Memorials important during fight for freedom

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist On this Memorial Day weekend, I have to retell the story about the man I met several years ago. I have written about him before, but I think it calls for retelling. I was on a plane from Albuquerque to Lubbock. My heart was touched as I saw an elderly […]

Simple spring break travel can be rewarding

The existence, or widespread celebration, of spring break seems to be a recent development. I remember spring break from my young adulthood as primarily a college event, nonexistent in high school. Though the rich kids may have gone to Florida, most of us used the time either to look for summer jobs, recommit to previous […]

Early religious roads helped produce strong faith

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Years ago, we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the tree’s ability to withstand the transplant, we chose an area by the patio because it seemed to be a cooler spot. The following days made us think the tree was […]

Valentine’s Day calls for unique gift ideas

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It is time, friends and neighbors, to prepare our hearts and minds — especially our hearts — for the celebration of romance and other forms of love, which we know as Valentine’s Day. A list of unique ideas occur to me. • Get some ideas from the Internet. I did […]

Letters to the editor: Santa being stolen from Christmas

’Tis the season to celebrate Christ’s birth and enjoy gifts, family gatherings and Santa Claus. You remember Santa Claus, right? He was the magical man who’d shimmy down your chimney one night a year to bring you presents. Sad to say, it seems Santa Claus is becoming a thing of the past. Now he’s a […]

Gift-giving requires sensitivity, planning

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist It began as we were watching — rather, I was watching, and Janice was tolerating — a CMT documentary on The Highwaymen. You remember The Highwaymen, don’t you? Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, when they all sang together. I got a brilliant idea, which I blurted out […]

Sayings pithy guidelines to living life

Grant McGee: Local Columnist You’ve seen those sayings on church signs and billboards, haven’t you? Those little bits of wisdom that make you release the steering wheel to reach for a pen and a scrap of paper to write them down, much to the concern of your fellow motorists? I got to thinking about this […]

Halloween meanings vary among people

Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist Halloween can mean different things to different people. I’ve learned there are folks who think Halloween is a time for mischief or time for a good party. There are those who don’t care about Halloween and those who think there is something sinister about the last night of October. I once […]

Live life according to Powerball dreams

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist It was the highest Powerball lottery jackpot in the history of the game: an estimated $340 million. The word is someone in Oregon picked the six winning numbers. Some cynics have said any lottery is a tax on people who can’t do math. Let’s do some of that ciphering. According […]

Find out if you are old or not

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist I was rocking my chair last week when it dawned on me that I might be over the hill — a hair-raising experience for someone as young and vibrant as I am. So I called my daughters to confirm my youthful status: “What brought this on?” they asked. “Well, things are […]

Country church hearkens to simpler times

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I have vivid childhood memories of the little country church in Arkansas that my parents knew well. When we attended there as a family, it was as if we stepped into a past era, and this little country church was not changed by the world and its changes. We were […]

DA investigator escaped blast in Iraq

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Keith Bessette was checking e-mails in the early morning hours of March 9 in his fourth-floor room at the Al-Sadir Hotel in downtown Baghdad, a short distance from the square where a statue of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in 2003. He started hearing volleys of […]

Sirens reminder of power of nature

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist Clovis’ tornado warning sirens last Friday evening spooked me. Not in a bad way. Maybe it was something as simple as they signaled that evening would be different than most recent evenings. The sirens had been preceded by high winds and dust but no rain. I knew we were getting […]

6/5 Letters to the editor

What’s a drink of water worth? Eldred Noble Clovis Clovis should remember to fly flag in June Annually, Americans coast to coast stop for a moment at 5 p.m. (MDT) on June 14 to say simultaneously the 31 words of the Pledge of Allegiance. Please take the time to join your fellow Americans in this […]

Telephones made simpler by prioritizing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “I don’t like answering the phone. The phone ringing always means bad news.” I can’t remember who told me that. It’s one of those sayings that are kind of closed minded, no room for negotiation. But I kind of/sort of agree with my long-forgotten acquaintance about the telephone. I’m really […]

Technology’s invasion both blessing, curse

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist At the end of April, five explorers reached the North Pole. Bone tired and bone chilled after 37 days and 475 miles, they set up their tent and tried to get some rest. Then visitors came calling. Three Russians and a Czech who had followed them the last 50 miles […]

Horoscopes key to success, sock color

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Recently I spent an hour in the company of lofty mathematics as part of mind-boggling research into the whims of the zodiac. I was seeking the ultimate horoscope. Don’t take me wrong. I’ve never been convinced that success and romance can be had by reading the stars. It’s just that […]

What a time we had in 1949

By Don McAlavy: Local columnist Clovis and Curry County had a great year in 1949. Here are some of the things that happened: • On April 25, 1949, a groundbreaking took place at 12th and Main for the new St. James Episcopal Church, built in the Spanish adobe style. It’s still the most attractive church […]

Holocaust should not be trivialized

By Leonard Pitts Dear Ariana Schanzer: I hope you won’t mind being called out like this. It’s just that I saw your picture last week in The Miami Herald and it made me want to talk to you. In the photo, you’re smiling a giddy smile, dancing cheek to cheek with this equally delighted older […]

Music true form of expression

By David Dawson: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: This is part of a week-long series in which local columnists talk about their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis schools. Why Music? Ever since I can remember, music has been a true form of expression in my life. At 4, […]