Don’t eat that meatball until …

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I don’t remember how old I was; I just remember that I was hungry. I was a boy. I was alive. So I was hungry. It was early — early, at least, for a Sunday morning. My mother had been doing some cooking, probably for a church dinner, when […]

Tragedy teaches lessons

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Families whose loved ones are in professions where there is a concrete possibility of losing their lives expect those in charge to live up to their responsibilities and do their best to ensure the safety of their employees, be it military personnel – active duty, retired, veterans — police officers, firefighters, […]

Music says much about personality

By Clyde Davis: Columnist During the summer between my second and third years of seminary, I was living in the single men’s dorm, remaining on campus, since one of the ways I kept the bills paid was to contract rough carpentry and painting work. Everyone, it seemed, was on the opposite end of the theological […]

Tragedy prompts prayers

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Everyone is talking about the Virginia Tech tragedy. We are shocked as individuals and as a society. As a parent, I cannot imagine the pain and anguish families and students must be experiencing. I then think about the young man’s family and the anguish they must be going through. I can’t […]

Priorities must be set in life

By Anita Doberman: Columnist My cousin Vani is an established physician, a radiologist who lives and works in Italy. She has a 13-month-old son, whom she adores and still breast-feeds. There shouldn’t be a problem with this picture, except for the fact that everyone has been telling her she is crazy. She hears from family […]

Appreciate those who serve

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist James V. Spignesi Jr. was a Connecticut fish and game law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. As he and his partner were patrolling, investigating suspected deer poaching, a deliberate shot from a rifle ended the life of this father, son and husband. Spignesi stands as a symbol […]

Entrepreneurial spirit lacking in America

By Freedom Newspapers Our nation was founded by people risking their lives to personally profit. They became people who risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to establish a never-before-attempted form of governance, also for individual and mutual profit. America emerged as the world leader in innovation, risk-taking and optimism, the most profitable country on […]

Pictures can’t tell whole story of life

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Editor’s note: This column is being re-run by request. My sister Susie was here not long ago, and we were looking through some old family pictures. Mother even has for each of us reprints of photos of generations going back to our great-great-grandmother and great-great-grandfather. Our children enjoy looking at […]

Letters to the Editor: Weather warrants more equipment, care

Regarding the city of Clovis’ performance in combating the weekend snow: Public Works Director Harry Wang said he feels the town has done a good job dealing with the snow. Apparently neither Wang nor the Public Works Department drove down the majority of side streets in town. I would think with the changing weather pattern […]

“Hardest-working” title fit self-reliant Brown

By Freedom Newspapers It was almost a shock to hear that James Brown was only 73 when he died on Christmas morning in Beech Island, S.C. It seemed as if the self-styled — but accurately so — “hardest working man in show business” had lived through enough to fill at least three or four ordinary […]

God loves us completely — no magic require

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Witch doctors and magic. The kind of things you’d expect to find among tribesmen in the African bush, right?   Yes, unless it’s the American variety. You see, generally when we think of magic, we’re basically thinking of a recipe and manipulation. Magic calls for very little faith at […]

Town meeting addresses flu outbreak preparations

By CNJ Staff What: Two town hall meetings are being hosted this week to help residents prepare for the slim possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak. Why: The meetings are part of a national campaign to raise awareness and educate people on preparedness, according to Ken De Los Santos, director of the Clovis/Curry County Emergency […]

Fleeting life composed of defining moments

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Here it is, nearly the middle of October, and before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. It seems that this year, as the saying goes, “has just flown by.” I think about what the Psalmist wrote when he was thinking about time and how his little short life […]

Helping heroin addicts a moral imperative

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If we came up with a sure cure for lung cancer, we wouldn’t withhold it because it might encourage people to smoke. But something about heroin addiction tends to cloud our thinking on public health policy. On this subject, though, Los Angeles is currently enjoying a moment of sunny clarity. […]

Real freedom not type seen on talk shows

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Think about it: Daytime talk shows can be really offensive. The strange and weird are more the ordinary on these shows. For some of these shows, producers and hosts all connive to parade guests that boast about deceitful and immoral living. The audience usually applauds when these people “spill” their […]

Will, not capacity, holding U.S. back

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Does the United States have the power to eliminate terrorists and the states that support them? In terms of capacity, as opposed to will, the answer is a clear yes. Think about it. Currently, the U.S. has an arsenal of 18 Ohio class submarines. Just one submarine is loaded with […]

Purpose found in following God’s pattern

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist When Susie and I were growing up, Mother made our clothes. Cloth World was our favorite store. Simplicity and McCall’s patterns were common things around our house. Mother would spread the material out on the kitchen table, lay the pattern over the material, pin the pieces to the material with […]

Should We Feel Guilty When Our Lives Seem Good?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Colunist Let’s be honest: Some days and some times in our lives are of the sort that we just pray to get through. If most of the times of our lives are of that sort, well, some more questions and prayer, introspection and counsel, might be helpful. If you’re going […]

Marriage no place for big government

By Tibor Machan : Syndicated Columnist The charge that George W. Bush is merely trying to kowtow to his base with his promotion of a constitutional ban on gay marriage sounds plausible enough, but that’s really not the crucial issue. Never mind his motives. Whether the idea is sound is what counts. Should the Constitution […]

Our gratitude to soldiers goes beyond words

Freedom Newspapers They say art imitates life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s easy to find explanations of why men and women put their lives on the line for their country and their comrades. The season finale of the television show “ER” featured one of the characters being killed by a roadside bomb while he was […]