Grief is strange and powerful

Grief is a strange thing. In its acute form it’s like a growling and potentially vicious dog. It’s far too loud and dangerous to ignore, and so you deal with it head-on. But then, about the time you begin to feel that you’re dealing pretty well with grief (and you probably are), the wretched cur, […]

Committee formed to address Ned Houk Park concerns

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Joshua Metrejean, 14, of Clovis, crest a hill on his dirt bike as he rides the trails at Ned Houk Park last month. File photo. By Mike Linn Comments from about a dozen people Tuesday night prompted City Manager Ray Mondragon to rescind a recommendation that would restrict the use of all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles […]

Our weather a breeze compared to some

By Grant McGee Clovis was blessed with a real gullywasher of a thunderstorm last Saturday night. That’s the way it is here on the High Plains, a place of weather extremes: windy periods or periods of hot air with no movement; drought or day after day of afternoon thunderstorms; the dry line to our west, […]

Cannon cop pleads guilty in court martial

By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — An airman assigned to the 27th Security Forces Squadron — the Air Force’s equivalent to a civilian police department — pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal drug use. In return, he will receive possible leniency based on his agreement to testify against other airmen, all but one […]

Shocking news: There are gays among us

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Sometimes, the battle over gay rights reminds me of a science-fiction movie. I’m thinking “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” or one of those other golden oldies where humankind is infiltrated by an enemy that looks and sounds like us and is therefore able to hide among us, undetected. That was probably […]

Clovis High point guards share passion for game

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By Rick White Playing point guard is as demanding as a boss having a bad day. They’re expected to handle the ball, be a coach on the floor, get teammates involved and score when needed. Being a vocal leader on and off the court and a go-between for the coach and the rest of the […]

Amos: sadie sings end-of-year blues

By Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keys, but he can’t use the shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks — except for hyphens and dashes. sadie sings end-of-year blues boss i woke up depressed this […]

Constitutions are hard to make from scratch

Freedom Newspapers I n talking about efforts to create a new constitution for Iraq, comedian Jay Leno quipped that perhaps the Iraqis could use the U.S. Constitution, given that it isn’t being used here much anymore. That’s a good line, and a reminder of how difficult it is to create a constitution from scratch. The […]

Growing government must be stopped

By Tibor Machan Jim Pinkerton, who worked in the Reagan White House, now writes columns. One of his recent missives tells us that American conservatism is in almost total shambles. It lacks coherence, he says, and is pretty much unrecognizable as offering some sort of alternative to what the liberal Democrats propose, namely a rich, […]

Tony Evans challenges community leaders

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Dr. Tony Evans speaks about overcoming hopelessness Thursday at Marshall Junior High School. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Gary Mitchell Dallas evangelist Tony Evans told a Thursday crusade audience of 350 to 400 people he had a theme verse for the proposed Matt. 25 Project to renovate the old Memorial Hospital — Jeremiah 29:11. […]