Gone fishin’

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about summer vacations.

He’s missing the plains

Richard Lopes, a longtime Project: Reader Reaction participant brought to eastern New Mexico by Cannon Air Force Base, e-mails to report the military has moved him to Las Vegas.

DWI offenders need more jail time

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether DWI checkpoints are the most effective means of preventing alcohol-related accidents. Responses: • “I think that the checkpoints are fine but I would actually set up outside of bars where the drinking could go too far. It would be ideal to stop the driving before it happens, […]

DWI checkpoints: In-your-face confrontations

A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked whether DWI checkpoints are the most effective means of preventing alcohol-related accidents. Responses: • “I don’t mind getting stopped, even though I don’t drink, if it will catch those few that do drink and drive. Of course, the state police could be more useful doing other things, but […]

A little pride is good

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked what needs to change about Clovis. Here’s what some had to say: • Darlene Cunningham: “I really feel that some people here need to feel more pride in their belongings and their lives. My mother was very low income, like a lot of Clovis. She took pride in […]

A little less wind would be nice

Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked what needs to change about Clovis. Here’s what Anna Baucom had to say: “I would appreciate a little less wind and there are too many dips in the streets or maybe they are just too deep. I still wish the Clovis Hotel was like it was when I […]

Hoss 1, Earl 0

Have you visited Earl’s cartoon world? He lost an encounter with his ride today. Earl’s world • • • Participants in Project: Reader Reaction were asked if they had a favorite Web site: Here’s what Christian Heller had to say: “I was born in Wedel, Germany, in 1957 — a small town the size of […]

Readers make columnist’s job easy

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist Comes now the argument that just might shape the dimensions of the cockfighting debate this coming statehouse session once legislative leaders hunker down and Gov. Bill Richardson throws his considerable weight in whichever direction he intends to throw it. From Cotton City, which Google places near Animas, a grandma gamer […]

Formality has place, but not in this column

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist When the reader response message begins “Mr. Cantwell,” I immediately grab a baseball bat and crouch in a corner. What follows is probably not going to be good. You just know the writer is thinking, “Mr. Cantwell, oh you fool.” This is not a “Mr. Cantwell” type of column. Such […]

Governor’s jet new point of contention

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist A friend who likes to get my goat will often ask “is Fat Boy going to give you a ride in his $5 million airplane?” Before we get to that question, loaded as it is with inference, let me point out that I do not have a goat. Further, I […]

Readers listen, but don’t always agree

Ned Cantwell And the readers write, a columnist’s blatant self-promotion to let his editors know that somewhere out there in the nine towns where his column is published, someone is listening. n A column bemoaning the hand-cuffed arrest of an Alamogordo veterinarian who wouldn’t divulge the name of an employee who brought in an injured […]

Columnist makes, receives comments

By Ned Cantwell I receive a lot of feedback from readers. Hardly a year goes by that a reader won’t mention something I’ve written. Here are samples, most of which are actually true. Here is a fictitious conversation with a reader, based on some things that have really happened: We noticed that in a recent […]

‘Whiner’ gets mixed replies from readers

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Thank you, reader, for letting me get that off my chest. I have spent the last couple of hours going over reader response e-mails and letters to the editor. I was shocked — be prepared, this is going to knock your socks off — to find not everyone thinks I am […]

Big-league sports are all about money

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the Texas Rangers trading shortstop Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees. Some responses: “Major league sports is first a business. As with any sport, if they do not have the team to entertain their fans it will show in the gate receipts. I […]

Column fueled by ‘tons’ of fan mail

Ned Cantwell This column receives tons of mail proclaiming its brilliance. Oh, OK, a smattering of e-mails, often questioning the writer’s mental state. Here is some fun stuff. What will you ask God when you finally get a chance to meet him, a recent column wondered? A Carlsbad reader who requests anonymity for obvious reasons […]

Project Reader Reaction — Actors

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked participants which actor might best portray them in a movie. Some responses: “Tom Hanks. According to Phyllis […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Liberia

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at:

Column writing not all tea and roses

By Ned Cantwell Advice to beginning column writers: Don’t write about Billy the Kid unless you have a vague idea of what you are talking about. If your knowledge of country music is limited to the notion it is all about a guy with a hangover who lost his dog a week after his wife […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Weapons

Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asks readers to respond via e-mail to a series of questions each week. To participate in Project: Reader Reaction, contact Editor David Stevens at: david_stevens@link.freedom.com A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if President Bush exaggerated the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Some responses: “This question […]