Laws curbing freedom have disastrous results

Curtis Shelburne G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” It’s no surprise that it’s easier to spend time talking about Christianity than it is to spend time practicing it. The same thing is true regarding freedom: freedom is easier […]

Trading places with God is a serious mistake

Curtis Shelburne I rarely write sequels to these columns, but last week I wrote about the trouble with perfectionism, and I can’t quit thinking about it. The best way to unburden myself of such thoughts is to burden you with them, so brace yourself for Round 2. A friend and pastoral colleague reading my column […]

Freedom of speech applies to all

I remember, not very long ago, when I wrote a column detailing my opinion of a certain radio person, who shall remain nameless, and received overwhelming negative feedback — surprisingly from many in this area, as well. (Most of this columnist’s “boo” mail usually comes from an Internet population.) I remember it because there was […]

Social issues need to be put on backburner

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Administration being deceptive with provisions

Freedom New Mexico In the New York Times News story, Robert Pear wrote drily: “While administration officials cited procedural reasons for changing the rule, it was clear that political concerns were also a factor.” No kidding. The rule in question was an administrative decision to do what Congress chose not to do when it passed […]

Life’s choices determine who we become

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I wrote about my mother’s two cousins several years ago. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas and participated in a school club, the Busy Bee Club. There they learned homemaking skills like sewing, cooking and gardening. One year their club entered a competition for rural schools. The competition was […]

Letters to the Editor: Trash bins make city look trashy

Trash bins make city look trashy I would like to agree with the gentleman who wrote about the new garbage bins. (“Leave dumpsters where they are,” Feb. 14 CNJ) I think they are ridiculous. They not only block sidewalks (we have enough vehicles and bushes that do that); they are also an eyesore. Trash overflows […]

Story of Jacob, Esau demonstrates follies of favoritism

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist Last week I wrote about the frustrations of Mary and Joseph when they lost Jesus back in Jerusalem. They were like any other parents — frustration sometimes sets in when it comes to raising children. There is another account of children and frustration. Except for Christ, the sinless one, the […]

Lessons from the beasts around the manger

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist C. S. Lewis once wrote a poem entitled “The Nativity” as he reflected on the qualities the animals brought to the stable on the first Christmas: Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow) I see a glory in the stable grow Which, with the ox’s dullness might at […]

God sees beyond the surface

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Paul wrote in his Roman letter: “So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12) People might minimize that scripture but the ramifications are worth contemplation. We might rationalize and admit, “Well I know what the Bible says but….” Yet, will we […]

WWII veteran made musical impact

By Don McAlavy: Local sport In 1991 Bruce DeFoor, teacher-artist, at CCC, wrote the following words: “Norris McPherson,’Big Mac,’ has long ago attained legendary stature as one of the greatest musicians in Clovis history, a former employee of the Clovis school system, he retired in 1987 with a life threatening illness, still today his jazz […]

Pilot’s children inspire him to publish book

Maj. Steve Beattie flies unmanned aircraft for the Air Force and in his spare time, he wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book. And, he’s working on a master’s degree. But Beattie said he and his family always make time for each other in their busy schedules. Put it in writing: For a long time […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]

Rain rarity for some country folk

By Glenda Price: Columnist It rained the day I wrote this column. I saw it, stood in it, tasted it. It was good. Ranch folks, especially those of us who grew up in the drought years of the 1950s, have permanent cricks in our necks from looking up at the sky watching for rainclouds. We’ve […]

Author to host book signing

Freedom New Mexico Native New Mexican Kathleen Rodgers followed her husband from base to base during his twenty-year career as an Air Force fighter pilot. She met her husband while he was assigned at Cannon Air Force Base. She wrote a book about her and her family’s experiences called The Finale Salute. The author will […]

Contrast between real quality, real junk

By Curtis K. Shelburne G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” Though Chesterton died before the advent of television, a fact that was merciful both for him and for those who produce what we’ve come to expect […]

ENMU students experience Chinese quake

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico A Chinese exchange student from Eastern New Mexico University wrote in a e-mail she was only home 15 minutes when a devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck China on May 12. In her e-mail to Jason Paulk, director of choral activities, and to Kayla Paulk a vocal coach and accompanist […]

Election blog begins at 7 p.m.

Polls close at 7 tonight and we’ll begin posting local and national election information online as soon as it begins to roll in. Editor David Stevens will be writing an election blog, which will appear as the top news story at cnjonline.com. Also, we’ll post readers’ thoughts about Sunday alcohol sales, Clovis’ new mayor and […]

Request for a ‘positive story’

Clovis’ Blake Prather has a story idea: “Considering the amount of bashing that Clovis is taking from the Florida Air Force personnel (online comments), you should do a story on why a lot of military retirees move back here to retire and what’s their motivation to stay once retired,” he wrote in an e-mail. “The […]

Gotta love looking up

What do you love about Clovis? “I love the sky here,” Darlene Cunningham reports. “I am from Montana, which is touted as ‘Big Sky Country,’ but it’s obvious to me that they haven’t been in New Mexico.” • • • Who inspires you? Doug McGregor has an example for us all: “Right now I am […]