Tragedy prompts prayers

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Stylin’ survivor

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Karla Granillo, left, a first-semester cosmetology student, styles the hair on her mannequin at Clovis Community College on Tuesday. CCC is the site of a program that provides free wigs and make-up to cancer patients. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer To shrink the cancer in her liver, Carol Johnson […]

Obama becoming Democrats’ long-awaited answer to Reagan

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is running for president. He’s appeared in New Hampshire, where he will need to make a mark, drawing crowds at fund-raisers and autographing his obligatory, pre-campaign memoir. He is running for president, but maybe it’s temporary. Our latest political phenom even made an appearance on the high-profile, Monday night football game […]

To Really Worship is To Experience Wonder

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Some of us were born for the “do it yourself” age. Even if I could afford to pay someone to do the “fix it” jobs and “honey-do’s” that are continually begging to be done around the house, I’m not sure I would. Up do a point (a point I […]

Caring companions

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleWanda Beavers, right, 79, of Clovis, gets help with her daily activities from senior companion Nadine Fixler, left. Fixler is taking over for Beavers’ regular companion while she recovers from knee surgery. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Staff Writer Senior companions help their clients run errands. They alert doctors and relatives about […]

Mastering coffee drinking takes practice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I’m a novice when it comes to the art of coffee drinking. As a somewhat new sipper of this perked beverage, I’m envious of the grace and skill my parents exhibit in drinking coffee. My first attempts to become a coffee drinker in my early 30s resulted in a scalded […]

Allergies leave nothing to sneeze about

By Grant McGee: Local columnist The stuffy head, the clogged breathing, the sore throat … I have all these as I sit here writing. The allergy has arrived. Or is it allergies? I don’t know. All I do know is I feel funky and I have finally joined the ranks of lots of other sneezing, […]

Should We Feel Guilty When Our Lives Seem Good?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Colunist Let’s be honest: Some days and some times in our lives are of the sort that we just pray to get through. If most of the times of our lives are of that sort, well, some more questions and prayer, introspection and counsel, might be helpful. If you’re going […]

In Cristal matter, rappers may be all wet

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist “Don’t believe the hype” — Public Enemy I feel sorry for Shawn Carter. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. It seems that in recent weeks, Carter, a rap star and music executive known professionally as Jay-Z, has pronounced himself angry with the makers of Cristal champagne. Cristal, you should […]

County seeing spike in suicides

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer The number of suicides in Curry County in the first six months of 2006 has nearly reached the yearly average, according to local and state figures. There have been four suicides in 2006 — two in the county and two in the city, according to police. Curry County averaged […]