No mistake in supporting project

I’ve made a huge mistake. As you may have seen on these pages a week ago, I offered a Coke to anybody who could guess one of the four country songs on my mp3 player. The competition is now closed, with no winners but a few arguing they won on second-chance entries. But as little […]

Strong difference exists between mistakes, sins

What is the difference in a mistake and a sin? It seems to me that a mistake is putting the whites in with the dark colors in the wash. A mistake is adding five eggs to the cake batter when the recipe only calls for two. A mistake is forgetting to carry the two in […]

Trading places with God is a serious mistake

Curtis Shelburne I rarely write sequels to these columns, but last week I wrote about the trouble with perfectionism, and I can’t quit thinking about it. The best way to unburden myself of such thoughts is to burden you with them, so brace yourself for Round 2. A friend and pastoral colleague reading my column […]

No room for double standards

The recent tragedy in which a Clovis police officer seems to have run a stop sign and caused an accident that killed a woman illustrates the difference between the way statists and libertarians see things. Make no mistake: I don’t believe for an instant the officer wanted to cause the accident. (Hence the word “accident.”) […]

Jail officials: Inmate release was proper

CNJ staff A warrant issued Monday for a 24-year-old man said to be released from jail by mistake is being canceled. Jail officials say now the release of Andrew Roldan was not a mistake after all; he has served his time and is a free man. A bench warrant was issued Monday for Roldan after […]

Fired booking officer says she lacked training

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File photo A booking officer fired from the Curry County jail Monday for mistakenly releasing an inmate says she lacked training and support that might have prevented the mistake. Sharna Johnson A booking officer fired from the Curry County jail Monday for mistakenly releasing an inmate says she lacked training and support that might have […]

Bailing out automakers major mistake

Freedom New Mexico Don’t say we didn’t warn that the billions of dollars in bailout money the feds targeted to two failing automakers would end up being money down a rat hole. A new U.S. Government Accountability Office report provides an analysis of the government-driven restructuring efforts of the auto industry. USA Today quoted a […]

Proverbs distinguish between mistake, sin

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist What is the difference in a mistake and a sin? It seems to me that a mistake is putting the whites in with the dark colors in the wash. A mistake is adding five eggs to the cake batter when the recipe only calls for two. A mistake is forgetting […]

City manager’s mistake doesn’t warrant firing

By Freedom New Mexico Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas made a mistake. He admitted it. It cannot happen again. But we agree with Clovis city commissioners who determined Thursday that Thomas’ arrest and subsequent guilty plea for carrying an open container of beer in his vehicle should not cost Thomas his job. Thomas was arrested […]

Road funds go wrong way

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent It’s a good bet Curry County commissioners have heard the old saying about not looking a gift-horse in the mouth. On Tuesday, the county’s governing body didn’t hesitate to accept $1.8 million in state funds to repair a road in Curry County — even though it wasn’t the road earmarked […]

BP miscalculation makes for one costly mistake

By Freedom Newspapers It certainly looks as if BP miscalculated when it came to how often it needed to perform maintenance on a pipeline leading from the oil field at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope of Alaska. As Severin Borenstein, of the Energy Institute at the University of California-Berkeley said, that’s an internal BP […]

3/19 Letters to the editor

Ambulance shouldn’t be used as ruse I am totally appalled after reading Friday’s paper to learn that Portales Fire Department approved the use of one of their ambulances to be used in a drug bust. I cannot imagine why the Fire Department would let one of their prized and expensive ambulances be filled up with […]

2/19 Letters to the editor

Media should give Cheney accident rest Dick Cheney unfortunately was involved in a hunting accident. That’s all it was. There are many hunting accidents each year. Hunters shoot themselves with their own guns; they shoot fellow hunters; they shoot livestock by mistake, and so on. It is amazing the press just can’t leave Cheney alone. […]

Facing death penalty no deterrent

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist California’s governor wouldn’t give in. Neither would the U.S. Supreme Court, so Donald Beardslee, who killed two women in 1981 over a drug deal — while supposedly suffering from brain damage — was put to death by lethal injection last month. As reported in the media, Beardslee’s defense attorney claimed Beardslee […]

God can identify his children

By Curtis Shelburne GOD CAN IDENTIFY HIS CHILDREN During one of the more famous battles ever fought, the World War II “Battle of the Bulge,” the Germans made use of a battalion of men under the command of Major Otto Skorzeny, “the most daring commando in the German army.” According to author Stephen Ambrose in […]

Sometimes mistakes help us come out clean

Judy Brandon Think about this: sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be blessings. As a child, I loved Ivory soap. I was so amazed that it floated in the water when I took a bath. Then I would see the commercial on television — “Ivory Soap: the soap that floats!” The Ivory soap commercial […]

Occupation can’t work with today’s U.S.

Steve Chapman Faced with escalating turmoil in Iraq, George W. Bush spurns any talk of pulling out. “America will never run,” he vows. Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, disagrees: “This disastrous mission must be ended before any more lives are lost. It is time to bring our troops home.” Given […]

Some mistakes harder to fix than others

By David Stevens Sometimes we make mistakes. We made at least two in Friday’s paper. We told readers the Clovis Police Department had scheduled a public hearing to discuss grant applications. We told readers the meeting would take place at 9 a.m. in the city hall’s assembly room. But we forgot to tell readers what […]