When God’s answer to his own son was no

Curtis Shelburne The answer was No. At least, it surely seems to walk like a No, talk like a No. I think it was a No. Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, was facing a terrible death and a struggle that would pit him against all the forces of Hell. Praying earnestly in an […]

In search of ponies: Stowaway cats meet adventure

Sharna Johnson The dark pockets and crevices, nooks and crannies surely held a plethora of mystery and fun, or that’s how it must have looked to Kisten anyway. Several hours later, whatever fun might have hidden there was long gone as Kisten — wide-eyed and dropping thousands of stressed follicles by the minute — climbed […]

Firefighting better if privatized

Thank you to all the firefighters who defeated the recent grass fires. They did an excellent job. Firefighting is an important task no matter what society you live in. It is a job that will always need to be done and be paid for. But is depending on government for this crucial service the best […]

Volunteers help spruce up Main Street

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kylee McCormick, 7, tried to paint the building instead of herself with little luck. A group of volunteers helped Clovis MainStreet repaint some of the buildings in downtown Saturday. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Slowly but surely, white paint delivered by rollers covered the chipped brick red paint at […]

Missionaries can be found close to home

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Our church’s 75th anniversary is coming up. It was at that church that my father, Dr. Carl Scott, was minster for 25 of the church’s 75-year history. I have many wonderful memories of growing up at the church on Eighth and Hinkle. So in the light of this anniversary, a […]

Too much keeping quiet going around

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist They could have just shut up. That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice … not ready to back down … still […]

Dutch develop healthy survival instinct

by Mona Charen As Americans were reaffirming the war on terror by re-electing George W. Bush, Europe was slapped hard across the face by the murder of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker and outspoken critic of Islam. Van Gogh, a descendant of the painter, was shot while riding his bicycle to work in Amsterdam. […]