Every vote counts — ask city councilman

Does your vote really matter? It can. The New York Times in 2005 reported the median margin of victory in Congressional elections is 22 percent. That’s what economists Casey Mulligan and Charles Hunter found when they analyzed more than 56,000 Congressional elections dating to 1898. The economists also took a look at more than 40,000 […]

Czech president remembered as hero of liberty

Autumn 1989 was one of the most exciting times in decades. The Berlin Wall, symbol of communist tyranny, was pulled down, bringing freedom to East Germany. Other Eastern European “satellite” states of the Soviet Union — Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary among them — also achieved their freedom. People who had been enslaved under communism for 40 […]

God gives strength in times of despair

I wrote about this story several years ago. It is a story I heard in my teen years, but I do not remember its origin. I found some of my scribbled notes about this story that were packed away in a box of old correspondence. So here is the story. Wynton and Mary were high […]

LSC football update, Oct. 31

CNJ staff Standings All Times MDT

LSC soccer update — Oct. 27

CNJ staff Standings All Times MDT Men

LSC football update – Oct. 24

Standings All Times MDT Conf. All W-L W-L Midwestern State 6-0 7-0 West Texas A&M 5-1 5-2 Abilene Christian 4-1 5-2 Tarleton State 3-3 3-5 Texas A&M-Kingsville 2-3 4-4 Incarnate Word 2-3 2-5 Angelo State 1-4 4-4 Eastern New Mexico 1-4 2-6 Texas A&M-Commerce 0-5 0-7 Saturday’s games Angelo State 45, Texas A&^M-Commerce 14; West […]

Salvation Army hoping to spread word

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Workers at the Salvation Army Thrift Store strategically stage clothing and furniture to boost sales. Benna Sayyed Times have been tough for the people Clovis’ Salvation Army helps. They’ve also been tough for the organization itself. Commanding Officer Jim Gallup said business has been slow the past couple of months […]

Weekly LSC soccer, cross country roundup

Soccer All Times MDT Men Conf. All W-L-T W-L-T Eastern NM 1-0-0 3-0-1 Midwestern St.0-0-0 3-0-0 Incarnate Word 0-0-0 2-1-0 WT A&M 0-1-0 0-2-0 Sunday’s matches Midwestern State 2, Colo.-Colorado Springs 0; Eastern New Mexico 1, West Texas A&M 0.

Gov. Perry good enough in debate debut

Freedom New Mexico Getting to know Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his record was one of the consistent themes of the GOP presidential debate Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. At times, the debate almost felt like an indictment of Lone Star state chief executive, given the questions and challenges directed his way. […]

Postal service has proven efficiency

There are tough times ahead for the U.S. Postal Service — cuts of 120,000 jobs, and service cutbacks of up to three days per week. But one thing is increasing — fodder for anti-government rants online. More than one online discussion I’ve had somehow involved the phrase, “Government’s inefficient. Just look at the post office.” […]

Baskett searching for team

CNJ staff The agent for Clovis native Hank Baskett said times are uncertain, but the wide receiver is ready to go. Baskett, an unrestricted free agent, has 77 catches for 1,098 yards and six touchdowns in five seasons with Philadelphia, Indianapolis and, most recently, Minnesota. The NFL lockout compressed the free agent period, leading to […]

Monday morning briefing: Hot times, and a hometown question

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing.

Even in bad times, God working toward good

Several years ago, I attended a women’s conference in Austin, Texas. Still today the keynote speaker’s words stand out in mind. She had only four points: Life is made up of moments. Some of those moments are good. Some of those moments are bad. And most of the time we can’t tell the difference. I […]

Ticket prices, showtimes announced for music festival

CNJ staff Ticket prices and show times have been announced for the 2011 Clovis Music Festival. The festival is planned for Sept. 8 through 11 with the theme “The Biggest Little Music City in the World” and will be held at the Curry County Events Center Sept. 9 and 10. Sept. 8 the festival will […]

Listening to child builds self esteem

Today we hear a lot about self esteem as people look at a child or teen who is struggling. It seems to be a common deficiency among kids who are under-achieving or getting in trouble. What can parents do to help their child with esteem issues? Many times we equate self esteem with the ability […]

Ticket feature: Nazareth German Festival set for Saturday

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Courtesy photo The 39th annual Nazareth German Festival takes place Saturday in Nazareth, Texas, approximately 70 miles east of Clovis. Freedom New Mexico With food, music and fun, Saturday marks the 39th annual Nazareth German Festival in Nazareth, Texas. The day-long festival begins at 9 a.m., all times Central, in the community of Nazareth, with […]

Times changed for Hounds’ series

CNJ staff STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Lone Star Conference baseball series here this weekend against Tarleton State has been moved up due to the potential threat of bad weather. The teams will meet in a doubleheader today and a single game on Saturday, both starting at noon (MDT). Originally, the teams were […]

Resurrection hope in the midst of calamity

Curtis Shelburne As most of our friends and parishioners know, my brothers and I, all four of us preachers, head to Robert Lee, Texas, a couple of times a year to spend some time together at the old homeplace of our maternal grandparents. The other guys usually manage to get there, each alone, from one […]

Letters to the editor: Speed traps waste of police time

Speed traps waste of police time We go through Elida a number of times a year on our way to our cabin in Ruidoso. Quite a number of times, we see an Elida police officer at the northeast Village limits facing southwest back toward the town awaiting speeders as they leave town toward the northeast. […]

Shoutouts — March 27

Visit to Foxy Drive In brings back memories I was raised in Clovis, married Jerry W. Butts who was stationed at Cannon Air Force Base. We got transferred to Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., in 1965. We moved to Virginia in 2002. So now we go back in the winter where our family […]