My wish list more naughty than nice

I don’t mind waiting until after-Christmas sales for my gifts. Here is my more-naughty-than-nice wish list: • A Kindle, but please don’t pre-load anything by Coulter or Beck. Anything by Twain (Shania or Mark) is welcomed. • Donations to my favorite charities: “Chef Juandel’s Squirrel-Stew Kitchen” and “Curing The Anglo Mariachi Cowboy’s Texas Twang.” • […]

Political field trip festers frustration

All right, gang, nice trip up from Clovis. Appreciate your good behavior. When you exit the bus, gather together and wait for the other buses to unload. Then we’ll head over to the Roundhouse Rotunda to talk about our visit to the Legislature today.” (Oh, brother. These kids are driving me nuts.) “OK. Everybody here? […]

Attractiveness lies with symmetry

While at a restaurant drive-through last week, I encountered a nice lady, maybe a little older than me, who told me … well, I can’t tell you exactly what she told me as it may prove a tad PG-13 for the Quay County Sun. Suffice it to say she made a flattering comment about my […]

‘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 […]

Monday morning briefing: Videos, games and some pretty nice weather

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Video of the day See the festivities at Cannon over the arrival of the new Osprey. Calendar watch Some events in town worth marking on your calendar: — Wednesday through Sunday is the National Corriente Cattle Show at the Curry County Events Center. Team roping […]

Codes make country preferable

By Glenda Price: State columnist Three or four years ago a couple I know purchased a home in a nice subdivision in town. The guy has a special talent regarding plants, and their back yard definitely shows it. He planted a young weeping willow in the back corner of their yard, and it has become […]

Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your […]

The folks are nice

Christian Heller has this to say about recent criticism aimed at Clovis via the world-wide Web:

A little pride is good

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked what needs to change about Clovis. Here’s what some had to say: • Darlene Cunningham: “I really feel that some people here need to feel more pride in their belongings and their lives. My mother was very low income, like a lot of Clovis. She took pride in […]

Dec. 28, 2007 Passing through

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By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Who: Nancy Boucher, pictured with husband, Len and dog, Smokie Joe Hometown: Cartersville, Ga. Traveling to: Cochiti Park, to do volunteer work for the Corps of Engineers Thoughts on Clovis: “Just came into Clovis and noticed on our GPS that the elevation was almost as high as North Carolina, […]

Dec. 14, 2007 Passing Through

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Sharon Hensley By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Name: Sharon Hensley Hometown: Grand Junction, Colo. Traveling to: Austin, Texas, to visit her daughters for Christmas Thoughts on Clovis: “It’s pretty spread out. It looks a bit desolate. I’m sure it’s a nice town.” Passing through is compiled by CNJ administrative assistant Dianna Hernandez. Contact her […]

Nov. 16 Passing through

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Don Jewell By Dianna Hernandez: CNJ administrative assistant Who: Don Jewell Hometown: Pocatello, Idaho Traveling to: Tuscon, Ariz., where he will be delivering a motor home to a dealership there. Thoughts on Clovis: “It’s a nice area. I noticed it’s quite windy here.”

New base? Hope it’s a nice place

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Everywhere I turn, military wives from Cannon Air Force Base are talking about how their husbands are meeting with the assignment team. Yes, orders for reassignment are coming down and people are getting excited. Two women I work with and several mothers of children who attend the same day […]

Liberal ‘culture capture’ must be undone

Mona Charen: syndicated columnist A parent from Plymouth, N.Y., has sent along another example of liberals gone wild. Fishing through her son’s backpack (he’s a ninth grader), she found a crumpled up handout from the health teacher. The title caught her attention: “Dysfunctional ‘Family Rules.’” The handout is reproduced below with punctuation, grammar and capitalization […]

11/18 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. de-churched for a night boss i remember it happening just like it was yesterday in fact it was yesterday when it happened i got locked out of church locked out of fellowship with the […]

Playin’ and Dancin’

Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The boys don’t line up on one side of the room with the girls on the other — each waiting for the first couple to get on the dance floor. In fact, there’s little to no hesitation as soon as Bill Case and the Velvetones launch into the opening bars of […]

Women want certain things in a man

Bob Huber: Local columnist In these troubled times when we’re smothered by hurricanes, terrorists, tattoos, and bad football seasons, it’s time to probe an even greater baffling question, one that has tormented mankind for thousands of years — “What does a woman want in a man?” I have some answers, because I spent 51 years […]

Best not to roll dice on unknown eatery

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist The Lady of the House and I have a new saying. It’s “How bad can you mess up breakfast?” First of all, I want you to know that I’m not writing about any eatery in Curry, Roosevelt, Parmer or Bailey counties. Our saying was inspired by a restaurant many miles […]

Texico’s Parmer signs with ENMU for track

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer Amber Parmer admits she has a little trouble separating which sport she likes best — volleyball, basketball or track. After signing recently to run on the Eastern New Mexico University track team, the recent Texico High School graduate thinks she’s made the right choice. “I’ve always wanted to do […]

Won’t it be nice to be out of time?

By Curtis Shelburne Won’t it be nice to be out of time? Huh? I repeat: Won’t it be nice to be out of time? I don’t wonder that you’re confused. You’re probably thinking: Whaddaya mean? “Nice” to be out of time? I find myself “out of time” already innumerable times every week, and running out […]