Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Mom vs. kid – Who will win droopy drawers war?

Marla Jo Fisher Late at night, I like to gather my children around me and tell them stories from the old days, back when guys wore belts to hold up their pants. I have to explain the concept of belts, of course, and that pants also used to fit around the waist, which prevented them […]

Un-American to impede on free speech

Freedom New Mexico Imagine no religion. How about no free speech for those who embrace religious beliefs. Don’t let them practice religion in public, and don’t even let them mention it. Those who think it’s far-fetched in this country may be wrong. Ours is a country of free speech, which means we get to express […]

Patriots confident they have signatures to force special election

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots don’t have a verified count, but the citizens group believes it will be able to file enough signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. “They’re finally flooding in,” said High Plains Patriots President Kim Runyan on Friday afternoon. “We’re right at the amount we […]

In search of ponies: Pets don’t leave nest

Sharna Johnson Finally it’s here — Graduation! For the last few months I’ve listened to the buzz from all the kids — as they try to figure out everything from picking a college to arranging the money, getting the prom dress and mailing those announcements — and now it’s here. As happy as I am […]

First person: Safety first

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jesse Walthers, a Texico native and lifeguard at the Clovis Wellness Center, plans to join the Army. He has been a lifeguard since he was 15 years old. When Jesse Walthers is on the clock, his main duty is to make sure people don’t drown. In his next line of […]

Don’t let bureaucrats set premiums

Freedom New Mexico State legislators are considering yet another unnecessary, counterproductive law to regulate the health care industry. As last year, with legislation passed in California and the Obamacare health law passed by Congress, this year’s Assembly Bill 52 seeks to control health care costs by using government’s heavy regulatory hand. It approaches the problem […]

A view from under the pew: ella the unenchanted ant

By Gary Mitchell: CNJ religion columnist just the other day boss iran across a disillusionedyoung insect ella the apathetic ant was ambling down a churchaisle bemoaning the state of her life and the churchpew underworld around her life looks so hopelessella moaned nothingreally matters anymorei don t matter anymorenobody matters anymore and besides i really […]

Geronimo, bin Laden share similarities

Like every other American, I was stunned last Sunday when I learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in a military enclave in Pakistan. I felt relieved that we had finally run the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks to ground. I was glad that our military and intelligence members […]

Don’t put blame on oil speculators

Here’s a non-rocket science question: If you expect a reduced harvest of wheat, corn, rice or any other commodity some time in the future, what would be the wise thing to do about your consumption today? I bet that the average person would answer: Consume less now so that more will be available in the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Election day and Reagan comes to Clovis

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Special election Don’t forget the special election today in Clovis concerning a gross receipts tax increase. See the Clovis News Journal for a list of polling locations and times. Quirky quote of the day “Politicians are wonderful people as long as they stay away […]

In search of ponies: Dogs predisposed to destruction

Sharna Johnson “My dog is helping me downsize,” a coworker said to me recently. “How so?” I asked curiously. She went on to explain her dog has this thing about destroying anything that enters his area of the yard, regardless of what it is. So far he has eaten a garden hose, potted plants and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: A windy festival and the end of polio

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Wind festival Don’t forget the first Downtown Wind Festival in Clovis this week.It’s from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring a Pedal ARTitude Rally, which is a kinetic sculpture event. Basically take a bike and decorate it, wear a costume, carry a sock puppetand […]

Farmland in dire need of rainfall

They say if you don’t like the weather in eastern New Mexico, wait a few minutes and it’ll change. OK, I’m ready for a change. There’s a story going around that they’re laying off weather forecasters left and right because anyone can write the forecast lately. It goes something like this: “Lots of sunshine, highs […]

McGee: Boy meets burritos

By Grant McGee: Freedom columnist Don’t you just love burritos? I’ve had a love affair with burritos since I was in high school back east. They’re so good; chowing down on that tasty, sometimes gooey, warm stuff wrapped up inside a soft tortilla. It started with beans, the main attraction in many a burrito. I […]

Resurrection hope in the midst of calamity

Curtis Shelburne As most of our friends and parishioners know, my brothers and I, all four of us preachers, head to Robert Lee, Texas, a couple of times a year to spend some time together at the old homeplace of our maternal grandparents. The other guys usually manage to get there, each alone, from one […]

Civilization dependent on ecosystem

I occasionally, when preparing for class, find myself discovering things that I wish I had not found. I suppose that this is true for other educators, as well. Like the words from Don Henley’s song, “Dirty Laundry,” it’s a matter of “You don’t really want to know what’s goin’ on; you don’t really want to […]

Don’t count out Denish just yet

When she was bouncing up and down, yelling, waving her arms, feverishly trying to coax cheers from Hobbs Eagles fans back in the 60s, the vivacious 17-year-old’s dreams for the future pretty much mirrored those of her girlfriends. Marry a great guy, have wonderful kids, be a supportive mom, live a comfortable, quiet, normal life […]

Resolution reduces transparency

I don’t know who I’m specifically sticking up for with this column. But the beauty of it is that it doesn’t matter. The New Mexico Senate, on Feb. 23, passed Resolution 4, which amended its rules to state that, “Photography, video or audio recording or transmission of committee proceedings may, upon request, be allowed with […]

Food at the speed of life: A little kitchen planning can go long way

I don’t have time to cook every day, and eating out is expensive and often less healthy. I cook once a week, put single servings of the food in leftover containers, stack the containers in the refrigerator and take one to work every day. If you don’t want to eat the same thing for a […]

In Search of Ponies: The name game

I don’t know about anyone else, but after years of having pets it can get a little challenging to come up with original names for them. In fact, I think the names must have started running out when I was a kid. Aside from the brown dog named Brownie, we had a succession of shepherd-type […]