Area historic church awaits annual service


Built in 1890, the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe has a cemetery in the churchyard where the earliest families of the church are buried. (staff photo Darrell Todd Maurina) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Northwest of Fort Sumner, a small whitewashed church stands at the end of a one-lane dirt […]

Crowning of Mary ritual has deep roots for Latin American Catholics


The Rev. Sotero Sena of Our Lady of Guadalupe church arranges Easter lilies around the statue of the Virgin Mary on Wednesday at the church. (Photo by Eric Kluth) Darrell Todd Maurina Food, fun, games and a special Catholic Mass and procession through the streets will highlight next weekend for many in Clovis’ Hispanic community. […]

Most of us thought Saddam had WMDs

Walter Williams Listening to the political and media rhetoric about the war in Iraq, you’d think that only President Bush thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Here are just a few past statements made by Bush’s critics. President Clinton (1998): “One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity […]

Of course Mars knows, this means war

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Everyone keeps asking, “What’s going on?” and I mumble, “Nothing,” because I’m holding a tight rein on my dire predictions these days. I don’t want to be blamed for major riots and goosey pigeons around the courthouse. But the other day I again heard the beckoning call of prize-winning journalism, […]

President is never-wrong kind of guy

Leonard Pitts Jr. You know the guy I mean. Maybe he works two cubicles over, maybe you went to school with him, maybe he’s your brother-in-law. You could call him the guy who’s never wrong, but that wouldn’t be quite accurate. He is the guy who never “admits” he’s wrong. The guy who says, “That’s […]

Democrats’ stance on WMDs defies logic

Mona Charen With David Kay’s testimony on the fruitless search for Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, the time has come for an accounting. In a more reasonable environment, politicians and opinion-makers would absorb the new facts and make the needed reforms. Reasonable people cannot avoid the conclusion that our intelligence agencies were badly mistaken. But […]

Area churches plan special services

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Many churches in and around Clovis are conducting special services today for Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Day. Here is a partial list of area services, listed by time. Today St. James Episcopal Church, 12th and Main. 5 p.m. candlelight service. (Also 8 p.m.) Details: 763-4638. Sacred Heart Catholic Community, 911 Merriwether. […]

Abusers sit on human rights commission

By Mona Charen Think back to March 2003. The United States and Great Britain were feverishly maneuvering to secure a United Nations resolution authorizing war with Iraq. The French were just as busily working to undermine any such resolution. Kofi Annan, secretary general of the U.N., opined that any hostilities undertaken without U.N. sanction would […]