Wedding gift worth extra laughs

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I have nothing worth 500 words this week, but a few things worth about 150. Here are the thoughts I had while watching the Texas Rangers’ bullpen blow a lead Monday night: • I was killing time at a store a few days ago. I don’t want to name it […]

Thoughts from the cemetery

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist Several years ago my younger brother told me he’d taken his bag chair out to Paint Creek Cemetery near Robert Lee, Texas, unfolded it on his cemetery plot, sat down, and written a column or two for his church newsletter. He said he figured he might as well get […]

“I Love You, Mrs. Blackburn”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist One of the finest gifts pastors and authors and, for that matter, friends of many sorts, can do for us is to help us think new thoughts and learn new things. One of the most important ways they do that is by reminding us of old but true things […]

Local clergymen discuss significance of Easter Sunday

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Freedom New Mexico spoke to some area clergy about their thoughts on this Easter Sunday. What is the importance of Easter and its message in everyday life? Gary Piepkorn, pastor of Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales: There are three major points. One would be that Jesus’ resurrection […]

Apology owed to Sooner fans, coach

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Some rambling thoughts while wondering if somehow “Star Wars” and “The Wire” could be combined: • First things first: I was wrong. In my column last week, I criticized Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops for attending the Duke-North Carolina basketball game when his home school was ranked higher and playing […]

Thoughts on Roker, ‘24,’ Baskett

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Some rambling thoughts I had while wondering whether the Teen Wolf would have played college ball or entered the NBA draft: • One of the stranger aspects of the presidential inauguration was the news coverage. As I watched television coverage Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but see news team members […]

Music causes child-like faith to resurface

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I think at times on the sovereign power of God and the depth of his love. I stand amazed that he loves me! I cannot understand his love for me but choose to accept it as a reality in my life. I realize that I am not alone; these thoughts […]

Bad times give us chance to appreciate what’s good

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist In the current economic climate, the concept of gratitude or Thanksgiving might seem shallow and lacking in meaning. At a cursory glance, we might seem tempted to sink our thanks in the sea of bad news and worse predictions which barrage our eyes, ears, and thoughts. Look deeper. How many […]

Nov. 9, 2008 Letters to the Editor

With Obama, adults no longer in charge Now that Election Day is over, I have a few thoughts to share. The outcome wasn’t what I hoped for, but the people have spoken, and now we all have to live with their choice. McCain was a lousy candidate, but at least he was a man of […]

Oct. 24 Letters to the Editor

Support bonds benefitting schools It has been a great honor to live in this area for over 40 years and know these communities are conservative and productive. This is a time of great challenges. Being in business in both Clovis and Portales, I have seen firsthand the difficulties that getting credit has brought on individuals. […]