Believe it, loitering is a skill

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today, in our continuing series “What Makes Guys Tick,” we explore the question: How can husbands kill time in stores while their wives shop? This is a tough one, because in the first place, if a guy has the brains of zucchini, he will never accompany his wife on a […]

The Beginning, and the End of Wal-Mart?

By Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Sam Walton was born in Kingfish, Okla., on March 29, 1918. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1940. From there he began his career by opening the first of several Ben Franklin franchises in Arkansas. Finding that he couldn’t manage these franchises as he thought best, he gave […]

Wal-Mart likely to lower banking cost for consumers

Freedom Newspapers Who would have thought that one of the nation’s most successful firms, renowned for helping consumers by offering low prices and decent jobs, would become a lightning rod for so many disgruntled people? Once again, during hearings this week at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., we see that mere mention […]

Campaign against Wal-Mart hurting, not helping poor

Freedom Newspapers Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of […]

Federal programs roadblock to recovery

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist What lessons should we have learned from last summer’s deadly and destructive hurricanes? The primary lesson is that we shouldn’t have much faith in a federal bureaucracy like the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They amply demonstrated their incompetence, but what’s our response? We’ll give them more money and more authority. […]

Reporter’s notebook: Wal-Mart publishes local’s recipe

Carolyn Deweese was surprised to learn recently he recipe for chili casserole is included in the fifth annual Wal-Mart employee cookbook. Wal-Mart included Deweese’s recipe along with more than 80 others — chosen from thousands of submissions by Wal-Mart associates. The goal, according to a Wal-Mart press release, was to produce a cookbook “reflecting the […]

Finch/Beevers wedding

CNJ Staff Melanie Finch and Jeremy Beevers of Clovis were joined in marriage Nov. 12, 2005. The honorable Vicki Kelley performed the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Joel and Jane Finch of Clovis. She is the granddaughter of Melvin and LaVon Crubaugh of Clovis and Bill and Emma Finch of Una, S.C. The […]

8/4 Education Calendar

Monday The Wal-Mart snack bar will host a “Teacher Appreciation Reception” from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Attendees are urged to bring school supply lists. Education Calendar is compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com

Scheme or not, environmental results positive

Freedom Newspapers Although critics are claiming an agreement by Wal-Mart to preserve an acre of wilderness for every acre its stores and parking lots occupy is nothing but a cynical scheme to burnish the retail giant’s battered image, there’s no denying that it will do a lot of good for the environment. Here’s the deal: […]

Wal-Mart makes efforts to sway public opinion

CNJ staff After winning the war for the public’s dollars, Wal-Mart has launched a battle for public opinion. And after years of simply rolling with the punches of those who’ve been warning the retail giant is destroying everything from our neighborhoods to the nation’s economy, it’s about time. In full-page newspaper ads, Wal-Mart President and […]

Wal-Mart suit a huge stretch for justification

T he decision by a San Francisco judge to certify a lawsuit by several women alleg- ing that Wal-Mart discriminated against them in pay and promotions as a class action covering virtually all current and former female employees — up to 1.6 million plaintiffs — seems like a huge stretch. Whether the class action is […]

Fear is Chicagoans will like Wal-Mart

Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Some newcomers are planning to move to Chicago, and the invasion sounds as though it will be a grim affair. “They’re a negative for the city,” said one fearful alderman. They’re guilty of “treating people wrong,” said an angry minister. They exploit a “slave mentality,” charged another clergyman. You’d think Genghis […]

Wal-Mart is in the movie renting business now

By Tom DiFrancesca I have something outrageous to share with you, and I’ve entitled it the “Internet absurdity of the week.” It seems as if a 12-year-old girl from England, connected up with a 31-year-old ex-Marine via the Internet. After a year of corresponding, the ex-jarhead traveled to England, and he and the young girl […]