Bogus medals reprehensible, but not criminal

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of the […]

Stranger’s unselfish sharing sign of God’s mercy

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist There is much sadness in the world. There is sadness in our community, the nation and the world. That is why I am sharing the following true story about an incident … no, a miracle … that is uplifting. My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn. She sent this e-mail […]

Patriot Act limit positive sign for freedom

Freedom Newspapers Although it was in some ways a tribute to Congress’ bumbling ways, the outcome for the USA Patriot Act — an extension for only five weeks, until Feb. 5 — was an unalloyed defeat for the Bush administration. The president had repeatedly said he would not accept a “short-term extension.” But in the […]

Combined agencies still haven’t meshed

Freedom Newspapers After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Bush administration insisted that, to preclude further attacks, it needed to centralize many agencies into a new Department of Homeland Security. The department was established on Nov. 25, 2002, almost three years ago. It consolidated immigration, Customs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies. […]

Life best when focused on God’s plans

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist With the start of school this past week, I could not help but think back to those days when our children were in school. School mornings always brought tight schedules. We were going our separate ways by 8 a.m. so that meant that everything had to pretty much come off […]

Cats ready for break

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Clovis senior Brandon Cook makes a catch over junior teammate Keaton Howell Friday during practice at the high school. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Rick White: CNJ managing editor The afternoon practice had all the crispness of wilted lettuce. After six days of two-a-day practices under the strength-sapping eastern New Mexico sun, the Clovis […]

Local business closings its doors

CNJ staff All Ways Travel, a local travel agency, will be closing its doors Friday, but the move isn’t expected to affect other businesses under the same ownership. The closing was confirmed Wednesday afternoon by an employee at the travel agency. Efforts to contact All Ways owner Tammy Garner were unsuccessful. Garner also owns The […]

Some ladies are beautiful in any language

By Curtis K. Shelburne When I checked e-mail a little while ago, I noticed a semi-news item about the new movie “The Interpreter” and its star Nicole Kidman. I know nothing about the movie. I know only the film’s title: “The Interpreter.” But I’ve seen Nicole Kidman in some other films. So I wasn’t all […]

amos learns god s ways

Gary Mitchell: CNJ columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. amos learns god s ways boss being a christian mouse in a world of heathen alley cats ain […]

Bush, Congress share fiscal irresponsibility

The Bush administration and Pentagon have taken a lot of heat, some of it probably deserved, for an alleged shortage of armored Humvees in Iraq. The issue came to a boil several weeks back, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was confronted by a G.I. on the issue during a widely seen press conference in Kuwait. […]

Easy guide: How to pamper yourself

by Helena Rodriguez Eating peanut butter straight from the jar, spending a whole day in bed and taking a scented bath by candlelight are just a few ways we can pamper ourselves. With today’s hectic lifestyles, we can all use a little pampering now and then, and we should take a little time to indulge […]

Coming home another chapter in life

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers “We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” — T.S. Eliot, 1943 Last week’s final episode of “Frasier” left me in tears. I’ve found this TV psychiatrist’s dry sense of humor […]

Governor’s veto slows jail annex

By Jack King Curry County Officials have been working for at least a year and a half to turn a former fitness center into a jail annex that could help relieve crowding at the Adult Detention Center. Now a veto by Gov. Bill Richardson and high bids from local contractors have put the center’s completion […]

Republicans off track on how to honor Reagan

Freedom Newspapers W e, too, are big fans of former President Ronald Reagan. We, too, believe he is deserving of all the honors befitting an outstanding president, and that his claim to greatness will only grow with the passage of time. But we’ve frankly grown weary of some of the half-baked efforts to “honor” the […]

Freedom of association works both ways

Walter Williams Suppose you want to deal with me but I don’t want to deal with you. Should I be forced to? You might ask, “What are you talking about?” Here’s a short list. Suppose you want to marry me, but I don’t want to marry you. Or, suppose you want to play tennis with […]

Biking into the past

By Clyde Davis I have no idea what stroke of genius inspired Janice for this particular anniversary gift. It was nothing I would have ever thought of asking for; it was the best possible surprise. I could credit it to all the time we spend watching the Tour de Lance (oops, I mean Tour de […]