Religion column: Passing on life lessons

The closing of another school year will soon be here. It brings back many thoughts filed in my mental book of memories. The simple trust and faith of children are traits I need everyday. When facing obstacles in my life, I think of problems from children’s perspective. “We have to go on to third grade […]

State land commissioner visits eastern New Mexico

Tonjia Rolan State Land Commissioner Ray Powell hopes to partner with local officials to make better use of state trust land in Curry and Roosevelt counties. Curry County has 45,640 acres of state trust land, and Roosevelt county has 181,691 acres, according to Land office District Manager Erik Nelson. Cannon Air Force Base leased 11,000 […]

My turn: Leaps of faith require trust

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We’re only days away from 2012. Although 2011 was a particularly challenging year, it’s ending with welcome change, due largely to my belief that God’s love is unchanging. Through good times and bad times this past year, I’ve felt an inner, uncharacteristic sense of assurance that things, although seemingly going from bad to worse, were […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians don’t realize power of words

Years ago, as I was starting a new job, my boss was introducing me around and told me not to trust a certain person and that if that person told me the time of day to check the clock. “Well,” I responded, “Isn’t even a stopped clock right twice a day?” I felt it only […]

Water trust board awards $4.4 million to pipeline project

CNJ staff The New Mexico Water Trust Board voted during its meeting June 1 to award $4,371,629.75 — its maximum allowable appropriation — to the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, a pipeline project that would serve municipal and county agencies in Curry and Roosevelt Counties. The board awarded a little more than $29 million […]

Let’s accept we can’t place trust in Pakistan

Freedom New Mexico As the discussion about Osama bin Laden’s death shifts from the operational details to the long-term repercussions, no issue is more important than how bin Laden’s death will affect America’s tenuous relationship with Pakistan. Formally considered an ally, the Islamic nation has received more than $18 billion in U.S. aid during the […]

In times of fear, put trust in Lord

The March spring winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband was in Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a day I […]

Put your trust in the Lord

Nothing quenches the peace and joy of life faster than problems, finances, health, strife or problems in relationships. Our faith wanes while depression and frustration disturbs our lives. I believe the following five steps will help us find peace and joy in hard times: 1. Trust in the Lord. Take this verse literally. Give everything […]

Be wary when placing trust in junk science

Freedom New Mexico A recent poll asked Americans who and what they trust. It found that Republicans trust religion more than science; Democrats trust science more than religion. Neither should trust in science, as it is a discipline of proof. Most religious beliefs cannot be proved, so those who submit to religion do so in […]

My turn: Never trust a mud puddle

Never trust a mud puddle, no matter how innocent it looks. James Wooten and my uncle Terry Smith grew up together in Ider, Ala. Like most country boys, they enjoyed four-wheeling. One day James, Terry and myself were just hanging and we decided to go see Terry’s dad Butler “Smitty” Smith. Well we cut through […]

Prayer and trust are vital to the believer

Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist I can’t help but notice that a crisis brings prayer regardless of the catastrophe, and it happens in public places. I heard no complaints about praying in public when 9/11 happened. The pain was too deep. I think prayer is vital to us any time. In the tumultuous times of adversity, […]

Children possess wisdom beyond their years

By Joan Clayton: Religion Columnist “Back to school” is here again. Where did the time go? Wasn’t it only yesterday school was out for the summer? After 14 years of retirement, I still miss it! I went back one year to give a gift to the teacher for her graduating seniors. She introduced me to […]

Where do you run when your soul hurts?

By Joan Clayton We go through pain being born into this world. Many endure excruciating pain upon leaving it. Somewhere between these stages, we will have a brush with problems … mental, physical, and emotional. Love makes vulnerability. It takes risks. Reaching out with love may find rejection, abuse and scorn. I once heard it […]

Trust God in the new year

By Joan Clayton: PNT Religion Columnist Do you dread a trip?  Do you imagine the worst, creating a scenario of all kinds of mishaps? When the phone rings in the middle of the night, do you think the worst before you even pick up the receiver? How about this one … envisioning all sorts of […]

A lesson in trust during winds of adversity

Joan Clayton The March winds roared like the proverbial lion, but that’s how it is in eastern New Mexico. My husband had gone to Oklahoma to help our middle son build a barn. It became my job to feed Lady, a beautiful sorrel mare that seemed more like a person than a horse. Twice a […]

Hats off to our veterans

Joan Clayton Tuesday has been designated Veterans Day. Words fail me as I try to express my gratitude to those who sacrificed so much. I think every day is a day to honor these heroes! Some soldier paid the price for me to have freedom in this beloved nation, that I might have “life, liberty […]

Reflection on Bush’s war plans

Tibor Machan The thing about this Iraqi war plan is that in a republic — or representative democracy, which is not the best form of government… Which is a constitutionally limited democracy wherein the “people” — i. e., the majority of them — can decided only a few matters and a sound, libertarian constitution guides […]