Educators say early start best for reading proficiency

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis Christian School third grade teacher Janella Hill leads her class Wednesday in the “Friendly Letter Song,” a song to learn the five parts of letter writing. Benna Sayyed Educators in Curry and Roosevelt counties agree that early intervention is the best method to help develop reading proficiency. They don’t […]

Count on God’s promise of joy

Curtis Shelburne I began writing this particular column a week ago. The wind had been howling all day long. Someone has said that nothing in nature is more beautiful than gently falling snow and the pristine glittering blanket it creates. I agree. But if that’s on one end of beauty’s scale, a wind-begotten brown dust-storm […]

Portales officials split on funding for proposed entertainment center

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Portales city officials have made repeated attempts to revive the movie theater in Portales, which closed in 2009, with no success, according to Greg Fisher, executive director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. Some city councilors are now seeking to bring a “Fun Center” to Portales. Alisa Boswell City […]

Budget cuts could come at troops’ expense

As Washington engages in a heated political debate about the federal deficit, both parties agree that spending should be cut and no program seems entirely safe from the budget-slashing ax. But history tells us that Congress often makes mistakes during periods of indiscriminate budget-cutting. And this time, the consequences could be tragic for our soldiers […]

Parents agree discipline important to raising children

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Freedom New Mexico: Russell Anglin Milton Brown talks with his children Desiree and Aaliyah and family friend Brandon Quintana outside Brown’s mother’s home Wednesday. Russell Anglin When it comes to parental discipline, a group of dominoes players at the Tucumcari Senior Center Thursday seemed to agree on one thing. “An undisciplined child is a handicapped […]

‘Eagle eyes’ key for staying safe

While the arrest of the Saudi student in Lubbock has raised awareness over the likelihood of an attack against Cannon Air Force Base and the surrounding community, it is important to remember that the threat of terrorism on U.S. military bases still exists since the tragic events of 9/11. Force protection specialists from Cannon agree […]

Bills offer solutions for keeping lottery scholarship afloat

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University student Rebeka Henson, who works at the Administration Building information office, said the Lottery Scholarship makes it affordable for her to attend college. Two bills in the state Senate are trying to keep the scholarship program solvent for a longer period of time. Argen Duncan State […]

County commissioners agree to form citizens’ committees

Sharna Johnson Curry County plans to form citizens’ committees to study and provide input on jail and courthouse issues. During a special meeting Wednesday, commissioners voted unanimously to form the two groups at a Dec. 7 meeting. In the meantime, they intend to put out an open invitation to residents who are interested in serving […]

Letters to the editor: Consultants agree jail outdated

Consultants agree jail outdated It appears the Clovis News Journal and some citizens place most of the blame for the deficiencies at the courthouse and jail on past commissioners and past and current management. I would like to interject this thought into the argument: If we could get the U.S. Justice Department to find the […]

Core standards could benefit all U.S. students

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls have shown most people agree standardized testing helps assess students’ overall readiness and the success of the instructors who teach them. Standardized evaluations, however, require standardized curricula; you can’t measure students’ performance on the same test if they didn’t study the same — or at least similar — information. […]

Governor’s race ‘historic and unique’

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Max Best of Clovis places his ballot into a voting machine Tuesday at Zia Elementary School. Best said it’s his “civic duty to vote. You can’t complain if you’re not taking part.” By David Stevens: FNM editor New Mexico Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: “I […]

Letters to the Editor: Trash bins make city look trashy

Trash bins make city look trashy I would like to agree with the gentleman who wrote about the new garbage bins. (“Leave dumpsters where they are,” Feb. 14 CNJ) I think they are ridiculous. They not only block sidewalks (we have enough vehicles and bushes that do that); they are also an eyesore. Trash overflows […]

Snow calls back childhood memories

A white Christmas may not be as precious to folks who live where a snowy Yuletide is the usual order of the season, but to me a white Christmas is cool in every sense of the term, and that is exactly what we had this year! I agree with the fellow who commented that in […]

Accepting Christ defining moment in life

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist Here we are in the year 2010 and it seems we should be just half way through 2009. I have to agree with the saying that time “really does fly by.” The Psalmist wrote about time when he was thinking about how his little short life fit into the whole […]

Editorial: Relationships don’t need federal approval

Two consenting adults agree to have sexual relations. Police and prosecutors — and maybe even federal agents — stand ready to pounce. Two consenting adults want to put a stamp of permanence on their relationship. Legislators and lobbyists brace for constitutional rewrites. In the first example, the government acts if money changes hands. Whether the […]

Octuplet mom hard to defend

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist We finally found something that conservatives and liberals alike can agree on — the disapproval, to put it mildly, over Nadya Suleman’s parenting choices. Forget the debate surrounding the stimulus plan and the economic downfall. Leave it to Suleman to unite the nation in criticizing her. In the last week, […]

Resident reactions mixed on McCain campaign suspension

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Residents agree presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain should get to work on a potential solution to the country’s recent economic meltdown. Citizens are divided on whether Sen. McCain should have suspended his campaign to do it. “I think it’s about time for them to both step up […]

County jail ‘a mess’ and needs changes

We agree with all who say the most pressing issue of the day is catching those who escaped from the Curry County jail Sunday night. Once that’s done, there is an immediate need to establish an independent investigating body to assess the entire jail operation, starting with how this latest jailbreak by eight highly dangerous […]

Gov. Richardson and U.S. Air Force agree to expand the Melrose Bombing Range

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File photo Gov. Bill Richardson and U.S. Air Force Assistant Secretary William C. Anderson agreed to an expansion of the Melrsoe Bombing Range. Freedom New Mexico staff SANTA FE — The state and the Air Force agreed during a meeting this week to move forward with the expansion of Cannon Air Force Base. The proposed […]

Governor and USAF Agree to Expand the Melrose Air Force Range