What kind of team captain would choose us first?

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Perhaps there really are some folks in this world who are almost completely unacquainted with self-doubt. I’m thinking of three possible types of folks. The first are “successful” jerks: Donald Trump types seriously in need of the humility and mercy that comes only through the blessing of some real […]

Contentment can be found in God

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist No one ever gets it exactly right, but the right kind of contentment is a precious thing. The quickest way to discombobulate contentment is to analyze it to death, but maybe it can bear a little discussion. Contentment and happiness are almost twin sisters—conjoined twins, I’d say, sharing vital […]

Amateur rodeos have unexpected results

Glenda Price Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, amateur punkin’ rollin’s and, of course, the professional productions. In the old days we had many amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your number half an hour before the […]

Slumber cause for embarrassment

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Have you fallen asleep in public lately? I have. The Lady of the House and I were chatting with friends when the next thing I knew they were all staring at me. Everyone was wearing sly smiles; you know, the kind that say “We know something you don’t.” “You were […]

Senior gets diploma after more than 60 years

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Howard Vaughn Luckett is different kind of senior than the ones he will graduate with Sunday. While it took most of Clovis High School’s graduating class of 338 about four years to earn their diplomas, it has taken Luckett more than 60 years. Luckett, 81, dropped out of high […]

Good teachers come in all shapes and sizes

By Clyde Davis Mr. Slagel, our round sixth-grade teacher, kind of looked like Curly of the Three Stooges. He was blessed with a perfect personality to deal with 12-year-old boys, and get them to like school.

Time for serious talk about race

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ Columnist Complaints are kind of like fruitcake. Everybody seems to give them, but I’ve never met anybody who likes to receive them. I especially hated the complaint I saw from the NAACP online this morning, because I see no chance of it eliciting any change. Cue the “Barbie Bandits,” who became […]

Exaggerations undermine credibility

Freedom New Mexico Some consider it a cynical joke, but it may just be the beginning of wisdom to take as a default position the likelihood that anybody who would even dream of running for president is automatically disqualified for the job. The combination of self-importance, ego, sense of entitlement and outsized perception of one’s […]

Zias absorb pair of losses at St. Mary’s

CNJ staff SAN ANTONIO — It wasn’t the kind of start the Eastern New Mexico University softball team expected. After suffering through a 4-0 shutout loss to Southeastern Oklahoma in the season-opening St. Mary’s Classic, the Zias carried a 3-1 lead into the fifth inning against St. Edward’s before the Hilltoppers erupted against senior right-hander […]

Roadkill deserves little bit of dignity

By Grant McGee: Local columnist You couldn’t miss the dead dog by the curb on County Road K last Saturday. I eased over to the side of the road and got out. The canine’s fur was blowing in the breeze. The coloring looked like some kind of mixed-breed mutt, then I saw its face: Someone […]