The Christmas spirit comes from the heart

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist What about the Christmas spirit? Can one “catch” it? I can remember a particular Christmas when I was just a little girl living in Kansas City. I recall it for two reasons: Susie was very sick that Christmas and I asked for a Pink Lee Secret Message Writing Kit. I […]

Readers enjoy Christmas parade (mostly)

Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for reviews on Saturday’s Christmas parade down Clovis’ Main Street. Some responses:   “I REALLY ENJOYED THE parade, but there was one float preaching on a very loud speaker to ‘admit your sins and come to Jesus Christ.’ I am a Christian and I attend church […]

Taking religion out of Christmas is discrimination

Freedom Newspapers It’s one of the most astounding examples we’ve yet seen of Orwellian “doublespeak,” which turns the meaning of a word or phrase on its head. Denver officials busily purging all references to Christ from the city’s “holiday” celebrations are actually using the world “inclusive” to describe and justify their patently exclusionist actions. “We […]

Hitchhiking is not entirely a bad thing

by Grant McGee There are plenty of opinions and stories about the pitfalls of picking up hitchhikers. If I decide to give someone a ride I guess it’s because I think “that could be me there.” I don’t think hitchhiking is entirely a bad thing. Wal-Mart’s Sam Walton allegedly engaged in what I’d call hitchhiking […]

‘Believe in Me’ taught local woman new meaning to life

Candice Tyler, Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Candice Tyler, an employee of the Clovis News Journal, earned a spot on an opposing team in the movie “Believe in Me.” She kept a diary of her thoughts regarding the movie, from the first day the film came to town to her final take, which included a fight […]

They don’t make cars like they used to

by Grant McGee We all have idiosyncrasies. The Big Book of Words (most folks call it a dictionary) defines idiosyncrasy as “an individualizing characteristic or quality.” I like lots of room inside a car, so I take out the passenger seat. Idiosyncrasy, neurosis or issue, I don’t know what it is. I never really thought […]

When in doubt, keep it to yourself

Grant McGee, Local Columnist There’s a John Mayer song called “Daughters” that includes the words “… fathers be good to your daughters.” It was in my head when I gave my oldest daughter some advice that may have been too blunt. From North Carolina came the news through the family grapevine that No. 1 Daughter […]

First-year Hounds off to fast start

By Dave Wagner PORTALES — It didn’t take long — just two matches — for the first-year Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer program to break into the win column. ENMU coaches Carlos Elizondo and Travis McCorkle thought it could’ve been even sooner. The Greyhounds scored just 61 seconds into their history on Friday at […]

A thought that lasted a lifetime

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Each time I drive down Commerce Street, my thoughts turn to my Marshall Junior High School days. Back then, Johnnie’s store was right on the premises, the funeral home was located across the street and Safeway stood at the end of Mitchell. Even though those relics are long gone, […]

Beauty and the Beast Are Engaged!

By Curtis K. Shelburne Well, now it’s official. The Hulk is engaged! Our second son, Jeffrey, the one who when he was a little guy we we always thought would stay a little guy — it turns out we didn’t have any little guys — the one who somewhere in his growing up years mutated […]