Caring for the environment is imperative

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Recently, Earth Day was observed. Like so many days that call notice to some relationship of importance, the danger exists that we will simply stop action, worry about that focus for a day or two, then go back to life as normal. In this case, the ideal of ecology may preoccupy […]

Children set their own pace

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Parents seem to obsess about what’s normal for their children, wanting to make sure little ones fall within the right parameters for their ages. This obsession is not placated by the pediatrician’s reassurance that our children are indeed more than normal. We hope that they are and will be better than […]

School officials need civics seminar

By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Syndicated columnist The other day, I gave two teachers I know $300,000 apiece. Hypothetical money, that is. If $300k fell out of the sky, I said, and you could use it to improve your school, how would you spend it? Mary Ann, who works at an elementary school in Los Angeles, […]

Weather taking toll on cotton crop

By Betsy Blaney: The Associated Press LUBBOCK — Even after two straight years of bumper crops in Texas, cotton farmers like Billy Tiller are worried about the future. Tiller’s 5,000 acres are parched, thanks to triple-digit temperatures and one of the driest springs in the history of the nation’s top cotton-producing state. “I’ve never seen […]

Where there’s smoke, there’s moisture?

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Retired Parmer County farmer Joseph Weldon Crim says he uses an Indian spring ritual to predict weather. (Courtesy photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tiny snowflakes hadn’t yet begun to fall from the sky Wednesday when Joseph Weldon Crim predicted the region would see slightly above average moisture this spring. The billowing smoke rising […]

Windfall tax detrimental to economy

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist In the wake of high gasoline prices and high oil company profits, House Speaker Dennis Hastert demands that oil companies explain why they are making so much money and what they plan to do to bring down the cost of gasoline. Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., has introduced a 50 percent […]

Spate of anti-gay laws reveals inhumanity

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Gay Holocaust? That was the subject line of an e-mail I received last week from “Chris,” a lawyer in a red state. He wanted to know if anybody else sees a similarity between the beginning of the Holocaust — the nibbling away of rights and personhood that ultimately led to […]

Last-minute filers scramble for options

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Bernie Yruegas has a simple reason he waited until the last minute to do his taxes. “I just plumb forgot,” said Yruegas, whose wife called him at work and said, “taxes!” Yruegas was one of a handful of last-minute taxpayers in a back room Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public […]

Officials: flu season normal

CNJ staff State health officials are monitoring three cases of pneumonia in Curry County to see if each illness was spawned by influenza. “It’s not abnormally high (number of cases) … (but) the reason we’re monitoring it is because it’s related to the lung and there may be a viral connection and possibly related to […]

Society has fascination with celebrities

By Ned Cantwell Journalists never stop wondering what makes a reader pause and actually read a news story. Why, just then, did he put down the remote clicker and zone in on the CNN report? Some of the answer is obvious, of course. When nature proves no terrorist organization can match its wrath, the whole […]