Controversial group plans protest at soldier’s funeral

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A controversial group known for protesting at the funerals of U.S. soldiers has planned an appearance Monday in Clovis. Those attending services for Sgt. Leroy Segura Jr. will see members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., holding signs bearing messages of morality, according to Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member […]

Legislating against lunatics only lends them credibility

Freedom Newspapers Once we begin legislating against lunatics, there will be no end to the legislating. So while we share Colorado state Rep. Michael Merrifield’s revulsion at a tiny group of nut-cases disrupting military funerals, in a bid to draw the media spotlight, we don’t support his remedy — a bill that would attempt to […]

Student journalists show responsibility

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Our founding fathers knew that in order to have an effective democracy, someone must monitor the powerful and keep them honest. Thus, they placed freedom of the press in the First Amendment, along with the other fundamental freedoms (speech, religion, assembly and petition). Journalists became The Fourth Estate, the final […]

Intense protests prove problems far from resolved

Freedom Editorial In a country of about 6 million people, 100,000 protesters or so (estimates ranged from 70,000 to 150,000) are hardly a majority. But in politics intensity can count for as much or more than sheer numbers. Those who joined hands to protest against a plan to withdraw Israeli settlements from Gaza constitute more […]

Forfeit forces second game

By Dave Wagner After thoroughly dominating the game, the Roosevelt County 9-10-year-old All-Stars were foiled by Little League rules Monday night. Roosevelt County beat Clovis American 11-1 in the championship game of the double-elimination District 3 tournament at Beachum Field in a game called after 3 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule. But American lodged […]