School officials need civics seminar

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist The other day, I gave two teachers I know $300,000 apiece. Hypothetical money, that is. If $300k fell out of the sky, I said, and you could use it to improve your school, how would you spend it? Mary Ann, who works at an elementary school in Los Angeles, […]

Teams gearing up for relay

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Luminaries line the walking path during 10th annual Curry County Relay for Life in May 2005 at Ned Houk Park. (File photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the relay still more than a month away, 32 teams have already formed and begun fund-raising, said Clovis Relay For Life Co-chair Kay Prater. Scheduled for […]

Joining group can help preserve land for future

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist One of the things my five-year-old grandson Jason likes to do best is explore new outdoor places. Many places are still new to him such as the Blackwater Draw dig site, the stretch of open grassland across from our street or an unexplored corner of Ned Houk Park. At this […]

Fight for human liberty takes vigilance

By Tibor Machan At year’s end, after columns and commentaries galore lamenting the state of contemporary society with respect to the slow growth and frequent setbacks on the road to individual liberty, it’s worth asking whether an attitude of pessimism or optimism is warranted. These attitudes are, unlike, say, hope or anxiety, capable of being […]

Commonplaces Never Become Tiresome

By Curtis K. Shelburne I was not particularly looking for wisdom when a friend and I walked into a Thai food restaurant recently; I was just looking for food and trying to make sense out of a menu filled with genuine Thai cuisine. What I ended up eating was excellent, but I’m still wondering about […]

Private space invaders take big hit

By Leonard Pitts Jr. You might have missed it amid other headlines, but the Supreme Court came down on your side last week. Granted, it’s not your side if you’re one of those folks who spend the day on the phone pestering people to change their long-distance service or buy vacation timeshares. If you are […]

Project: Reader Reaction

david_stevens@link.freedom.com Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if Clovis police are understaffed or underpaid and if Clovis is “one of the most dangerous […]

Stanley band moving forward

By Clyde Davis Imagine this. You have somehow gotten lucky, and have been awarded a trip to Cape Cod for a week or two. While you are driving along the coastline drive, marveling at the surf and waves, you pull into a small beachside establishment for a meal and something to go with it. Smells […]

Denying the past and the future

By Clyde Davis On the coastline of New Jersey, there is a long barrier island chain with some parts submerged, creating the illusion that these are separate. These islands lie anywhere from 100 yards to 2 miles offshore, with bridges providing periodic access. One section of these islands begins across from the town of Red […]