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 […]