Suffering, joy result of free will

Curtis Shelburne How can a good and powerful God allow suffering? That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question defies easy and glib answers. Pain is a caustic solvent that melts away easy answers and plastic […]

Causey woman says marijuana was for chronic pain

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Courtesy photo: Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Malin Parker walks past marijuana plants behind the home of Causey residents Timothy and Margie Koger on Monday afternoon. Deputies raided the couple’s residence after receiving an anonymous tip. A Causey woman said the 150 pounds of marijuana Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated […]

No easy way to let go of family dog

I should have known, that Wednesday two weeks ago, when the dog was sitting in the passenger seat looking at me as if trying to memorize my face. In the past 12 years, I have never seen the dog look at me that way. The dog is a terrier, and not given to serious attitudes, […]

Fine line divides types of martyrs

There is a fine line that divides things that seem alike. A line, however thin, is still a line. It exists to define and make clear truths that would otherwise be missed. Usually, we know the line is there; and, usually, we understand what it defines. But sometimes we are fooled by the similarity of […]

amos the churchmouse: the pain of god

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pewEditor’s note:

McGee: Trip to dentist worth pain

Word has made its way through the family grapevine that one of the kids needs to go to the dentist but won’t because of that fear of pain thing. The kids are in their 20’s and 30’s now and they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, I just wish I could transmit cosmic thoughts how […]

In search of ponies: Pyrite sinks teeth into fashion

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Oh he’s a pretty boy, a real stud. Well, actually he’s a stud-no-more since the Doc got a hold of him a couple years ago, but he is a gorgeous hunk of flesh nonetheless. And he knows it. He looks like royalty prancing around with his head high and […]

Can’t take water for granted

Karl Terry The physical properties of water are pretty amazing. We can drink it, bathe in it, swim in it, clean with it, heck it keeps us all alive. Let the temperature drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, though, and the stuff can be a real pain. I came home on a recent night and sat […]

War on drugs has humiliating ramifications

Freedom New Mexico It is encouraging that the U.S. Supreme Court so strongly condemned Thursday the decision by officials in an Arizona school district to strip-search a 13-year-old girl because they suspected she might have some Ibuprofen pain reliever in her undergarments. The amazing thing is that even one justice (Clarence Thomas) dissented, and that […]

Business digest: Clovis native opens chiropractic office

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Jack Waters opened a chiropractic office in June located at 1833 W. 21st St., according to his wife and business partner Joni Waters. Services offered include relieving lower back pain, neck pain and headaches, according to Joni Waters.

Even Roy Rogers had questions

Alvin Petty’s latest blog is on pain, suffering and evil.

Torture tactics not cure-all in real life

By Freedom Newspapers One of the more troubling aspects of the Republican presidential “debate” last week was that most of the candidates, when presented a hypothetical scenario involving suicide bombers attacking shopping malls (with some terrorists being captured and a new attack expected), implicitly and in some cases explicitly and even eagerly, endorsed torture as […]

Learning all the worth of pain

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The tones ascend in the sanctuary, winged praises launched heavenward by the band of assembled worshipers.   “When my love to Christ grows weak, / When for deeper faith I seek, / Then in thought I go to thee, / Garden of Gethsemane!”   J. R. Wreford’s familiar words […]

Reid paces NMSU golfers

CNJ staff TUCSON, Ariz. — Sophomore transfer Travis Reid, a 2005 Clovis High grad, shot a 2-under-par 69 Monday to lead New Mexico State’s golf team in the first round of the season-opening PING Arizona Intercollegiate. The Aggies shot a first-round team score of 5-over 287 and were 11th in the 16-team field. Playing despite […]

Dear God, how could you let this happen?”

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist We’ve all had times when through our pain and tears we ask, “Dear God, where are you? How could you let this happen? How long can you stomach this kind of atrocity before you break in and do something to stop it?”   Maybe it’s a senseless mass murder […]

New shades of pain unpleasant discovery

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers TUCUMCARI — Pain comes in many colors: • the bright blinding white of smashing your thumb with a hammer; • the somber black blanket of depression. • and a new one I’ve got from my current woes — it’s sort of a darkish purple, not unlike a fetid bruise or […]

How can a good and powerful God allow suffering?

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ columnist That has always been a good and powerful question, and one asked most often and most poignantly in the midst of shock, pain, and perplexity. The question is a good question, one which defies easy and glib answers. The answer of the Christian faith is not easy, and it is […]

Dental pain always trumps weight gain

By Grant McGee I’ve been saving money to go to the dentist. It’s kind of funny. I’ll save money to go to the dentist or to get new glasses. I’ll make plans to go see those guys but I’m reluctant to go in for a medical checkup. I know what’ll happen when I go to […]

Texico senior wide receiver adds another dimension to an explosive Wolverine offense

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Texico senior Tony Clement has returned from knee surgery to play wide receiver and cornerback for the unbeaten and top-ranked Wolverines. (Staff photo by Eric Kluth) By John Eisel: CNJ sports writer A lot has happened since Tony Clement landed awkwardly in a summer league basketball game two summers ago. Knee surgery. Six months of […]

Parcel service driver, 5-year-old share special bond

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Jordan Perry, left, holds up his United Parcel Service shirt as service provider Jatonna Hankins helps with his hat Tuesday in Clovis. When Hankins delivers packages in the neighborhood, the 5-year-old runs out to meet her. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Five-year-old Jordan Perry loves the big brown truck. […]