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 […]

Understanding Bible more important than knowing facts

Curtis Shelburne “Wow! That person really knows the Bible!” I hear that comment made fairly often, and I always wonder what the speaker means. Usually they mean that someone is quite familiar with the words of the Bible, its many facts and wonderful stories, etc. On one level, that’s great, since most studies these days […]

Jury relied on proof, not ‘knowing’

For reasons that will soon be obvious, I can’t tell you that I knew this was going to happen. But I had a pretty good idea. The alert flashed around noon that the verdict on Casey Anthony was 15 minutes away. The next 15 minutes saw funny comments, boring comments and the most offensive comment […]

Fathers important to everyone

Curtis Shelburne Note: This column was originally written in January, 2000, but maybe it will be a blessing for Father’s Day, 2005. It’s been just a little over twenty-four hours since I got word that the kindest, gentlest, strongest, and best man I have ever known passed away. He was my father. Though many thoughts […]

Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist

Habla español? Yo no espeako espanish, but as for Spanglish – a mixture of Spanish and English – si, yo espeako most of that. After a lifetime of speaking broken Spanish, slang and Spanglish, I’m finally on the road to learning Spanish once and for all. There have been all kinds of excuses and blame […]

Drowning victim gave his life for others

Letters to the Editor I enjoy reading Don McAlavy’s historical articles in the Wednesday papers. I would like to make a comment and correction in the story about the drowning of Aric Arnold, who died, June 8, 1988, at Greene Acres Lake in Clovis. McAlavy stated that the two girls were trying to save Aric […]