Species Act’s double standards make little sense

Freedom Newspapers With each day that passes, the chances diminish that Congress will act on Endangered Species Act reform this year. Should Democrats make substantial gains in this fall’s elections, or take control of the House or Senate, the opportunity to update ESA will slip away, just when it seemed within reach. The House approved […]

Artist captures chimps in ink

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer With millions of tiny ink dots, some smaller than a speck of sand, Valerie Romano pays homage to mankind’s closest living relative — chimpanzees. The former Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University instructor stumbled upon her greatest artistic inspiration late in life. She was 45 years old […]

‘Someday’ comes in form of dream car

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist The car glides to a stop in front of the hotel. Light splashes off gleaming black metal as the valet gets out. He hands the keys to my wife. Marilyn says, “These aren’t my keys.” The valet says, “Yes, they are.” Marilyn says, a little more forcefully, “These aren’t my […]

Longtime ENMU coach dies

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Harold “Bud” Elliott, the longtime football coach at Eastern New Mexico University, died Tuesday in Lubbock. He was 73. Elliott, who retired following the 2004 season, was remembered by colleagues as a man with a great sense of humor, a greater sense of morals and an indescribable drive as a […]

Common sense and bureaucracy rarely meet

By Curtis K. Shelburne Lately at our church we’ve been studying the “fruits of the Spirit.” We plan to talk about “Patience” soon, but I think I need the lesson right now! Recently, I had under my care a genuine, certifiable, hurricane refugee (excuse me, “evacuee”). She was and is my sister, flown up to […]

Laid-back times losing sense of respect

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist What would you wear if you were invited to the White House? My daughter, all of 14, got this look on her face like I’d threatened to take her to a Motown concert. “Ew,” she said, “do we have to go to the White House?” No, I said. I just […]

Firefigther’s death stuns department

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By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Colleagues described 23-year-old Clovis firefighter Aaron Gonzales as a respected co-worker with a great sense of humor. A three-year member of the department, Gonzales was killed early Sunday morning in a two-vehicle accident just north of Clovis. “Aaron was always happy, always had a smile on his face, and […]

Zero tolerance policy is not common sense

CNJ staff We understand the need for rules. We understand the need for discipline and consequences. Having established these things, however, there is a need for common sense to intervene when someone breaks a rule without causing any harm. Zero-tolerance rules seem to block such a common sense approach. In Wapakoneta, Ohio, a zero-tolerance approach […]

Apathy sign all not well with political life

CNJ staff Perhaps the most striking thing about the official acknowledgment that the two-year hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is over is the fact that it was greeted with a collective shrug of the shoulders and an almost cheerful defense of what many Americans view as the indefensible. “Based on what we […]

Christmas spirit resonates here and around world

CNJ staff On Christmas Day, like no other on the calendar, compassion and generosity resonate. Children are the center of our universe. Our bonds are celebrated. Hope lives. It is Christmas. This is the day the birth of Jesus is observed in Christian communities from Tucumcari to Portales and across the world. As told in […]