Recall election jeopardizes union reforms

If a national symbol exists for the movement to rein in the power of public employee unions, it is Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker. He pushed aggressive measures to curb the power and influence of government unions and now faces a union-funded recall campaign, which, if successful will empower unions and expand their power in […]

Portales resident objects to politically altered Zia

At least one Portales resident objects to the Roosevelt County field office of the Democratic party displaying an altered New Mexico Zia symbol used to promote Barack Obama. A sign on the front door of the office on Thursday displayed the Zia symbol with Obama’s official campaign art in the middle circle. “I think it’s […]

Remembering war casualties

By Sharna Johnson With a tiny paper Superman symbol no bigger than the tip of a finger stuck to the glass, Leroy “JR” Segura Jr.’s name stood out amidst the rows of golden dog tags glowing in the mid-day sun. “He always said that he was Superman,” JR’s younger brother Jake Segura said. Though he […]

Honoring the fallen

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis High School English teacher Renie Smith, center, presents Sandra and Leroy Segura Sr. a picture of their son, Leroy Segura Jr., a former student of Clovis High School, Monday afternoon as part of a gold tag ceremony at the Traveling Tribute Wall. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer With […]

Flag bans set dangerous precedent

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers I’ve heard both sides of the Confederate flag debate, once as a student participating in an online intercultural communication class discussion, and last summer, as an instructor teaching an Upward Bound class in multicultural history. In both debates, the overwhelming consensus was the Confederate flag is more divisive and is […]

Symbol might be ticket to Super Bowl

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Sunday’s Super Bowl led me to many questions, more so than other Super Bowl games I’ve watched. I struggled back and forth on whether or not Peyton Manning deserved the MVP award (he did) and whether it was that important to mention the first time two black coaches were […]

Peace on Earth sparks controversy

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer As a resident of a community with a strong military presence, I’ve often heard, “Freedom isn’t free.” It’s a notion that we sometimes have to sacrifice for our way of life, and it makes sense. As a reader of current events, I’m coming to fear something else. Apparently in […]

Allowing flag burning honors our forefathers

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday took a step toward limiting the First Amendment by sending to the Senate floor a constitutional amendment that allows Congress to ban flag desecration. Conservatives have been trying to get the amendment through Congress since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down flag protection laws in 1989. […]

Government backs off ‘holiday tree’

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Here’s an encouraging note. The bureaucrats said “bah humbug,” the people responded with a roar of “Merry Christmas,” and the government scrooges backed down. It all started in New Mexico. There, in the Santa Fe National Forest, a giant spruce was cut from the thicket and trucked to Washington to […]

Project: Reader Reaction — Readers divided on flag amendment

A recent Project: Reader Reaction asked residents how they felt about a constitutional amendment co-sponsored by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., that would allow Congress to protect the American flag from acts of desecration. “I’M A 25-YEAR veteran and served in both Southeast Asia and Korea. I’m a patriot and believe that the symbol of our […]

The Cross of Christ Is the Symbol of Life and Hope

By Curtis K. Shelburne: CNJ columnist Picture, if you will, a young man, a very decent sort, but a young fellow who wants to assert his individuality a bit, along with his right to dress as he wishes. He pokes good-natured fun at his stodgy ol’ dad, a businessman who regularly boards airplanes and flies […]

Cross is symbol of life, hope

By Curtis Shelburne Picture, if you will, a young man, a very decent sort, but a young fellow who wants to assert his individuality a bit, along with his right to dress as he wishes. He pokes good-natured fun at his stodgy ol’ dad, a businessman who regularly boards airplanes and flies to meetings with […]

Forget the Zia, salute the slot machine

Ned Cantwell: Guest Columnist Here’s what we need to do: Can the Zia sun symbol. Give it a special corner at the state museum to represent what New Mexico once stood for. Relegate it to remember-when status. Look, it’s only a matter of time before the ACLU gets wind of the Zia, anyway. The symbol, […]

The cross is recognizable everywhere

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist From the staked plains of the Llano Estacado to the rugged hills of Mount Calvary, and all places in between, there is only one symbol that has withstood the test of time. Once a symbol of despair and shame; now a worldwide symbol of hope to those who continue to […]

Better symbol needed for police brutality

By Leonard Pitts Maybe they should have beaten the crap out of Denzel Washington. I say that thinking of the time an Oprah Winfrey fan said she never fully appreciated the tragedy of slavery until she saw a picture of her idol dressed as human chattel, her body scarred by the whip. It struck her […]