U.S. Postal Service should display flag

Letters to the editor Our United States Postal Service (USPS) in Clovis has a serious problem understanding the importance of flying our flag at the appropriate times. Memorial Day provided an excellent example. The flag was not flying freely as it should have been. Many businesses and private homeowners across Clovis proudly displayed the American […]

People love Clovis

Project: Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked, “What do you like about Clovis?” Some responses: “I have lived in small villages and large cities and all have unique feels about them. Some are friendly some are not. What I like about Clovis can be summed up in two words: the people.” — […]

America in danger from dwindling scientific creativity

Freedom Newspapers The New York Times last week featured a front-page article that might be more ominous for America’s future than the periodic fluctuations of the economy or the stock market. “U.S. Is Losing Its Dominance In the Sciences,” read the headline, meaning that a number of markers of American achievement in science have declined […]

Race not addressed in reporter scandal

Leonard Pitts Jr. This is an open letter to my colleagues in the news business. The silence is getting loud. It’s been nearly four months since the scandal broke. Four months since Jack Kelley, star foreign correspondent for USA Today, was found to have lied his way through his professional life for the last 13 […]

Closing newspaper in Iraq hypocritical

Freedom Newspapers Let us dispense with all the high-falutin’ talk about assuring democracy and freedom of speech in Iraq. U.S. forces recently took control of a newspaper office in Baghdad, padlocked the doors and sent the editors packing. Iraqi administrator Paul Bremer signed the order, which, according to The New York Times, “cited what the […]

Prayer and a Lesson Learned in the Garden

By Curtis K. Shelburne A time of trouble is a time to pray. The Apostle James tells us plainly, “Is any of you in trouble? He should pray” (5:13). Have you tried it? What happened? Maybe the answer to your prayer was a resounding, “Yes.” Remember the time you prayed for a dear one in […]

Korea endorsing Kerry certainly provides insight

Freedom Newspapers Political endorsements, like nostalgia, just aren’t what they used to be. A lot of good Al Gore’s endorsement did Howard Dean, for instance, or the endorsement of the major labor unions did Rep. Dick Gephardt in Iowa. Neither show of support could prevent these candidates from plummeting politically. Arguably, they might even have […]

Internet exclusive caucus analysis

By David Arkin It’s official: New Mexico made history Tuesday night. Now whether or not that history is worth repeating in four years is debatable. New Mexico held its first Democratic caucus on Tuesday, and the newness was clear statewide. Voting problems arose in small and large communities alike. Voting problems aren’t anything new to […]

Energy bill should rest on the scrap heap

Freedom Newspapers When is the Bush administration going to stop violating Americans’ civil rights? According to The New York Times, the FBI has “collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of anti-war demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads.” The Times […]

FBI should stop spying on war protesters

Freedom Newspapers When is the Bush administration going to stop violating Americans’ civil rights? According to The New York Times, the FBI has “collected extensive information on the tactics, training and organization of anti-war demonstrators and has advised local law enforcement officials to report any suspicious activity at protests to its counterterrorism squads.” The Times […]

Confessions of a Portales quotation addict

Bob Huber I’m addicted to collecting memorable quotes. I can’t help it. I have shoeboxes full. My wife Marilyn often called me a poor man’s “Reader’s Digest” looking for a bathroom. At one time I thought I should categorize all my quotes — you know, with headings like “Stupid Remarks,” or “Racy Statements.” I never […]

Texico stampedes into 1A semifinals

Texico senior Mark Peabody scores his third touchdown of Satrurday’s win over Springer. CNJ photo by Rick White. By Rick White TEXICO — Johnny Serrano and the Texico Wolverines ran wild. Springer’s Matt Tafoya ran for his life. Texico didn’t turn the ball over. Springer did five times. Texico finished with more than 400 yards. […]

When picking your fight, make it worthwhile

Judy Brandon I have vivid childhood memories from years spent in Kansas City during my parents’ seminary days. The family budget was tight so my parents were very frugal and very inventive in making ends meet. On one occasion, my mother purchased an old sofa from a thrift store. The sofa’s wood trim was in […]

Public exposure of Cubs’ fan was not fair

Bob Steele Sure, I’m a Cubs fan and I was bleeding Cubbies blue when they self-destructed in the eighth inning of game six of the National League playoffs. And, yep, I was upset with “the play” that rattled Wrigley. But I see no justifiable purpose for a public pillorying of the fan who got in […]

Wildcats look vulnerable against defending state champs

Las Cruces cornerback Gabe Oliver breaks up a pass intended for Clovis senior wide receiver Ben Teconchuk during Friday’s scrimmage in Artesia. Photo by Rick White By Rick White ARTESIA — Both teams scored three times, including one each by the second units. But by no means was Friday’s scrimmage between defending state champion Las […]

amos plays word games

by amos Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation. boss while i was rummaging through some old – really old – newspaper clips the other day i found an interesting article from the first of february in 1912 it was from the […]

Hitting the streets

Corre Care’s Juan Salmon from Roswell passes the ball around an Old Country defender during their Hoopla 3-on-3 Street Ball Tour game Saturday at Hillcrest Park. Corre Care defeated Old Country 16-13. Photo by Eric Kluth. By Eric Butler Edgar Tarin recognizes the stereotypical basketball player. At Saturday’s Hoopla 3-on-3 Streetball Tour at Hillcrest Park, […]

Moments connect life, good or bad

By Judy Brandon Several years ago, I went to a women’s conference and heard an array of speakers. The keynote speaker really stood out because her speech was simple. She only said four things: –Life is made up of moments. –Some of those moments are good. –Some of those moments are bad. –And most of […]

Racism does not end by reversing it

By Mona Charen The Jayson Blair scandal has most of the elements of the modern American classic. There’s a celebrity angle, a race dimension, a drug and alcohol excuse, and hypocrisy in high places. The only missing element so far is sex. No doubt when the TV movie of the story is done, it will […]