Martini served with political twist

Caller ID told me it was Barney, my friend from New Jersey. It was a call I had been dreading. Just a few days before, a New Jersey professor had been busted in New Mexico for running a multi-state Internet prostitution ring. I had been unmerciful to Barney, told him to keep his goons at […]

Governor race displays lack of class

Ned Cantwell, When Barney heard New Mexico’s next governor will be Democrat Diane Denish or Republican Susana Martinez, he was elated. “That’s great,” gushed my friend from New Jersey in a phone call last week. “I know I’ve poked a lot of fun at your hick state over the years, but your future is on […]

May 12, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: How I Met Your Mother Where: CBS When: 7:30 p.m. What it’s about: Britney Spears returns as Abby, who is now dating Barney, and the pair, realizing how much they currently dislike Ted, decide to flaunt their romance in front of him at the bar. Barney, however, goes a bit overboard and does something […]

Sound men stood strong behind Jackie Robinson

By Freedom Newspapers Sixty years ago this week, a momentous event for this nation, founded on the principle “all men are created equal,” played out on a baseball diamond. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was chosen by another exceptional man to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier. Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey, a devout Methodist who didn’t […]

Friend upholds scrappy relationship

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist My friend hasn’t been in touch much recently. Barney from New Jersey used to call quite often, our conversations normally ending with one of us slamming down the receiver. Barney thinks New Mexico is a backward state and that I am a hick columnist. It’s not too hard to understand […]

Don Knotts dies at 81

By Jeremiah Marquez: The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on “Three’s Company,” has died. He was 81. Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at a Los Angeles […]

A fashion question can get people uptight

Ned Cantwell My friend Barney from New Jersey feigns interest in New Mexico as an excuse to telephone. In reality, he’s either making fun of me or promoting his own agenda. He’s been doing it for years. “You still writing that two-bit column?” he asked. I said yes, and, furthermore, Barney well knows I am […]

Gambling problems same everywhere

By Ned Cantwell My friend Barney, who lives in New Jersey, tends to look down on poor little New Mexico. The source of his disdain is somewhat of a mystery. Maybe we don’t have enough Mafia guys to suit Barney. Who knows? Barney is a nice enough fellow, but somewhat of an irritant. Sometimes when […]

Jennings, Barney

Barney Jennings Services: Have been held. Barney Melvin Jennings, 71, of Austin, Texas, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004, in Austin. He was born on Aug. 18, 1933, in Coon Neck, Texas, to Josephes Burkus and Effie Mae Hunter Jennings. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia “Cindy”; four daughters, Deborah Woodard (and husband, Brent) of Clovis, Pamela […]

There’s always a critic in every crowd

Ned Cantwell, State Columnist A reader asked recently whatever happened to my friend Barney from New Jersey. I told him Barney and I had a falling out of sorts. Barney is this couch-potato guy who spends all his time reading newspapers and magazines. He finds out what he thinks is wrong with New Mexico and […]

Dampier, Barney Lamar Jr.

BARNEY DAMPIER Services: Have been held. Mr. Barney Lamar Dampier Jr., 69, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born March 12, 1934, in Enigma, Ga., to Lamar and Leta Curry Dampier. He served in the United States Marine Corps and after that in the Merchant Marine. He […]

Smith, Barney Joe

BARNEY SMITH Services: Have been held. Barney Joe Smith, 73, of Bowie, Texas, a yard supervisor in the oil field, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at Bowie Memorial Hospital in Bowie. He was born on March 1, 1930, in Floyd. He married Janice Ann Summers on May 25, 1985, in Bowie. He was of the […]