Out clauses can prove to be useful

Maybe this is a cheap way to do it, but I don’t care; if you want to follow through on a resolution, you’ve got to create reasonable out clauses. You don’t tell a friend who you haven’t seen in years, “We can’t hang out, because I resolved to only eat out once a week, and […]

Taxes don’t cover religious greetings

It’s time to celebrate those time-honored traditions. Chestnuts on an open fire. The second glass of eggnog that makes you never want to touch the stuff again. And fighting to make the government spend money on your personal beliefs. Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh made a big splash when he was elected, riding in on a […]

My wish list more naughty than nice

I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • […]

Christmas trees don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

Curtis Shelburne My earliest Christmas memories are mostly wrapped around our family’s Christmas trees. I remember Mom making creamy hot chocolate and my sister stacking the spindle of the old record player with an inch-high pile of vintage vinyl Christmas music by Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and the Norman Luboff Choir. […]

Black Friday not enough to revive U.S.

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. economy is looking to the figurative skies for Santa Claus to swoop down and bestow copious presents. But we don’t know yet whether the jolly old fellow judges us to be naughty or nice. On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at a 2 percent annual […]

Zias basketball capsule, Nov. 22

CNJ staff ENMU (1-3) at New Mexico (0-3) When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: The Pit, Albuquerque Last time out: ENMU lost to Western State (Colo.) 68-52 on Saturday at Pueblo, Colo. Also on Saturday, the Lobos fell short in an upset bid at home against No. 13 Oklahoma, losing 58-56. Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9 Of note: […]

Libertarians aren’t angry people

One accusation I have seen repeatedly leveled at libertarians, by people who see themselves as being in the mainstream, is that libertarians must be angry. Just because we speak out against the use of coercion, and don’t fall for exceptions based upon — well, anything, we must be angry? Now, I won’t deny I have […]

Zias clinch LSC tournament berth

CNJ staff Coaches Mark Ribaudo of Eastern New Mexico University and Don Carthel of West Texas A&M have seen the “Wagon Wheel” rivalry from both sides. Ribaudo spent five seasons as an assistant at WT and has now been at ENMU for 15 years, the last seven as head coach. Carthel played for and graduated […]

ENMU honoring educators

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University will honor five educators during its fourth annual Educators Hall of Honors Gala, scheduled for Oct. 8 in the Campus Union Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. There will also be musical entertainment. Educators scheduled to be honored are Don Wilson, Richard […]

Don’t be one of Job’s friends!

The Book of Job is the textbook on suffering. Open that Bible book and you’ll see an extraordinarily good man undergoing extraordinarily terrible affliction. He loses his family (except his wife, and keeping her might easily be counted among his afflictions), his wealth, and his health. He’s reduced to sitting on a pile of ashes, […]