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Curtis Shelburne You don’t have to be an English major to be amazed by the power of words, but the English major under my hat is still amazed every time I open a really great book and find myself inside the head of a really great person. It’s almost a miracle to be able to […]

Two distinct choices in mayor’s race

We don’t endorse political candidates because voters don’t need the media telling them how to vote. What we do offer is perspective on candidates’ words and deeds.

Monday morning briefing: Candidates debate and women get the vote

Good morning and welcome to the Monday briefing. Candidate debate Don’t forget the Portales municipal candidate forum 6 p.m. Monday at the Yam Theatre. Candidates will give opening statements on their interest in their positions then be presented questions. Information: 763-6991. Party politics The Democratic Party County Convention is 6 p.m. Tuesday at Clovis-Carver Public […]

Slogans leave room for flexibility

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Since Willie Nelson and I don’t have the support of fat casino cats in our Green Tea Party candidacy for the Oval Office, we are hawking bumper stickers for Super-Six-Pack contributions. Even though as minors we bootlegged patriotic brands like Lone Star and Texas Pride, we are not jingoistic about imports. While our slogans are […]

Country music has its own appeal

Kevin Wilson I don’t listen to country music. OK, that’s a lie. I have four country songs on my mp3 player, by four artists (guess one and I’ll owe you a Coke). Since my player’s got about 5,000 tracks, that’s a 99.93 percent truthful statement. I may joke every so often to my friends that […]

McGee: Waiting in line can be enlightening

I had to stand in line the other day. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with standing in line, I get into the Zen of it: If I am to stand in line, I will stand in line. In my younger years I would’ve been fuming. Over time I’ve learned various ways to […]

Obama’s use of force takes away freedom

Freedom New Mexico Don’t be gay. Accept and pay for abortion. Do it my way, or suffer consequences. This isn’t a debate, it’s a demand for action. Our country was founded to carve out freedom, expand it within American borders and defend it to the death. We ended slavery, prohibition and gave women the right […]

Educators say early start best for reading proficiency

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Christian School third grade teacher Janella Hill leads her class Wednesday in the “Friendly Letter Song,” a song to learn the five parts of letter writing. Benna Sayyed Educators in Curry and Roosevelt counties agree that early intervention is the best method to help develop reading proficiency. They don’t […]

Reaction to change controllable

A friend of mine had lunch Tuesday in Lubbock. I don’t know what she had, but I do know she’s probably not going back there. She got a fortune cookie after her meal, and the fortune read, “Did you enjoy your meal? Order another one to go.” Really? It’s one thing to try to upsell […]

McGee: Listening skills could use work

The Lady of the House says I don’t listen. I disagree. I hear every word she says. Just like the other day we were driving through Portales on our way to Roswell and I noticed the “Welcome to Portales” sign was gone. You know, the one that reads “WELCOME TO PORTALES…HOME OF 17,000 FRIENDLY FOLKS […]