Bullying won’t get Limbaugh’s message across

Clovis Media Inc. The language wasn’t the worst part about Rush Limbaugh’s tirade last week, in which he called a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because she wants contraception to be a requirement of health insurance. Limbaugh’s decision to target a private citizen, rather than, say, President Obama who has championed […]

Proposed bills pose danger to free speech

If you went to the English-language version of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia on Wednesday, you would have seen only a message warning about attempts in Congress to censor the Internet. Reddit (a social news site), Boing Boing (a popular group blog) and other websites joined the one-day “blackout.” The protest is aimed at two […]

Students celebrate National French Week

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis High School French I student Alexandria Johnson prepares French bread plates for French club students. Benna Sayyed Destini Arguijo thinks speaking only one language is a setback for people today. Arguijo, a Clovis High junior, speaks English and Spanish and is studying French to reach her dream of becoming […]

Letters to the editor: Inform — then send in our troops

In the language arts curriculum of major universities, there is a branch of study called cognitive linguistics. This is the field of language that trains students to transform common terms into euphemisms. All of us first became aware of this branch of learning as children when janitors became “maintenance engineers.” Politicians love this discipline. Terrorism […]

English-only bills violate our freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Among the various bills offered in Washington and Texas are new efforts to force every U.S. resident to speak English. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged to file an English-only bill in Congress. Worse, similar bills already have been filed in the Texas Legislature. One Texas state representative has filed legislation […]

Letter to the editor: Be sensitive to adopted children

Be sensitive to adopted children In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, the Christian Child Placement Service where I intern would like to draw attention to the importance of positive adoption language. People with the best intentions can cause harm by using ill-informed words regarding those who have been involved in the adoption […]

In Search of Ponies: Animal language simple

Sharna Johnson I think many of us find within different social settings we adopt alternate vernaculars to our own. For instance, when I visit my grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains, I develop a twang and blend words like “Ain’t” and “Y’all” into my vocabulary. If I spend time with British friends, I inexplicably develop a […]

Education digest: Lockwood Elementary honored

Lockwood Elementary honored Lockwood Elementary School was one of 32 schools given the 2009-2010 Title III Incentive Award by the New Mexico Department of Education, according to a news release. The schools were awarded because of their strong bilingual education programs that have helped English language learners move toward proficiency in English and made academic […]

Education feature: Clovis school gives 50/50 language mix

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lockwood Elementary School kindergarten students Halynn Garcia, right, tells Katelynn Wideman the instructions the teacher gave the class in Spanish moments before. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer When Ana Rodriguez asked her second grade class for words that begin with the letter “B,” birthday was rejected. “Yes, but words […]

Education Feature: Computer lab offers bilingual opportunity

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Trinity Segura was brought on at Lincoln-Jackson Family Center as the computer lab manager. Segura said she often works with patrons through lessons in the Rosetta Stone Program. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Seven years of dual-language classes at La Casita Elementary School weren’t enough for Chautauqua Acy. Acy, […]

Eight Clovis schools miss AYP marks

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Eight Clovis schools did not meet federal academic proficiency targets for the 2006-2007 school year, two more than last year. Added to the list were La Casita Elementary for failing reading proficiency and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista because students with disabilities did not meet math and reading […]

Letters to the Editor: Non-English speakers still contribute

In answer to comments made by Glenda Bly (“Richardson’s Spanish debate angers American voter”) in last Sunday’s CNJ, I would like to tell a story about my grandparents. Guadalupe and Ignacita Martinez (both American citizens), were born and raised here in New Mexico. My grandmother was deaf and my grandfather was seriously hearing impaired, but […]

Upward Bound helps students prepare for college life

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Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry Mark Douglas, left, of Portales helps Kayleen Madrid of Clovis with an art project Friday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Liberal Arts building. The two were part of an Upward Bound class taking part in a summer session in Portales. By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer Members of the baking club […]

Letters to the Editor: Tattoos not something to warrant fear

In response to Scott Blazek’s Sunday column, “Tattoos go against Bible’s teaching. I was disturbed to learn one of our local Christian leaders believes people who have tattoos are alcoholic, criminal-minded, addicted, disease-ridden low-lifes who will never make a positive contribution to society. I don’t understand why some people are so threatened by tattoos. It’s […]

Congress sets sights on No Child Left Behind

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer For Clovis special-education teacher Lisa Gershon, the coming weeks will be a lesson in frustration. Students in her classroom and in public schools across New Mexico will begin New Mexico Standards Based Assessments on Feb. 26. The tests, required under the No Child Left Behind Act, will continue through […]

Council approves next phase for Wellness Center

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis city commissioners unanimously approved the next step in the design and construction of the Wellness Center, despite uncertainty that lingers about language used by the New Mexico Legislature to appropriate funds for the center. Designing and overseeing the construction of the second phase of the Wellness Center — […]

State calls strike on city

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer More than $150,000 in legislative funds is being withheld from the city of Clovis because the state has determined the funds would be misused if they paid for construction at a Clovis baseball field. The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration has determined Clovis cannot be reimbursed […]

U.S. needs to explore alternatives to war

Letter to the Editor Jimmy Carter said, “The existence of war is incompatible with our basic needs as human beings — stable homes, food, health care, a life free from fear and persecution.” Most of the world agrees. For modern technological society, war is obsolete. Because we are as hard-wired for conflict as we are […]

Surviving in a world of silence

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Jerrdan Jones, 17, of Portales, watches his mother, Darynda Jones, use sign language as she talks. Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Only the loudest sounds penetrate Jerrdan Jones’ world — the rumble of a lawn mower, the rush of a subway train, the buzz of a chain saw and, occasionally, […]

Cost shouldn’t matter when it comes to voting

Freedom Newspapers The continued value of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was made clear just two weeks ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in one Texas congressional district, Republican Party leaders had robbed Hispanics of political influence by using district boundaries to split Hispanic populations. Key provisions of the bill, added in […]