Citizens can be trusted to handle freedom

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated columnist In Florida, we can witness a rather direct confrontation between citizens and the nanny state. The case reportedly involves the “owners of two local escort services — Destin’s Angels and Florida Dream Girls — (who are) facing possible prison time on charges they used escorting as a front for other […]

Federal seat belt laws would only restrict freedoms

Freedom Newspapers Henry Louis Mencken once wrote that “The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic.” That seems a bit harsh, but not by much. Oftentimes, some action might be a good idea, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that […]

Roy Richardson

Roy Richardson Date of birth: Sept. 10, 1925 Dates of service: March 1945 to December 1946 Hometown: St. Vrain Theater and location of service: Philippines, Luzon and Japan Branch: Army Rank: Private First Class Unit: 120th Artillery Battalion, 8th Army Lives in: Texico Veterans organizations: American Legion On a ship entering the Pacific during World […]

Georgia mother gave children strong spiritual foundation

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I know about this story first hand. In this year 2006, there is much to be learned from this seemingly obscure incident. It was 1910 and “Decoration Day” at the old Salem Methodist Church in rural Georgia. The congregation had gathered for this special event and had planned for noon […]

Terrorists should think, not vent just vent

By Tibot Machan: Syndicated Columnist The Jan. 30 edition of the New Republic contains a fascinating and alarming piece — maybe it’s a parody, but it sounds mighty authentic to my ears — by Ali Salem, “The War of the Hotels,” which appeared in the London-based Al Hayat, a pan-Arab daily. The piece relates — […]

These truths have saved many lives

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist You would have to work hard to find any place that more seriously tests faith and theology than a hospital waiting room. An honored clergy colleague, Bill Love, himself now with the Lord, once wrote about just such a place and his experience there. The lady lying in intensive […]

Johnny D. Morgan

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Johnny D. Morgan Date of birth: May 2, 1917 Dates of service: March 1941 to September 1945 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and […]

Every season should bring out thankful heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. Christmas comes next and then Easter — which is the order of my favorite seasons. I suppose fall and all its colors of the changing season reminds me of life’s changes. We are not in one season for all the times of our […]

W Carpenter, I Butler

Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Willard Carpenter Date of birth: Sept. 11, 1924 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: House Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of service: Italy Branch: Army Rank: Corporal Unit: 10th Mountain Division, 85th Infantry Regiment. In his words: Spring thaw had begun and it was then the push began. […]

Aiding children not means to end

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist At times I watch BBC World News because it covers more international issues than even CNN. So the other night I was watching and there was a report on the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The report gave some harrowing information as well as quotations from people trying to raise funds […]

James “Bud” Shipley, Eugene “Tooter” Fish

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James “Bud” Shipley Date of birth: Sept. 4, 1924 Dates of service: 1944 to 1946 Hometown: Clovis Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Evacuation picks up speed, with growing cooperation

Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS — Block after block, door by door, eye to eye, police officers and soldiers edged closer Thursday to extracting the last holdouts from this dying city. Authorities did not wield brute strength — yet — but they employed considerable powers of persuasion. “The soldier talked to me, and I’m sick, […]

‘Vets’ appreciate local rodeos

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Quinton Ellis hangs on during the 9-12 year old steer riding competition Thursday at the High Plains Junior Rodeo. (CNJ staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Kids like Dana Lewis and Jared Eshleman, both of Clovis, are getting to the age where they can now appreciate rodeos that take place near their […]

Clovis native helps woman in distress

By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Duke Younger boarded Southwest Airlines flight 533 on June 6 in Dallas on his way to Albuquerque for business. Little did he know just outside of Lubbock, he would aid in perhaps saving the life of a female passenger, whose name he never caught. Younger, a former Clovis resident […]

Here’s a Great Measuring Stick for Character

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ religion columnist I wasn’t looking for anything particularly profound the other day, just enjoying a good book, a great story, and a quiet meal when I stumbled across a little nugget of wisdom that surprised me. Sometimes that which is truly profound and wise reaches out and grabs us unexpectedly. Well, […]

Mexican reporters’ bravery deserves recognition

Freedom Newspapers The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a […]

A man named Jesus

Clyde Davis T he vast majority of Christians, and even some non-Christians, maintain that slightly less than 2000 years ago a man by the name of Jesus — a Jewish itinerant rabbi — confirmed his own claims to be God’s unique Son by being raised from death. This being said then, what does resurrection mean […]

Schiavo case being hijacked for political gain

Freedom Newspapers Congressional grandstanding sank to an all-time low over the weekend as the House convened in an emergency session — not about the threats facing our troops in Iraq, not over concern about the eventual collapse of our Social Security and Medicare systems, but to intervene in a husband’s decision to carry out his […]

Christmas spirit resonates here and around world

CNJ staff On Christmas Day, like no other on the calendar, compassion and generosity resonate. Children are the center of our universe. Our bonds are celebrated. Hope lives. It is Christmas. This is the day the birth of Jesus is observed in Christian communities from Tucumcari to Portales and across the world. As told in […]

God’s love brings security through life changes

By Judy Brandon: CNJ staff writer I have a flag hanging on the front of my house that says “Give Thanks,” and has a picture of a big fat turkey smiling like he is exempt from any event during Thanksgiving. Yes, Thanksgiving is here and the scattered leaves on the ground across our property remind […]