Oscar pick blends sci-fi, westerns

By Karl Terry: Freedom Columnist I probably won’t watch the Academy Awards tonight but I do have a favorite for Best Picture. “Avatar” has my vote. To establish my immense credibility as a movie reviewer here, I’ve only seen two of the nominated movies but I feel pretty safe in making this call. If you […]

Take time to demonstrate patriotism

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist I could probably count the number of times on one hand I’ve actually been off on Memorial Day or one of the other three-day weekend holidays. Over the years I’ve worked at the newspaper on Memorial Day. Even

Internet provides learning tolls for developing minds

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist We have a granddaughter living with us. Since this person will turn 5 years old in April, and thus be enrolled in kindergarten, the subject of how 5-year-olds learn is of more interest to me than it has been at any previous time. Well, at least at any time since […]

DTV switch better in private sector’s hands

Freedom New Mexico If you watch TV for more than a few minutes a day, you have probably seen ads and public service announcements about the Feb. 17 changeover from analog to digital television broadcasting. During the other transition, several officials of the incoming Obama administration have suggested pushing back the transition date three months, […]

New president faces N. Korea unsteadiness

Freedom New Mexico You might say the new quasi agreement with North Korea amounts to kicking the can down the road, and you might be right. But kicking the can down the road to be handled by the next administration is probably a less-worse outcome than continuing a strictly confrontational approach to the “hermit kingdom” […]

How crazy? Ocho Cinco percent

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist I never have and probably never will meet Chris Jones, but the man has inspired me in his “Complaints: Football Coaches” column. “I’m not sure when, exactly,” Jones wrote in this month’s Esquire, “Motorola headsets started coming with a license to act like” a word which I will replace with […]

Wine selection tips offered

By Anita Doberman: Local columnist You probably know by now that I am Italian, and I occasionally enjoy a good glass of wine. While I am not a professional wine connoisseur, I am going to share some basic tips, to help you pick a good bottle of wine, that my grandpa back in Italy has […]

Private sector probably best bet for Edwards

Freedom New Mexico It has been a few days since John Edwards went on national television to admit an extramarital affair. While the passage of time has calmed some of the tumult surrounding this latest sex scandal, North Carolina’s former senator has yet to emerge on the other side of this dark cloud of controversy. […]

Cow dogs: Rancher’s best friends

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish). If a cantankerous cow decided to quit the herd, my dad would say, “Get her, Oso,” and he’d chase her down. Before long she’d decide […]

Three cheers for cow dogs

Glenda Price Well-trained cow dogs are probably the most valuable “hands” on a ranch. When I was young, our family had a black English Shepherd called Oso (bear in Spanish).