Fighting back best way to escape wolves

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Ryn Gargulinski is managing editor of the Quay County Sun. This column, published in connection with domestic violence awareness month, was previously published in Brooklyn Woman newspaper and online at: 12.gauge.com It started with a teddy bear and ended in a pair of handcuffs. The teddy bear was […]

Bad parenting won’t help boy become man

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ronnie Paris and I had the same father. At least, that’s the way it felt reading the news reports out of Tampa last week. They told of how Ronnie’s dad — his name is also Ronnie Paris — used to hit the boy, throw him around, bang him up. According […]

Life made up of bad, good moments

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Several years ago, I attended a women’s conference. Still today the keynote speaker’s words stand out in mind. She had only four points: Life is made up of moments. Some of those moments are good. Some of those moments are bad. And most of the time we can’t tell the […]

‘Prison loaf’ used as deterrent

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Adult detention centers in Maryland, Virginia, and New York — just to name a few — are using prisoner palates to curb bad behavior. Now New Mexico can be added to the list. Following a suggestion from the prison kitchen manager, Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine […]

Big business not always bad business

By Tibor Machan I have read nearly every novel by Robert B. Parker, famous mainly for his Spenser PI books. And I like them. His writing is neat, sharp — no nonsense. His character, Spenser, is tough and teeming with integrity. Spenser’s a great cook, drinks properly and has an ideal love life with Susan, […]

Free will, responsibility go hand in hand

By Tibor Machan This is something I never thought I’d write — words of appreciation for the last words of a vicious murderer. Yet I believe they are due, even though the man who spoke these words is now dead, executed in Texas for murdering a nurse in the 1980s after being paid $1,500. It […]

Old age has as many side effects as pills

by Bob Huber: CNJ columnist I’ve been out of focus the last few days — a flu bug bit me — but I’ve kept busy wallowing in self pity and researching the bad side effects of medicines I saw advertised on television. When you have the flu, you do silly stuff like that. What I […]

Being part of church family is great blessing

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist By Curtis K. Shelburne What would you say if I told you that it really is possible to have a wonderful group of friends that truly are as close as family? What would you say if I told you that it really is possible to surround yourself with a […]

Amos — spooky superstititions

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types poetry by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. spooky superstititions weird things have been happening to me recently boss it s like some black cat has been […]

God’s trust is two-way street

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I threw down the newspaper in disgust. God, who was sitting in the recliner next to mine watching the baseball playoffs, glanced over. “Relax,” he said, “the campaign will be over in a few days.” “It’s not that,” I said. “Then what?” I handed God the newspaper. He put on his […]