Fund could help put out financial flames

Eric Butler o Fire victims could face ‘very small’ Christmas. By Eric Butler CNJ CORRESPONDENT The holiday season is a budget cruncher for most people, but especially for those with low-paying jobs. For Lauren (not her real name), the season became particularly difficult when fire struck her family home recently. Her three daughters — ages […]

U.S. should act as India/Pakistan mediator if asked

Freedom Newspapers India and Pakistan agreed early last week on the first truce in 14 years between their troops deployed along the disputed border between the two countries in the beautiful mountainous region of Kashmir. While the official military forces of the two countries refrained from gunfire, however, on Thursday alone violence flared that left […]

Race issue in California is irrelevant

Tibor Machan I don’t know what goes through the mind of someone like California Senate leader John Burton when he makes the kind of charge he made the other day, namely that the effort to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses was fueled by racism. “I say the issue is […]

Season reminds us of what we do have

Mona Charen This is a season for counting one’s blessings. Here is my partial list: > The world is rid of one of the most vile, depraved dictators in human history. His regime no longer tortures and rapes people by the thousands, nor encourages acts of murder in other nations by financing bombers, nor trains […]

Turkey dog missing

Reporter’s Notebook Has anybody seen George? He’s about 6 years old, weighs about 70 pounds and loves people. George doesn’t speak the language. He grew up around Incirlik Air Force Base in Adana, Turkey. He’s been missing about two weeks. He jumped out of a back yard near the 1600 block of Sheldon Street and […]

Morris, Arthur C. “Art”

Services: Have been held. Arthur C. “Art” Morris, 83, of Clovis, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born on June 21, 1920, in Larkinsville, Ala., to Mabel and Arthur Morris, Sr. He grew up in Larkinsville, surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. He moved to Clovis in 1936 […]

Local Marine saw gratitude in Iraq

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Marine Staff Sgt. Larry Long kneels beside a young Iraqi boy, Ali Abass, who enjoyed watching his Marine platoon doing vehicle check points. Courtesy photo. By Darrell Todd Maurina For Clovis native Larry Long, the order to deploy for Operation Iraqi Freedom was a first in his career as a Marine. After spending 11 years […]

Cycle crash kills 2

By Jack King Two motorcyclists died early Sunday after they collided with a tow truck hauling an 18-wheeler near the intersection of Norris Street and Mabry Drive. Timothy Lasiter, 33, of Clovis, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, according to his wife, Shellie Lasiter. Johnnie Vankleeck, 44, of Lovington, died at […]

Fund helps make Christmas Day different from rest

Eric Butler Barry may look like he enjoys food a little too much, and that there’s a regular supply coming his way. But what appears to be a lack of self-control for Barry, who is overweight and unable to do much of any kind of activity, is actually a result of health problems. A friend […]

Administration seen as tone deaf on some ‘people’ issues

Tom Philpott With President Bush signing the first-ever $400 billion defense bill, including another military pay raise and housing allowance increase, it would seem hard to argue that this administration has lost touch with troops. Yet there are currents of worry and disappointment inside the military. U.S. military operations are at their highest sustained level […]

Roberts, Gladys

Services: Have been held. Mrs. Gladys Roberts, 92, of Lubbock, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at her home. She was born on June 5, 1911, in Duke, Okla., to Mr. and Mrs. Jake Jones She lived her early life in Oklahoma. As a teenager, her family moved to Texas. She married P.K. Roberts on Jan. […]

Vehicle crash causes damage at Yucca

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A Clovis firefighter stands at the scene where a pickup truck involved in a two-vehicle accident Sunday night struck a light pole on the north side of the Yucca Junior High School football field. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Jack King A two-vehicle collision damaged the fence and part of the football practice field […]

Republicans’ buy-off strategy not the answer

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps the most significant trend as the current congressional session lumbers toward an end — a December session to pass an omnibus $820-billion spending bill is still in the offing — is the extent to which the Republican Party under President Bush and the current congressional leadership has become the party of big […]

Cranes are filthy, flea-ridden and fun

Bob Huber December never inspired enthusiasm around our house. We steadfastly refused to join Santa Claus in his annual extortion ploy, and we stopped having babies 40 years ago at the end of each year for income tax purposes. That’s about all there is to December. But December in Texas — that state where old […]

Child’s story touches East-Coast teacher

From the editor’s desk From the editor’s mailbox: > Valerie Young, a fourth-grade teacher in Philadelphia Public Schools, sent an e-mail after reading a story on our Web site about an area youngster who suffers from Moya Moya disease. The disease causes blockage of the main blood vessels to the brain, which leads to strokes […]