Treatment of homeless is sign of times

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist Are we separating ourselves from the social reality of our country? Are we ignoring the facts that we are a nation with an aging population and that some cannot make a decent living? I was shocked last week to read that the city of Las Vegas, Nev., has passed an […]

Internet gambling ban serves no one

By Walter E. Williams: syndicated columnist The House of Representatives voted 245 to 159 to pass the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1999. Because of a rule requiring two-thirds approval, the measure didn’t pass. Its sponsor, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., plans to introduce it again when only a majority is needed for passage. If enacted, it […]

Offutt, Doug

Doug Offutt, 40, of Portales died Thursday, June 29, 2006, at Plains Regional Medical Center. Born May 6, 1966, in Carlsbad to June and Sam Offutt of Portales, he and his family moved to Pine Bluff, Ark., when he was 5. He made his home there until 1989 when the family returned to New Mexico.  While […]

Freedom’s definition sets government’s role

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist So you think this column is motivated by my vested interest in having philosophy taken seriously? OK, that’s part of it. But then, so what? Some things are in my interest, and this alone would suffice to justify championing them. In this case there is also the fact that all […]

Student profiles: Devin Sweet, Kelsy Hale

Devin Sweet is a senior at Clovis High School. He is the son of Tim and Pam Sweet. What’s your favorite TV show, past and present? “That ’70s Show.” What’s so great about your favorite sport (football)? Being able to play with all of my friends and getting to hit people and hear the crowd […]

Walkers brave storm clouds to march for Relay for Life

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Paul Zimmerman lights a candle Friday night at the Relay for Life to honor his father, who lost his battle with cancer. Zimmerman was one of 159 members on the ENMRSH team, which raised more than $9,000 in the event. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her daughter by her side, Birdina Lavere struggled to […]

Relay for Life kicking off

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Colorful balloons, candles and a gender-bending beauty pageant are just a few of the activities planned during the American Cancer Society’s 11th annual Relay for Life. Hundreds are expected to walk overnight Friday and Saturday at Ned Houk Park to raise funds for cancer research, education and patient support, […]

Child abuse, neglect deserve to be taken seriously

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was a long-term substitute-teaching assignment for seventh-grade math, with the teacher expecting to be gone for three weeks. Within three days of that three weeks, I had developed an opinion about what was going on in the life of one child. It was some objective pieces — the worn […]

3/19 Honors

McCasland Carli McCasland of Clovis was inducted by South Plains College into the Kappa Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. To be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the largest honor society in American higher education, students much maintain a 3.5 grade point average.

Fight for human liberty takes vigilance

By Tibor Machan At year’s end, after columns and commentaries galore lamenting the state of contemporary society with respect to the slow growth and frequent setbacks on the road to individual liberty, it’s worth asking whether an attitude of pessimism or optimism is warranted. These attitudes are, unlike, say, hope or anxiety, capable of being […]

12/8 Student Profile

Aylssa Kate Pyeatt is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of Sam and Lisa Pyeatt. What is your favorite TV show, past and present? My all-time favorite TV show would have to be “Boy Meets World.” What is so great about your favorite sport? Swimming is really fun because I am […]

Taxation: Extortion by another name

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist For some, the issue of taxation appears moot. Like death, they believe, taxation is unavoidable. Many others would like us all to fall for this because then they would gain the upper hand about political economy. For those who don’t much like the free society and its economic system, free […]

10/20 Student Profiles

Thomas Blanchette Jr. is a Clovis High School senior. He is the son of Thomas and Patricia Blanchette. What’s your idea of a perfect day? It’s cold outside and either raining or snowing, and I’m hanging out with my friends. Tell us about your pets: I have a West Highland white terrier named Snowflake, two […]

9/22 Student Profile

Billy Stephenson is a senior at Clovis High. He is the son of Sherri and Rick Stephenson. What’s your favorite TV show, past and present? My current is the series “Lost.” My old favorite show is a series called “Reboot.” What do you envision your life being like in 10 years? Flying an F-22 or […]

Finding niche in workforce challenging

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I recall, as a child, riding back from my grandparents’ homes late at night. We would pass by small river towns in western Pennsylvania, with blast furnaces of the steel mills sending up glowing red, blue or yellow sparks against the dark sky. Piles of coal and slag dotted the […]

Could Gas Prices Be a Blessing in Disguise?

By Curtis K. Shelburne As I write this column, gasoline prices are rising so rapidly that it would be pretty safe to bet they’ll be a couple or twenty cents higher per gallon by the time I finish writing this than they are as I begin. Where will it end? I don’t know. One good […]

9/1 Student Profile

Mary Cate Burns is a senior at Clovis High School. She is the daughter of James Burns and Katie Haynes. If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place? I would give everyone food, shelter, and access to and education. What is your favorite smell? Brewing coffee. Who […]

Government, religion should stay apart

By Tibor Machan During the Q&A after a recent presentation I made to a Rotary club about the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, I was asked whether I believe what the Pledge of Allegiance states about “under God.” I do not usually answer this question because I share the view that when it comes […]

Relay for Life revving up with more than 75 teams

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A luminary dedicated to retired UPS package driver John Ortiz was decorated by Mary Rose Paterson. Ortiz, who worked for UPS for 30 years, died of liver cancer in 2004. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer What began in 1985 as one man’s 24-hour walk around a Tacoma, Wash., track has […]

Mexican reporters’ bravery deserves recognition

Freedom Newspapers The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a […]