Political candidates flock to county fair

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer All smiles, shaking hands and meeting new people, politicians from near and far worked the crowd Friday at the Curry County Fair. As locals arrived for a night of fun and games, candidates converged on them hoping to make an impression that will last until the November elections. David […]

Sheriff: Burglaries appear related

CNJ Staff A string of home burglaries in Curry County earlier this week appear to be connected, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Between Monday and Wednesday there were four burglaries, all but one occurred in a subdivision located north of Mesa Elementary School, Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said. The fourth occurred on N.M. 77 […]

‘Covenant’ book could reignite imaginations

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “The Covenant With Black America” is not a fun read. Not unless you’re the wonky type who likes to snuggle up with a good policy proposal. One would assume there aren’t nearly enough wonks in the world to put a book like that within shouting distance of the New York […]

Politician should act before he’s praised

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist Barack Obama is not Jesus. Forgive me for pointing out what ought to be obvious. But I feel the need after reading the umpty-millionth profile (this one appearing last week on the front page of USA Today) in which seemingly every exhalation of his name was accompanied by angels singing […]

Local waiting on heart transplant

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Jim Whary is on a list and awaiting a heart transplant from Tucson, Ariz. At left is his wife Cindy Whary.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In a state park office on a long stretch of road between Clovis and Portales, Jim Whary spends his day in limbo, like he has […]

Virtues often lacking in youth of today

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist Several months ago, I had a doctor’s appointment here in town. On the day of my appointment, I arrived to find the waiting room full with only one seat available. After signing in at the desk, I took that seat and sat down next to young man, about 15 years […]

Universal healthcare not perfect solution

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist America’s socialists advocate that we adopt a universal healthcare system like our northern neighbor Canada. Before we buy into complete socialization of our healthcare system, we might check out the Canadian Supreme Court’s June 9th ruling in Chaoulli v. Quebec (Attorney General). It turns out that in order to prop […]

Some days bring a lot of waiting — and wondering

By Curtis Shelburne Some days bring a lot of waiting — and wondering Last week my brother Jim and I were in Houston. What follows is an article he wrote for his church newsletter. As I write this late at night from a computer in Houston, I’m struck by the strangeness of the situation I’m […]

Dressing the part

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Extras in the crowd cheer as the they watch the action during the filming of the Medfield vs. Middleton basketball game for the movie “Believe in Me” Saturday at Gattis Junior High School. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Being a movie extra takes more than just showing up. A Clovis […]

Don’t settle for too little too soon

Curtis S. Shelburne One summer years ago while I was the visiting preacher for a loving and lovely little church in Indiana, one of the leaders there took my son Jeffrey and me out for a round of golf. (It was about the last time I played, I think.) Indiana is a beautiful state filled […]

Socialized health care not the answer

By Walter Williams Let’s start out by not quibbling with America’s socialists’ false claim that health-care service is a human right that people should have regardless of whether they can pay for it or not and that it should be free. Before we buy into this socialist agenda, we might check out just what happens […]

“Make Me a God!” Is a Strange But Common Request

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Make me a god!” It seems like such a strange request — until we realize how often we probably make this same request ourselves. Israel’s children were waiting in the desert at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Moses had been summoned up the mountain by God himself. Jehovah was about to […]

No real reason to prohibit organ sales

Thomas Sowell It was gratifying news when fans around the country volunteered to donate their kidneys to basketball star Alonzo Mourning, who would otherwise have to cut short his career because of life-threatening medical problems with his own kidneys. However, the head of the New York Organ Donor Network said it was a shame “that […]

Don’t kill the goose that lays golden eggs

Thomas Sowell It is always fascinating to see elementary economics make front-page news. It was front-page news in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal that there are long waiting times for seeing medical specialists in Canada and in other countries with government-controlled medical care systems — but not in the United States, where some politicians are trying […]

Time for a refresher on the Golden Rule

By Judy Brandon Several months back, I had an appointment in town. I arrived about 30 minutes ahead of time really hoping to get in a bit early. The waiting room was not that large, but there were about 10 chairs. After signing in at the desk, I turned to find a chair and saw […]