Help available for those affected by mortgage crisis

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Officials say Clovis isn’t feeling the mortgage crunch that’s squeezing other areas of the country. However, for those with homes that are in jeopardy, help is available. Hope Now is a free homeowner counseling service designed to help people look at their options, according to Housing and Urban Development […]

Teacher shares passion for art

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Millenia Bailey, 7, paints a silhouetted field on her canvas during a summer art workshop hosted by Patsy Delk. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer For 20 years, Patsy Delk has hosted a summer art workshop in her garage turned art studio north of Clovis. An art teacher at Clovis […]

Parents deserve choice

By Anita Doberman: CNJ Columnist I had never heard of home schooling before moving to the U.S. In Italy there is no such right. The state decides how, where and what children need to learn. School programs are the same for the whole country. I believe that home schooling is a great alternative for parents. […]

March 10, 2008 Letters to the Editor

Euthanization isn’t best option

Nov. 5, 1944

Curry County youths Robert Stephen Hockenhull, Bill James Riggan and Paul Randol Call were inducted into the Navy. … The Clovis Floral Co., 501 E. Fifth St., claimed “It Isn’t a Date Without a Corsage” in a Clovis News-Journal advertisement. … A Marlow, Okla., visitor in Clovis was arrested for drunkenness and was released after […]

ROTC should have place on campus

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Last week, Columbia University was on my mind — not because I wanted to think about it but because, being an alumna, I was bombarded by e-mails, statements from alumni offices regarding Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech at the university. My e-mail box was full of messages stating that Columbia had exercised […]

Former financial advisor falters

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist A few weeks ago I went to the commissary with my five children. Going to the grocery store with all of them isn’t easy, so when my husband deploys I often go to a small and extremely expensive store that is very close to our home. But on this particular […]

Exercise important for moms

By Anita Doberman: Columnist This week I took my youngest daughter, 11 months old, to a play date with several other moms, which was really an opportunity for me to enjoy some grownup company. As it often happens when women get together, our conversation eventually drifted toward issues of weight and looks, culminating with a […]

Duke lacrosse case concludes without winner

By Freedom Newspapers From the beginning, the Duke lacrosse case felt more like a game than the pursuit of justice. Appearances suggest the prosecutor was playing for political gain. The voices of race-based outrage — whether they supported the African-American accuser or the white suspects — played for their respective causes. In the spirit of […]

Education Digest: Seniors should consider checklist

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer College-bound seniors should do three things before Dec. 31, according to a press release from Scott Anderson, an author and expert in college funding. In his press release, he recommends seniors heading to college should: 1) Remove savings from their name. If that isn’t possible due to IRS regulations, […]

Military readiness takes precedence over environment

By Freedom Newspapers Nearly everywhere the U.S. military trains, it now finds itself fending off flanking attacks from an enemy within. These environmental extremists say they are concerned about the impacts training activities have on plants and animals, but they also undoubtedly relish the opportunity to champion two liberal causes at once, by undermining the […]

Drug war is losing battle, setbacks show

Freedom Newspapers There is an old saying, “There are none so blind as those who will not see,” which comes to mind when we see news reports about expanding the international drug war. Two stories from Colombia recently support that belief. The first was a United Nations report that noted that despite record-setting eradication measures […]

Famous minds give inspiring quotes

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here at the Trivia Memorial Library (Motto: If you wish you were young again, think algebra), we’ve been gathering thought-provoking quotes from icons so that someday we can publish them and make big bucks. These samples are gleaned from politicians, industry leaders and bureaucrats, followed by movie stars and sports […]

Open government can spur reform

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Guest editorial When Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) nearly 40 years ago, he wasn’t exactly whooping for joy. In fact, former press secretary Bill Moyers has recalled, “LBJ had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the signing ceremony.” Why the reluctance? “He hated the thought of journalists […]

Wet weather keeping pest control officer busy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The nets Francis Warner uses to trap mosquitos are equipped with a few of the pest’s favorites things: light and carbon dioxide. Light bulbs and dry ice produce the elements, which mosquitos just can’t seem to resist. When the Clovis vector control officer captures the bugs, he sends them […]

UN Ambassador Bolton’s job isn’t that important

Freedom Newspapers In a few months all the hullabaloo over the nomination of Undersecretary of State John Bolton to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations will be forgotten. Since President Bush has chosen to appoint him while Congress was in recess, meaning he can serve until January 2007 without Senate confirmation, he will have […]

Facing death penalty no deterrent

Tibor Machan: CNJ columnist California’s governor wouldn’t give in. Neither would the U.S. Supreme Court, so Donald Beardslee, who killed two women in 1981 over a drug deal — while supposedly suffering from brain damage — was put to death by lethal injection last month. As reported in the media, Beardslee’s defense attorney claimed Beardslee […]

I wanted to boomerang; Dad said no

Grant McGee: CNJ columnist A couple of weeks ago I ran across an article about “Boomerang Kids.” These are young adults who leave the family nest — they’ve gone to college or trade school, they’ve probably had their first job — then something drives them home. The forces that drive them back can include being […]

Government cannot prevent disasters

By Tibor Machan I have resisted writing about the tsunami because, well, it is such a horrible catastrophe that it seemed tacky to rush out a column about it. Now, closer to my home, we have a much smaller but no less disastrous event of a killer mudslide caused by recent heavy rains in Southern […]

Strange encounters of the fox-hunting kind

By Ned Cantwell The conversation was in a faraway place with a refined, obviously well-to-do London couple and the setting was such that chit chat is called for even if you have nothing to chit chat about. It’s fun talking to Brits because most of their statements end up as questions even if they are […]