Christmas proposal memorable

Christmas 1981 was easily the best one ever for me. It was the Christmas that I proposed to my bride. I wanted to ask her that Christmas but every time I thought about it I got the shakes and cold feet. Then one day in early December, while I was back in Portales for the […]

Morning ‘blessings’ can easily turn sour

Curtis K. Shelburne One of my favorite bits of wisdom is Proverbs 27:14: “If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.” It comes right before another great one: “A quarrelsome wife is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm” (27:15). I take verse […]

Love takes time, effort to last

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always […]

Commentary: Star Wars fun can have unintended consequences

By Tech. Sgt. Heath Fortenberry: Flight Safety NCO Not that long ago, in a town not that far away, I sat on my back porch having a drink while enjoying the many stars in the beautiful Saturday night sky. As fun as this may sound, believe it or not, boredom kicked in rather quickly. This […]

Garrett re-elected as municipal judge

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Jan Garrett easily won her third term as municipal judge, taking 1,456 votes in a three-candidate field. “I’m pleased, I’m blessed,” Garrett said. “I like to have a job when I get up in the morning.” Garrett took 66.8 percent of the 2,180 ballots cast Tuesday. Steven L. Garcia […]

Men, women uniquely ‘gifted’

By Curtis Shelburne I am blaming this easily misunderstood column on a morning of lawn mowing. I try not to, but I usually end up thinking when I mow. Whether it’s good thinking or not is open to question. Following the mower, I found myself mulling over some issues related to “masculinity/femininity” as I remembered […]

‘Bonus’ forfeits retirement dollars

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Thousands of military members entering their 15th year of service continue to be enticed by a wily government offer: a $30,000 bonus if they agree to take a deep and permanent cut in future retirement benefits. The offer, called a Career Status Bonus, takes advantage of service people who are […]

Holiday spending often exceeds expectations

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Never mind jingle bells, Nativity scenes or winter wonderlands. The best part of the holiday season is now in full tilt —the shopping. Sure, haggling through crowds isn’t so joyous. But spending money is. It’s not only fun but therapeutic. Some New York friends of mine have saved hundreds of dollars […]