Reaction to change controllable

A friend of mine had lunch Tuesday in Lubbock. I don’t know what she had, but I do know she’s probably not going back there. She got a fortune cookie after her meal, and the fortune read, “Did you enjoy your meal? Order another one to go.” Really? It’s one thing to try to upsell […]

Bin Laden reaction: Bin Laden’s death inspired youth minister to sing national anthem

Sharna Johnson Sunday night one Clovis man was so excited to hear Osama bin Laden had been killed, he ran into his yard and sang the national anthem while waving a flag. “We had just turned on the news and caught it right before they actually confirmed the reports (and) I thought of a flag […]

Bin Laden reaction: Clovis native says NYC upbeat

Sharna Johnson New York is smiling, according to Clovis native Cyndi Phelps. Waiting in Phoenix to catch a late flight back to New York Sunday night, Phelps said everyone became glued to the TVs in the terminal when the president came on to announce Osama bin Laden was dead. A few minutes later on the […]

Local reaction to bin Laden death:

Local reaction to the death of Osama bin Laden (via the Clovis News Journal Facebook page): Karen Parrish, Clovis: “I hope this brings closure for those who lost loved ones on 9/11. It brings some sense of relief knowing that bin Laden won’t be able to do anything like 9/11 again, but we should never […]

Dogged lawmaker changes his mind

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A state lawmaker is pulling a proposal to classify all pit bulls and rottweilers as dangerous dogs. State Rep. John Heaton said Friday he’s been persuaded by negative public reaction. Heaton said he will offer a substitute bill, minus the breed specification, when the bill is scheduled for a […]

Local reaction to president’s speech mixed

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In the hours following President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress, local opinions ranged from optimism in the face of tough times to wondering how the president plans to keep all of his promises. Portales resident Sandra Robinson shed tears during Obama’s hour-long address. “I thought it was so […]

Gone fishin’

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about summer vacations.

DWI offenders need more jail time

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether DWI checkpoints are the most effective means of preventing alcohol-related accidents. Responses: • “I think that the checkpoints are fine but I would actually set up outside of bars where the drinking could go too far. It would be ideal to stop the driving before it happens, […]

Fireworks can lead to trouble

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Every year we hear of fires set by fireworks. Some are of little consequence, while others are tragic.

Are you ready for some fireworks?

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether local governments should outlaw the sale, use and/or purchase of fireworks in our hot, dry conditions. Responses: • “Yes fireworks should be banned except for the professional show like the one at Green Acres Park. It is frightening around my neighborhood every Fourth because it is dry […]

Locals divided on farm bill

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A dairy cow eats feed at a Roosevelt County farm. Freedom New Mexico Reaction among local ag producers and lawmakers to a farm bill passed in Congress this week is split. The $290 billion measure will increase food aid for the needy as well as subsidies for farmers enjoying record […]

A little pride is good

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked what needs to change about Clovis. Here’s what some had to say: • Darlene Cunningham: “I really feel that some people here need to feel more pride in their belongings and their lives. My mother was very low income, like a lot of Clovis. She took pride in […]

What’s to love about Clovis:

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked what they love about Clovis. Here’s what some had to say: • Gina Hochhalter: “The locals are oftentimes (and by default, surprisingly) more inspiring and open to diversity than people who move here. We should be happier because these are great qualities, and we should definitely not fear […]

News isn’t just news to military

By Anita Doberman: Lifestyles Columnist This week, I was going to send off my column about humorous misadventures at a restaurant with some friends and a rather belligerent stranger who kept asking me if I could teach her Italian, when I watched President Bush’s speech, and decided I had a more pressing topic. I have […]

Big-league sports are all about money

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the Texas Rangers trading shortstop Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees. Some responses: “Major league sports is first a business. As with any sport, if they do not have the team to entertain their fans it will show in the gate receipts. I […]

Most readers prefer real fir on Christmas

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants if they prefer real or artificial Christmas trees. Some responses: “I love the smell of a real tree, but I would rather have an artificial tree because it is easier to decorate and there is no mess of pine needles all over the carpet. […]

Project Reader Reaction — Actors

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 participants which actor might best portray them in a movie. Some responses: “Tom Hanks. According to Phyllis […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Liberia

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:

Reader Reaction: Heroes

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about heroes. Here are some responses: “One of my heroines was Mrs. Eddie Lake Trull. After my mother died, I would call her every time I needed to know something about cooking or other domestic tasks. I always got lots of wisdom tossed in for good measure. When […]

Handmade gift can project Clovis charm

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for suggestions of gifts that epitomize Clovis. This idea came from Glenda Horner: “I would give something handmade — a very flat piece of plain brown wood with a lovely gold figurine glued on it. Engraved on the wood would be the words: “Clovis, N.M.: A mesa full […]