Only government wins in election

By Kent McManigal Local columnist I’m sure you’ve seen the “Peanuts” cartoons where Lucy holds the football for Charlie Brown to kick, promising him she won’t pull it away this time. This time he’ll kick it. But every time she pulls the football away at the last instant and poor Charlie Brown lands flat on […]

Education should stay at state level

By Rube Render Local columnist The federally mandated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests are creating major confrontations between students and educators in New Mexico from Santa Fe to Las Cruces and probably in many other places across the state. All students beginning at the third-grade level are required to […]

Legislature no place for peeves, personal issues

In every legislative session you can count on two kinds of time-wasting bills — those that make things illegal that are already crimes and those that address legislators’ personal pet peeves. There are at least two examples of the first kind of bill before the New Mexico Legislature. One would make child prostitution a felony, […]

SB 323 not in public’s interest

By Tom McDonald State columnist Seems a good time to revisit Think New Mexico’s legislative push to bring some transparency into our state when it comes to health care costs and treatments. You may recall this nonpartisan think tank’s latest report, released last fall, about the need to give health care consumers access to the […]

Songs, suits and successes

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Homer Tankersley pictured with his wife, Doris. The two have been a musical duo since the day they met.

Homer Tankersley may be one of Clovis’s best-known treasures. He’s worked with Norman Petty, sang in gospel groups all around the world and has settled down with his 54 year-old business on Main Street in Downtown Clovis. Tankersley, a Dallas native, opens up about his music and fashion careers, and gives away the secret to […]

Moving election date to March good for state

From the standpoint of raising New Mexico’s profile in the selection of presidential candidates, tabling a bill to move up the state’s primary elections from June to March was the wrong move. If the goal is to hold down voter turnout for state and local candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries, keeping the status […]

Moonlighting may pay off

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist I’ve been brainstorming ways to earn supplemental income to fund the lifestyle to which I’d like to become accustomed. I’ve never been wealthy, so I’m not talking lifestyles of the rich and spoiled. For me, being extravagant is: • Marie Callender instead of Banquet; using the automatic carwash; buying a […]

Work like a knotted ball of string

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher Growing up, and even today, I have always liked to sort through knots. It requires patience, and sense of order, consistency, and a motivation to get all the way through. Every project, career opportunity, or objective I have ever taken on I have approached like a knotted ball of string, yarn, […]

Letter to editor: Newspaper no longer shares values of residents

My wife and I have subscribed to the Clovis News Journal continuously from January 1971 to present. That is 44 years. We no longer believe that CNJ reflects the moral standards and values of our fine community. The picture and article about the same-sex couple on the front page of the Feb. 14 paper suggests […]

Letter to the editor: Testing creates too many questions

Some of the happiest and most gratifying times in my life were my years teaching in the Clovis schools. With that thought in mind, I watch in sadness as I see our nation’s schools being degraded into nothing more than a collection agency for the companies creating the standardized tests. States are paying millions for […]

All students should know every choice has a consequence

When you get down to it, who needs to be able to read or do math at grade level, really? Who needs a high school diploma? Certainly not anyone who wants nothing more than to apply for Medicaid. Or Legal Aid. Or a payday loan. An estimated one in three New Mexicans is so financially […]

Required vaccination brings red flag

By Kent McManigal Local columnist I know of a lot of people who are very vocal against vaccinations. They have their reasons, although I am less than convinced. I rarely believe in “one size fits all” solutions. This can make me unpopular with both sides. I would say I am generally in favor of vaccinations […]

Hope Supreme Court doesn’t cave

By Rube Render Local columnist According to Wikipedia, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was approved and became effective in 1780. It remains the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the world. In a similar vein, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is the oldest continuously functioning appellate court in the Americas. In […]

Better LPC solutions found closer to home

Federal overreach hurts everyone. The Edward Snowden affair showed us how far government has gone in gathering information on all of us, endangering privacy. Because of misguided federal “No Child Left Behind” policies, teachers teach tests, and children are learning only how to pick from five options to black out a choice. Nowhere is federal […]

Drilling issues not going anywhere

By Tom McDonald State columnist Regulating oil and gas drilling in the state has taken some of interesting turns of late, and very different directions. Over the past few months, two developments in northern New Mexico occurred that could actually shift the approach local governments take in regulating the industry. The infamous Mora County ban […]

Few realize how we affect others

By Wendel Sloan Local columnist My book-of-the-month summary for February is “A Book of Reasons” by John Vernon (non-fiction, copyright 1999). After his older brother, Paul, passes away in destitute squalor, each item in his meager estate elicits historical ruminations, memories and questions by Vernon. Paul’s notebooks and diaries showed dreams, introspection and even inventions. […]

We found you, and we’re coming

By Robert Arrowsmith Publisher And so step No. 1 is under way. We have found someone who is stealing our newspapers out of the rack, and then delivering them to people. I do not know for sure at this point, but I guess that those receiving newspapers from this guy are probably paying him. But […]

Local newspaper should reflect all in our community

Our newspaper upset a few people on Valentine’s Day with a story about area relationships that included a gay couple. As of Friday, seven readers had canceled their subscriptions and others had threatened to do the same because of the report. Most quoted Scripture, a few spewed vile epithets, all stated or suggested that gay […]

Government has no place in free market

Nobody wants to come out in support of storefront lenders who prey on desperate people by charging exorbitant interest rates on loans. But we were glad to see a Senate committee reject a bill Wednesday that would have capped interest rates on “payday” loans at 36 percent. It’s simply not government’s place to interfere with […]

War against ISIL smacks of ‘Nam

By Rube Render Local columnist When President Obama tells the American public that ISIL is on the defensive and will be destroyed, ISIL isn’t getting the word. It has recently captured the town of al-Baghadai in Anbar Province, Iraq. The al-Asad Air Base is just a few miles from al-Baghadai and happens to be a […]