Make holiday shopping local affair

Saturday, Nov. 26, is Small Business Shopping Day. Be that as it may, why not allow every day, especially during Christmas shopping season, to be the day to shop locally, the day to patronize and support local businesses rather than the megastores? It’s no joke, and no accident, that those businesses are often either locally […]

Child Sense: Helping your child learn the basics of organization

Priscilla J. Dunstan Teaching our kids how to be organized starts at an early age. The habits that will aid them as they move through life start when they are young with simple systems learned at home and in their own space. Even when they are young, they can learn how to put away their […]

Military mama: Story of how we met rather unconventional

My love story is unconventional; an airman living the bachelor life in Hawaii, and a theatre major in Utah don’t easily cross paths. We definitely started as a one in a million shot, but go big or go home. I was visiting home over Christmas break, and John had just injured himself while boogie boarding. […]

Obama needs to act rather than speak

Freedom New Mexico The State of the Union message wasn’t always the media spectacle it has become. President Thomas Jefferson simply delivered a written report to Congress, and that precedent was maintained for more than a century, until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, who decided to deliver his message to Congress in person. The growing […]

Middle East stability requires new strategy

Freedom New Mexico In a region where national, religious and ethnic clashes have been the rule rather than the exception for millennia, it may be overly optimistic to believe an Israeli warrior would promote an alternative solution to the Middle East’s ongoing conflicts. Israel’s Moshe Ya’alon, a former special forces paratrooper, now vice prime minister […]

Congress should end ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy

Freedom Newspapers The Obama administration has disappointed some advocates of allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces by appealing a federal court decision that would have eliminated the rather hypocritical “don’t ask don’t tell” policy that now applies to gays in the military. It seems fairly clear, however, that the administration’s move, which […]

Editorial: “Green job” push cause for concern

Rather than stimulating the economy, government efforts to create “green jobs” probably have the opposite effect, judging from experiences where the tactic is employed, and numerous studies: Massive taxpayer subsidies are required, higher energy prices result, and existing jobs are lost, according to a new study by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Green Jobs and […]

Government key to strong economy

Here is a sad, undisputed fact: About 350,000 rather wealthy people at “the top” own as much as the entire bottom half of the remaining 300-plus million people in America, the land of the free. In a nutshell, what has happened is we have pursued a living within a system that blatantly milks the productivity […]

Shop owners: More car owners squeezing out extra miles

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ray Dodge of No Hassle Muffler and Auto Service replaces a valve cover gasket Monday on an 1996 Plymouth Neon. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Local auto service and repair shops operators said business is up as vehicle owners opt to repair and maintain their rides rather than spend […]

27th SOEMS tests newest torch

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Justin Darland, 27th SOEMS, demonstrates the new oxy-acetylene torch on Sept. 5. From left to right, Maj. Michelle Estes, 27th SOEMS commander, 27th SOW Command Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Fischer and Col. Timothy Leahy, 27th SOW commander. By Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe: 27th SOW Public […]

Clovis character shows off court

By Mike Thomson: Guest columnist When my son was 2, he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Because of this, he has to spend time in the hospital receiving treatments every now and then. These treatments can last up to two weeks and can be very draining for a child. Especially when that child is a […]

Christmas tree shopping not what it once was

By Curtis Shelburne Well, I get to go look for a Christmas tree this evening. I’m not looking forward to the looking. My wife has been making noises about this trip for several days. She’s giving me time to come to terms with the inevitable. She knows I’d rather eat turnip greens than go shopping […]

Women don't belong in combat

Anita Doberman Women were first admitted to West Point in 1976 after President Ford signed legislation opening the nation’s service academies to females. That first year, 119 young women enrolled at West Point, and the proportion of women has slowly but steadily grown. For the class of 2011, more women than ever entered West Point, […]

Community thinkers make world go round

By Clyde Davis: Columnist Professor Castillo bore a resemblance, perhaps intentionally fostered, to those old pictures one sees of Pancho Villa. Since the complexities and nuances of the Pancho Villa story, and indeed the entire Mexican Revolution, are largely telescoped in western Pennsylvania to a few broad brushstrokes, this tended to put people in a […]

When we accept issues as ‘ours,’ we live up to core values

Lt. Col. Steve Ehlenbeck Have you ever heard fellow Airmen complain about some aspect of how the Air Force or a particular organization does business? With tones of frustration and exasperation, Airmen sometimes express their disappointment with processes that seem to be broken. It may be that members of another organization with whom we share […]