Billy the Kid still famous after all these years

By Don McAlavy Again Billy the Kid has gained access to the front pages of newspapers. Witness the latest from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office where he (the state) will investigate whether Billy is really buried in Fort Sumner; whether Brushy Bill Roberts is really Billy; whether Sheriff Pat Garrett helped Billy escape the Lincoln County […]

Why all the fuss about gay marriages?

Tibor Machan Canada is now recognizing gay marriages, and many in America think it is embarrassing that our country is lagging behind. Well, just wait a minute. When gay marriages are not being recognized it isn’t just that one is opposed to them. There can be full acceptance of such marriages while still resisting them, […]

Clovis growing in some ways, not others

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about new businesses moving into town less than two years after Kmart closed its doors. Here are some responses: “Clovis is just turning into another cookie cutter American city/town. They call it progress but I’m not sure! “In just a short 20 years, the place the United States […]

Burma Shave signs are thing of the past

By Bob Huber When I was in my mid-youth crisis, Burma Shave signs on America’s roads were as common and comfortable as old shoes. Whenever a new one cropped up, we repeated its rhyming couplets over and over from bar stools to pulpits.  For you younguns, Burma Shave signs were little poems obligingly spaced line […]

Project Reader Reaction — Billy the Kid

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about New Mexico’s recent efforts to take an objective look at the life and times of Billy […]

Letters to the editor 6/22

Just some random thoughts about our fair city: 1. If city government and the police department are so badly crowded, why don’t they expand into some of the city’s empty buildings? The city government would have more office space than it would know what to do with. 2. If Prince Street is becoming Clovis’ new […]

Saying thanks the best way we know how

Luziano Reyna missed his daughter’s birth because he was working. Last month, he missed her graduation from Clovis High School. Again, he was working. He was working for us. Reyna, from Hereford, Texas, has served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He spent the last six months deployed in support of Operation Iraqi […]

Clovis has history, roots in rock ’n’ roll

By Ned Cantwell Peggy Sue was at the Spencer Theater on a recent Saturday evening. No, wait. I don’t think you are paying close attention here. I said Peggy Sue was at the Spencer Theater in Ruidoso. Not just Peggy Sue. I mean PEGGY SUE. As in “I love you, Peggy Sue, with a love […]

Reader shares history of Jackman’s store

The editor of this paper passed on an e-mail from Mykell Jackman Brewer of Fairfax, Va. She wrote to tell me two things: First, as far back as anyone today can remember, Jackman’s was in business at 310 and then 312 Main and it was her grandfather, William Thurman Jackson who started Jackman’s Mercantile store […]

Fathers don’t get credit where it is due

By Bob Huber Comparing Father’s Day to Mother’s Day is like weighing Saturday night in Sundown, Texas, to New Year’s Eve at Times Square. No one says, “Let’s go watch some paint dry in Sundown for Father’s Day this year.” But they might as well. I’m convinced this lowly status of Father’s Day is because […]