Writer should be remembered as freedom advocate

Freedom Newspapers Writing about an urban planning experiment proposed in 1898 in England, author Jane Jacobs, who died last week at age 89, declared: “As in all Utopias, the right to have plans of any significance belonged only to the planners in charge.” That quotation, printed in her acclaimed 1961 book, “The Death and Life […]

Good conscience worth its weight in gold

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist The third grade is when I learned that a good conscience is really worth its weight in gold. The lesson came from an unlikely episode. I was in Mrs. Hood’s third-grade class at Highland Elementary School in Clovis. Mrs. Hood had a routine for spelling. On Mondays, we were introduced […]

Billboard slogans return

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I opened a box of Pandoras a couple years ago when I wrote about those good old days of Burma Shave signs — you know, the little red billboards on every highway that kept us awake, clean shaved, and the children from being bored. (It didn’t take much to entertain […]

New shades of pain unpleasant discovery

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Pain comes in many colors: • the bright blinding white of smashing your thumb with a hammer; • the somber black blanket of depression. • and a new one I’ve got from my current woes — it’s sort of a darkish purple, not unlike a fetid bruise or […]

Old letter should be taken to heart

By Curtis Shelburne At the end of June 1940, Winston Churchill, one of my favorite historical figures, had not been prime minister more than a few weeks. Quite alone among world leaders at this point, he was bearing the terrible burden of struggling to keep the free world out of Hitler’s grasp. Knowing the pressure he […]

Reporter’s notebook: Squadron receives presidential citation after 60 years

Ret. Col. William Creech waited 60 years for his squadron to receive a presidential citation. The former Cannon Air Force Base commander said he grew tired of school children not knowing what he and others in the Army Air Corp’s 528th fighter squadron did in World War II. Creech said his squadron, dubbed the Dragonflies, […]

Cannon closure decision defended

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The size and location of Cannon Air Force Base precluded the Department of Defense from considering a scenario that may have spared the base from closure. In a letter dated Thursday and posted on the Base Realignment and Closure Web site, acting Deputy of Defense Secretary Gordon England, said […]

DoD: Keeping Cannon scenario not considered

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, in a letter to the commission reviewing Pentagon’s list of recommended base closings, defended its decision to close Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said in his letter Thursday that Cannon, near Clovis, was too limited in space and […]

Sometimes we all need a little perspective

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local religious columnist My two-years-younger brother Jim wrote an interesting column for his church newsletter the other day. He had some great things to say, but what really made the article interesting is where he was when he wrote it. The boy has always marched to a bit of a different […]

Ranchvale students have ‘write’ stuff

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Twenty students from Ranchvale Elementary will have poems and essays they wrote published in an anthology called “Celebration of Young Poets.” (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer It wasn’t a project designed to take home to hang on the refrigerator. Instead it was an assignment designed to get fifth- and […]

Judah, Bess

Bess Judah Services: Have been held. Mrs. Bess M. Judah, 93, of Clovis, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at Manor Care Vista Camino Nursing Center in Albuquerque. She was born on Sept. 26, 1911, in Slaton, Texas, to Charles and Ida Clause Burk. She married Ernest Lee Judah on March 15, 1497, in Clovis. She […]

Johnny Carson: Quintessentially human

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist Johnny Carson was perhaps the greatest comic craftsman in American popular entertainment. But this is not to say he was in any way parochial. Indeed, being a master comic in America is being a master comic of the modern world. Carson’s genius was, in part, to forge a link with millions […]

Key to creating equality is education

By Helena Rodriguez My friend Evelyn Rising is a feisty girl. She’s a classy dresser. She’s intelligent and headstrong and yet sensitive to people’s needs. Evelyn is a counselor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Evelyn, by the way, is black. Some of you may know her. She spoke the past two years during Juneteenth […]

Lots of good people doing good deeds

by David Stevens, Editor We have good news — a lot of nice people are running around in the world, based on recent requests for readers to tell us about random acts of kindness they’ve witnessed. Last Sunday, staff writer Ryan Lengerich put together a collection of stories detailing nice things people do for one […]

Portales now feels closer in Iraq

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Ernie Aguilar is looking for a hometown feeling this holiday season. Some Portales residents are working to help him find it. Sgt. Aguilar of the medical section of the 133rd Engineer Combat Battalion is in Iraq, where he provides medical care and preventative health services to Army troops. […]

ENMU does Coward classic ‘Blithe Spirit’

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anne Beck, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s production of “Blithe Spirit,” said she chose the play to bring laughter to people in a time when the national landscape is intense. “Because it was a comedy, I thought it would be appropriate and needed,” she said. Her reasons for […]

When in doubt, keep it to yourself

Grant McGee, Local Columnist There’s a John Mayer song called “Daughters” that includes the words “… fathers be good to your daughters.” It was in my head when I gave my oldest daughter some advice that may have been too blunt. From North Carolina came the news through the family grapevine that No. 1 Daughter […]

Lonely soldier in Iraq seeks pen pals

David Stevens: CNJ Editor A few notes worth sharing: n Jackie Tucker Davidson of Hereford, Texas, is asking the public to help find those responsible for her father’s slaying. J.C. Tucker was killed west of Clovis on Sept. 4, 2003. “I have prayed daily for justice,” she writes. “I am a strong believer in the […]

A good conscience can bring one peace

Judy Brandon: Religion columnist The third grade is when I learned that a good conscience is really worth its weight in gold. The lesson came from an unlikely episode. I was in Mrs. Hood’s third-grade class at Highland Elementary School in Clovis. Mrs. Hood had a routine for spelling. On Mondays, we were introduced to […]

Local paper carrier retires after 20 years

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Beth Nelson understood customer service. The 79-year-old former newspaper carrier speaks softly and smiles often despite a knee brace strapped on her right leg like a sidelined athlete. That brace, she said, is the only thing preventing her from delivering Clovis News Journals to 150 customers in city’s southeast […]