lawmaking

Tibor Machan If we had a country governed by the rule of law, where legislatures respected individual rights and did not pass edicts and regulations that violate our unalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, then all the bellyaching about “judge-made laws” would make sense. Sadly, however, it is too late to complain […]

Minorities make ‘gay marriage’ an issue

By Thomas Sowell The problem with the “gay marriage” issue is that the more fundamental issue is not gay marriage. The real issue is who should decide such issues — that is, what kind of country and what kind of government do we have or want to have? What does democracy mean if any headstrong […]

Allowing gay marriage a slippery slope

Walter Williams The Massachusetts high court ruled that people of the same sex have a right to be married. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and County Clerk Nancy Alfaro, in defiance of California law, have issued more than 3,000 officially sanctioned marriage licenses to homosexual couples. What are we to make of this? Same-sex marriage […]

Clerks: No legal unions for gays

By David Arkin County clerks in eastern New Mexico were surprised by a Sandoval County clerk’s decision to grant gay and lesbian couples marriage licenses. On Friday, Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap recorded 26 licenses for gay and lesbian couples, which Attorney General Patricia Madrid quickly declared invalid. There were another 40 other couples who […]

Politicians offer little in same-sex marriage issue

Commentary Recent events related to the issue of same-sex marriage didn’t so much change as reveal the still evolving status of this controversial idea as a political issue. President Bush offered a carefully worded defense of “the sanctity of marriage” in his State of the Union address, and Ohio lawmakers approved a measure declaring that […]

Government’s marriage program is doomed to fail

Freedom Newspapers One of the sad facts about government is the results of any proposed program are likely to be closer to the opposite of the stated goals than to the stated goals themselves. Public housing was supposed to provide decent homes for poor people but instead created nightmarish high-rise ghettos. Aid for Families with […]

Weddings 1/4

Cheryl McGrath and Rusty Ridley, both of Clovis, were joined in marriage on Dec. 31, 2003, at the Ridley residence. The bride is the daughter of Charles Kidd of Spearfish, S.D. and Sylvia Stillwell of Clovis. The bridegroom is the son of Marilyn Moore and Dwayne Ridley, both of Clovis. The couple will reside in […]

Judges becoming too power hungry

By Thomas Sowell Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august and sedate chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. If you think the issue in the recent Supreme […]

Gay marriage has own set of problems

Mona Charen If you are like most Americans, you know that gay marriage is coming and you don’t feel you have the power to stop it. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled (4 to 3) that the state’s existing matrimonial laws are irrational and gave the legislature 180 days to revise them. President Clinton, you […]

Weddings 12/7

Fatula April Dawn Mouser and Aleksander Kenneth Fatula were joined in marriage on Aug. 9, 2003, at Sunshine Mountain Inn in Allenspark, Colo. The father of the groom officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Rolland and Cindy Mouser of Colorado Springs, Colo. She is the granddaughter of Bettye L. Mouser of Clovis, […]

Engagements – 11/2

Maldonado-Perales Laura Maldonado of Clovis and Guillermo Perales Jr. of Clovis, announce their engagement and approaching marriage. They will exchange vows at 3 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2003, at Faith Christian family Church in Clovis. The bride is employed at Big Country Ford. The prospective groom is employed at High Plains Federal Credit Union. The […]

A ministry of marriage comes to Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Building strong marriages is a priority for Russell and Marni Hawkins, who both come from homes where their parents divorced. To help avoid the same fate after they married more than seven years ago, the two joined what was then known as “Marriage Ministries International.” They became volunteer leaders in a […]

Singing the blues about matrimony

By Leonard Pitts A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I was a music critic. In fact, I spent 18 years reviewing and interviewing everybody from Gladys Knight and Dolly Parton to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. I left the beat (no pun intended) almost 10 years ago, driven by the realization […]