McGee: Security system might have given burglars trouble

It was a year ago this week our bicycle shop was burglarized. The Lady of the House and I imagined they were two kids, let’s call them Fred and John. John is the smaller of the two, probably the leader and a little mean. They should’ve been in school. But they weren’t. They were going […]

Churches reach out to struggling students

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Priscila Osorio, right, receives tutoring in reading from Peggy McAlister on Wednesday at Central Baptist Church. Osorio also received a writing lesson during which she wrote her thoughts on how she would feel if the sun didn’t shine. Benna Sayyed Priscila Osorio was making Cs and Ds in her classes […]

I want my descendants to live free

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What kind of future do I want my kids and their kids to live in? A tightly controlled, safe future where they are watched out for and protected from anything that might harm them? Where human rights are thrown under the bus in the name of some nebulous common good? Or a liberated future where […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Fun for the kids, a big meeting and Nixon says no

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Fun for the kids Preschool Storytime is 6 p.m. Thursday at the Portales Public Library. Meetings Watch The City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. It’s open to the public. Information: 769-7828 Kitchen tip Caramelize onions very quickly by cooking […]

Passion for holiday lighting turned into obsession

I stand in full confession. I openly admit: I need a 12-step program for outdoor lighting dependency. My name is Clyde and I am powerless in the face of outdoor holiday lighting. I rise early the day after Christmas, to scour the town in search of bargain sales on outdoor lights. I begin planning next […]

Jesus our hope in uncertain times

In this Christmas season 2011 the fact that Jesus is our hope means so much more to me. As I write this column four days before Christmas, I am thinking about the changes in our world since our children were small. Many things have changed. Christmas presents for kids have changed. Annie and Buffy went […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Cop food, a beauty pageant and a day of infamy

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Shop with a cop The Clovis Police department has three events planned Thursday to help raise money for Shop with a Cop, their annual project for kids. Officers will be taking donations for doughnuts at Daylight Doughnuts in Clovis from 6 a.m. until 8 […]

Society has much for which to be grateful

W here to begin with the gratitude, followup on last week’s column? I lost a good friend this week, one whom I had not seen much recently, one who had been sick for a long time and dealt bravely and amazingly with it. That is not the gratitude; the gratitude is the experience of knowing […]

Let’s keep Halloween safe for children

The fall season, where I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, brought a lot of superb things from the viewpoint of a child. There was the changing colors of the leaves, which I think I was aware of from a very early age; teachers would often build class projects around this. There was the likelihood of […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Pink dinners, coats for kids and Alaska for a song

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Food and drink There’s a Tickle Me Pink Wine Dinner 6 p.m. Wednesday at Dakota’s Steak House. The dinner will feature a specialty four-course menu that includes a wine chosen to compliment each dish. Tickets are $75 and will benefit the Susan G. […]