Attack on Christianity offensive

Let’s say, hypothetically, a group of television industry folks gathered to brainstorm for ideas for a new prime-time soap opera. Let’s say one of the creative minds in the group threw out the possible title of “Good Muslim Witches.” Could you only imagine the horrified looks on the faces of the others in the room […]

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 […]

Income gap not wide between rich, poor

A Congressional Budget Office study has claimed that between 1979 and 2007 after-tax income for richest households grew substantially more than it did for others. Let’s look at what is not happening. The poor are not getting poorer because the rich are getting richer. Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution says living standards have improved […]

Let’s talk about flat tires and faith

Curtis K. Shelburne Sometimes I think my funny bone is oddly shaped or maybe dislocated. Oh, it’s definitely there and works at least as well as it should, but it also works in inappropriate moments. And what strikes me as funny doesn’t always grab other folks the same way. For example . . . I […]

Let’s leave job creation to professionals

Freedom New Mexico The latest news from President Barack Obama’s Labor Department is that a federal grant doled out from the administration’s stimulus program to train and employ people in “green jobs” so far has spent $162 million, but resulted in only 8,035 people getting jobs. That would be bad enough. But only 1,033 of […]

‘Illegal’ jobs creator banished for no reason

Freedom Newspapers Let’s do ourselves a big Depression-era favor. Let’s deport a taxpaying jobs creator just for fun. Let’s indulge anger and indignation, even if it eliminates jobs and throws a family into despair. Jeanette Vizguerra, 39, faces deportation after living in Colorado for 14 years. Vizguerra owns a cleaning company. She provides more sustainable […]

Our people: Man of action

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Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis resident Larry Holland enjoys outdoor activities. Clovis resident Larry Holland has never let being jolted by more than 14,000 volts stop him do anything. The electrical accident took Holland’s arms, two ribs, an ear and left extensive damage to his face and heels. Nearly 50 years later, he’s lost […]

Let’s get started

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Music teacher Sara Hennessy talks about hitting notes at the right volume on the xylophone during a Monday afternoon music class at The Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Kevin Wilson For approximately 9,000 students across 19 Clovis schools, Monday was the first day of pencils, pens, teachers and books. It […]

Let’s not linger in Afghanistan

Editor’s note: The following column co-authored by Sens. Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley and Rand Paul first appeared in The New York Times.

Don’t let politicians be responsible

Believe it or not, I don’t care about politics. I would like a world where it is safe to ignore politics completely if you have better things to do, or more concrete concerns. That isn’t the world we live in, much to our detriment. Many people still think it is OK to join together to […]

Officials elected to lead us, not serve us

Freedom New Mexico Let’s stop acting like we’re too morally pure to tolerate a sexting fetishist in Congress. Though some great Americans serve in government, an assortment of perverts, cads and garden-variety losers comprise our political class. The boundaries of tolerance for bad behavior were defined nicely in 1983 by four-term Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, […]

Letters to the editor: Reshuffling assistants not savings

Reshuffling assistants not savings Let’s see. The Clovis school system is eliminating art education assistants by moving them to other obviously unfilled EA positions. This will then save $168,000. Math isn’t my strong point, but as far as I can fathom the only way that the school system would save $168,000 would be by laying […]

Let’s accept it: Pakistan can’t be trusted

Freedom New Mexico As the discussion about Osama bin Laden’s death shifts from the operational details to the long-term repercussions, no issue is more important than how bin Laden’s death will affect America’s tenuous relationship with Pakistan. Formally considered an ally, the Islamic nation has received more than $18 billion in U.S. aid during the […]

Let’s set facts straight on victory

There’s no telling how the death of Osama bin Laden will be remembered. The book is still being written, and as the saying goes, the victors write the history books. Let’s also add, “And revisionist detractors lie on Facebook.” In the hours following news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had been killed, the following […]

Residents advised to check radio, other media outlets in instance of fire

CNJ staff In the event of a large fire, as with weather emergencies, residents are advised to listen to weather radios, check media sources for alerts and updates and to pay attention to their surroundings. With the massive fire in south Clovis and Melrose on Sunday, Emergency Management Director Ken De Los Santos said he […]

Let us hope it’s Gadhafi’s turn to get booted

Freedom New Mexico One of the world’s more wretched dictators, Moammar Gadhafi of Libya, appeared to be losing his grip on power after more than 41 years. A British diplomat said Monday that Gadhafi had fled his strife-torn nation and was headed to Venezuela. A spokesman for the regime of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denied […]

U.S. must let Egyptians work through conflict

Freedom New Mexico Protests in Egypt aimed at regime change have resurrected longstanding questions among many Americans about the role the United States should play in other nations’ internal conflicts. Up until Tuesday, when his administration quietly advised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not to seek re-election, President Barack Obama walked a tightrope of diplomatic-speak attempting […]

Immigration enforcement not police’s job

With the 82nd Texas Legislature just a couple of weeks away, pre-filed anti-immigration bills already are piling up. Let’s hope that reason wins out and bad legislation is shuttled to the dustbin where it belongs. One such bill, filed last month by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, would require law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration […]

Wind should not ruin holiday

Curtis K. Shelburne I wish the wind would let up. I don’t like it. I can deal fairly well with hot or cold, rain or shine, and just about as many varieties of weather as you care to mention. (Okay, I admit that I don’t care for swamp weather: 90-plus degrees and 90-plus humidity. Given […]

Voters have let county know who’s in charge

By a stunning 73-27 percent margin, Curry