It pays to know the ways of your enemy

By Curtis K. Shelburne “Thou shalt not kill.” Well, nobody’s perfect. I actually committed a killing right in the sanctuary of our church awhile back. No, I didn’t throw someone into an irreversible coma by preaching them to death during a service. I’m shocked and disappointed you would even think such a thing! But kill […]

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 […]

American spirit of independence still thrives

Freedom New Mexico Independence Day weekend is a good time not only for hot dogs and fireworks, but to reflect for a moment on what makes this country unique, the qualities that enabled it to become in some ways the most successful country in history, and to contemplate the extent to which those qualities still […]

Hard not to get set in your ways

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist When my husband and I first became 4-H leaders we had what we thought were great new ideas about ways to run the county contests. An older couple (who had been in charge of county events since probably the stone age) countered each suggestion for a new or different way […]

Camp teaches science in innovative ways

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Daniela Rodriguez, left, and Quinn Neighoff work together to disassemble an electronic device in the I Can Invent class of Camp Invention at La Casita Elementary School. The girls were members of the Blue Bubbles team. The students also participated in c By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer As Quinn […]

Desperate PBS looks for ways to be relevant

It has become oh-so-cool to look down on mainstream religion in these days of clergy scandals and unpopular wars. As such, our country’s Public Broadcasting Service has decided to jump on the bandwagon after decades of religious broadcasting. The network — desperate for relevance amid the commercial success of cable networks such as Discovery, the […]

City administrators: Stimulus paperwork complicate process

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Freedom New Mexico: Eric Butler By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico City and county administrations know all about needing a little extra dough. So, sure, when the federal government invited proposals for ways to spend stimulus money, grant writers in eastern New Mexico scrambled to get in line. But while the creation of the American […]

Editorial: President has good start on education

For better and for worse, President Barack Obama has been reasonably consistent in trying to put in place as policy some of the broad and ambitious hopes he expressed during his campaign. Many aspects of his broad vision are alarming to those who see a larger and ever-growing government as more of a problem than […]

New Mexico’s economic freedom needs boost

Are you someone who values freedom above all else, including health, safety and welfare? If so, New Mexico has a ways to go to reach the top tier of states. A new study released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the first comprehensive ranking of “economic and personal freedom in the American states,” […]

Small businesses finding ways to survive

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Twin Cronnies employee Jennifer Chavez checks an order before running drinks out to a waiting customer. The Twin Cronnies is one of several regional businesses making changes to cope with the recession. By Gabriel Monte and Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Despite having to increase his prices, cut staff and shorten […]

Frugality easier than you think

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico columnist Tough economic times require tough action. A check of the daily headlines or your 401K statement will tell the time for that action is now. Sales are down in lots of businesses, wage freezes or layoffs are occurring and the job market is tight. One of the best […]

Thank God for shepherds, stargazers

By Curtis Shelburne: Religion columnist While muckety-mucks in Rome were trying to figure out new and improved ways to shake even more shekels from the pockets of the subjugated populace and further filch the meager bread of the common man, the Highest of Kings was pretty much ignoring Rome. The true King was dispatching a […]

Obama’s modern ways overlooked

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist The curse of writing a column for Nov. 5 when Nov. 4 isn’t over means I have no election day results. In their place, I offer two final election thoughts: • Not nearly enough attention was given this season to the Barack Obama campaign and its use of new communications […]

Students broaden intelligence with fair

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Mesa Elementary School sixth grader Helena Shepard dusts a can for a fingerprint during the Multiple Intelligences Festival at Mesa Elementary School. To view more photos from the festival, visit fnm.mycapture.com. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer In one day, the students of Mesa Elementary School watched a fiddler fiddle, […]

Positive growth can be credited toward Ortega

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Groups seeking funds for city welcome signs

CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce and the Clovis Rotary Club are trying to raise $7,000 for a beautification project for the city. The project would erect welcome signs on the four main entry ways into the city. “This is a community-wide project that will enhance the entrance into the city on all […]

N.Y. governor’s dubious ways cause downfall

Freedom New Mexico Hubris, the Greek word roughly translated as overweening pride, seems to have been the fault or sin that has brought down New York’s Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned on Wednesday. It was foreshadowed in his prior career as New York’s attorney general, even the aspects of that career that many commentators […]

ENMU women go overtime for third win

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ENMU midfielder Anna Funck, right, battles for control of the ball with Texas-Permian Basin’s Cecilia Kellar in Tuesday’s women’s soccer match at the ENMU pitch. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) CNJ staff PORTALES — Travis McCorkle doesn’t give the Eastern New Mexico University women’s team many style points, but so far the results have been […]

Fed inspectors of tax dollars deserve thanks

By Freedom Newspapers The average American taxpayer doesn’t have a lot of friends “inside the Beltway.” Rather, most of the interest groups and individuals that make up the Washington establishment look at the people like tiny ATM machines, from which they want to maximize withdrawals. So today we pay tribute to the largely unsung heroes […]

U.S. needs to explore alternatives to war

Letter to the Editor Jimmy Carter said, “The existence of war is incompatible with our basic needs as human beings — stable homes, food, health care, a life free from fear and persecution.” Most of the world agrees. For modern technological society, war is obsolete. Because we are as hard-wired for conflict as we are […]