Local social worker honored by CYFD

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wlison Sheila Smith, a social worker at the Children, Youth and Families Department, takes a call in her office Monday. On Wednesday Smith will receive the Rose Praisner Award from the National Association of Social Workers New Mexico Chapter in Albuquerque for 22 years of service. Benna Sayyed Sheila Smith was […]

Social promotion hinders learning

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Gov. Martinez’ initiative to end the automatic social promotion of children from the third grade to the fourth grade is a good one. Students should not be moved through school if they do not have the skills to do the work in the next grade. When this happens, they are more likely to cause classroom […]

Time to take control from technology

Social media, like its cousin, the cell phone, is a great thing so long as its stays in its place. Like many, I get irritated when it gets intrusive; unlike some, I try to always remember that I am the one in control. Facebook can remind me unnumbered times that I have “notifications pending.” That […]

New twist: Remake bad movies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking, and the difference between Facebook and Google+. In brief, the starting point is the difference, because Facebook starts with the concept that everybody sees everything and Google+ starts with everybody sees nothing unless you say so. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found starting points everywhere […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Social Security delays only scare tactic

Freedom New Mexico Anxious senior-citizen readers may be worrying that their Social Security checks might be held up by the wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. It’s worth clearing up that misconception and some others. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to line up enough GOP votes to pass a budget […]

New social network, same old story

First, it was Friendster … what’s that? You’re right. It wasn’t, but we’d be here all day if we talked about Classmates.com, ICQ, Yahoo Pager, MSN Messenger, etc. To save time, let’s pretend Friendster came first, with its ability to reconnect with old friends. Then MySpace came around, and added musicians. Then it was Facebook, […]

Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

Letters to the editor: Social issues have important place

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Social issues need to be put on backburner

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Commissioners discuss inmate housing, reimbursement

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File photo Tuesday, Curry County Commissioners discussed ways to recoup inmate housing costs along with other issues surrounding jail costs. Sharna Johnson Discussions among Curry County commissioners about the jail Tuesday centered on housing inmates out of county as well as options for getting reimbursed for inmate costs. Reimbursements for housing state Department of Corrections […]

Arizona shooting highlights division in nation

Clyde Davis It is curious how quickly we forget. I have come to realize, during this past week of social studies with my eighth-graders, that most of them have a difficult time grasping the depths and details of tightly mandated segregation, and to some extent, the prejudice which drives it. I say “to some extent” […]

Social media can bring out worst

I’m saying goodbye to a friend in the next few days. Chris Horton and I have shared books, laughs and video game sessions, though we’re not the closest of friends. Just good enough friends to be connected on Facebook, both times he had an account. He’s deleting his second account. I wanted to quip, “Yeah, […]

Social networking seminar offered

CNJ staff A free Comcast Corporation seminar Dec. 15 is designed to help non-profit organizations in maximizing the benefits of social media. Scheduled for 9 a.m. at Eastern New Mexico University, the seminar will teach local nonprofit groups in effectively using social media to “improve the success of events, creating brand perception, increasing donations and […]

Legal fair scheduled at courthouse

CNJ staff A legal fair will be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Free consultations are available with attorneys and civil legal service providers. Issues covered include divorce, custody and support, wills and estates, unemployment, real estate transactions, family law, criminal law, juvenile law and Social Security. Consultations are […]

Police blotter — Aug. 1

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 9 a.m. July 14 an officer responded to an undisclosed residence to be there while a social worker took a child into custody. The worker told the officer a judge had issued an order three days prior, giving the state custody […]

MySpace vs. Facebook

James Walker and Torie Iverson Editor’s note: Clovis’ James Walker and Rio Rancho’s Torie Iverson participated in the New Mexico Press Association’s annual high school journalism workshop last month. They wrote this story for The Future Press newspaper: Many technological advances in American culture have helped teens in many ways. Popularity of different online social […]

Reconciliation betrays intent of founders

Freedom New Mexico As the full-court-press by his administration to pass a health insurance bill that polls show most Americans oppose or have serious reservations about, we will have more to say about the curious faux-populist tactics President Barack Obama is using as he becomes increasingly desperate. For now let us just remark that it […]

Everybody’s Business: Social networking important marketing tool

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Local columnist Technology has a way of touching our lives either personally, professionally or both. The use of the Internet through Web sites such as Facebook, Blastoff Network, You Tube, Linked In, Twitter and others are a growing trend that will affect the workplace. These sites are part of a viral marketing […]

Social work fund established at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new agreement is funding classes and internships for Eastern New Mexico University students planning to work in public child welfare. The university and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department have established at Title IV-E Traineeship Stipend Program. ENMU will receive money from Title IV-E of the […]