Letters to the editor: Jail treatment cover-up abominable

Jail treatment cover-up abominable Those responsible for the evil, merciless, cruel, outrageous, uncivilized actions toward Orlando Salas in the Curry County juvenile detention center should be ashamed. Although the Nazis were the most evil and cruel people in the history of this world, they did not allow prisoners to urinate on other prisoners. I should […]

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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 […]

‘The Root of All Kinds of Evil’ still thrives

Curtis K. Shelburne I’m not sure it would be particularly appropriate for me to begin, “There should be a special place in hell for . . .” So I won’t. But I’m tempted to. (And there really should.) A fine older lady and dear friend (who I’d nominate for a special place in heaven when […]

Osama bin Laden: Born into privilege, died the face of evil

By Rick Montgomery and Scott Canon: McClatchy Newspapers The tall, lean, rich man’s son could have spent his life lounging about Saudi Arabia in luxury. Instead, Osama bin Laden chose to kill. As a young man, he shot at Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. In middle age, he turned his wrath and far-reaching resources against the […]

Honor 9/11, but don’t forget Iraq war woes

Freedom New Mexico Just seven years ago, unmitigated evil visited our shores. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, remain vivid in most Americans’ memories and our military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan — as well as the increase in security cameras and airports’ growing collections of confiscated nail clippers — are continuing reminders that […]

Even Roy Rogers had questions

Alvin Petty’s latest blog is on pain, suffering and evil.

Ketchup thrower needs Bible lesson on Ahab

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Have you ever known people who don’t act their age? Children act better than some adults. Several years ago I read about two women in the grocery store checkout line. The first one in line had an immense basket packed with food, and the second woman in line had only […]

School shooters leave nation wondering why

By Freedom Newspapers People may disagree about what exactly constitutes evil and what its sources might be. But it is virtually impossible to think about what Charles Carl Roberts did Monday in the little township of Bart, Pa., without using that particular word. Troubled, mentally disturbed, unhinged and even depraved just don’t suffice here. Whatever […]

Church protestors have no place in community

By Freedom Newspapers Hate disguised as righteousness is nothing but the seeds of evil. Evil like this should be understood and ignored. On Monday in Clovis, we will have the chance to do so. An evil group will profanely display itself at the funeral of an Army soldier who died during wartime. Members of Westboro […]

Bikers use bells to ward off evil spirits

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(CNJ Illustration: Sharna Johnson) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Even seasoned motorcycle riders share a superstition, a belief that there are road gremlins who cause mechanical failures and accidents. To ward off “evil road spirits,” bikers dangle bells near the front wheel. The “freedom” or “spirit” bells are steeped in bike lore and tradition. […]

How can a good and powerful God allow suffering?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question is a good question, one which defies easy and glib answers. The answer of the Christian faith is not easy, and it is […]

Amos: the easter seed tale

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse who types by hurling himself at the keyboard, but he can’t use the capital shift keys and he shuns punctuation marks – except the hyphens and dashes. the easter seed tale boss i don t know if you ve ever had a talk with a mustard seed before […]

Evil more frightening when ordinary

By Leonard Pitts “Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within.” — from a song by the Undisputed Truth Did you search for murder in Dennis Rader’s eyes? I certainly did. He looked disheveled and disgruntled, as anyone might in his or her mug shot. But did you see anything else? An […]

Rock ‘n’ roll teacher performs in Clovis

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Bovina High School music director, John Steinhardt will perform in Clovis as Schizoid Johnny, Saturday. By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer After more than 20 years of touring as Schizoid Johnny, a one-man band, John Steinhardt became a music teacher at a school in California. “In order to do the art, I had to actually […]

Halloween was simpler in the old days

by Bob Huber Editor’s note: Bob Huber’s column, which is usually published on Mondays, is running early this week because of the topic: When I was a kid, the joy of Halloween ranked second only to Christmas. It was that wonderful night of the year when we could be ghosts, goblins, and other evil things, […]

As the axis of evil turns, war continues

Helena Rodriguez Three years, more than 1,000 lives and hundreds of billions of dollars since Sept. 11, 2001, I ask, “Have we made a dent in fighting world terrorism or have we unleashed a bigger monster?” Have we become part of the problem or the solution? Saturday marks the third anniversary of that horrid day […]

How Will History Evaluate Ronald Reagan?

By Curtis K. Shelburne Never one to leave anything to chance, one of my heroes, Winston Churchill, once remarked, “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.” And he did. I’m in the fourth volume of Churchills “The Second World War,” and getting inside Churchill’s head has been fascinating. As I […]

If U.S. so ‘evil’ Aristide should go back alone

Freedom Newspapers Buy the man a commercial airline ticket home, if that’s what he wants. Just don’t bother making it a round-trip ticket. That’s what we recommend be done in the case of ousted Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, who fled that long-suffering land two weeks ago as rebel forces were closing in for the […]

This Christmas learn to be still

By Judy Brandon In the past I have always seemed to feel a pressure around the Christmas season to meet the Dec. 25 deadline. In the past, store advertisements and great sales have tempted me to act on that special price in order to purchase just the right gift for those certain people. Get-togethers, school […]

Clovis not spooked by Halloween fun

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about Halloween. Some responses: “Halloween, as in any activity, can be fun or evil. I believe this age-long tradition should be a fun time for children. We as adults should find ways to pass along the fun times for our children. There is enough evil […]