Customer service pivotal, especially around holidays

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Everybody’s Business Several years ago, an item I purchased malfunctioned within a matter of weeks. Upon contacting the business, the item was serviced but malfunctioned again. This scenario of repair-malfunction continued for weeks. Most folks who know me will say I am a patient person; it takes a lot to get me […]

Hospice makes bad times bearable

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist The last few days of life for a person with a terminal condition are challenging both for the patient and for family members. During my grandmother, Nonna Dela’s, last days on this earth, her children, including my own mother, were in a state of complete upheaval. Emotions were raw and […]

Letters to the Editor: Foundations control most of America

While listening to “Meet the Press” on TV, someone suggested a “must read” book for all of us. It is titled, “Foundations of Betrayal” by Phil Kent. It’s about large foundations giving large sums of money to colleges and others and then manipulating them. They are buying, selling and betraying America. They are referred to […]

For most part, Nobel winners right on target

By Freedom New Mexico Although some of this year’s Nobel Prizes seemed more like politically correct stretches than rewards for genuine achievement, several brought to public attention the achievements of scientists who have contributed significantly to developments we almost take for granted. Perhaps most noteworthy in this respect was the prize in physics, awarded to […]

Romantic gifts not necessarily costly

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It may be true that the thermometer in your car, as did mine, read 94 degrees last week. That makes it hard to think about Christmas. But in the tradition of encouraging and enhancing romancing, it is time for most of us to think about Christmas presents for the MVW (most […]

9-23 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: Remodel: Great Home Makeovers from Connecticut to California by Matthew Schoenherr explains the seven keys to a successful makeover and shows you how to create the perfect place out of the not-so-perfect space you currently call home. Dead Connection by Alafair Burke focuses on Detective […]

Secret passwords have lost luster

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

Effectiveness of Constitution depends on us

By Freedom Newspapers Sept. 17, 1787, is one of a handful of dates that have changed the world. It was the day a group of men, representing colonies that had recently won independence from England, put forth a rather short and simple, yet dynamic, document that prescribed how their new nation would be run. People […]

Pavarotti work ethic just as powerful as voice

Freedom Newspapers If toward the end he became almost a caricature of himself — expanding in girth, canceling performances, indulging his appetites, leaving his wife for a young secretary, earning barbs from critics for sometimes sloppy performances — there were solid reasons Luciano Pavarotti was the most celebrated opera singer since Caruso. Pavarotti, who died […]

God walks with us all along life’s journey

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist I just saw something I thought I’d never see — but this week I’ve already seen a wad of things in that category.   I’m presently in the air over northern Africa. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a light flash on outside the window. The […]