Something special

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Jeannine Hendrix, left, rides the merry-go-round with her little sister, Dorothy, during Special Need Day on Thursday at the Curry County Fair. Jeannine suffers from Williams Syndrome. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Her dark, curly hair flying in the wind, Jeannine Hendrix smiled brightly as she rode a painted white […]

Battle of the sexes lopsided

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist Here at the Institute for Intellectual Stuff (our motto is, “We Research Thorny Problems Such as Poverty and Baldness”), we’ve recently spent time delving into another timeless issue: Are men and women really different? Of course they are, dummy. Anyone can see that. Proof can be found in arguments between […]

Hospital should be more open with community

Freedom Newspapers Plains Regional Medical Center officials have assured us there is nothing to worry about. Despite resignations this month from the Clovis hospital’s administrator and two longtime board members, despite a surprise inspection from the Health Department on Feb. 6 that was spurred by an unspecified complaint, we’re told the region’s largest hospital is […]

Local believes eyes window to human health

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According to Hale and other iridologists, the iris is a map of the body, and each of its sections corresponds to a body part or an organ. (CNJ illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her home, even from the outside, bears signs of her faith: A stone statue of the Virgin Mary […]

Uncertainty can plague students on their return from summer

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Clovis High School counselor Kathleen Penland, right, discusses graduation credits with Clovis High School junior Adriana Garcia Wednesday at the high school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It’s uncertainty that weighs on Sandra Padilla. Less than two weeks ago, the 15-year-old began her career at the Clovis High School. She […]

Rights groups fighting war already won

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist When I think of the behavior of today’s civil rights organizations, I often think of the March of Dimes. In 1938, President Roosevelt helped found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to fight polio, an epidemic that crippled thousands of Americans. The name March of Dimes was coined by Eddie […]

Shuttle program successor should be outsourced

Freedom Newspapers Along with people all across America — and the world — we’re excited and relieved that the Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely Tuesday morning. It was a safe ending to the first flight of the shuttle fleet since the February 2003 explosion of the shuttle Columbia as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, killing […]

Iraqi constitution might cover, not resolve, issues

Freedom Newspapers After some prodding from U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the new U.S. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, it appears that some kind of constitution for Iraq, at least on paper, will be ready by Aug. 15. That will give both the Bush administration and the Iraqi government the ability to say the process of […]

Secrecy won’t make Americans safe

By Danielle Brian: Guest Columnist Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress and the Bush Administration have expanded the kinds of information that are withheld from the public. A more careful approach to handling sensitive information was surely needed after the attacks, given the new terrorist threats against the American people. However, government agencies have […]

He’s got the gov’s ear

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Andrew Moralez doesn’t mind complaints. It’s part of his job. As the ears and eyes of Gov. Bill Richardson, the Anthony native travels the state listening to the problems and concerns of constituents for the state’s top boss. Moralez, the southern New Mexico representative for the governor, visited Clovis […]

Clinic helps child, mother see world

By Kay Arvizu My grandson Seth Simmons had a hard time learning to read. Therefore, he had a hard time learning everything else. His mother Tonda Simmons, having struggled all through school before discovering she had dyslexia, kept suggesting her son might also have this disability. Both his mother and father asked for help from […]

Government can’t solve all black issues

by Walter Williams Black politicians and the civil rights establishment take it as an act of faith that progress for black people requires racial politics and government programs. How about examining this vision with a few simple, common-sense questions? Whether you’re black, white or polka dot, in order to take advantage of opportunities, you must […]

Police culture criticized

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor A public safety committee will meet at 3 p.m. today at Clovis’ city hall to discuss increasing police salaries to bring them up to par with other departments throughout the state. But some current and former Clovis police employees say increased wages will not fix the problems within the […]

Reader Reaction: Drink with dinner no reason to w(h)ine

Compiled by CNJ Editor David Stevens A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “The number of Clovis restaurants that serve alcohol with meals has more than doubled in the past 18 months, from six to 14. Is this any cause for concern?” Some responses: “RESTAURANTS SERVING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES is not a problem in this community. […]

Pay problems are prevalent for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Systemic pay problems that added to the hassle of mobilization for tens of thousand of Army Reserve and National Guard members since 9/11 have largely been corrected and should not hit the next rotation of reserve forces into Iraq and Afghanistan, says a senior defense pay official. Patrick T. Shine, […]

Army report’s timing, contents are questionable

Freedom Editorial On the same day the 9/11 Commission released its long-anticipated report, another government commission quietly released the results of its study. Whereas the 9/11 report is widely praised for its openness and fairness, the U.S. Army’s investigation of military treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan appears to be a whitewash. Critics rightly […]

Enron court case will not prevent further problems

Freedom Editorial It is easy to view the recent indictment and arrest of former Enron Chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay with a degree of satisfaction. Executives of the now-bankrupt Enron have been accused of hiding billions of dollars in debt and embellishing company financial statements with complicated off-the-books transactions. Its collapse hurt thousands of employees […]

Genuine talent in danger of replacement

Letters to the editor I saw the June 11 Amos column on the poor fellow whose “bug band” had ’em rockin’ like bigtime in imaginary church. Church traditionalists seem to have risen “as one man” (Judges 20:8) and thrown band equipment off the comfy-fun church altar stage and onto hard pavement. Maybe Amos and the […]

Company denies problem with voting program

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Elections officials in two other New Mexico counties and a computer specialist with the state Bureau of Elections reported problems Wednesday with Insight voting machines similar to the problems Curry County officials encountered Tuesday night. A new state law requires county officials to report vote totals by precinct and […]

Future tragedies are unavoidable in troubled Iraq

Editorial A s fighting spreads to at least four cities in Iraq where insurgents of various kinds are violently challenging U.S. military occupation, the disheartening fact is becoming more apparent: Most of the choices available to the United States are among deeply unattractive and unpromising options. The barbarous treatment of four dead Americans last week […]