You should know; I told you so

Bob Huber : local columnist When things go wrong, someone is always there to say, “I told you so.” And that fosters in me a vengeful yearning to do the same thing to them. But I never had a chance until one day I was in Levelland, Texas, and a money machine outside a bank […]

Recognizing unity in Christ is a beautiful thing

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ Columnist We had a great time of worship at church Sunday morning. Most folks seemed appreciative of the sermon I gave. Maybe one of these days somebody will tell me what I said. Just kidding. I wasn’t totally comatose Sunday — just partly. I’d just returned late Saturday evening from […]

Some Thoughts on “Your Working and Your Living”

By Curtis K. Shelburne A good friend — former mayor of our town, second generation creator of world-class Mexican food, and reader of great books — sent me a great book a while back that I’m seriously into now and seriously enjoying. Written by Wendell Berry, it’s entitled Jayber Crow and it is “The Life […]

June can never come too soon

Bob Huber : Local Columnist I love June. With each passing year, I love it even more. That’s because it contains Flag Day, D-Day, Father’s Day, my birthday and National Eat More Prunes Day. It’s a month-long feast of gala celebrations, if you get my drift. If Congress had a lick of sense, they’d set […]

Battle of the sexes lopsided

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist Here at the Institute for Intellectual Stuff (our motto is, “We Research Thorny Problems Such as Poverty and Baldness”), we’ve recently spent time delving into another timeless issue: Are men and women really different? Of course they are, dummy. Anyone can see that. Proof can be found in arguments between […]

High Plains offers plenty for travelers

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS Columnist Summer tourists will soon be flocking to the shores of California, unbending their maps and looking lost on New York City’s subways and even popping their heads into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. While New Mexico has it made with places such as Santa Fe and Taos, until Julia Roberts wrecked it, […]

Roundabout adds cosmopolitan touch

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I drove through Clovis’ new roundabout for the first time last Saturday when The Lady of the House and I were on our way to Colonial Park in search of yard sales. Nothing weird happened. No bands played. Nobody stood smiling by the side of the road to hand out […]

One of god’s best gifts is talent for happiness

By Curtis K. Shelburne In C. S. Lewis’ account of his early life, “Surprised by Joy,” he begins by writing about the two family strains that had come together to give him life. On his father’s side, Lewis descended from Welshmen: “Sentimental, passionate, and rhetorical, easily moved both to anger and to tenderness; men who […]

Socks key in yearly predictions

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Horoscope Symposium of Oz it’s time once again for our annual Zodiac report to see what’s up your flagpole for the coming year. Which just naturally dredges up concern for folks who believe that success and happiness can be nurtured by the heavens. Frankly, I’m not convinced, […]

World could use less criticism, more critique

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist An article on the sports pages caught my eye the other day. The focus was Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe and some of the negative press he has seemingly attracted over the course of his career. Now, I am not much of a Cowboys fan, nor am I a Cowboys […]

Resolutions to make roads, bathrooms safer

Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — While collecting New Year’s resolutions around town in honor of a new beginning for the next 12 months — or 12 days, depending on how long the resolutions last, I hit on a cow-pie mine. Not only did I uncover the fascinatingly unprintable, but I also came across some […]

Different folks choose different names

Grant McGee If those are green chiles roasting and that’s the fragrance of piñon from someone’s fireplace, it’s fall in New Mexico. At the Clovis Farmers’ Market the other day, I saw another sign of fall in the Land of Enchantment: Chili ristras. You know them — bunches of dried red chilis people hang, usually […]

Thank God Christians sing the same hymns — mostly

Curtis K. Shelburne It was none other than the venerable Charles Wesley, writer of hundreds of grand hymns, who in the introduction to one of his hymnals pronounced stern words against anyone who would mess with the words (and thus the theology, not to mention the beauty) of his hymns. He had little use for […]

Gulf Coast Disaster Questions Keep Surfacing

By Curtis K. Shelburne As daily we are seeing more ramifications of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast, new dimensions of the disaster continue to impress themselves on our minds.   It is very hard to wrap your mind around such widespread devastation, but the pictures and sound-bytes just keep pouring in. Water everywhere. Wrecked […]

Longest running comic wasn’t always funny

By Don McAlavy The first thing I read every Sunday morning are the color comics. I bypass the bad news on the front page and go to my favorite comic strip, Blondie and Dagwood. I want a laugh. Long ago, they said the funnies were responsible for selling a lot of newspapers. But in these […]

Horoscopes key to success, sock color

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Recently I spent an hour in the company of lofty mathematics as part of mind-boggling research into the whims of the zodiac. I was seeking the ultimate horoscope. Don’t take me wrong. I’ve never been convinced that success and romance can be had by reading the stars. It’s just that […]

Flying objects a sign of spring

By Bob Huber: CNJ Columnist It’s spring again — daffodils are blooming, pollen dust is up your nostrils, and folks all over New Mexico are getting stiff necks from gazing at Unidentified Flying Objects. That’s because this state holds the record for the most melodramatic assaults from outer space. In fact, New Mexicans have won […]

It’s snow surprise

Clyde Davis There it was — the surprise ending to an incredibly balmy winter, a late-season snowstorm greeting us as we arose on Tuesday morning. I personally had been aware of it since about 2 a.m. and, like at least one other person I know, became so excited I had a hard time getting back […]

America: Best thing going on the planet

by Grant McGee On Wednesday morning we’ll wake up in a new America. A revolution will have occurred overnight. The federal executive regime in charge in Washington will either repulse the opposition or be overrun by it. It ought to be a relatively quiet revolution as it has been for over 200 years, the battle […]

Hollywood needs you this weekend at Rock Staubus

Freedom Newspapers Do you wanna be in pictures? That dream’s easy to fulfill this weekend. Hollywood needs you. Right here at home. Your dream can be realized if you go to Rock Staubus gymnasium at Clovis High School on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. And for becoming a face in the crowd as an extra, you […]