Regardless of floods, N.M. is green state

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist We have a state of emergency. Flooding in Hatch has damaged a good part of that town’s claim to fame. While our beloved green chile did all right elsewhere, Hatch is the Chile Capital of the World. Our official New Mexico state question is : “Red or green?” which refers, […]

Playing hooky takes care, planning

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist When it comes to playing hooky from work or school, the names of pros come to mind: Laverne & Shirley and Farris Bueller. Granted these are fictional characters who went through more trouble than it was worth to treat themselves to a day off. I think we can all get […]

Sleep well, death-penalty proponents

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So he’s guilty as charged. Never mind the timeline that some thought made it almost impossible for him to have committed the crime. Never mind the book casting doubt on his culpability. Never mind his death chair declaration: “An innocent man is going to be murdered tonight.” Never mind any […]

Holiday scams can hurt good intentions

Bob Huber: CNJ columnist The fun-filled holiday season begins this week unless you’re a Scrooge who would rather dump a jar of molasses in the Salvation Army kettle outside Wal-Mart. You probably developed that attitude because you didn’t get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas when you were a kid or a Shirley Temple […]

‘Mind trick’ not taught in journalism class

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist We once were a frivolous bunch, the five guys who get together for our annual stag trip. As frisky pups we would pass the evening discussing life’s important topics: golf, gambling, Melanie Griffith. Years pass, men mature, interests change: gambling, golf, Sandra Bullock. The seasoned, wiser gentlemen who gathered for […]

Court’s ‘persuadable mind’ will be missed

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist So now we say goodbye to Sandra Day O’Connor. In the process, we say goodbye to the one justice on the Supreme Court who did not belong body and soul to either the liberal or conservative wings, who could not be considered in the pocket of either political extreme. In […]

Complacency a dangerous precedent

By Tibor Machan I recently went to San Francisco for a conference, parked in a “public parking” place on a busy corner, and my car was broken into and a bunch of stuff stolen. And I am partly to blame. Yes, I wasn’t thinking clearly. Living as I do in a neighborhood where homes and […]

Reporter’s notebook: Family effort helps food bank

CNJ staff Daron Roach is a trucker. His mother, Aileen Eastwood, is secretary of the Clovis Evening Lion’s Club. Together they were able to get 11,000 pounds of canned vegetables from Arkansas to Clovis. One day, when making a drop at a food company in Arkansas, Roach saw a pallet of shiny silver cans on […]

Religion Calendar 6/4

Today Singles Living in Christ — 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1800 N. Norris St., Clovis. Child care is provided. For information, call 763-3141 or 762-6639. First COGIC Youth Crusade — 7 p.m. meeting with the theme of “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” conducted by Evangelists Andre Singletary and Yvette […]

Music formulates the mind

By Bonnie Brown: Guest Columnist Editors Note: This is the second in a series of columns celebrating Music in Our Schools Week. I love music because it lifts me up when I am down and gives me an attitude of praise, no matter where I am or what I am doing. Contemporary Gospels are my […]