Every vote counts — ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That’s what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

Religious views shouldn’t matter

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I do not enjoy upsetting people, but intellectual honesty requires that I address Rick Santorum’s “phony theology” remark. Santorum, a fine family man, said that the president’s policies are “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a […]

Libertarianism offers contentment

Life. Family. Friends. Those are things that really matter. At least, to me. I hope those are the things that really matter to you, too, regardless of where you might place yourself on the political grid, or the antiquated (and never very accurate) “left/right” political spectrum. The reason I embraced libertarianism, after I discovered there […]

Boeing labor deal sets poor precedent

A key to American prosperity is the freedom of companies to run their operations how they see fit, wherever they decide is best for them. That freedom took a hit this week in a case involving Boeing, the aerospace and defense giant. Although this matter doesn’t directly affect our area, anything that damages the company’s […]

Family remembers son who died in attacks

Kevin Wilson A decade after they lost a son and brother, the Milam family still finds things out about Maj. Ron Milam. And no matter how many years pass, their lives will never be the same. Killed Sept. 11, 2001, when a hijacked jet slammed into the Pentagon, Ron Milam continues to inspire memories from […]

Grant: Life saving matter of taking control

A guy came in the bicycle shop the other day. We got to talking and it turns out we have something in common: We’re both Eagle Scouts, the high rank of the Boy Scouts of America. It got me to reminiscing. To be an Eagle Scout one of the things you have to do is […]

A view from under the pew: ella the unenchanted ant

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist just the other day boss iran across a disillusionedyoung insect ella the apathetic ant was ambling down a churchaisle bemoaning the state of her life and the churchpew underworld around her life looks so hopelessella moaned nothingreally matters anymorei don t matter anymorenobody matters anymore and besides i really […]

Deep in debt paying parental dues

There are some things about parenthood that no matter how many people warn you it won’t make sense until you’re there in the moment living it for yourself. My oldest son is very quick on his feet. He has an answer for everything, an excuse ready at all times. I am a firm believer that […]

Health care regulations going too far

Freedom New Mexico Within moments of President Barack Obama signing the landmark health care bill in March, lawsuits were filed, in Florida, Virginia and elsewhere. They challenged its constitutionality on the grounds that the U.S. Constitution does not give the central government the power to require every U.S. resident, as a condition of living in […]

ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser proves lack of size doesn’t matter

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo ENMU sophomore Chase Kyser has 13 receptions this season and plays on most of the Greyhounds’ special teams. Chase Kyser wasn’t necessarily high on Eastern New Mexico University football coach Mark Ribaudo’s radar screen two years ago. He just kept hearing about the then-Roswell Goddard senior. Eventually, Ribaudo went to […]

God accepts us no matter our outward appearance

By Judy Brandon: Relgion columnist In another city, a friend of mine was eating lunch with her grandchildren at the food court of a mall. There wasn’t much activity going on at the mall that day but things really picked up when three large yellow school buses pulled up in the sprawling mall parking lot. […]

A matter of faith

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Melissa Cartwright, in a program for three days, makes her dorm bed Wednesday at the Lighthouse Mission. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer They know that if they build it, they will come. That’s the easy part. It’s the financing that needs prayers and faith. After 22 years of sheltering, […]

Hungry bears no laughing matter

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist One summer my husband and I ran what was called a “guest ranch” in the mountains. It was a group of cabins built so they enclosed a middle open space where children could play and grownups could visit. Wood for the fireplaces was stacked in there as well. Besides handling […]

Heat-related athlete deaths serious matter

Freedom New Mexico A sure sign of the approach of football season is the sweltering heat we are now experiencing. No matter how mild the weather is in late July, once players put on the pads in August, the temperatures seem to rise. Such weather needs to bring about heightened concerns of players suffering from […]

“I Love You, Mrs. Blackburn”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist One of the finest gifts pastors and authors and, for that matter, friends of many sorts, can do for us is to help us think new thoughts and learn new things. One of the most important ways they do that is by reminding us of old but true things […]

Dancing passion revived

By: Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist When the news is particularly grim I throw myself into some serious ballroom dancing. Scratch that, no matter what’s going on, I throw myself into some serious dancing. It’s pure wholesome pleasure. My answer to apathy, crisis, financial instability, deployments, even the store running out of my favorite brand of […]

Feb. 8, 2009 Letter to the Editor

Partnership bill about protecting rights Domestic partnership is a matter of human rights. Too many opponents are not trying to really understand the meaning of this bill being debated in the state Legislature. Kevin Haney, pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, was quoted saying, “To me, it’s bait and switch. They’re […]

Regarding goals, perceptions matter

By Margie Blatnik: Guest Columnist Our perceptions matter a great deal when it comes to achieving our goals.

Proposed annexation measure approved

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer To annex, or not to annex? Avelino Chairez and his neighbors on Lazy Lane said no, while Gloria Wicker suggested annexation for her neighbors on a separate matter at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting.The City Commission approved annexation near Lazy Lane, while they decided against Wicker’s suggestion. The commission […]

In ideal world team names matter

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I root for a pair of trousers. I’m not that much different from other sports fans, whether they like the New York Knicks or some other team. It’s all laundry by the time you’re done. Players come and players go. Owners buy and sell teams. Stadiums are built, and stadiums […]