Fears must be faced

By Anita Doberman: Columnist Rome has a nice, mild climate: we usually have four seasons and no extreme weather phenomenons. Growing up, the most I worried about when it came to weather was to make sure that I avoided riding my scooter when it was raining hard. I never experienced a tornado until I moved […]

Commission to vote on wind energy

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis is considering building three wind towers to help offset the cost of electricity. The City Commission is expected to vote today on whether to direct its Water Policy Advisory Board to investigate the feasibility of placing three $1.5 million wind towers in the city. Mayor […]

Animal instincts

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson A female spider monkey balances on a tree limb Thursday while playing in her cage at Hillcrest Park Zoo. The limb was introduced as part of the zoo’s enrichment program, which zookeeper Mark Yanotti says helps keep the animals lively and healthy. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Once a […]

Grace is amazingly hard — and amazingly wonderful

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist Grace is hard. It is almost incomprehensibly wonderful. It seems almost too good to be true because it actually is almost too good to be true. It is amazing! But it is hard. Grace is hard because accepting it means nothing less than death to our pride. If the […]

Secret passwords have lost luster

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Am I the only person on the planet who was sincerely shocked to hear this week that the most common password for secret passwords is “password?” Duh! If your “becoming-more-complex-by-the-minute life” is anything like mine, then you’ve started to notice you need a filing cabinet to keep track of all […]

Shelburne: The only way for imperfect people to be saved Is . . .

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist As members of the fallen human race, we’ve got a problem. We’re always fouling something up, messing something up, shaking, scratching, bumping, breaking, and otherwise mutilating this amazing gift we’ve been given — the gift we call life.   Even at our best, and we are rarely at our […]

Stay on earth not nearly long enough

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Word came from Huntsville, Ala., a couple of weeks ago that my Uncle Roger died. This was the fourth of my mom’s siblings to pass in two months. First there was Aunt Mary Alice, then Uncle Lloyd, followed by Aunt Carol and now Uncle Roger. Four brothers and sisters in […]

Penny provides grand exit in pinch

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The pledge: Explain the copper/sweat bonding, and how it’s improved by intelligence. Demonstrate by affixing the penny to your forehead, then hit the back of your head to knock the penny off. Raising your eyebrows will help loosen the penny. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer I write this column against better judgment, because it […]

Don’t call it a purse; call it convenient

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, I saw my friend Shannon, who’s a girl. It’s a bad song, but it’s a true story. We went out to bowl, we went out for walks, we went out to see her friends. All throughout, we took photos and […]