Telephones made simpler by prioritizing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “I don’t like answering the phone. The phone ringing always means bad news.” I can’t remember who told me that. It’s one of those sayings that are kind of closed minded, no room for negotiation. But I kind of/sort of agree with my long-forgotten acquaintance about the telephone. I’m really […]

Even short acquaintance can touch life

By Don Reid: Guest Columnist I met Martin “Butch” Gibbons about a year ago. He pulled up in his anniversary-edition Corvette and leisurely strolled into my store. I asked if I could be of help; he said he was just looking. Then he turned and said, “You don’t look like you could help anybody.” He […]

Hearing the story of man’s faith challenges our’s

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Long, long ago a very old man stood before the Roman proconsul in Smyrna who literally held over him the power of life or death. Old Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, had been taught by the apostles themselves and had known many others who had walked physically with the Lord […]

To ask about God not to doubt

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist My religious conservative friend said: Pray about it. Go to Wednesday night service, and go to the altar. Place it before the Lord. He spoke my name at prayer requests My Roman Catholic friend said: Go to communion service. Even though you are not Catholic, go and light a candle. […]

McCain’s pledges mean to further stifle free speech

Freedom Newspapers Who or what made Arizona Sen. John McCain the arbiter of appropriate political discourse in America? The answer, of course, is John McCain, with the eager assistance of liberal pundits who view the senator’s carefully cultivated reputation as a “maverick” and Republican heretic as a stamp of respectability and virtue. The only thing […]

Simple tasks remedy obesity problem

By Barbara L. Root: Guest Columnist I find it interesting that in America today we are beginning to consider obesity a disease. Some Americans think obesity should be covered by medical insurance or Medicare. In other countries, children have distended bellies and skinny limbs due to malnutrition; adults are predominately thin; fatness is considered a […]

Big fuss over past intelligence failings ignores the present

Freedom Newspapers In obsessing over intelligence failures of the past, Americans may be overlooking intelligence failures of the present. It’s not that we discount the value of knowing more about exactly what went wrong in American spy and law enforcement agencies in the years leading up to the massacres of Sept 11, 2001. But we […]

Prayer and a Lesson Learned in the Garden

By Curtis K. Shelburne A time of trouble is a time to pray. The Apostle James tells us plainly, “Is any of you in trouble? He should pray” (5:13). Have you tried it? What happened? Maybe the answer to your prayer was a resounding, “Yes.” Remember the time you prayed for a dear one in […]

Q&A with Buddy Vaughan

Buddy Vaughan, 40, has been president of the Curry County Fair Board since January 2001. Question: How long have you been working with the Curry County Fair? Answer: I joined the fair board in 1998, and I’ve been working with the fair since then. When Charlie Vannatta was running for Curry County Sheriff, he had […]