Movie reminder Christmas isn’t so simple

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Seeing “The Nativity” movie this busy holiday season really helps put this whole Christmas thing into perspective. The greatest story every told didn’t happen in a Hallmark card setting. There was cow poop and all. My daughter Laura and I went to see “The Nativity” last weekend and I felt […]

Literacy Council sees participation booming

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Attendance at a local literacy center spiked in the last year as a result of an aggressive marketing campaign, according to officials. From fiscal year 2004-2005 to fiscal year 2005-2006, student enrollment at the Curry County Literacy Council tripled, from 11 to 33, according to Council Program Director Miranda […]

State no longer political nonentity

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist It didn’t used to be like this. Not in the old days. Not way back when New Mexico was a simple place with simple tastes and simple folks and the notion you couldn’t visit here without a passport. No one much noticed us, and that was OK. Those days are […]

Simple tasks remedy obesity problem

By Barbara L. Root: Guest Columnist I find it interesting that in America today we are beginning to consider obesity a disease. Some Americans think obesity should be covered by medical insurance or Medicare. In other countries, children have distended bellies and skinny limbs due to malnutrition; adults are predominately thin; fatness is considered a […]

Winter is also a beautifu season

Clyde Davis I’ve never been a big fan of being politically correct, at least not as an obsession or from fear of reprisal. Oh yes, I believe equality is best, but only if it’s heartfelt, not a concession to popular culture. Imagine my surprise, then, when I became inspired to followup last week’s column by […]

The cross is recognizable everywhere

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist From the staked plains of the Llano Estacado to the rugged hills of Mount Calvary, and all places in between, there is only one symbol that has withstood the test of time. Once a symbol of despair and shame; now a worldwide symbol of hope to those who continue to […]

Some one-liners contain the most pithy prose

By Bob Huber One of my scholarly pursuits is the care and feeding of one-liners. I get most of them from my wife Marilyn who seems to have an endless supply and loves to toss them out to brighten my day, as follows: • “You may think you’re still young, but you need your false […]