Railroad fatalities not uncommon

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The death of a 56-year-old Clovis railroad conductor Saturday was the fourth employee fatality in the last 44 days for BNSF’s southwest division. BNSF spokesman Joe Faust said a locomotive engineer lost contact with Gregory Blevins when the two were preparing to move rail cars to a side rail. […]

Sept. 7, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Time to bid Hotel Clovis goodbye As a third-generation Clovisite and supporter of our historical heritage, I have watched and hoped for a solution to our despair over Hotel Clovis that would revive its majestic status. Realistically we must now face the truth with reverent reserve. The basic facts are it is time for us […]

It’s mine

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A young female ferret explores the Clovis Animal Control office Thursday afternoon. The ferret was found Monday in a dog pen. Clovis Animal Control officers are trying to ferret out the facts. Until then, a foot-long, 1-pound ferret will just have to stay at the shelter until her true owner […]

Jesus’ death, resurrection just simple facts

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Daddy, Susie and I faithfully used to watch “Dragnet.” Jack Webb was a no-nonsense kind of guy and a skilled investigator. He was focused on getting the facts right. He said many times over in that series, “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.” Did Jesus really die? Did he […]

‘Truth’ not necessarily based in fact

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist So apparently, we didn’t get the real story on Cindy Sheehan’s arrest. Some of you will recall that I wrote last week how Sheehan, the anti-war activist, showed up to President Bush’s State of the Union address wearing a T-shirt that referenced the number of Americans killed in Iraq. Capitol […]

Police secrecy counterproductive in homicide case

Freedom Newspapers Last weekend’s discovery of a body in a ditch north of Clovis has spurred a series of frightening rumors that spread rapidly through the region’s coffee houses and restaurants, via neighborly conversations and water-cooler chitchat. And some of that spilled over into a stream of phone calls to media outlets and local law-enforcement […]

O’Connor honorable, frustrating on bench

CNJ staff She made history as the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court — by Ronald Reagan in 1981 — and then proceeded to flummox conservatives and liberals alike as she became what the pundits called the “swing vote” on issues with ideological ramifications. It might be more accurate to say that Sandra […]

Project: Reader Reaction: More readers divided on base’s chances

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked: “Will Cannon Air Force Base supporters convince Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to spare the base?” Some responses (continued from Sunday’s paper): “WE AS A COMMUNITY have done all that can be done to save Cannon. The facts are now clear and on the table. Now the politics […]

Military trimming should be based on fact, not agenda

Freedom Newspapers The message that will resound clearly at this morning’s BRAC regional hearing is straightforward: Keep Cannon Air Force Base in America’s defense lineup. Its uncluttered, soon-to-be supersonic airspace and nearby bombing range fit well with America’s future military base needs. The facts behind the message also will be crystal clear. The presenters of […]

BRAC or no BRAC, Clovis will survive

By Ray Sullivan: Publisher If you stocked up on antacids recently because you’ll overeat at today’s Mother’s Day feast, save a handful for the rest of the week. You will need them. BRAC week is here. In eight days at the most, by May 16, all the guessing will be done. The world will know […]