Balloon ride has controlled crash landing

By Don McAlavy, Local Columnist Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was published in last Sunday’s Lifestyles section. We were about to land, and were low on fuel. We had taken the ‘wind blows’ route while the chase crew (our rescue crew) had to stay on the […]

Helping heals holiday gloom

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The round of holiday parties is in full swing, and except for a brief respite, will continue through the Super Bowl. The arrangements of family gatherings, friendship events and year-end and beginning-of-the-year celebrations will continue and most hearts will be filled with joy and warmth. The attitude of most people […]

Reality is reality; you can accept it or not

Leonard Pitts Jr. Save your pity for McGreevey family James McGreevey is not a hero. That’s the first thing we need to get straight. To the contrary, press reports on the embattled New Jersey governor detail an administration so steeped in corruption that one feels a distinct need to wash one’s hands after reading them. […]

Clovis only needs one special events center

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the city’s proposed civic center. Some responses: “AFTER ALL THIS TIME, all I want to see is the finished product and be able to attend an event held in it. Surely before the contract (will be) let there (will be) specs and a time frame to be […]

Caught in middle of political injustice

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I’m under attack! It’s personal. It’s political. It’s spiritual. It goes straight to my heart. There is no middle ground! And it’s not just me. America is under attack! Since we were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Congress has become like suicide bombers, launching Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) on […]

Literary lovers on the decline

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Recent Clovis High grad Virginia Lee enjoys reading all types of literature, from Shakespeare to Steinbeck. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn Unlike most young women her age, 18-year-old Virginia Lee loves reading the literary works of some of the world’s most renown authors. The Clovis High School graduate began reading Leo Tolstoy’s […]

Best way to cheer up is other’s misery

Bob Huber: Local columnist When I was a kid, I often got down in the dumps, but my mother always brightened my day with homespun advice, such as: “There are people in India who have to eat rats and cockroaches. They’d give anything to have your broccoli.” “That’s a deal,” I’d reply. “I’ll even throw […]

Experience with Clovis nursing home a positive one

Letters to the Editor This letter is in reference to your recent articles of abuse and neglect in nursing homes; specifically the Buena Vista health center. I feel there has been a terrible injustice done to that home. My dear mother-in-law has been a resident in that home for three years this month. My husband […]

Mother’s Day can be for children, too

Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Mother’s Day is a time to tell our mother’s how much we love them. I love you, Mom. But how many of us mothers take time to show our children how much they have blessed our lives as well? Because of them, we have the greatest job descriptions on Earth that […]

Unopposed for City Commission District 1: Randal Crowder

By Jack King Randal Crowder Age: 53 Employment: Builder, developer, partner in American Self-Storage. Contact: 763-3901 Political experience: Chairman of the city’s Water Policy Advisory Committee. What is your experience and background? Born and raised in Clovis, Vietnam veteran, married with two children, builder, developer and general partner in American Self-Storage. Four-time president of the […]