A real headless horseman: Happy birthday, Black Jack Ketchum

Washington Irving’s story about a headless horseman was fictional, but there was a real

Rooney was the real deal

He’s entertained us and made us scratch our heads every week for more than 30 years. But it’s possible that’s all you got out of Andy Rooney over that time. If so, that was probably enough. Like Brett Favre, George Burns, Bob Hope and Charlie Sheen he didn’t relish the idea of giving up his […]

Letters to the editor: Real problems lie with Congress

Real problems lie with Congress I write in support of George Speck from last week’s letters to the editor. Regarding the greed of the very rich: Somehow the dominant media “frame” continues the absurd idea that defending the people who suck up societal resources means protecting the “job creators.” This is exactly the reverse of […]

Real cowboys don’t have to curse

I never heard a swear word come out of my father’s, or my husband’s mouth. Both were what modern “dress-up” cowboys consider anachronisms — REAL cowboys. I suspect they might have cursed now and then when they were in a wreck out among the junipers and cactus — and no human females were around to […]

Business digest — May 10

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Courtesy photo Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute. CNJ staff Clovis broker earns designation Jerry Cass, broker and co-owner of Town and Country Real Estate, earned the certified commercial investment member designation from the Chicago-based CCIM Institute, one […]

Elected officials fail to represent

Elected officials fail to represent If an 800-pound gorilla actually existed, it might represent the uneasily plausible political belief that with regard to big-picture economics and long-term issues of war and peace, the average person has almost no influence. But the 400-pound version in the room is real, and to me represents the pretty obvious […]

Real progress takes getting off rocking horse

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist When our children were small, we gave them a rocking horse to share as one of their Christmas presents. It was a hefty rocking horse that we kept in our family for years. Even though other toys were forgotten about as more Christmases passed, the rocking horse became a mainstay in […]

Government needs to focus on real threat

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration finally has pulled the plug on the ambitious “virtual” border fence that quickly turned out to be a big waste of money. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Friday that the SBInet project was being terminated, saying that a thorough review made it clear that it simply […]

Can’t take water for granted

Karl Terry The physical properties of water are pretty amazing. We can drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, clean with it, heck it keeps us all alive. Let the temperature drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, though, and the stuff can be a real pain. I came home on a recent night and sat […]

Letters to the editor: Speeding getting out of control

I have recently moved to Clovis and generally really like this town. I do have one concern though. In the past six months, I have observed a real speed-demon mentality around here. It’s mostly people in their hotrod trucks with loud, modified exhaust systems, but also includes drivers of Harley motorcycles on occasion, and drivers […]

Real cowboys carry telltale scars

By Glenda Price: State columnist If you see a couple of fellows walking down the road, both wearing cowboy-type garb, how will you know which one is the for-real cowboy? Here are a few hints: The real cowboy will be bow-legged and will limp a bit. As he gets closer, you notice one arm seems […]

Education column: Freshman academy applies lessons to real-world situations

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy When I walked in the CHS Freshman Academy library, imagine my surprise at almost tripping over a “body” sprawled across the floor behind yellow police tape, surrounded by tire tracks, shell casings, and blood spatters. Ok, ok… it was just a mannequin, the central focus of a unique project under way. Librarian, Janita […]

‘Real Warriors’ campaign works to save lives

By Christen N. McCluney: Emerging Media, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON — Members of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury “Real Warriors” campaign are working to deliver the message that resources and tools are available for veterans seeking treatment for invisible wounds of war. “My mission through the Real Warriors […]

a view from under the pew: the real story of thanksgiving

By Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. the real story of thanksgiving with the full realization thatthanksgiving […]

Legal fair scheduled at courthouse

CNJ staff A legal fair will be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Free consultations are available with attorneys and civil legal service providers. Issues covered include divorce, custody and support, wills and estates, unemployment, real estate transactions, family law, criminal law, juvenile law and Social Security. Consultations are […]

Buzzwords cloud accountability

Clyde Davis So there it was, in a story in a local newspaper, coincidentally on the same day that we had mentioned it, or discussed it, or related it back to real life. The catchphrase — like any catchphrase — that makes one stop and ask how authentic it really is In this case, it […]

HAP aids military homeowners

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Like thousands of Amer-ican homeowners, John and Susan, a Coast Guard couple, were slammed financially by the real estate crisis. They saw the value of the $150,000 house they bought in Texas in March 2006 plummet, starting in 2007. This month they will sell it for $125,000, well below the […]

Real fulfillment found in God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist One of the best books I’ve read in a long time centers on one of the best stories of all time. The story is Jesus’ “Parable of the Prodigal Son,” and the book, which helped me see that great parable more clearly than ever before, is Timothy Keller’s The […]

Mexico talks fail to focus on real issues

Freedom New Mexico Wednesday’s meeting between President Barack Obama and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico was like a firecracker fizzling out on Cinco de Mayo: all surface, little substance. The main attention focused on the leaders’ opposition on Arizona’s recent immigration law. We also don’t like the law. But we certainly understand the reasons why […]

Endorsements real Olympic prize

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Watching USA women’s downhill skier Lindsey Vonn and snowboarder Shaun White during the Winter Olympics I had to wonder a little about motives. You want to believe their quest is all about national pride, but in the back of the mind you think about just how much a gold medal […]