Jesus took on everyone’s sins, even worst of us

I heard a remarkable true story this past week from one whose mother was an eyewitness in a well known event in history. More than a half century ago, a young single British nurse served her country faithfully in WWII. She had proven herself to be a loyal and fearless nurse who witnessed the unimaginable […]

Monday morning briefing: Local snow records, a voice for teens and the British invasion

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing Remembering Jay Jay the newest giraffe addition to Hillcrest Zoo, sadly, passed on Saturday. Click on the video of the day if you want to remember his arrival. Local weather facts The heaviest snowfall recorded in Clovis’ history was November 1911 when 22.5 inches fell. For […]

Editorial: U.S., British credit ratings bear watching

Freedom New Mexico Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency last week announced a blockbuster piece of news: The British government’s credit outlook was reduced from stable to negative, which could lead to the eventual downgrading of the country’s debt from its premiere triple-A rating. “The outlook revision does not trigger a formal re-evaluation of Britain’s […]

April 27, 2008 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Life of Graham Greene by Norman Sherry was given by Michael Pollack in memory of Elsie Heden. Through unparalleled access to letters, diaries, and Greene himself, this volume reveals with eloquence and insight the life of the novelist and playwright who also served as […]

Chaos in Kenya won’t be helped by intervention

Freedom Newspapers M ost observers hoped the violence that flared up on Kenya following a flawed election Dec. 27 that dubiously returned President Mwai Kibaki to power would eventually calm down. But attacks and counterattacks last weekend in the Rift Valley, most notably in the tourist gateway city of Nakuru, which was considered safe until […]

God walks with us all along life’s journey

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Guest columnist I just saw something I thought I’d never see — but this week I’ve already seen a wad of things in that category.   I’m presently in the air over northern Africa. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a light flash on outside the window. The […]

Terrorist plot thwarted

LONDON (AP) — British authorities said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several aircraft heading to the U.S. using explosives smuggled in hand luggage, averting what police described as “mass murder on an unimaginable scale.” Police arrested 21 people, saying they were confident they captured the main suspects in what U.S. […]

Democracy grossly unfair

By Bob Huber: Local columnist It’s spring again. Daffodils are sprouting, cranes are flying north, and you’re trying to sell one of your kids to pay for gas for your summer vacation. Oh yeah, and city elections are also taking place, which doesn’t warrant a big applause, but any psychiatrist worth his sofa will tell […]

Fathers do learn from children

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Dad always used holidays and birthday celebrations as an excuse to climb into his cups. One time I even heard him give a toast, “Here’s to the groundhog, God bless him.”  Hardly a 24-hour period went by without Dad recognizing some festivity or other. Dad favored that condition until one winter’s […]

Can Europe maintain its identity?

By Mona Charen: CNJ columnist LONDON — They are so obliging, the Brits. On nearly every crosswalk, painted alerts on the streets warn visitors to “look left” or “look right” depending upon whether you’ve come to a one-way or two-way street. Even with these cautions, we’ve had a couple of close shaves with cars making […]

Blair’s plan sacrifices too much freedom

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist No one really wants to fault Tony Blair as he strives to address the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism. After one round of deadly bombings and a second round of attempted ones just two weeks apart, everyone knows that his fears are not exactly a hallucination. In this case, most […]

U.S. should take second look at foreign policy

Freedom Newspapers Beyond the shock, the anger and the mourning, beyond the sadness and sorrow over the dead and wounded is the anguish over the still unanswered questions. But first the shock. Laguna Niguel resident Sir Eldon Griffiths, a former member of the British parliament and former chairman of the World Affairs Councils of America, […]

Bombs kill at least 40

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A wounded person is taken to an ambulance at Kings Cross station, where several explosions tore through the London subway Thursday during the morning rush hour. (KRT photo: David Parry) The Associated Press LONDON — Four explosions rocked the London subway and tore open a packed double-decker bus during the morning rush hour Thursday, sending […]

Even imperfect life deserves celebrating

Freedom Newspapers Is a life marred by character flaws that ended in disappointment yet worth celebrating? In the case of John Z. DeLorean, who died earlier this month in New Jersey at the age of 80, the answer is yes with qualifications. Few of us would want to model our lives after DeLorean, but it’s […]

ENMU does Coward classic ‘Blithe Spirit’

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Anne Beck, director of Eastern New Mexico University’s production of “Blithe Spirit,” said she chose the play to bring laughter to people in a time when the national landscape is intense. “Because it was a comedy, I thought it would be appropriate and needed,” she said. Her reasons for […]

Keep hyphens in perspective

The hyphen is in its own way a noble and exceedingly useful mark of punctuation. But it pays, I think, to keep hyphens in perspective. In our present age and culture, the hyphen is all too often seen as a mark of division when it serves just as well and far more nobly as a […]

Take a virtual tour of England — it’s worth your time

Tom DiFrancesca I’ve just returned from yet another trip to Great Britain — virtually that is. At the request of my friend Jason, who works for British Tours Ltd. — I re-visited their Web site at www.britishtours.com/ and I’m glad that I did. This time, I got to roam the grounds of the Tower of […]

Dinner unites British

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The Union Jack hangs from a pool table as former British subjects gather for a pot-luck supper Wednesday at the 801 housing Community Center in Clovis. CNJ photos: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Despite spending nearly three decades in Clovis, Judith Matthews hasn’t lost her British accent or her love for her home country. […]

Cow pasture golf event offers fun for duffers

By Gary Mitchell Imagine hitting a golf ball 150 yards into a 9-foot stock tank for a hole-in-one. That will be possible during what’s being touted as the “First Annual Tee-Off for God” golf tournament at the Frio Draw Country Club north of Clovis starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 6. Never heard of the Frio […]