Education column: Accomplishments deserve recognition

Sitting in the audience of Eastern New Mexico University’s amazing holiday concert last weekend, I noticed, amid the performers, a number of former Clovis Municipal Schools students. The musical evening consisted of two full performances the same night, both to packed houses, with remarkable diversity of musical selections. From the chamber choir’s singing a seventh […]

All who serve our country deserve respect

Freedom New Mexico The military’s ban on gays ended Wednesday. It will remain legal for military personnel to secretly hate lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgendered people. Any member of the military has a right to believe other members are sinners destined for hell. Thoughts, values, beliefs and sexual proclivities are private matters, belonging to individuals. […]

‘Unfunded’ benefits can hurt vets

Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of additional dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans’ service organizations have lobbied for these benefits, but with the expectation that newly authorized programs would be fully funded. Last year, even as […]

Editorial: Community firefighters deserve thanks

Some 400 firefighters and dozens of other public safety folks from eastern New Mexico and west Texas stepped up to battle Sunday’s massive wind-driven fire that burned at least 17,000 acres of grasslands and three homes across Curry and Roosevelt counties. About 80 percent of those firefighters were volunteers — sales clerks, cowboys, railroad workers, […]

Fire responders deserve thanks

Fire responders deserve thanks My father, Dick Wilkins, husband Jason and I would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to several agencies for helping fight the wildfire Sunday. People put their lives on the line to do everything in their power to stop the massive fire. On our land alone there were volunteer […]

Laws also deserve to be scrutinized

Just about everyone wants justice. One of the most powerful tools you and I have available to keep government honest is the jury. Unfortunately, you can’t count on the government informing you of your power; you must usually hear of this from a libertarian activist instead. I believe that when you are serving on a […]

McGee: Corrections officers deserve salute

One of our area jails has a new guy in charge. That can’t be an easy job. I mean, on one hand you’re basically working for a committee, and on the other, you’re sitting on top of what is, for all intents and purposes, a pressure cooker. I had a brief career as a corrections […]

Letter to the editor: Seidenwurm doesn’t deserve attacks

Seidenwurm doesn’t deserve attacks I’ve been a physician in this community nearly 30 years. Much of my service has been to our Hispanic and minority population. We’ve raised two children through the Clovis schools, a system that supported them and helped them become successful adults. Both are fluent in English and Spanish; their mother is […]

Citizens running for political office deserve recognition

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Municipal elections are today. There’s a part of me that’s drawn to politics. Sometimes it attracts me like wanting to win the lottery, sometimes it’s like rubbernecking a train wreck. Running for office came up recently in a phone chat with my big brother in Florida. He often tries to […]

Education column: Students deserve thank you for giving, caring

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Since Valentines Day is Sunday, and that is the day we set aside to let those we love and appreciate know we care, I thought I’d share the following letter of appreciation our students at Mesa Elementary School received after they sent letters and care packages to our troops […]

Military deserving of better return

By Tom Philpott Reserve and National Guard members today deserve a better “return on investment” for their frequent deployments and long family separations. And that should include improved health benefits and two ways to retire earlier than age 60, said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of Army Reserve. In an interview in his Pentagon […]

Military children deserve recognition

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist I received an e-mail asking me why military children get a month all to themselves. The e-mail suggested that it’s not fair military children have some type of preferential treatment or a month dedicated to them when all children should be honored. I agree that all children should be honored, […]

Dec. 14, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Animals deserve humane ending It’s hard to believe the Clovis City Commission voted to keep poisoning animals in a gas chamber instead of switching to peaceful euthanasia by injection at the Clovis Animal Shelter — especially since the switch may be required by law in 2009 and Gov. Bill Richardson offered the city $100,000 to […]

Bank bailouts deserve attention

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Columnist No witty intro necessary. Here are three matters I don’t think are getting enough attention: – Hillary Clinton has very little chance of winning this Democratic nomination. Her own people have given the former First Lady less than a 10 percent chance of getting the 2,024 delegates needed. By CNN’s […]

Other city employees need a raise too

by Dave Baker, Guest Columnist Did the Clovis Police Department need the raise it received? You better believe it did. Did officers deserve that raise? Of course, without a doubt! Clovis police do an excellent job every day for the citizens they protect and serve. With this concept of “needing” and “deserving,” what happened to […]

Giving thanks is a genuine debt we owe to God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local Columnist If we wish to absolutely ensure that we will never be thankful people, that we will always be morose and bitter, self-centered and utterly miserable; the very best way to successfully sabotage our own happiness is to always center on our own rights, avoiding any thought of our own […]

Experience with Clovis nursing home a positive one

Letters to the Editor This letter is in reference to your recent articles of abuse and neglect in nursing homes; specifically the Buena Vista health center. I feel there has been a terrible injustice done to that home. My dear mother-in-law has been a resident in that home for three years this month. My husband […]