Schools go too far keeping church out

By Walter E. Williams School boards have recently banned songs and music containing references to Santa Claus, Jesus and other religious Christmas symbols. The New York City school system permits displays of Jewish menorahs and the Muslim star and crescent but not the Christian nativity scene. According to an Associated Press story (Nov. 26), “A […]

Letters to the Editor: Bell ringers need enthusiasm, spirit

This last month my husband and I have had a lot of discussions about the Salvation Army bell ringers. I am not sure the weather had a lot to do with the fact that the donations were down. I honestly think it had to do with the people who were supposed to be doing this […]

Ownership a source of religious violence

Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist Many now realize that when public property is used by all, the resources it contains will soon be depleted. Only private property serves as a promising means for conserving and cultivating such resources. Individuals who own something are more likely to take good care of it than if they use something […]

Scouting for the Lord

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John Schonberger can often be found volunteering with his young charges in the Boy Scouts. Some of the boys created this poster for him, showing a mock tax form in which people list their filing status. (staff photo by Darrell Maurina) By Darrell Todd Maurina John Schonberger says he has a simple reason for being […]

Politicians offer little in same-sex marriage issue

Commentary Recent events related to the issue of same-sex marriage didn’t so much change as reveal the still evolving status of this controversial idea as a political issue. President Bush offered a carefully worded defense of “the sanctity of marriage” in his State of the Union address, and Ohio lawmakers approved a measure declaring that […]

Government’s marriage program is doomed to fail

Freedom Newspapers One of the sad facts about government is the results of any proposed program are likely to be closer to the opposite of the stated goals than to the stated goals themselves. Public housing was supposed to provide decent homes for poor people but instead created nightmarish high-rise ghettos. Aid for Families with […]

Where are sensitivity police for Dems?

By Mona Charen Need I say it? If a Republican had made the sort of joke Sen. Hillary Clinton made at a Missouri fund-raiser, it would have been front page news for days. Introducing a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, Sen. Clinton said, “He ran a gas station down in St. Louis.” After the laughter subsided, […]

Clovis stories touch people near and far

From the editor’s desk Our newspaper receives numerous letters to the editor from far-away places that we never publish. We don’t have a specific policy against publishing such letters, but we could fill the Opinion page with them every day; we choose instead to offer regular columnists and reserve letter space for local writers with […]

Christmas means joy

CHRISTMAS MEANS JOY I love Christmas. Now why does that feel like a confession? Yes, I know the holiday has been twisted. The business and commercialism can be oppressive. Yes, I know that sorrow, suffering, and tragedy are particularly painfully poignant and that Satan easily scores as he particularly tries to rob us of hope […]

Floyd teen to perform at City Celebration

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Lucero Davalos practices at her home on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s City Celebration at Master’s Books and Gifts in Clovis. Lucero said this will be the first big event at which she will perform. Freedom Newspapers: Lisa Sonnenschien. By Helena Rodriguez When Lucero Davalos walked away from a truck rollover near Floyd last September […]