Letters to the editor: Need to let Democrats do their job

Need to let Democrats do their job Some questions for all our local Tea Partiers/Republicans who are so upset with our national debt: Where were you between 2002 and 2009? Why weren’t you upset and yelling loudly when the Bush administration was spending all those trillions of dollars on immoral, illegal wars in Iraq and […]

Sometimes food bites back

Sharna Johnson Hunger and need change everything — even those rules we believe to be black and white. It’s a thought I arrived at this week while talking with a friend. “You know, I’ve been meaning to tell you, you’re mean,” he said jokingly. He proceeded to point out he was struck by the thought […]

Bible God’s “Google”

Curtis K. Shelburne It boggles my mind to wonder how I ever got by without Google. Every day, multiple times, I “google” some word or phrase looking for a trickle of the amazing flood of information available on the Internet. I chomp down on a Tootsie Roll Pop late one evening and pop off a […]

Mexicans need to start taking the cities back

Freedom New Mexico On the bicentennial of Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s call to arms against oppression from Spain, Mexico’s residents now find themselves held down by another powerful enemy: fear. Traditionally, the country’s independence celebration begins with a “grito” at midnight on Sept. 16, leading to daylong celebrations on the 16th. This year many […]

Everybody’s Business: Non-traditional businesses need licenses, tax ID

By Gordon Smith, business specialist and Sandra Taylor-Sawyer, director of the Small Business Development Center at Clovis Commu What does it take to register and license a new business that will not be a traditional “store-front” operation or located in a commercial area? Some examples of these can include home-based businesses, Internet businesses and mobile […]

‘Nice’ Pharisees lack compassion

Curtis Shelburne We need to ponder long and often the particularly fascinating truth that our Lord Jesus was the sinless “friend of sinners.” “Sinners in denial,” Pharisees past and present, are seriously bothered by that. “Confessed sinners,” past and present, who know they fall terribly short, love him deeply for it. Only two types of […]

Police blotter — Sept. 5

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 7 p.m. Aug. 24, an officer responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Davis Street for a report of battery. A man said he was lying on his bed and his wife came in the room and started arguing […]

Officials: District will need more faculty, staff with student increase

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials say the district will need more teachers and support staff for a near 1,000-student increase projected by 2013. If voters on Aug. 31 approve a proposed third middle school, most of the new staff will be located at that new school, officials said. Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Cindy Martin […]

Commentary: In need of a will? Look no further

By Lt. Col. Ira Perkins: 21st Space Wing Staff Judge Advocate

Intelligence program in dire need of oversight committee

Freedom Newspapers An ancient Roman proverb asks, “Who watches the watchman?” We might update that to: “Who spies on the spies?” That is, who makes sure they’re doing the right thing and not abusing their budgets, authority and powers? The question arises after a recent three-part series in The Washington Post, “Top Secret America.” Some […]

Children need fathers to be in their lives

Freedom New Mexico Mother’s Day might get more attention, with more elaborate celebration. Fathers often downplay the event themselves, partly due to modesty and perhaps also because they have to pay for any celebration that is made. It’s a generally accepted truth, however, that children tend to show more affection toward their mothers than their […]

Columnists crave attention

By Karl Terry It could be time to apply a little market research to these weekly missives I jokingly refer to as a column. I need to zero in on my audience a bit it seems. For some 22 years I’ve written this column with one target audience in mind. Will my mother enjoy reading […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis’ trash system doesn’t need change

Clovis’ trash system doesn’t need change I have some questions and concerns regarding the proposed transition from Dumpsters to poly-carts: • How will the city pay for the new carts and the new trucks to handle the new carts? • Will schools, churches, hospitals, commercial properties, and apartment complexes still be allowed to use Dumpster? […]

Don’t need feds to kill my bugs

By Glenda Price: FNM columnist I’m afraid of centipedes, the big ones. By the time one has grown to 11 or 12 inches long his color becomes grayish brown with yellow streaks. Plus those things are really hard to kill. We cut one’s head off once and laid him on the windowsill. Five days later […]

Faith in goverment unfounded

By Tibor Machan: Freedom columnist Enthusiast for increasing government regulations of people in business, including those in the financial markets, never bother to answer the one basic question that any rational person would need to have answered before joining them as champions of their proposed remedies of our economic wows. This question is, “Why would […]

Ministry to those in need makes impact

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist I read an article about people who live their lives to help others. This article focused on people from all walks of life and all age groups. These people were of all ages and different ethnicity. They all had different jobs and occupations and lived all over the United […]

Veterans’ stories need to be told

By David Stevens: Editor for Freedom New Mexico I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens. My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born. A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and that’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him. A real hero among us […]

Thursday morning briefing: Need you, wind and rain and the history of April Fool

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Thursday briefing. You’re needed The Curry County Wellness Council is in dire need of volunteers to help out with the April 10 Stay Teen Parent-Youth Summit at Clovis Community College. The summit features author and lecturer Dallas Jessup of “Just Yell Fire” fame. To volunteer, call 575-763-6016 or click […]

Representative works as link between Cannon, ENMU

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Eastern New Mexico University’s Cannon Air Force Base Representative Julie Hobbs visits Cannon two days a week. She helps military students navigate tuition assistance paperwork among other things. By Clarence Plank: Cannon Connections Julie Hobbs is the Cannon Air Force Base representative for Eastern New Mexico University. She works with […]

Questioning need for new phone

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist At times I’m a little conflicted over technology. I love it for the most part but there are downsides. Let’s take cell phones for instance. My contract is up and I’m thinking real hard about upgrading to a new model. Music and e-mail in my phone sound like handy things […]