Catholic opposition raises concerns with domestic partnership bill

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The battle in the Legislature over a bill to establish domestic-partner rights pits social advocates and lobbyists who normally are allied on a variety of issues against each other. Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, introduced Senate Bill 183 on Tuesday. As has been the case with previous […]

Christianity has stood the test of time

Freedom New Mexico If not for the teachings of tolerance, peace and love, a recent cartoon would have Christians rioting in the streets. They’d kill, threaten, and burn buildings to the ground. When Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published a cartoon in 2005 depicting the Prophet Muhammed with a bomb in his turban, parts of the Islamic […]

First Amendment protects artists as well as media

By Freedom New Mexico Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment […]

Sound men stood strong behind Jackie Robinson

By Freedom Newspapers Sixty years ago this week, a momentous event for this nation, founded on the principle “all men are created equal,” played out on a baseball diamond. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was chosen by another exceptional man to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier. Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, a devout Methodist who didn’t […]

Day of remembrance

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CNJ staff photo: Tony BullocksBen Donaldson of Boy Scout Pack 225 from Clovis takes part in Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade on Main Street. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The meaning of this day buzzes around — simply and poignantly — in the mind of 6-year-old Hailey Renfro. Veterans, the little girl said, “Go really […]

Georgia mother gave children strong spiritual foundation

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I know about this story first hand. In this year 2006, there is much to be learned from this seemingly obscure incident. It was 1910 and “Decoration Day” at the old Salem Methodist Church in rural Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event and had planned for noon […]

Modern days could use Howdy Doody morality

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Editor’s note: The following column is being rerun at the request of a reader. As I sat the other night and watched the lineup of shows on television, my mind went back to “The Howdy Doody Show.” As a kid, I was a big fan Howdy Doody fan. Buffalo Bob […]

Radical union tried to put working class on top

Don McAlavy: Local Columnist Ï doubt if anyone in Clovis remembers the radical union organization I.W.W. founded in 1905 in Chicago. Its purpose was “to put the working class in possession of the world.” Most people called them the “Wobblies.” One of their members, a streetcorner Socialist whose death provoked an investigation that trailed off […]

Mother’s legacy will effect eternity

By Judy Brandon The year was about 1910. The occasion was the annual “Decoration Day” at the century old Salem Methodist Church in a little town in Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event. On this unusual day their singing seemed to ring upward through the wood rafters and beyond. The table on […]