Individuals have right to be treated fairly

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist This summer I am teaching school law in one of my teacher education classes. We talk about liberty and property and the freedoms that we have as citizens of this wonderful country. We talk about rights and responsibilities as well. Those are good things to think about on this Independence […]

CCC anounces coming performance

What do five men, all down on their luck and searching for a purpose, have in common? On February 22 in Marshall Auditorium, it will be a very special white suit as the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) brings Ray Bradbury’s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit to Clovis. This 7 p.m. performance is part of […]

Christmas tree shopping not what it once was

By Curtis Shelburne Well, I get to go look for a Christmas tree this evening. I’m not looking forward to the looking. My wife has been making noises about this trip for several days. She’s giving me time to come to terms with the inevitable. She knows I’d rather eat turnip greens than go shopping […]

Music provides consolation

By Javier Portillo: Guest columnist This is part of a week-long series in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Music has always been a big part of my life. There have been many times in my life when music was the only consolation. It was one of the few ways […]

Oct. 8, 2006 Letters to the Editor

Are we Americans concerned of the dangers surrounding our daily lifestyle? Our great God has allowed us liberty and national existence for some 230 years since the signing of our constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Are the successes about to come to an end? Despite all of our kindnesses — financial and medical help […]

To dust we, and cows, must all return

By Grant McGee: Local columnist While bicycling along the country lanes of Curry County I’ve seen a lot of dead bovines by the side of the road. If I were one of those high-dollar journalists who write books and attended soirees in Santa Fe and Sedona, I suppose I could write “purple prose” about the […]

Food services director ready to retire

1154239934-7-30-abernathy-web.jpg

CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleJudy Abernathy worked as a teacher before becoming the food services director for Clovis Municipal Schools. She is retiring Monday. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Judy Abernathy remembers when students bought paper tickets to eat school meals, calories in school meals had to be computed by hand, and family and […]

Self-interest biggest human motivator

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist George Orwell admonished, “Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.” That’s what I want to do — talk about the obvious, starting with the question: What human motivation leads to the most wonderful things getting done? How about the charity and selflessness we’ve seen […]

Simple spring break travel can be rewarding

The existence, or widespread celebration, of spring break seems to be a recent development. I remember spring break from my young adulthood as primarily a college event, nonexistent in high school. Though the rich kids may have gone to Florida, most of us used the time either to look for summer jobs, recommit to previous […]

Childhood hill teaches lesson of constant change

More than 25 Christmas seasons ago, my children Annie and John Scott asked for new bicycles for Christmas. At that time, we lived in a newly developed area. Behind our house was a giant dirt pile where the contractors had leveled off the lots to build new homes. Our children were little and the attraction […]