Finding niche in workforce challenging

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I recall, as a child, riding back from my grandparents’ homes late at night. We would pass by small river towns in western Pennsylvania, with blast furnaces of the steel mills sending up glowing red, blue or yellow sparks against the dark sky. Piles of coal and slag dotted the […]

Ebony helped create a different world

By Leonard Pitts: CNJ columnist “Why is there an Ebony? If some white guy started a magazine called Ivory, you blacks would riot in protest.” Give me a dollar for every white guy who ever asked me that and I’d be too rich to write columns for a living. The point of the question, of […]

How can a good and powerful God allow suffering?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question is a good question, one which defies easy and glib answers. The answer of the Christian faith is not easy, and it is […]

Looking back at 2004’s best silliness

By Ned Cantwell Looking back at the old year and forward to the new one…. New Mexico puts the finishing touches on 2004, still one of only two states allowing cockfighting. Its sensible new rules to protect convenience store workers are under appeal. And its laws favor strip mall payday loan bandits who screw the […]

Interpretation of Constitution too broad

I love my country. I served in the Army, Air Force and reserves for 32 years. I love the freedoms we inherited by the foresight of our founding fathers, but today these rights are being totally abused. Our Constitution was written at a time when our founding fathers had no concept of the advance technology […]

It’s OK to pay for education; vote yes for bond

Freedom Newspapers James A. Garfield, the 20th U.S. president, summarized our feelings about education: It is next in importance to freedom and justice, he said. Without education, neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained. We seldom endorse tax hikes, but we hope New Mexico voters will OK, on Nov. 2, the semiannual General Obligation […]

Reality is reality; you can accept it or not

Leonard Pitts Jr. Save your pity for McGreevey family James McGreevey is not a hero. That’s the first thing we need to get straight. To the contrary, press reports on the embattled New Jersey governor detail an administration so steeped in corruption that one feels a distinct need to wash one’s hands after reading them. […]

Kerry attempting to look tougher than Republicans

Freedom Editorial Perhaps the most striking thing about the Democratic convention was the effort to convince Americans that the Democrats would be tougher than the Republicans on the issues of war, peace and national security. While surveys show about 90 percent of the delegates to the convention opposed the war in Iraq, from the speakers’ […]

Teen’s good behavior surprises mom

By Helena Rodriguez What kind of teenager have I created? That’s what I asked myself the other day when my daughter did something unexpected. She copied me. You know, it’s the old “Do as I say, but don’t do as I do!” adage. So what hideous act did I catch my 13-year-old daughter doing? She […]

Readers: Covered arena not part of deal

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Curry County’s latest plan to build a special events center by refurbishing the rodeo arena at the county fairgrounds. Some responses: “It’s the same old story — politicians promise one thing and deliver something else. At this point, I would just like to see […]

Rappers’ civil rights violations concern all

Leonard Pitts Jr. Are Miami police spying on rap artists? And should it matter to you if they are? How you answer the first question depends on who you choose to believe. According to a recent story by Miami Herald reporters Nicole White and Evelyn McDonnell, police in both Miami and Miami Beach have been […]

Although guilty, Martha Stewart still a scapegoat

Freedom Newsapers Pardon us if we don’t buy into the “somebody-rich-and-famous-is-going-to-jail-tra-la” schadenfreude or the pious claptrap about how this verdict sends a message that nobody is above the law. It’s not so much that the Martha Stewart conviction was a travesty — given the information the jury had to work with, one can understand the […]

‘Terror alert’ may end up useful to U.S. enemies

Freedom Newspapers To be sure, it’s not easy to suggest a better system — especially since we’re reasonably sure the country would be better off without a Department of Homeland Security and with better coordinated intelligence. But there’s little question the color-coding system designed to alert the public to intensified danger of terrorist activity has […]

Rep’s legacy a right-slanted newsletter

You won’t catch George Buffett and me sitting around a campfire singing “whiskey for my men, beer for my horses.” We’re never going to be close. George is John Wayne right. I’m a middle-of-the-roader, although critics might suggest I am pinko left. When I called him last week, I was prepared to dislike George. He […]

Q&A with Buddy Vaughan

Buddy Vaughan, 40, has been president of the Curry County Fair Board since January 2001. Question: How long have you been working with the Curry County Fair? Answer: I joined the fair board in 1998, and I’ve been working with the fair since then. When Charlie Vannatta was running for Curry County Sheriff, he had […]

Media marching timidly into the past

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Have you heard the news? There’s good rockin’ tonight. We’re talking girls in poodle skirts and guys with DA’s. Moondoggy’s got his old man’s Buick, so maybe later we can cruise down to the soda shop for a burger and a malted. Question authority? We don’t do that anymore, Daddy-O. Haven’t […]