Women’s thoughts on power vary

In Newsweek, Moshe Dayan’s widow, Ruth Dayan, 95, expressed pessimism about peace between Israelis and Arabs. “I long for the old Israel…It was about living together, working together, creating a bridge. “I’m friends with so many Arabs. This government does not represent my values…Both sides think they are freedom fighters.” Three area women surprised me […]

Financier invested wealth in education

Freedom New Mexico Education reforms come and go, usually with little impact. But one person who made a difference for the better was Ted Forstmann, who died Nov. 20 in New York City at age 71. Forstmann made a fortune through investment firms and other businesses. He also criticized junk bonds as too risky. And […]

Monday morning briefing: Music at Marshall and a cannibal’s demise

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Reminder A reminder that the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico annual Canned Food Drive begins today in Curry and Roosevelt county schools and continues until Dec. 15. Send a can to school. Music, music, music The Carpe Diem String Quartet concert is 7 […]

Double blessing

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Heath Rutherford, left, plays with son Rocklyn, 18 months, at the dinner table Friday at the family’s house in Clovis. Rocklyn was adopted by the family with his paperwork clearing just days after his little sister Camden was born in Amarillo. Kevin Wilson A few weeks ago, the Rutherford house […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family N

Today’s focus: Family N Household members: 5 Children: 3 (ages 2, 5 and 9) Special circumstances: The husband has been out of work since he was injured playing ball. The family does not have workman’s compensation and they are paying their bills with savings. The family hopes the husband can be back to work soon, […]

Empty Stocking Fund: Family U

Today’s focus: Family U. Household members: 5. Children: 3 (ages 2, 3, and 7) Special circumstance: Family U has relocated to Clovis from Arizona in order to take care of elderly parents who have both fallen ill. The family has been helping the parents with medical bills, which have wiped out much of their savings, […]

McGee: Street names have interesting origins

Have you ever wondered where some street names come from? I’m sure folks who pass through our High Plains towns might ponder the naming of John Doe Street in Clovis or Chicago Avenue in Portales. The Lady of the House and I had such a moment in our recent travels to visit Palm Beach, Fla., […]

In Search of Ponies: Animals can eat themselves to death

Feeling a little stuffed? Having just survived the Thanksgiving holiday, you may be beating yourself up from that comfy spot on the couch, filled with guilt about how much food you managed to consume despite your best intentions. Even sitting there with your belt loosened, entertaining the thoughts tumbling around in your head about another […]

ENMU/OPSU men’s basketball capsule, Nov. 26

CNJ staff ENMU (5-1) at Oklahoma Panhandle State (1-3) When: 6 p.m. (MST) today Where: Goodwell, Okla. Last time out: The Greyhounds outlasted New Mexico Highlands 104-98 in a game played on Wednesday at Santa Rosa High School. The Aggies haven’t played since Nov. 18 when they lost at Colorado-Colorado Springs 91-77. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 […]

Black Friday sales move at steady pace

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Customers line up for the register at Bealls in Portales Friday morning during Black Friday sales. Manager Melissa Bonem said within two hours after opening, the store had already made 25 percent of its goal. Alisa Boswell “Booming” was not the word most local Clovis and Portales retail officials used […]

amos the churchmouse: bertie s holiday depression

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. bertie s holiday depression the other day boss iran across little bertiewoeworm – […]

Thanking God should be part of holiday

We use thank you in many ways. We teach our children to say thank you. I recently received a credit card offer that gave thank you points for every purchase made with the card. Then there was a promotional from a business offering a half price sale to say thank you to all their faithful […]

Religion calendar — Nov. 25

Saturday Contemporary Worship Service — 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Information: 763-6821. Sunday Worship service and Sunday school — 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday worship with communion Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA, 1705 W. 21st St. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Information: 763-4816. Worship service — 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Central Baptist Church. Fellowship and […]

Volunteers: Community dinner rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Mondragon and Leticia Perez of Clovis go over routes to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound community members. Benna Sayyed Sandra Taylor-Sawyer recalls when her close family members stayed at the Lighthouse Mission, and considers it a great blessing to her family. On Thursday, Taylor-Sawyer helped spread this blessing to […]

Empty stocking — Nov. 25

• Today’s focus: Family S. • Household members: 5 • Children: 3 (ages 11, 8 and 7) • Special circumstance: The family’s place of employment may be closing, and the family is struggling due to the uncertainty of employment. • Clothing needs: Boys clothing sizes 12 and 8, girls clothing size 8. • Toys list: […]

Libertarians not anti-government

By Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Recently in this column, which as of this week I have now been writing for a year (party hats and balloons all around!), I have been addressing the misconceptions I have heard repeated about libertarians. I think it’s important to understand your libertarian neighbors, rare though we may seem at […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Hounds win fifth straight

Freedom New Mexico SANTA ROSA — Stefan Mirabal and Devone Davis led a balanced attack with 19 points each and the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds beat New Mexico Highlands 104-98 Wednesday for their fifth straight win. Curtis Wilkinson added 15 points for the Hounds (5-1), who shot a 58 percent from the field while […]

Clovis has plenty to appreciate

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Gayla Brumfield Over the past few weeks I have been holding office hours at the library and it has been great to be visited by members of the public and having the opportunity to discuss all the exciting projects going on in our community. Thanksgiving is a time for us to reflect and focus on […]