Presidential candidate Edwards not hypocrite

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Since it’s already come up and will come up more in our campaign season, let’s have a vocabulary lesson. Today’s word is “hypocrisy.” On dictionary.com, it’s “a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person […]

God in control of all things

By Joan Clayton: Columnist In the first chapter of Genesis we read about the beginning, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In Exodus 34:28, God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. These commandments have been the basis of civilizations. Nebuchadnezzar did not believe in God until he saw the fourth man in […]

Government harassment should not be tolerated

Editorial Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they want. Should […]

Small changes can help control time, lessen stress

Master Sgt. Michael McNeil The 27th Fighter Wing community is experiencing the effects of overload. Many are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and burnout. Our personal and work lives have gotten busier and more hectic, and we all feel pressed for time, which can make us feel overwhelmed and out of control. But life […]

America is country like no other

By Joan Clayton : Religion Columnist I have something to say about my country. If America is so bad, why is it everyone wants to come here? Why do countries with dictatorship loathe America? Why do enemies, domestic and foreign, want to destroy this land? I think I have the answer. Our founding fathers had […]

Witness takes stand in Macias trial

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers The prosecution’s opening witness testified Wednesday he and homicide defendant Robert “Pelon” Macias shot at a vehicle being driven by Wilfred Salas Jr. in the early morning hours on Jan. 15, 2006, in Clovis. “I shot a round — to this day I can’t tell you why,” Daniel Garcia said. […]

Text of Richardson’s State of the State Address

The Associated Press Text of Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2007 State of the State Address, as prepared for delivery: Lt. Gov. Denish, Senate Pro-tem Ben Altamirano, and Speaker Ben Lujan; Native American and spiritual leaders; chief justices and members of the judiciary; Democratic and Republican leaders, members of our state House of Representatives and Senate; former […]

Dreams on display

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The essays below were the winning entries in an essay contest sponsored by organizers of the 15th annual Clovis Community-Wide Observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. First Place: High School By Michelle Coyle Clovis High School junior Sure we all remember Martin Luther King Jr. We all remember what he did and […]

Past year shows backslide in fight for freedoms

Editorial If there was a stock-market-like ticker that tracked the trajectory of freedom in 2006 — let’s just call it the “Freedom Index” — it would have been an off year. At home and abroad, personal political liberty, free markets, limited government and other quintessentially American values suffered setbacks, with a few notable exceptions. Here’s […]

Christmas is more than commercial holiday

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist What is it about this time of the year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friend’s and family’s thoughts turn toward home? Could it just be the Christ Child brings […]

Children leaving can be bittersweet

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist The “empty nest” brings a myriad of emotions, including memories, tears and separation anxiety. When my empty nest occurred I happened to read an article about “letting go” of children. It emphasized the fact that now they are your best friends. I thought, what are they talking about? I’m their […]

Leaving teaches lessons in saying goodbye

Anita Doberman: Guest Columist Goodbye is a powerful word. By saying it we close a chapter, a relationship, and move on to something else. It’s great if we are the one who really wants to say it; not so wonderful if we are left behind. I have a long list of goodbyes in my life. […]

Give thanks for our country and for Jesus

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist America has come through many conflicts to preserve her freedom. Many have given their lives to keep this nation free. Let us not take this for granted. Is that not why we celebrate July 4th? We want freedom and independence. No other place can replace the United States of […]

Let’s make our voices heard, our votes counted

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist In many crimes, the perpetrators are portrayed as victims. We become incensed and hurt by the senseless taking of human lives. They had an unhappy childhood. They were deprived. They lost their job. They were passed over for a promotion. The marriage fell apart. The list is endless. Yet, […]

Be grateful to those who have sacrificed

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Every day I hear complaints, murmurs and criticisms of my beloved land. I am an American and proud of it. I cherish the freedom I have. I wouldn’t live anywhere else on Earth. For more than 200 years this country has opened arms to those who seek a better […]

National Day of Prayer reminder to always pray without ceasing

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist National Day of Prayer is on the first Thursday in May (May 4). It reflects the nation’s deep hunger for spiritual renewal. Throughout history, Americans of faith have sought the Lord’s help in meeting life’s challenges and adversities. This day is for Americans to seek God for deliverance and […]

Avoiding grandkids

By Bob Huber: Freedom Newspapers Columnist Here at the Great Thoughts Institute, we’re pursuing our never-ending quest for bliss in the American family. Today’s lesson is, “How to Avoid Grandchildren, and Is It Possible?” Ask any grandfather, and he’ll say it’s easier to give up tobacco and booze, even cussing, than it is to shuck […]

King left practical message of hope

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” — Martin Luther King Jr. When it comes to historical figures, people often feel either a need to embrace them entirely, ignoring or denying contradictory or troubling things that they said or did. The other, mirror-image […]

Resolutions accomplished through faith in God

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Many people don’t make New Year’s resolutions because they’ll break them. But my resolutions, which I’ve been slow in revealing, are based on years of hard work, prayers and recent dreams I’ve had to reaffirm them. Life is not a gamble, and so I’ve made a big decision to completely stop […]

Man, wife discuss time change

Bob Huber: Local Columnist So there I was, crying myself to sleep last week with a lingering summer flu, when I decided in my delirium to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. I searched for a deep, scholarly theme that would incorporate today’s most nagging social problems, and finally settled on three issues: love, war, and […]