New boss to take command today

By Darrell Todd Maurina Cannon Air Force Base personnel will mark a transition between commanders with a change of command ceremony at 3 p.m. today. The incoming commander, Col. John Posner, was most recently stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The next assignment for the outgoing commander, Col. Robert Yates, will be to […]

Republicans outnumber Democrats

By David Arkin Republicans are No. 1 in Curry County. For the first time in the county’s 95-year history, there are more registered Republicans than Democrats, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Web site. As of Wednesday afternoon, 8,547 people or 45 percent of voters in the county, were registered Republican while 8,277 […]

Amidst all the change, there is a constant

Judy Brandon When I was 8 years old, our family vacationed in California where we visited relatives. We were eager to see our cousins but really more excited about the new attraction in Los Angeles: Disneyland. We struck out early one June morning from New Mexico in our 1956 blue Ford Fairlane en route to […]

Bishop’s wife teaches leadership

By Darrell Todd Maurina Ange Green knows a bit about leadership. As the wife of Bishop W. Charles Green Sr., head of the Church of God in Christ’s New Mexico jurisdiction, Green said she’s learned a great deal about leadership from her husband that will help her conduct a special leadership conference on Feb. 13 […]

Change can be bad, no change is worse

Leonard Pitts Jr. “Hope I die before I get old.” The quote, of course, is from Pete Townshend of The Who. It’s a lyric from “My Generation,” a song that came out in 1965, the year Townshend turned 20. He was, at that age, a long-haired rock star famous for windmilling his arm and smashing […]

To rewrite Bible is to spread deception

By Shirley Rollinson I read with interest your articles on the courses on homosexuality offered by the Llano Estacado Church in Portales (CNJ Jan. 2). To present the biased view that Christianity is a repressive, anti-feminine, anti-homosexual man-made program — as seems to be the teaching of the leaders of the Llano Estacado Church — […]

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, […]

Change is important for Clovis’ growth

Letters to the editor I’m not sure just who has been complaining about the recent spurt in the Clovis economy, but in real estate, growth means a healthy increase in the value of property, an improved appearance of properties, and an increase in the ability to sell residential and commercial property. So many families have […]

BNSF on track for changes

By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe is eliminating a crew change in Clovis for some of its trains, although it’s not yet clear what the change will mean for Clovis. Also, BNSF has lost a labor dispute, which will mean more high-paying union jobs at its Clovis yard — but how many of those […]

New $20 bill commercials a waste of money

Freedom Newspapers Imagine you are the sole supplier of a commodity that nearly everyone in the country uses, many on a daily basis. For some reason you decide to alter the product in a few subtle ways; the product itself hasn’t changed, it is used for the same thing and in the same manner, and […]

Government should steer clear of ‘official’ distractions

Freedom Newspapers Drivers entering El Paso County on Interstate 25 are now greeted with signs informing them they are on the Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway. The signs that went up a few weeks ago were the culmination of efforts by state Sen. Doug Lamborn to have the section of highway renamed to honor the two-term […]

The greatest changes in life come from within

Judy Brandon Years ago, when my parents were in seminary in Kansas City, our family had the opportunity to meet other families living at the seminary. They were from all over the United States and even foreign countries. We lived on the seminary grounds in apartments three stories high. So we had seminary families all […]

internet Safari, Sept. 14

By Tom DiFrancesca Customer service equals customer loyalty. That’s the equation for the day, folks. I sincerely believe that if an Internet company has a slightly deficient product or service, but offers great customer service, most customers will try to stick it out during the down times. If a company is unable to offer great […]

Alabama commandments issue isn’t isolated

Kay Arvizu My heart goes out to the people of Alabama. I hope they remember that this is not a defeat for God, but for those people who think they won. The monument that was removed from the Alabama Judicial Building was not God, nor was it worshiped by his people; it was simply a […]

More studies on global warming theory needed

It’s time for a cool and collected second look at the global warming theory. The conviction that the world is dangerously overheating as a result of human activities has Chicken Littles everywhere all aflutter, and demanding that the Bush administration remake the U.S. economy in an effort to prevent disaster. But before we embark on […]

Newspaper T.V. guide sees change

CNJ Staff Clovis and Portales TV watchers will see some changes in their newspaper television inserts beginning today. The size will decrease from 28 to 24 pages each week and all inserts, whether placed in the Clovis News Journal or the Portales News-Tribune, will carry listings for Cox Communications in Clovis, ComCast in Portales, and […]

Some not-so-politically-correct random thoughts

By Thomas Sowell Random thoughts on the passing scene: • If there was affirmative action in golf, nobody would give Tiger Woods half the credit he gets — and deserves. • Would you prefer to have a “compulsory” health care system imposed on you and your doctor or to have “universal” health care? Or do […]

Traffic concerns, character lead P&Z to deny zone change

By Jack King Twenty-eight residents of an east-Clovis neighborhood appeared at the city’s planning and zoning commission meeting on Wednesday to oppose a request to build four duplexes in the 2400 block of Fred Daugherty Drive. Commissioners present at the meeting — Chairman Jim Wilkerson, Bill Bollinger, Juan Garza, Tom Martin, Richard Vela — voted […]

Reporter’s Notebook-health

Clovis offered a stop Friday along an 18-city tour of New Mexico for state leaders looking into health care and support services issues, such as how to make the best use of resources and develop more home and community-based programs. During a town hall meeting attended by about 50 people, the shortage of health care […]