Faith source of joy for holidays

Curtis Shelburne You think it’s cold here? I just got back from the North Pole and … Well, actually, it wasn’t that cold. And it wasn’t even north. It was more southwest. From Lubbock, Texas, to Brownfield, Texas. On the Polar Express train, complete with a conductor and hot chocolate and elves and Santa himself, […]

Letter to the editor: Term limits long overdue in U.S.

As I write this, FOX News is conducting a chat concerning term limits for our leaders in Washington. One might expect such a discussion following an election. I think term limits is a long overdue process in our American political system. I’ve always wondered how Congress was able to slip in a law limiting the […]

Think of lefties with consideration

I remember one afternoon in kindergarten when my teacher tested each student to determine whether we were right- or left-handed. I wanted badly to test right-handed because I thought it sounded cooler, but the results told me what I probably should have already figured out in penmanship class: I was a terminal lefty. This may […]

McGee: Where were you on 9/11?

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Tuesday, 11 September 2001. Nine years. Hard to believe those attacks on our homeland were nine years ago. When I think of that day I often think of the Sept. 11 song by country singer Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” Where were you when the […]

Congressmen should consider cuts

I learned to swim a few weeks ago, but I still stay in the shallow end of the pool. I think I’ll stay in the shallow end of these arguments as well: • It looks like the new victim of attacks from Congress is the public employee, and the unions that help them acquire pensions […]

Internet big part of my lifestyle

When I first dipped my toes into the Internet nearly two decades ago I figured it was likely just a fad. I think my first clue that it had become more than a fad was when my mother expressed an interest in getting online. These days there are a few holdouts who don’t use the […]

Schools finishing with a flurry

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools It is the end of the school year, and you would think things were winding down, but I found the opposite to be true. I have attended so many events at our schools, I’ve hardly had time to breathe. Every event has been absolutely fantastic, and I have to […]

Letter to the editor: CNJ quick to condemn Catholics

CNJ quick to condemn Catholics I think it’s ironic your newspaper found time to excoriate the Catholic Church in Sunday’s editorial, and you found it appropriate to indict the entire church for the actions of a few. I’d like to respond in kind and tell you newspapers such as yours (and the New York Times) […]

Schools urged to keep long-term planning, saving in mind

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Robert Gorrell, executive director of the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority, talks during Monday’s New Mexico School Board Association Region V meeting at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy. Gorrell emphasized ways schools could save long-term money on new facilities. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Think leaner, think […]

Looking back can help keep faith’s roots strong

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist It is planting time again. Those bushes and shrubs that have looked beleaguered during the winter are beginning to show signs of flourishing. Years ago we brought an aspen tree home from the mountains and planted it in our yard. Worried about the trees ability to withstand the transplant, we […]

Things I think I know about women

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist I learn about women every day. But fortunately, I get the Cliff notes once a month. That’s the time my Esquire magazine comes, and I scan it for a few constant features, “What I’ve Learned” and “Ten Things You Don’t Know About Women.” The “Ten Things” articles have become basic […]

Jesus’ birth showed new way to think

Freedom New Mexico It is curious in some ways that modern-day Western Christians have created a more lavish holiday — which in many ways has become a thoroughly secular and in some ways excessive celebration in which Santa Claus and Rudolph play a larger role than the baby in the manger — of the birth […]

Christmas time to think about Jesus

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Christmas is just three weeks away. Even though Christmas is a time of lofty hopes and expectations, I have to be honest and admit that some years I haven’t had much Christmas spirit. I think it has to do with really seeing the meaning of Christmas during all our activities. […]

Skyward puts information at parents’ fingertips

As this is an education column, I think it only appropriate that you take an occasional test…or at least solve a riddle. Here it is: What do Christian Believers, Jalisco Taqueria (on 7th Street), Java Loft, La Casa Family Health Center, Lighthouse Mission, Mainline Bowling, Matt 25, Ministerios Unidos para Cristo, North Plains Mall, Roden-Smith, […]

Judging science fair big thrill

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools What a thrill. I was invited to be a judge for the Mesa Elementary School Science Fair. Now, you might not think that would be a thrill, but for me it was. You see, science was not my forte’ when I was in school. As a matter of fact, […]

On health care debate, good to think of others

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist In health care debate, good to think of others Solipsism is a philosophical approach holding that, ultimately, one’s own existence is the only thing of which one can be assured. In it’s extreme form, it almost becomes a lampoon of itself, holding that the entire world simply exists in the […]

Editorial: Strong opinions are lifeblood of free society

Whatever one may think of his occupation, the slaying of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller — in church no less — was a heinous and disgusting act. The person who did it and anyone who condoned the act, even indirectly or with a “got what was coming to him” wink and nod, has forfeited the […]

Public, private job sectors unbalanced

Freedom New Mexico Based on news stories about teacher layoff notices and tough times at city halls and the state capitols, one would think that the government and its workers are suffering disproportionately during this down economy. Actually, the truth is quite the opposite. Government continues to grow, and its workers continue to gain significant […]

Defining a genuine disaster

By Curtis K. Shelburne In the event of a disaster, I am now ready. I think. I don’t suppose I’ll know until I’m faced with one. But I just installed software to back up my computer and create a disk for “Disaster Recovery.” So now all I need is a disaster. For a moment or […]

Children need to find own path

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ Columnist My oldest daughter, age eight, is beginning to show concerns about what other people think of her. She asks me if a skirt looks nice or if her hair resembles the other girls’ in her swimming class. I see her eyes furtively checking out her friends’ attires and shoes before […]