Public forum hinges on participation

By David Stevens: CNJ editor The forum proposed to introduce Clovis schools’ superintendent candidates to the public remains in doubt. We’ll decide whether or not to host the event, along with radio station KTQM, on Monday. It has been tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. So far, only […]

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 […]

Lots of good people doing good deeds

by David Stevens, Editor We have good news — a lot of nice people are running around in the world, based on recent requests for readers to tell us about random acts of kindness they’ve witnessed. Last Sunday, staff writer Ryan Lengerich put together a collection of stories detailing nice things people do for one […]

Our commitment to our heritage and to our readers

Freedom Newspapers Each year Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Clovis News Journal, celebrates Founder’s Day, the birthday of Raymond Cyrus Hoiles (1878-1970). “R.C.,” as he was known, founded the media company in 1935 with the purchase of the then-Santa Ana Register, and his heirs still control it. R.C. Hoiles had a passionate commitment to […]

Polls: Stevens should mind his tone

David Stevens, Editor Recent polls on our newspaper’s Web site have annoyed some readers, delighted others and sparked a lot of community discussion on the issues. The first poll that attracted multiple telephone calls to my desk ran from Sept. 5 to Sept. 12 and asked: “How do you feel about the pay provided top-level […]

Columnist makes, receives comments

By Ned Cantwell I receive a lot of feedback from readers. Hardly a year goes by that a reader won’t mention something I’ve written. Here are samples, most of which are actually true. Here is a fictitious conversation with a reader, based on some things that have really happened: We noticed that in a recent […]

Signing opinions improves their quality

David Stevens Two readers contacted the Clovis News Journal this week to suggest a new feature. Both men recommended we borrow an idea from the Las Cruces newspaper, which allows readers to offer anonymous commentary on just about any subject. The “Sound Off” feature is not unique to the Las Cruces paper. Several papers in […]

CNJ looking for comic-conscious readers

David Stevens Does Beetle Bailey bug you? Is Hagar horrible? Should the Wizard of Id turn himself into Zack Hill or some other more contemporary comic strip? Comics can be among the most popular features in a newspaper. They can also grow stale with time. We’re thinking about making changes to our daily comics in […]

We want more readers’ reactions in 2004

From the Editor’s Desk One of our newspaper’s goals for 2004 is to increase participation in Project: Reader Reaction. That’s what we call the reader participation feature in which I ask questions via e-mail on topics that range from favorite movies to war in Iraq. Participants respond by e-mail, usually in 100 words or less. […]

Medical drugs: Many complaints, few answers

Thomas Sowell Reader responses to the discussion of government-controlled medical care in this column raised questions that need answering. The most frequently raised question was why American pharmaceutical drugs sell for less in other countries. Some readers considered this proof that the sellers of these drugs were making excessive profits. They argued that, since the […]

Residents to share experiences with readers

Welcome to My Life. That’s a new feature that begins today in the Clovis News Journal. Each week, the newspaper will recruit a different local resident to share his or her life’s experiences through the pages of a daily diary. Muleshoe mayor and restaurant owner Victor Leal is our first volunteer. His diary will appear […]

Answers to complaints sometimes difficult

Two Clovis News Journal readers complained last week about items published in the police blotter. They felt the information provided was too specific. Our blotter is published three to five times per week, depending on the availability of space and staff. Items typically describe incidents that area law enforcement officers consider criminal, but our blotter […]

Some mistakes harder to fix than others

By David Stevens Sometimes we make mistakes. We made at least two in Friday’s paper. We told readers the Clovis Police Department had scheduled a public hearing to discuss grant applications. We told readers the meeting would take place at 9 a.m. in the city hall’s assembly room. But we forgot to tell readers what […]

Readers comment on movie, and a star

By David Stevens The newspaper receives a lot of anonymous letters. Usually, I read them and throw them away. We almost never publish unsigned letters. We even have a rule against publishing them. So what happens when an anonymous writer provides information that’s essential to our readers? I break the rule, of course. This letter, […]