Abstinence programs for teens work

By Mona Charen Last month, the leading lights of journalism reported (with a trace of smugness) the results of a study showing that adolescents who took a pledge of sexual abstinence were almost as likely as those who took no pledges to contract sexually transmitted diseases. The Washington Post noted that the report “sparked an […]

Some Thoughts on Long Pastorates and Great Churches

Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]

Different factors make great churches and great preachers

By Curtis K. Shelburne:CNJ columnist An aging and highly-respected minister who’d been serving the same congregation for many years was once asked by a group of young pastors, “How can you stay in one church and work successfully for such a long time?” I don’t know what kind of sage counsel they expected, but his […]

Commission approves funding for DWI programs

CNJ staff The Curry County Commission held a regular meeting Tuesday. Items passed: • A permit was approved to place a culvert under Curry Road 12. • A bid was approved from Bee Equipment for a lease of two pneumatic rollers at $3,750 each for use in construction of roads leading to the Southwest Cheese […]

Paralegal profession seeing growth spurt

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Paralegal Shannon Cassidy goes through files at Randall Harris’ law firm Friday in Clovis. Many schools and universities are offering paralegal courses that can certify successful graduates in less than two months. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The clock is ticking and the paperwork is piling up. Two-hundred pages […]

Impact of pre-kindergarten concerning

By Gay G. Kernan, Guest Columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. The pre-kindergarten initiative presented by the governor and lieutenant governor has been trumpeted as a solution […]

United Way surpasses 2003 donation total

Staff reports Curry County United Way has added nearly $40,000 to its pledges in the past week, bringing the tally to $367,557. The late surge puts the organization above the 2003 total, but about 7 percent short of its 2004 goal of $392,500. “I doubt we’ll reach the goal, but we are very happy to […]

Government ads infringe on first amendment

Freedom Newspapers Beef might be what’s for dinner, but who should pay for making that suggestion to American consumers? That’s the question at the heart of arguments heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. The case involves what’s called the beef checkoff program, in which cattle ranchers pay the federal government $1 per head […]

Consider outsourcing garbage handling

Letters to the editor It appears that city employees are about to attempt a holdup of the property owners over pay increases. The prevailing thought is that the city pays hundreds of thousands of dollars to train the garbage-truck drivers only to have them threaten to go elsewhere to drive a garbage truck for higher […]

Keep government programs out of health-care plans

Freedom Newspapers Health care has become one of the most contentious issues in the presidential election. It brought some testy moments in the third debate. What is behind the two candidates’ health proposals? Sen. John Kerry said in the debate that he’s proposing a system that would “let everybody buy into the same health-care plan […]