Media responsible with mad-cow story

From the Editor’s Desk Federal health officials estimate 1 million Americans get sick each week because of the food they eat. About 6,000 of those people get sick enough for hospitalization and close to 100 of them die. And yet mad-cow disease has dominated the headlines in recent weeks. And not one American is known […]

Child’s story touches East-Coast teacher

From the editor’s desk From the editor’s mailbox: > Valerie Young, a fourth-grade teacher in Philadelphia Public Schools, sent an e-mail after reading a story on our Web site about an area youngster who suffers from Moya Moya disease. The disease causes blockage of the main blood vessels to the brain, which leads to strokes […]

A remarkable young lady gives us perspective

Tom DiFrancesca It was a beautiful sun-filled day this past Oct. 31. The waves off of Makua Beach in Hawaii were at a lull. Tall, lanky, 13-year- old Bethany Hamilton, a surfing protege about to turn professional, was lazily resting on her surfboard. In the wink of an eye, a gigantic 14-foot tiger shark broke […]

Lynch affair is symbolic of war’s lack of clarity

Freedom Newspapers When commentators first suggested the U.S. military’s depiction of Army Private Jessica Lynch’s “heroic” struggle against her Iraqi captors was overblown, U.S. officials were indignant. But the more the public learns about the event, the more clear it is that initial Pentagon descriptions of what happened were untrue. A new biography of Lynch, […]

Cowboys-mania affects household again

Helena Rodriguez I’ve become so lost lately in my own world of work and school, I didn’t realize the event of phenomenal proportions taking place before my very eyes. I wasn’t aware how big this event really was and the huge impact it was having on the lives of my loved ones, one person in […]

Straight story about man’s tragic suicide

My name is LeAnn Westley (Johnson) and I am the daughter of Anthony “Tony” Johnson, sometimes known by strangers as the “man who jumped off Hotel Clovis.” I would like to express my feelings about the column in Wednesday’s newspaper by Don McAlavy headlined “Hotel Clovis holds story of one tragic life.” When my father […]

Governor has no excuse for reckless driver

Ned Cantwell This Washington Post guy hung around with Gov. Bill Richardson for a week and wrote about it. It is not surprising that a reporter from one of the nation’s premiere dailies would want to spend a week with Bill. Everyone does. He is a national media darling. Tom Brokaw likes Bill. Wolf Blitzer […]

Hotel Clovis holds story of one tragic life

Don McAlavy The only documented death from jumping off the top of Hotel Clovis occurred in 1986. Old timers claim one or two others attempted it but were talked out of it. Apparently no one was with 27-year-old, Anthony “Tony” Johnson, when he jumped off the top of the hotel on a Wednesday afternoon. The […]

Family provides stories

By Clyde Davis Editor’s note: Clyde Davis won a first-place award on June 21 for his story, “Pluggy the Mule Hero,” from Panhandle Professional Writers. This is the way it happened — the story behind the story. I had never thought of myself as a children’s story writer, but the way in which we perceive […]

CATS running on Saturday

CNJ Staff A story on Page 3 of Thursday’s CNJ incorrectly reported that the Clovis Area Transit System will be closed on Saturday. CATS buses will be running.