Christmas greeting debate nonsense

By Ned Cantwell Hand me that AK-47. I am about to join the Culture War. There is the notion that somehow the entire Christmas season has become an orchestrated movement by Christians to impose their faith on non-believers or followers of other sects. Therefore, goes the argument, a Nativity scene on a courthouse lawn is […]

Battle over Christmas greeting absurd

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Let me begin by speaking the forbidden words. Merry Christmas. There, I said it. So did the sky crack? Did the oceans turn to blood? Is a horde of angry Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists storming the gates, demanding a retraction? Or does the world look much the same as it […]

Holiday depression preventable with some preparation

Ryn Gargulinski: Local Columnist Now it’s official. Halloween candy has hardened and most of us have recovered from eating three times our body weight at Thanksgiving. That means we can gallop onward like a Santa sleigh to the very next step. The big stretch of Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza and whatever year-end celebration may abound by cavemen in […]

PC lingo will get you on Bob’s list

Bob Huber : Local Columnist Now comes Christmas with its roasted chestnuts and guys begging change for charity in front of Wal-Mart stores, all of which makes me watch my language. I learned that yuletide lesson as a youngster when my mother utilized her Nebraska wit by saying, “If you can‘t talk clean during the […]

Veterans Day not just a long weekend spree

CNJ Editorial Today is Veterans Day, a time to honor all men and women who served in the United States armed forces. The United States always observes Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I. This year, of course, Nov. 11 happens to fall on a Friday and the […]

Don’t let change take ‘merry’ out of Christmas

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist When you come from a family as huge as mine, you start to feel lonely as fewer and fewer people come home for Christmas each year. And when you start to compare the stress-filled holidays of your adulthood to the carefree ones of your childhood, Christmas can lose that “magical […]

Holiday hardship

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Christian Heller Jr., right, laughs as he visits with his niece Rebecca, 8, at the Hellers’ home Friday in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ staff writer Christian Heller Jr. wheels his way to the living room, a tight grin on his face and a desire to have what most people take […]

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it

By Jack King Clovis Police Officer Robert Denney grew up in Sauk Rapids, Minn., a town of 5,000. He said he can remember seeing a member of the town’s small police force driving by his family’s house on Christmas Day. “We knew him and I always appreciated the fact that he was out there working […]

Holiday season can reduce fire awareness

By Tony Parra The Christmas season brings with it presents, joy and time to spend with family. But it also brings with it distractions which add to fire dangers, fire officials say. “There are so many distractions that parents have to deal with during the holidays,” Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Prevention Center said. […]