Two distinct choices in mayor’s race

We don’t endorse political candidates because voters don’t need the media telling them how to vote. What we do offer is perspective on candidates’ words and deeds.

Food choices not an endorsement

People haven’t started making resolutions just yet… possibly because they’re too busy enjoying the things they’re going to resolve to not do in 2012. That’s certainly been the case if people are resolving not to get offended so easily. They’re doing plenty of it right now on some pretty trivial things. • Last Wednesday was […]

Educational choices best left to parents

Freedom New Mexico Hurray for Colorado, a state of school choice in which parents may open enroll their children in almost any school they choose. If education is the future, Colorado’s future is bright. State money follows each student, so schools compete for the favor of parents. In trying to win the hearts of parents, […]

Texas students forced to make tough choices

Freedom New Mexico I t’s been said that in many Texas towns, the high school football coach has more influence than the mayor. High school sports is a big part of secondary education in the state — some have said it’s too big a part. The collective penchant for sports, and competition in general, is […]

In search of ponies: Some choices worth risk

Sharna Johnson My life wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have my Sancha. She was the first I saw when I began my search, and no matter what, I always went back to her. As a matter of fact, the night after I met her, I couldn’t sleep. I paced and fretted, telling myself […]

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 […]

Our choices revolve around ethics

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The basic task of ethics is to answer the question, “How should I act?” What standards apply to me as I conduct my life?” “What are the fundamental principles that I should follow?” Those are pretty much equivalent questions, butthe answers are extremely complicated and multifaceted. There are […]

Letter to the editor: Criticism only serves as motivation

Criticism only serves as motivation I am a student at Choices Alternative School. My teachers, many other students and I have read comments on the CNJ Web site related to our school. Choices is a great school. We are not just hoodlums. Choices students are only normal people trying to earn a diploma in order […]

Choices are ours, not government’s

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist The Oakland Worldwide apartments in California do not ban smoking around the pool frequented by renters. John Birke thinks the smoke his child is inhaling there is hurting her. But instead of taking the trouble of moving to a place where no smoking is permitted by the pool, […]

Choices graduates praise teachers, school

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CNJ staff photo: Keely McDowell Miguel Salazar, left, Samantha Garcia, center, and Brittana Boyce are part of the 2008 Choices graduating class. The 110 seniors who will graduate Monday from Choices school gave credit for their success to the school and the teachers. Choices is an alternative high school in the Clovis school system for […]

Conscious eating leads to healthier choices

By Anita Doberman If someone asked me, “What is your most complex relationship?,” I would confidently answer — the one with food.

Choices determine life’s path

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist I wrote about these two long-gone cousins about five years ago, but the time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a […]

Choices good alternative for student worker

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ correspondent Ziola Buenrostro made several sacrifices when she switched to Choices Alternative High School from Clovis High School last year, including playing volleyball. However, she said, the tradeoff has been worth it. Taking advantage of the school’s more flexible schedule, Buenrostro, 17, was able to work as a server at the […]

Too many choices make selection tough

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There was one copy of this magazine sold from Hastings in Clovis last year. I know, because I am the one who bought it. The magazine is the Competition edition of Wildfowl Carving, which features the best of the previous year’s carving competitions, primarily in wood, for those who focus […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Students donate to family in crisis

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A CLOVIS FAMILY grieving the recent, unexpected death of their father has received heartfelt donations from Clovis students, according to Clovis Schools press release. Students from Choices school donated 1,055 non-perishable food items, $205, and a Christmas tree to the bereaved Terrones family, according to Choices Principal Scott Sparks. […]

Ingenuity, intelligence no match for wisdom

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Just for fun I bid on some old school lunch boxes on eBay. Years ago Annie, John Scott and Buffy ate lunch everyday at school with Charlie’s Angels, The Dukes of Hazard and Holly Hobby. So I thought I would put in a bid for each one on eBay. Was […]

Student overcame hurdles to graduate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her back is turned as she runs a brush through her long, black hair. She looks away from the mirror, and sits down on the hospital bed, where she has draped a bright, SpongeBob SquarePants blanket over the thin, white sheets. Suddenly, it is obvious. Erica Lopez isn’t the […]

No such thing as luck, only hard work

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist I walked under a ladder on purpose the other day to prove a point. Some men were climbing onto a roof at Eastern New Mexico University and one of them forewarned me not to as I boldly walked right under the ladder with a sarcastic smile on my face. “You’re […]

Choices can lead to God — or stomachaches

By Judy Brandon: Local Columnist I wrote about Mother’s two cousins about five years ago. The time has come to tell their story again. This childhood story illustrates the point that the decisions and choices we make affect us. These two grew up in northeastern Arkansas. In grade school they participated in a school club […]

Nobel winner never lost sight of human factor

Freedom Newspapers In awarding the Nobel Prize in Economics to Thomas C. Schelling, the Swedish Academy of Sciences honored a man who is “an exceptional independent thinker” and who has pioneered a variety of concepts in economics and in other social sciences. That’s the assessment of Dan Klein, who teaches economics at George Mason University […]