Gift of life

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Breanna Tolley gave birth to her first child Thursday. Tolley said she thought she was ready for motherhood until she saw her daughter, Cambree Tolley. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Thinking of Mother’s Day always meant thinking about someone else for Breanna Tolley. Until Thursday night. At 8:19 p.m., […]

Coffin issue a matter of respect

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist If my husband died in combat, would I want the media to photograph his coffin as his body came home to me? I can’t help getting choked up thinking about this grim scenario. I don’t even want to consider the possibility, let alone worry about whether I would want the […]

Truest love in the world comes from the heart of God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist With Valentines Day approaching, I have been thinking a lot about the meaning of love.

City officials thinking green

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City leaders in Clovis are seeing green these days when they look at water from the treatment plant. Green like the color of money. Members of the city’s water policy advisory committee decided Wednesday there is big money to be made by selling effluent — the non-drinkable water discharged […]

Milk behind philosophical thinking

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico columnist There are no three-quart milk jugs — only philosophical dilemmas. I face mine while staring through the glass — not opening the door so as not to fog the view for the next person’s philosophical dilemma. Half-gallon or full gallon? If I go half, I run the risk […]

Rail riding still not appealing

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist The Lady of the House and I were thinking of taking a train trip to visit family in northern Minnesota. Once we checked into it, it was obvious that ridin’ the rails ain’t what it used to be. We’d start at Las Vegas, N.M., on Amtrak’s “Southwest Chief” and, according […]

Positive outlook takes work

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist I am always amazed when I meet people who are extremely positive no matter what happens out there. It may pour rain or thunder but nothing can take their smile away. Whenever I asked these people what their secret is, they often say, that’s just the way I have always […]

Dangers abound out on open road

By Grant McGee: Local columnist There’s nothing like a crack in your windshield from a rock shot from the wheel of a passing pickup to get you thinking about your fellow drivers. The Lady of the House warned me not to drive over the freshly re-rocked County Road K on the way to my day […]

Learning to procrastinate takes time

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’m writing about procrastination this week because I haven’t gotten around to researching other topics. I didn’t use to be a procrastinator, but lately, I’ve been thinking about becoming one. I just haven’t decided yet. I was going to write about the new Taco Bell commercial, the one with the […]

Little things make mothers special

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Sometimes it’s the little things about Mom: That annoying tone in her voice when she wants something. That wrong-size birthday gift. That “Someday when I’m no longer here” line, which gets old. But the worse part is I’ve found myself doing and saying all of the above “mom things” to […]