Today’s generation lacks hope

This is difficult to write. One does not want to showcase his dark side. Yet, truth must out. Here’s my dirty little secret. I have good friends who are New Mexico bankers. Yes, among that despised crowd with their imperial debit card charges and overdraft criminality are those who seem to be pretty good people. […]

Technology molding next generation

As we were reviewing first-grade spelling words, all of them based on the “u” sound, my granddaughter Mikayla looked at me in all innocence and proclaimed “Mute doesn’t mean you can’t speak. It’s the button you push on the remote.” I solemnly swear to you that this is not a child who spends countless hours […]

Press release: More than 350 students graduating Saturday from ENMU

PORTALES–Approximately 366 students will graduate when Eastern New Mexico University hosts its 118th commencement convocation on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in Greyhound Arena in Portales. The ceremony also marks ENMU’s 75th anniversary. Immediately following the ceremony, the ENMU Alumni Association and Academic Affairs will host a commencement reception to honor the spring 2010 […]

First person: Cultivating success

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Farwell’s Ryan Williams was named one of four National Outstanding Young Farms by The United States Junior Chamber. Ryan Williams of Farwell was chosen as one of four National Outstanding Young Farmers by The United States Junior Chamber. Williams is the fourth generation to farm his family’s land in Farwell. […]

Residents react to deaths of Jackson, Fawcett

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Jillian Rink Two figures who definied a generation are gone within six hours of each other. The deaths Thursday of favorite “Angel” Farrah Fawcett and “King of Pop” Michael Jackson surprised and stunned us all. We asked some local folks to share their thoughts:

Generation Y besting their predecessors

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Growing older has many drawbacks and one unalloyed pleasure: passing judgment on the younger generation. Lately, people have been scrutinizing the members of Generation Y and finding them deficient. What’s wrong with the kids? A recent article in The Wall Street Journal reported that because they have been told since […]

Limiting student press bad precedent

By Carol Singletary: Guest columnist Quick. How free is the American press? With our First Amendment protections, we should be setting the standard for freedom in the press, right? Wrong. The Reporters Without Borders fifth annual World Press Freedom Index places the United States 53rd out of 168 countries (we tied with Botswana, Croatia and […]

Ag Sense: Center tracks wind energy potential

By Rex Kiksey Wind is a proven, cost-effective and environmentally friendly source of power. The most important factor to consider in the development of a wind energy facility is the site’s wind resource. Regional wind maps, which provide guidelines to an area’s general suitability, indicate that large portions of eastern New Mexico are favorable for […]

Summit makes second run

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Freedom Newspapers: Claude VigilCarlos Vargas-Aburto, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kutztown University, answers questions during the Latino Leadership Summit, held Friday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico University. By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Enthusiasm rippled through the crowd as high school students gathered Friday at Eastern New Mexico University to participate in the […]

Self-projected racism perpetuates cycle

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist “Can you show me the doll that looks bad?” The two baby dolls are identical except that one has pale skin, the other is dark. The little black girl, maybe 5 years old, has been holding up the pale doll, but in response to the question, she puts it down […]

Mirriam-Webster brings bling into vernacular

By Helena Rodriguez: local columnist I googled you to tell you that your new necklace was so bling but you were too busy being a mouse potato and that’s why I acted like such a drama queen. This isn’t gibberish I’m talking here, but English — new English that is — and you’ll be able […]

Remembering World War II

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Freedom Newspapers: Sharna Johnson Clovis resident Dan True served as an Army tech sergeant in World War II. He was deployed to Europe and the Philippines as part of his three-year stint. Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer An American flag hangs year-round outside Lt. Col. Judy Griego’s childhood home. The man who hung it is […]

Ten years after march, things unchanged

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ten years later, more than 65 percent of our children are still born out of wedlock. Ten years later, we are still five times more likely to die of homicide. Ten years later, still fewer than half of us own our homes. Ten years later, we still marry less, go […]

Teens talk about issues they face as graduates

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Clovis High School seniors (from left to right) Rosamond Garcia, Aaron Rooks, Anthony Luna, and Kinsey Kleyn-Kennedy browse through a college guide magazine the school will provide for seniors who will graduate May 21. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Glances, shrugs, and turned down smiles are like a second language […]