Humans can be as witless as dogs

May I state the obvious? People react to other people, situations, and issues on the basis of their perceptions of those people, situations, and issues, and not necessarily on the basis of reality. I mean no particular disrespect to either breed, human or canine, but in that regard I think we humans generally operate a […]

Officials, residents in tune on worst roads

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CNJ staff photo: Tonjia Rolan The state of New Mexico has allocated $2.5 million for upgrades to state highway 60/84 between Prince and Norris streets. Tonjia Rolan Newly elected Clovis Mayor David Lansford said infrastructure improvements, particularly streets and roads in Clovis, will be a major focus for him. In an effort to help the […]

Criminal records should remain permanent

The Albuquerque Journal Every few years, it seems, there is a move in the Legislature to get various criminal records expunged. In 2007, it was sold as a way to protect victims of identity theft who were wrongly arrested. In fact it went much further, allowing for the removal of any reference to a misdemeanor […]

Religious views shouldn’t matter

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I do not enjoy upsetting people, but intellectual honesty requires that I address Rick Santorum’s “phony theology” remark. Santorum, a fine family man, said that the president’s policies are “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a […]

Letters to the editor: Jail treatment cover-up abominable

Jail treatment cover-up abominable Those responsible for the evil, merciless, cruel, outrageous, uncivilized actions toward Orlando Salas in the Curry County juvenile detention center should be ashamed. Although the Nazis were the most evil and cruel people in the history of this world, they did not allow prisoners to urinate on other prisoners. I should […]

Press release: Seven people face felony charges after drug bust in Clovis

During the course of the last three days, Agents assigned to the Region V Drug Task Force have arrested seven individuals and seized $3,000 of cocaine, $5000 in cash currency, a custom motorcycle, a semi-automatic firearm, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Our people: A natural fit

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Courtesy photo Daniell educates children at the Christian Children’s Home on the feeding of livestock. Lori Daniell’s childhood dream was simply to be a mom, but that didn’t turn out to be so simple for the Portales mother of three. Daniell, who has three adopted sons, works with her husband Rick at the Christian Children’s […]

People change out of self interest

I can’t imagine how anyone could be considered to be different in any way that matters — better or worse — just through an accident of birth. No one chooses their skin color or which government claims the territory where they were born. To use either of those to evaluate anyone is absurd, as is […]

Our people: Clovis High School cheerleader keeps busy schedule

Darius Robinson-Singleton, a cheerleader at Clovis High School, keeps a grueling schedule, has a plan for the future, and a desire to help others. As the only male on his cheer squad, Robinson provides the muscle for lifts and catches. Robinson resides with his grandparents in Clovis, where he has lived most of his life.

Religion feature: Outreach program aims to help people on road to recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pastor Melissa Watkins delivers a sermon and prayer at the Celebrate Recovery program at Faith Christian Family Church on Tuesday night. Benna Sayyed Editor’s note: This is the first story in a continuing series on outreach programs of area churches. Penny Hendren decided to change her life after being addicted […]

People heat up Congress on Internet bills

“When I feel the heat, I see the light,” Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois fam`ously said. He died in 1969, just weeks before the first data packets were sent on ARPANET, the Pentagon-funded academic and research digital network that was a forerunner of the Internet. The senator’s remark certainly applied to events this month in […]

In search of ponies: Horses offer good fuel mileage

If you really think about it, even with the blowing dirt, tumbleweeds and drive time to bigger cities, eastern New Mexico and the surrounding region have some pretty good advantages. Particularly in light of predictions gas prices could increase to a point where many people would have no choice but to park it — naysayer […]

Chamber banquet to be ‘grand celebration’

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Morgan Earles, Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce office coordinator, left, Mimi Garza, chamber volunteer, middle, and Rhonda Bargman, 2012 banquet committee chairperson, prepare decorations for Friday’s chamber banquet at the Clovis Civic Center. This year’s banquet will have a fiesta theme. Benna Sayyed About 300 people are expected to […]

Proposal an invitation to voter fraud

Freedom New Mexico More dead people could be voting if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has his way. Speaking last week at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, Holder decried new laws in South Carolina and Texas that require voters to present a state-issued ID at the polls. He said the Justice […]

Food choices not an endorsement

People haven’t started making resolutions just yet… possibly because they’re too busy enjoying the things they’re going to resolve to not do in 2012. That’s certainly been the case if people are resolving not to get offended so easily. They’re doing plenty of it right now on some pretty trivial things. • Last Wednesday was […]

Thanking God should be part of holiday

We use thank you in many ways. We teach our children to say thank you. I recently received a credit card offer that gave thank you points for every purchase made with the card. Then there was a promotional from a business offering a half price sale to say thank you to all their faithful […]

God’s people are to ‘Overflow’ with Thanksgiving

Curtis Shelburne Sometimes we just make things too hard. I was listening to one of Garrison Keillor’s “News from Lake Wobegon” stories one day as he was talking about the deer hunting season that had just closed up in (fictitious) Lake Wobegon right before Thanksgiving. Keillor painted a word picture (which I’ve embellished a bit) […]

Libertarians aren’t angry people

One accusation I have seen repeatedly leveled at libertarians, by people who see themselves as being in the mainstream, is that libertarians must be angry. Just because we speak out against the use of coercion, and don’t fall for exceptions based upon — well, anything, we must be angry? Now, I won’t deny I have […]

Halloween not for mocking other cultures

Freedom New Mexico Halloween is in large part an escapist holiday, allowing people of all ages to dress up for scares or for laughs. But the joking stops and damage is done when costumes center on racial or cultural stereotypes. As reported by the CBC News, Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society, or […]

Our people: Game of life

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Courtesy photo Ontiveros, right, was named Greatest Ram in the 1994 PHS yearbook.