Religion column: First impressions can often be misleading

Sometimes we make up our minds about people by looking at their dress or mannerisms. Yet, most of the time our assessments are wrong. Paul wrote: “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) The following story is an everyday example of how […]

Society has much for which to be grateful

W here to begin with the gratitude, followup on last week’s column? I lost a good friend this week, one whom I had not seen much recently, one who had been sick for a long time and dealt bravely and amazingly with it. That is not the gratitude; the gratitude is the experience of knowing […]

Facts rarely sway people’s beliefs

This will be a futile column. Experience dictates that it will change no minds, inspire no reconsideration among those who disagree. It will sit on the computer screen or the newspaper page taking up space, affecting nothing, until another column replaces it. It will be a useless essay, written for one reason only: To protect […]

Hoping ‘The Glue’ sticks to our minds

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist “You still go to the video rental place?” The question was inappropriate. OK, so the question itself wasn’t inappropriate — we were on a movie date, so movie questions are fine. But it was the tone. She asked it like one would ask, “You still use a camera with film?” […]

A look inside the mangers of our minds

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist “There is holiness to memory,” Philip Gulley writes in his Christmas in Harmony, and “a sense of God’s presence” in what Gulley calls the “mangers of the mind.” Perhaps the memories in the manger center on wonderful moments in a decades-long line of Christmas Eve services or the particular […]

Planning key in dealing with disaster

By Ken De Los Santos: CNJ Guest Columnist While the tornado of 2007 remains fresh on our minds, I would like to ask, “Are you prepared for another?” With severe weather, you can never let your guard down. The main purpose of this article is to educate on preparation for any type of disaster.There are […]

Skepticism hard at work over holiday

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Sorry, I just don’t believe it. I don’t believe there was a little girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. She is the 8-year-old kid who supposedly wrote the letter to the New York Sun in 1897. Virginia, goes the legend, wondered if Santa existed. She told the editor her Papa said, “if […]

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 […]

Student Profile

Ali Garrett is the daughter of Ron and Jan Garrett and is a senior at Clovis High School. Tell us about your pet(s): I have three animals. I have one dog and she is 1/2 golden retriever and 1/2 Irish setter. Her name is Golda and she is 11 years old. I also have two […]

Water on the minds of area officials

Freedom Newspapers Water is the most pressing issue on the minds of eastern New Mexico business and government leaders who attended a Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Friday. About 50 area leaders participated in the Clovis Issues Roundtable Breakfast at the Holiday Inn. “We will see several (legislative) bills on the issue, some […]