No guns allowed (but tomahawks OK) in baseball’s PC world

Clovis Media Inc. Major League Baseball purists may be mad about the designated hitters, the stadiums with retractable roofs and World Series played in November, but at least one thing never seems to change about the game: The people who run it are PC — profiteering cuckoos. ESPN reports MLB decided this week the Houston […]

Education column: Poetry competition inspires students

In the midst of this frantically busy, digitally infused world, why should we care about poetry? Clearly it touches us in some way, since it’s been around for a few thousand years. Although poetry seems inscrutable to many, it does appeal to a great diversity of people, including our youth, as evidenced by the recent […]

McGee: This isn’t ‘Leave it to Beaver’ world anymore

I would’ve liked to have spent afternoons between Christmas and New Year’s Days kicking back and watching movies and napping but ‘twas not to be. The Lady of the House and I spent the time rebuilding our backyard fence. The night after Christmas someone rounded our street corner too fast, rammed through our fence and […]

Faith will take us to the finish line

As a child I had many people that I looked up to. I had read about George Washington Carver when I was only 8 years old. He was a scientist and an outstanding Christian. Then Mother and Daddy took us to his birthplace in Missouri, and we actually met a man that knew Carver. Since […]

amos the churchmouse: bertie s holiday depression

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. bertie s holiday depression the other day boss iran across little bertiewoeworm – […]

Congress has bigger worries than Internet

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes you wonder if Congress lives in the real world. With such Internet companies as Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft driving what little economic recovery we’re enjoying, Congress could short-circuit the whole Internet — literally. The major legislation at issue is HR3261, commonly called SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. It […]

Veterans understand service

I would have liked to have been there to see it as Portales veteran Joe Blair got a personal visit to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. One of the things I miss the most about not being at the newspaper office is having Joe stop by to chew a cigar and tell […]

Happy birthday, Will Rogers

Happy birthday, Will Rogers Will Rogers was well known as a world traveler. Did you know one of his frequent destinations was a childhood friend’s ranch near Muleshoe? For the rest of this story, see David Stevens’ local history blog: http://highplainsyesterdays.freedomblogging.com/2011/11/03/happy-birthday-will-rogers/1603/

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

Freedom limits, not population world’s problem

United Nations demographers estimate that the world’s population has reached 7 billion; it hit 6 billion just 12 years ago. Almost all commentators said this milestone was a bad thing. Worried the Center for Biological Diversity, an ecology group, “Overpopulation and overconsumption are the root causes of environmental destruction. They’re driving species extinct, destroying wildlife […]

Religion feature: Church partners with charity

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Wayne Boydstun, Operation Christmas Child relay center coordinator at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, prepares for OCC 2011 by packing a shoebox with items to be sent to children in disadvantaged countries. Benna Sayyed This Christmas an impoverished child living in a third-world country will open a gift that came […]

Playa Festivals help teach about water, wildlife

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Darryl Birkenfeld talks Lindsey-Steiner Elementary fifth-grade students Monday afternoon about playas. Birkenfeld is executive director of Ogallala Commons, a nonprofit community development network that visits area school to teach the importance of playas to the ecosystem in the Southwest. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in […]

Our nation must continue to persevere

Freedom New Mexico In the hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the story of four of the passengers of hijacked Flight 93, which crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside, captured the interest of Americans and their supporters around the world. Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Jeremy Glick and Tom Burnett, after […]

What they’re saying: Area residents recount 9/11 memories

The 9/11 tragedy was a pivotal moment not only for this country, but around the world. It’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t remember where they were and what they were doing. Recently, some were kind enough to share those memories in a series of video-taped interviews with Freedom New Mexico. A new mother. A […]

World Trade Center steel part of Cannon 9/11 memorial

Sharna Johnson A piece of steel salvaged from the World Trade Center has found a home with the 27th Special Operations Wing’s Fire and Emergency Services at Cannon Air Force Base. The steel, granted to Cannon by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, is the only one of its kind in the state […]

Innocence lost in digital world

Young people grow wearisome of tales of time gone by, the glorious 1950s and more permissive 1960s, their simple themes captured by the TV series Happy Days and perhaps glorified by the classic film American Graffiti. “Pops! Pops! I know! You paid 25 cents a gallon for gas in 1956. I’m paying $3.75 for gas. […]

McGee: Antimatter matters

By Grant McGee: CNJ columnist Last Saturday was supposed to be the beginning of the end of the world, according to a television preacher from California and his followers. I remember another time when some people thought the world as we knew it would come to an end. It was 1997 when some “New Age” […]

Team loyalties span years, mugs

Every few Fridays coworker Tony Bullocks comes in with some new gear marking the 2010 World Series title for the San Francisco Giants. • “Wow, this Giants World Series champs hat fits nicely.” • “Man, look at all of these color photos in this special San Francisco Chronicle.” • “You know, Kevin, I normally enjoy […]

a view from under the pew: the end of the world

Gary Mitchell amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the end of the world the closer it gets tothe year 2012 boss […]

Daylight Saving Time disruptive

Rhythm rules the world. Years, months and seasons (where appropriate) are directed by a rhythm or cadence. Animal migration, hibernation, reproduction all follow the directive in Ecclesiastes: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Plants grow, bloom and die on cue. Even inanimate objects expand or crumble according […]