In tribute: Longtime resident remembered for pursuit of excellence

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Courtesy photo Friends, family members and business colleagues remembered Charles Wade, 77, as a man who excelled in what he learned, in what he inherited and even in positions where nobody would expect to find him. Kevin Wilson For better or for worse — but usually for much better — Charles Wade was never satisfied […]

Tragedy worse when manipulated

It was early in my sophomore year of high school. I wasn’t driving yet, but other classmates were. The whispers in first-period geometry were that fellow sophomore “Tiffany” hit a kid who ran in front of her car the previous night. The kid was OK, but Tiffany was visibly shaken. A few days later, I […]

Up With Kids: Flying with children doesn’t have to make your stress levels soar

Paula Sirois There are far worse things than traveling in a plane with kids — but that can be easy to forget. In-air child chaos has triggered breakdowns in even the most patient of parents. Something about the mix of airplanes, air pressure and claustrophobic seating can cause the sweetest kid to transform into every […]

Military clergy should not fear ministering gays

Freedom New Mexico Jesus dined with prostitutes and far, far worse sinners. He even dined with tax collectors, perhaps the worst sinners of all. Jesus loved sinners, representing to them the power of God’s love for humanity. He was truth and he had no fear of sin. He knew that love always conquered hate and […]

Emergencies worse when misused

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist There are fewer fallacies as widely circulated as those captured by the saying, “Hard cases make bad law.” This includes all the types mentioned by those who would sanction the systematic violation of individual rights just because they can imagine or maybe find some instance in which strict respect for […]

Common sense fails to prevail

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Rules. Society needs them to keep itself from descending into chaos. However, even though the rule-makers proceed with the best intentions there are times when unintended consequences are frustrating, to say the least. Worse, sometimes the rules “enforcers” have been known to sacrifice common sense on the altar of “obey […]

a view from under the pew: a new attitude for bertie

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.a new attitude for bertie the other day boss iran across little bertiewoeworm – actually itried to avoid […]

Despite U.S. economy, much left to celebrate

Freedom New Mexico There are far worse things than spending Independence Day at home because your household budget is not independent of skyrocketing gasoline prices. AAA’s annual holiday travel survey, released earlier this week, showed a small — slightly more than 1 percent — decrease in the number of people who will travel 50 miles […]

Housing crisis best resolved with time

Freedom New Mexico Psychologists speak of what they call an action bias: In the face of a traumatic experience, most people have a strong impulse to do something, even when the action produces an outcome that leaves you worse off than before. The impulse arises in most of us, but it seems stronger in politicians. […]

Always a competitor

David Lansford is stepping down as Clovis’ mayor after 12 years. We’ve been asking family and friends to share stories about him. Here’s what his brother Mark had to say: “My earliest memories of David are that he has always been a fierce competitor. It did not matter what the situation was, he wanted to […]

President’s international policy a failure

Steve Chapman: syndicated columnist In 1980, a book was published about the failure of liberal policies in New York City. Its title, “The Cost of Good Intentions,” soon became a conservative catchphrase about the limits of expansive government. Even the best motives could produce dismal results. Policies had to be judged not by their ostensible […]

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 […]

“For Better or Worse, For Richer or Poorer . . .”

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health . . .” As I write, it was exactly 30 years ago when my father stood before my bride and myself and asked us to verbally assent to those familiar vows. I assume that we both […]

Iraq violence will get worse before situation calms

By CNJ staff The two events are not directly related, yet in a way they are. A Dec. 21 attack at a U.S. military base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed 22 people, including more than a dozen Americans. The next day newspapers reported that for the first time a major U.S. contractor, […]

Government not right to tell public pictures too graphic

Freedom Newspapers Recent news includes comments from members of Congress who viewed not-before-seen photos and videos of Iraqi prisoner abuse “in a top-secret room in the Capitol.” The images were apparently more than troubling. “I expected that these pictures would be very hard on the stomach lining,” said Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon in […]

Homicides haunting residents

Darrell Todd Maurina Jackie Davidson couldn’t stop crying as she described her reaction to the shooting of her father, J.C. Tucker. Tucker was shot to death at his auto salvage and storage room business near Cannon Air Force Base on Sept. 4, and the case hasn’t yet been solved. The homicide is one of a […]

There are worse things than getting old

Jim Sitterly: Guest columnist Having birthdays seems to be a topic that I have found amusing over the years. When we are adolescents, one thing we want more than anything is to be a grownup. Of course at that age, grownup is any age older than we are. This makes us excited for birthdays. When […]

amos all tangled up

Gary Mitchell and Amos Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss in case you re wondering why there s kool-aid and coffee stains all over this week s column it s because marcellus that mangy malevolent cat has been running […]