Libertarianism offers contentment

Life. Family. Friends. Those are things that really matter. At least, to me. I hope those are the things that really matter to you, too, regardless of where you might place yourself on the political grid, or the antiquated (and never very accurate) “left/right” political spectrum. The reason I embraced libertarianism, after I discovered there […]

Grapefruit juice recipes featured on show

Information on squaring up quilt blocks, making a bud vase cover, and things to do with grapefruit juice will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Debbie Caffrey, Debbie’s Creative Moments, will show how to square up quilt blocks prior to cutting out […]

McGee: Faded denim not enough to get hot dates

I ran across an article the other day that told of the clothing industry shying away from buying denim things that had been sandblasted. Sandblasting gives that “worn look” that some folks like when they buy jeans. It seems workers doing the job were destroying their lungs by breathing the fine silica in the air. […]

McGee: Father’s advice helps with chat

Tomorrow marks a new year: 2012. It means different things to different people. For instance, I was chatting recently with my youngest daughter. She and her husband were pondering moving to the big city, getting away from their small town in West Virginia. “We want to be in a safe place, you know, for 2012,” […]

Snow days help with pre-holiday plans

Things to do on a snow day, especially when that snow day comes several weeks before Christmas. • Finish hanging and arranging the Christmas lights you did not get to, which was most of them. Remember that your northeastern native body does not really perceive this weather as unbearably cold, as most in the southwestern […]

Seeking local discussion on liberty

While liberty is a full-time passion of mine, writing about it is merely a part-time urge. A pretty strong urge that will not be ignored, but one which can be delayed when necessary. Life is usually pretty full of other things, which tend to get in the way of things I plan to write about; […]

Old laws in need of new analysis

During a period of deep reflection and painstaking research, which basically involved sitting in an easy chair and playing computer poker while grasping for a column idea, I had an epiphany. It is this. I have a lot of things to be thankful for this season, but none more reassuring than the news my epistemic […]

Their turn: Give thanks for big, small things in life

CURSTIS SHELBURNE, pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe, writes a weekly column for the CNJ website. This is his latest submission:

Coercion no way to win support

When you decide your house needs a new roof, how do you go about getting it done? Do you either try to use your insurance policy or find a way to pay for it yourself? Or, do you go to your neighbors and demand, at gunpoint, that they pay for all or part of it […]

Let’s keep Halloween safe for children

The fall season, where I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, brought a lot of superb things from the viewpoint of a child. There was the changing colors of the leaves, which I think I was aware of from a very early age; teachers would often build class projects around this. There was the likelihood of […]

My turn: There’s always next year

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I like the end of baseball season. Not necessarily because it is over, but because of the World Series. Sometimes a team that starts off kind of slow can pick it up toward the end and next thing you know they are in the playoffs. Then with another win or two, they are in the […]

My turn: Plenty to do over weekend

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I heard a lot of positive things about last weekend’s Peanut Valley Festival. Sadly, I was out of town for the 10th birthday and fourth birthday celebration of two special children. There’s nothing more entertaining than watching children ranging from 2 to 4 years old amped up on sugar. The time with my nieces and […]

Politicians interfere with process

Kevin Wilson All things considered, the last 24 hours had been quite good. My baseball team was in the running to host a playoff series, I actually made a decent dinner and the movie I couldn’t find at the rental place was available for free online (no movie piracy took place). But leave it to […]

McGee: Catching up with Catfish

Funny how long-ago things stick in your head. Someone you haven’t thought of for years pops up, or an old phone number of a long forgotten friend or an old pal’s birthday. It’s weird to me that I have trouble remembering my grandkids’ birthdays but I remember my buddy Catfish’s birthday. This year I decided […]

Military mama: Slow down, turn off technology

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Confession time: I get anxiety quickly and over ridiculous things. The more illogical, the more cause I have to stress out. Because not only am I stressing about whatever the actual issue is, I then also add the stress of knowing that I’m stressing out over something I shouldn’t be stressing over. Is that stressful […]

Up With Kids: Flying with children doesn’t have to make your stress levels soar

Paula Sirois There are far worse things than traveling in a plane with kids — but that can be easy to forget. In-air child chaos has triggered breakdowns in even the most patient of parents. Something about the mix of airplanes, air pressure and claustrophobic seating can cause the sweetest kid to transform into every […]

No hypocrisy in using public utilities

I’ve noticed non-libertarians will frequently make the claim that liberty-lovers are hypocritical if they use things that are paid for with taxation. What an odd notion. As long as The State exists, and continues to fund things through coercive taxation, you and I will be paying for a lot of things we didn’t have any […]

Child Sense: Helping your child learn the basics of organization

Priscilla J. Dunstan Teaching our kids how to be organized starts at an early age. The habits that will aid them as they move through life start when they are young with simple systems learned at home and in their own space. Even when they are young, they can learn how to put away their […]

Our people: Clovis barber Tom Wade has helped develop city

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Clovis resident Tom Wade, 74, has been a part of big things in Clovis. He worked with the Junior Chamber to turn Greene Acres Park Lake from a “swamp with weeds over your head” into a park where people want to spend time. Wade formed the Clovis Softball Association, which began with four teams and […]

Politicians feel pressure to act

Politically minded people are starting to anticipate election season. This means many of them will be asking the wrong questions of the candidates; who will be all-too willing to answer them. We are already hearing politicians detailing what they would do about things that no government, nor any politician, has any authority to be involved […]