Mayor’s need for speed to help charity

Clovis Mayor David Lansford knows he can’t single-handedly win the race to find the cure for diabetes — but he’s willing to help. Driving a “limited modified” stock car, Lansford will participate in “The Mayors’ Shootout Against Diabetes” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tech Motor Speedway in Lubbock. He’ll race against mayors from Lubbock […]

Fair figures slightly off

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Ricky Burns, 16, of Texico, places potted plants onto a trailer Sunday as he cleans up the Curry County Fairgrounds after the conclusion of this year’s fair. A little more than 27,000 people attended the fair this year, organizers say. By Janet Bresenham Curry County Fair Board president Buddy Vaughan said Sunday he and the […]

Turtle race enchants children

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Darrian Davis, 2, left, and his sister, Skylar Davis, 9, both of Clovis, watch their turtles crawl around after Saturday’s turtle race at the Curry County Fair. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Janet Bresenham Three-year-old Glen Southard jumped up and down and shouted, “Go, go, go, go, go!” as he watched his turtle crawl toward […]

Expect to see people lying about race

By Walter Williams The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Grutter vs. Bollinger permits colleges to award a “plus” to black, Hispanic and American Indian student applications for admission. As sure as night follows day, we can expect racial fraud. You can bet the rent money that the number of white students identifying themselves on […]

Specifying person’s race an inexact science

Leonard Pitts This is for Larry, who wants to know what to call folks like me. Larry’s a reader in San Jose who grew up back when “Negroes” was the proper term. In the late ’60s, when “black” came into vogue, Larry used that. Now, he says, some black people prefer to be called “African-American.” […]

Racism does not end by reversing it

By Mona Charen The Jayson Blair scandal has most of the elements of the modern American classic. There’s a celebrity angle, a race dimension, a drug and alcohol excuse, and hypocrisy in high places. The only missing element so far is sex. No doubt when the TV movie of the story is done, it will […]

Runoff may be needed for Combest’s seat

By Jack King The special election to replace U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock, in Texas, seemed likely to go into a run off at press time Saturday. Although there were clear leaders, none of the 17 candidates in the race had the “50 percent plus one vote” needed to win, according to the Texas Secretary […]