Fortunately, details matter to some

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “Are there any additions, deletions or corrections to the minutes as read?” I heard the question as early as third grade, when I was one small member of a small 4-H club in a small town in Montana. It was a yes-no question, but the answer was always no. For […]

Age does matter, lapel pins don’t

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist Generally, when I’m talking to friends, it’s a tossup between sports, entertainment and politics. Some days I can decide on one, but most days I can’t. With this in mind, let’s take a quick shot at all three: Sports: Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada has come clean about his age. […]

Campaign matter turned into 1960 fiasco

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist Back in 1960 I was a bachelor, age 29, and I moved into the the downtown building where Dr. Dean Merrritt had his medical practice. He also had an empty “art room” upstairs, where he used to paint. He rented it out to me, and I had my own art […]

In Christ, no separation need be permanent

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist I have no business writing this column right now. First, it’s due right now. Columns I write “under the gun” tend to look that way. Second, I’m too tired, sleep-deprived, and emotional to write rationally. But … We left No. 3 son Stephan at the airport this morning to […]

11-8 The art of the matter

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Elvira Tisthammer is the art teacher at James Elementary School. “I’ve always liked art and I was just lucky to get this art position. I’m very fortunate.” Q. Who is your favorite artist? A. Georgia O’Keefe Q. What is your favorite book? A. I like anything by Pearl S […]

Local artists deserve support

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Among the hoped for fall events of Pintores, the local art league, is a fund-raising auction featuring art by local artists. A similar auction, held in 2005 in Portales, raised several thousand dollars for the benefit of students at ENMU who had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The question raised by […]

Children feel life’s unfairness

By Anita Doberman: Columnist A few days ago, my second-born, Anna, threw a temper tantrum because her older sister was going to play at the home of a friend from kindergarten. She insisted it was unfair, and what started with a pleading tone quickly escalated into whining and yelling about this apparent age discrimination. “Why […]

Stories shape human existence

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist I was rather surprised to overhear recently a comment to the effect that “we do not celebrate Christmas because it is not in the Bible.” The comment was made on the morning of Dec. 24. Today, as most liturgical churches celebrate Epiphany, it seems like a good time to share […]

To Really Worship is To Experience Wonder

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Some of us were born for the “do it yourself” age. Even if I could afford to pay someone to do the “fix it” jobs and “honey-do’s” that are continually begging to be done around the house, I’m not sure I would. Up do a point (a point I […]

Liberty, not party label, what matters

By Freedom Newspapers While much of the obsession with today’s elections across the country is focused on whether the Democratic Party will regain control of Congress, a bigger issue looms. Yes, if Democrats should once again garner a majority in the House and/or Senate, the balance of power will shift somewhat. And there are a […]

Hewlett-Packard seemed to forget common ethics

By Freedom Newspapers Hewlett-Packard long has been considered one of the premier American companies, especially because of what it called “the H-P Way.” In his 2001 book, “Good to Great,” about the special factors of the best-performing companies, author Jim Collins wrote that the H-P Way “reflected a deeply held set of core values that […]

Baskett flying high

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MCT Photo: George BridgesHank Baskett will suit up for his first NFL regular-season game Sunday when Philadelphia plays the Texans in Houston. By Jon Marks: CNJ Correspondent PHILADELPHIA — On Labor Day, Hank Baskett worked. And also packed. He worked for his new employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, having learned over the weekend — while he […]

Character means much more than size

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist Two is a company and three is a crowd, but five makes for a good basketball team, six makes for a Brady Bunch and, as for 12, well, many things are cheaper by the dozen. What I’m talking here is the number of children in a family. Today’s family’s are […]

Prepackaged ‘news’ no business of FCC

Tibor Machan Syndicated columnist It looks like some media outlets are making use of prepackaged “news” produced by the state department and various corporations. The Center for Media and Democracy, a left-wing media watch group, did a study in which it found that “at least 77 television stations were making use of these faux news […]

State of comedy no laughing matter

By Leonard PItts Jr.: Syndicated columnist Lionel Richie always seemed like one of the good guys. I interviewed him many times back in the ‘70s and found him friendly, funny, gregarious, a great guy to be around. So it has always surprised me that his daughter is such an idiot. Maybe I shouldn’t care. There’s […]

Rules to live by in 2006

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Advertisement With a new year upon us, it’s time to re-evaluate the rules by which we live. After all, we’re a year older and wiser now, and some of our self-governing moods just don’t apply anymore. Behind this endeavor is the fact that each new year I sit down and think […]

Veterans Day not just a long weekend spree

CNJ Editorial Today is Veterans Day, a time to honor all men and women who served in the United States armed forces. The United States always observes Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I. This year, of course, Nov. 11 happens to fall on a Friday and the […]

Self-serving art misses point

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist It began innocently enough. During the trek over a long stretch of road near Elk City, Okla., I made an off-hand comment to my wife concerning the Tim McGraw song that was on the country station. “Don’t you just hate it when somebody uses music to process their personal life, […]

Tribe mentality disguises individual wrongs

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist LONDON — The little hotel, Sanctuary House, where I stayed this time was located, unbeknownst to me, just the other side of the New Scotland Yard. So when I arrived Thursday after my flight from New York, I felt some relief. Terrorists probably will not do their vicious deeds in […]

Blame game only brings shame to players

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist I spent the early part of my adult life playing the blame game. You know how that works. To quote my 3-year-old niece, Marissa, “It’s not my fault!” Now that I’ve entered the 30-something years, tilting closer toward the big 40 in which I’ve been there and done that, and […]