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 […]