State needs to put down phones

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Dear Gov. Susana Martinez, May I call you Susana? Or maybe even “Suzy?” I know we have not formally met. By “met,” I mean we have not been in the same town at the same time, ever. No problem. That’s the way I started out with your predecessor. By the end I was stalking him […]

Out clauses can prove to be useful

Maybe this is a cheap way to do it, but I don’t care; if you want to follow through on a resolution, you’ve got to create reasonable out clauses. You don’t tell a friend who you haven’t seen in years, “We can’t hang out, because I resolved to only eat out once a week, and […]

In search of ponies: Pet rentals great for commitment phobic

Commitment-phobe? Just not ready to take the plunge? Or maybe just looking for a temporary good time… Well, there’s a solution. Rental pets is a new rage sweeping through metropolitan communities and apparently it’s an idea that is really taking off and gaining popularity, particularly in the concrete jungles. I stumbled onto the concept while […]

Honesty maybe not best policy

They say that honesty is the best policy, but I’m not sure. Obviously, none of us want or need to be brutally honest about others’ physical appearance, grammar mistakes, station in life or other insecurities. When others ask how I’m doing, I doubt that they really want to hear a monologue about whether I’m satisfied […]

Let’s talk about flat tires and faith

Curtis K. Shelburne Sometimes I think my funny bone is oddly shaped or maybe dislocated. Oh, it’s definitely there and works at least as well as it should, but it also works in inappropriate moments. And what strikes me as funny doesn’t always grab other folks the same way. For example . . . I […]

Family time best present for Father’s Day

Freedom New Mexico Not that long ago, fathers led more simple, focused lives. They got up, had some coffee while reading the morning paper, went to work and came home when the job was done. Then it was dinner, maybe a question about whether all the homework was done, the 10 p.m. news on TV […]

Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: They’re young girls, not tramps

Marla Jo Fisher It’s nice to know that we can walk into any mall these days and outfit Curly Girl for her future career as a prostitute. Maybe she’ll meet Hugh Grant while she’s trolling the streets. Maybe she’ll be a stripper or a call girl who meets a nice married governor from Back East. […]

Animals always full of surprises

The high-powered quarter horse mare had been to the breeding barn, and was bred to an outstanding stallion. Everything seemed fine. Maybe not. She colicked, and they ended up taking her to the veterinarian. He got that problem solved, and while he was at it he checked, and pronounced her “open,” no baby in there. […]

Birther bills: Swing and a miss

Maybe I’ve been wrong. I’ve rhetorically asked before, why has President Obama not shown us his long-form birth certificate? Maybe there’s something embarrassing in that documentation. Maybe he was actually born somewhere else, and he’s thus ineligible to be president, as a growing portion of Republicans have convinced themselves. According to a CBS/New York Times […]

In search of ponies: Residents share neighborhood with fox

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Courtesy photo: Karene Cass A fox was spotted sunning on the roof of a north Clovis home Tuesday morning. Residents of the neighborhood say the fox has been sighted off and on for about a year. Sharna Johnson Somebody must have told him it was one of the prime neighborhoods in town. Or maybe he […]

Start of the year good time to reflect on past, future

Curtis Shelburne Well, here we find ourselves again in January, and maybe some reflection is in order. On the one hand, author Thomas Mann is right: “Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when […]

Christmas candy cane taunts me

The first few days after Christmas are magical. OK, maybe that’s not the best word. Instead, let’s go with, “really really good.” That’s the best way I can think of to describe the post-holiday sales. The half-off wrapping and candy works for everybody. We get cheap stuff that will work next Christmas (and other holidays […]

Facebook fad time waster

Karl Terry Maybe I’m a little late to the party but this week I finally dipped my toes in this Facebook fad that’s ongoing. I called a lot of other communication technologies fads too. There was the cell phone, CB radios, land line phones, telegraph, smoke signals and cave wall pictographs. None of them lasted […]

Predictions for 2010 maybe not so far-fetched

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist With a new year bearing down on us it’s time for me to observe an annual rite of this column — predictions for the new year. I’ve taken a look into my crystal ball and saw some rather strange potential occurrences gazing back at me. With tongue in cheek, here’s […]

Learning disability: Maybe or maybe not

By Anita Tedaldi: Cannon Connections columnist This week “an official evaluator” informed me that my daughter Eva could have a learning disability related to her auditory processes and possibly including language. She then added that perhaps Eva doesn’t have a learning disability. Maybe she’s too young and we need more tests to figure out what’s […]

Daughter will get support needed

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist This week ‘an official evaluator’ informed me that my daughter Eva could have a learning disability related to her auditory processes and possibly including language. She then added that perhaps Eva doesn’t have a learning disability. Maybe she’s too young and we need more tests to figure out what’s going […]

Wednesday morning briefing: The “Thriller,” the World Series and maybe some snow

Good morning. Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing. Movie time Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” movie opened with a late show Tuesday, but area residents have a variety of viewing options starting tonight. Clovis’ North Plains 7 offers showtimes at 2 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 9:50 p.m. Adult tickets are $6 […]

Family describes victim as loner

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Courtesy photo Clifford Webber pictured in a Prince Street Baptist Church publication in the late 1980’s as a teen. He is described by friends and family as a troubled loner. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer He lived in the same town but family rarely heard from him. Maybe it was his mother’s death when […]

Maybe duct tape will get point across

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I may have a new use for duct tape. That hardly seems like a discovery worthy of mentioning at all, let alone in a record that will stand forever in print — one also assumes the standard exists for online records, but I just saw “Terminator: Rise of the Machines” […]

Shame on those jealous of success

By TIbor Machan: CNJ columnist Most top executives draw pretty reasonable salaries, maybe up from $250K to several million per year. This isn’t unlike how professional baseball and football players are hired and compensated, especially the stars among them. Some people are sought out eagerly and promised exorbitant pay, including bonuses above the regular salary, […]