Editorial: Relationships don’t need federal approval

Two consenting adults agree to have sexual relations. Police and prosecutors — and maybe even federal agents — stand ready to pounce. Two consenting adults want to put a stamp of permanence on their relationship. Legislators and lobbyists brace for constitutional rewrites. In the first example, the government acts if money changes hands. Whether the […]

Nov. 9, 2008 Letters to the Editor

With Obama, adults no longer in charge Now that Election Day is over, I have a few thoughts to share. The outcome wasn’t what I hoped for, but the people have spoken, and now we all have to live with their choice. McCain was a lousy candidate, but at least he was a man of […]

Education feature: Organization strives to help residents read

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clair Zarges pours hours into researching teaching methods and lesson plans for her student with the Curry County Literacy Council. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Reading is life to Clair Zarges. That is why she was stunned to learn one in four adults in Curry County struggle to read. […]

Border security tightens

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Courtesy illustration Residents can apply for a cheaper, wallet-sized alternative to a traditional passport that can be used when entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Those quick trips across the border to Mexico and Canada will soon come with new requirements for travelers. As of […]

Volunteer opportunity: Retired and senior volunteer program

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers a wide variety of opportunities for older adults. Information: 763-6009

June 22, 1960

More than 500 children and adults had turned out for free swimming lessons at the Hillcrest Park pool. … About 45 Jehovah’s Witnesses from Clovis were attending a district assembly in Fort Worth. … Walt Disney’s “The Sign of Zorro” was playing at the Lyceum theater. Admission was 65 cents for adults, 25 cents for […]

In God’s eyes, there is no ‘in’ crowd

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Recently I viewed a documentary entitled “The ‘In’ Crowd and Social Cruelty.” The report addressed the problem of bullying and American children. For some reason, kids seem to dish out abuse to those less accepted. Many adults today were the target of bullying behavior at one time or another during […]

Added stress teaches responsibility

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ Local Columnist Too blessed to be stressed. That’s a saying I’ve been seeing a lot lately. But I like it better the other way around: “Blessed to be stressed.” Why? Because as I heard a radio commentator say we’re blessed to be stressed because that means God has entrusted us with […]

School supplies metaphors for life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Relgion Columnist Well it’s official. School supplies are out at Wal-Mart and other stores and that means that the countdown back to school has begun! With the passing of July Fourth, it seems that summer vacation is on the downside. That could be depressing … but there are plenty of summer […]

Parents should let village aid children

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We all know the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But what happens when the village doesn’t want to raise the child? What happened to the old days when children were taught to listen to adults and other figures of authority? And what happened to the days […]