Opera singer changes tune

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks The Rev. Darwin Speicher of the First Church of the Nazarene was an opera singer for six years. After his son’s death, he switched careers and became a music minister, then a senior pastor. By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Music has been Darwin Speicher’s salvation. The 56-year-old, who has […]

Radicals need taught lesson in restraint

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist In 1989, photographer Andres Serrano exhibited a photo he called “Piss Christ,” depicting a crucifix submerged in urine. It raised a furor and was condemned on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Nobody was killed. In 1999, artist Chris Ofili exhibited a painting he called “The Holy Virgin Mary” in […]

Spring flings: 10 things to do before summer

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Bruce DeFoor of Clovis flies his Kite Karnival • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Doc Stewart Park View a colorful display of kites. Events include demonstrations, displays, paintball, food, beverages and rides. Admission is free. Santa Fe Opera performers • April 15, Town Hall, Clovis Community College Joyous music, heart-wrenching melodies and show-stopping arias […]

Ticket: Roswell concert features Broadway flavor

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The sounds of one of the world’s most famous Broadway shows is on its way to Roswell. A benefit concert for the Roswell Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Pearson Auditorium, located on the campus of New Mexico Military Institute. The concert features pianist and […]

Texas’ legislative soap opera hurts law process

Freedom Newspapers The Texas Legislature’s struggle to enact some sort of public school finance reform is beginning to remind us of a soap opera. After all, the plot is full of twists and turns. But following bouts of high drama and much anguish, we always seem to end up back in the same place — […]

GOP should use control to limit government

Freedom Newspapers I t depends on other factors whether Republicans retaining control of Congress is, on balance, a benefit or detriment to liberty. Congressional Republicans tend to resist foolish spending and regulatory schemes proposed by Democratic presidents. They roll over or up the ante when Republican presidents propose foolish spending and regulatory schemes. Steve Moore, […]