Fortunately, details matter to some

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “Are there any additions, deletions or corrections to the minutes as read?” I heard the question as early as third grade, when I was one small member of a small 4-H club in a small town in Montana. It was a yes-no question, but the answer was always no. For […]

Age does matter, lapel pins don’t

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Generally, when I’m talking to friends, it’s a tossup between sports, entertainment and politics. Some days I can decide on one, but most days I can’t. With this in mind, let’s take a quick shot at all three: Sports: Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada has come clean about his age. […]

Campaign matter turned into 1960 fiasco

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Back in 1960 I was a bachelor, age 29, and I moved into the the downtown building where Dr. Dean Merrritt had his medical practice. He also had an empty “art room” upstairs, where he used to paint. He rented it out to me, and I had my own art […]

In Christ, no separation need be permanent

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I have no business writing this column right now. First, it’s due right now. Columns I write “under the gun” tend to look that way. Second, I’m too tired, sleep-deprived, and emotional to write rationally. But … We left No. 3 son Stephan at the airport this morning to […]

11-8 The art of the matter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elvira Tisthammer is the art teacher at James Elementary School. “I’ve always liked art and I was just lucky to get this art position. I’m very fortunate.” Q. Who is your favorite artist? A. Georgia O’Keefe Q. What is your favorite book? A. I like anything by Pearl S […]

Local artists deserve support

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Among the hoped for fall events of Pintores, the local art league, is a fund-raising auction featuring art by local artists. A similar auction, held in 2005 in Portales, raised several thousand dollars for the benefit of students at ENMU who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The question raised by […]

Children feel life’s unfairness

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, my second-born, Anna, threw a temper tantrum because her older sister was going to play at the home of a friend from kindergarten. She insisted it was unfair, and what started with a pleading tone quickly escalated into whining and yelling about this apparent age discrimination. “Why […]

Stories shape human existence

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I was rather surprised to overhear recently a comment to the effect that “we do not celebrate Christmas because it is not in the Bible.” The comment was made on the morning of Dec. 24. Today, as most liturgical churches celebrate Epiphany, it seems like a good time to share […]

To Really Worship is To Experience Wonder

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Some of us were born for the “do it yourself” age. Even if I could afford to pay someone to do the “fix it” jobs and “honey-do’s” that are continually begging to be done around the house, I’m not sure I would. Up do a point (a point I […]

Liberty, not party label, what matters

By Freedom Newspapers While much of the obsession with today’s elections across the country is focused on whether the Democratic Party will regain control of Congress, a bigger issue looms. Yes, if Democrats should once again garner a majority in the House and/or Senate, the balance of power will shift somewhat. And there are a […]