Being big boss means earning respect

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist It’s time to say hail to our chiefs! Long live our fearless leaders! Our head honchos! Our top dogs! Our sometimes ruthless dictators! Our jefe de los jefes or boss of all bosses. Monday is National Boss Day, an ancient ritual that dates back to the caveman days. During the […]

Cannon celebrates Hispanic heritage

Airman Thomas Trower “Through hard work, faith in God, and a deep love of family, Hispanic Americans have pursued their dreams and contributed to the strength and vitality of our Nation. They have enriched the American experience and excelled in business, law, politics, education, community service, the arts, science and many other fields. Hispanic entrepreneurs […]

Outlook optimistic for today’s teens

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If you take a look at mass media aimed at teenagers, you start to see a pattern. What topic suffuses teenage prime-time dramas? Sex. Movies aimed at high school boys? Violence. Music popular among the SAT-taking crowd? Sex and violence. You’ve noticed, and the scholars at the medical journal Pediatrics […]

Liberal ‘culture capture’ must be undone

Mona Charen: syndicated columnist A parent from Plymouth, N.Y., has sent along another example of liberals gone wild. Fishing through her son’s backpack (he’s a ninth grader), she found a crumpled up handout from the health teacher. The title caught her attention: “Dysfunctional ‘Family Rules.’” The handout is reproduced below with punctuation, grammar and capitalization […]

Let your children find the artist inside

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist d“Broaden your horizons — spend a summer morning with the Boys with Beards.” No, that doesn’t mean that ZZ Top is coming to Clovis, though that might not be a bad idea — I’d be first in the ticket line. What’s up is the Main Arteri’s summer arts program for […]

Too much keeping quiet going around

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated columnist They could have just shut up. That’s what’s interesting. The thing had been said, the controversy had flared and faded, bygones were becoming bygones. They could have moved on, left well enough alone. Instead, they declare themselves, “not ready to make nice … not ready to back down … still […]

0-0-1-3 safety program promotes responsibility

Tech. Sgt. Michael Rogers Cannon’s focus this summer is to “Live Smart, Train Hard and Defend Freedom.” 0-0-1-3 is one way to remember what smart living is all about. Developed to provide F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Airmen guidance on responsible drinking, the 0-0-1-3 program concept has become well-known and accepted by its populace […]

Christmas greeting debate nonsense

By Ned Cantwell Hand me that AK-47. I am about to join the Culture War. There is the notion that somehow the entire Christmas season has become an orchestrated movement by Christians to impose their faith on non-believers or followers of other sects. Therefore, goes the argument, a Nativity scene on a courthouse lawn is […]

Q&A: Clovis alumna studying Islam abroad

Editor’s note: Clovis High graduate Kayla Carruthers is studying the Islamic culture in Syria. Q What are you doing in Syria? A I applied for the Fulbright Program and was awarded to study in Egypt, but then encountered problems with the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt and eventually my grant was transferred to Syria. […]

New Yorker fitting in nicely

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Contrary to popular belief — or one I just made up — culture shock is not some obvious, earth-shattering thing. With almost a month in the small town of Clovis, after nearly two decades in Brooklyn and New York, N.Y., I was erroneously waiting for that bolt of lightening […]

AG recommends education to combat alcohol abuse

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the […]

Pop black culture ignorant, disrespectful

By Leonard Pitts, Jr. It was a sunlit moment. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had students in my pop culture class talking about black images in entertainment media. As part of that discussion, I showed them a movie — Spike Lee’s 2000 satire, “Bamboozled.” It is in some ways a deeply flawed film. […]

Christianity integral part of culture

By Mona Charen They stood in a line that stretched at least a mile, sometimes 30 abreast. Huddled in blankets in the evening cold, and gratefully accepting bottled water from priests patrolling the line during the hot daylight hours, the mourners — who wanted one last glimpse of Pope John Paul II — waited patiently […]

Need to belong leads to tragic results

By Leonard Pitts I just visited the Web site that fascinated Jeff Weise, the 16-year-old who shot up his high school on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. There, I learned that the tribes of humanity must be separated or risk destruction by assimilation. That Jews are a “fanatical religious-ethnic” group conspiring to control communications […]

Grady schools learn about Hispanic culture

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dy first graders Rachel Porter, left, and Kayleigh Fury perform a Mexican folk dance during the school’s “Fiesta Day” on Wednesday at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer GRADY — A little bit of Mexican influence found its way into a town known for farming and ranching Wednesday. Grady […]

Cinco de Mayo a part of American culture

By Helena Rodriguez, columnist According to late night TV show host Jay Leno, “St. Patrick’s Day is the Cinco de Mayo for white people.” That had me laughing, and nodding in agreement when Leno said this on TV in March. I just have to mention it now as we prepare for a big Cinco de […]

It’s too late to nitpick U.S. lawmaking

Tibor Machan If we had a country governed by the rule of law, where legislatures respected individual rights and did not pass edicts and regulations that violate our unalienable rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, then all the bellyaching about “judge-made laws” would make sense. Sadly, however, it is too late to complain […]

‘Dear Bobby’ heals the pessimist folks

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist I came out of the closet a few years ago, admitting the authorship of “Dear Abby” columns in newspapers. It began when my identity was exposed by a composing room boo-boo that placed my picture over a “Dear Abby” column. It turned out to be beneficial, however, because I no […]

Halftime stunt worked; people are talking

Leonard Pitts Jr. It was a week in which the president agreed to an investigation of prewar intelligence failures, a Massachusetts court affirmed gay marriage and ricin was found in a Senate mailroom. So naturally, everybody was talking about Janet Jackson’s right breast. As you surely know, Jackson “unleashed the breast” (credit the phrase to […]

Foreigners defensive toward Americans

By Tibor Machan When one has contrarian views, it is not always easy to enjoy oneself. I often sit through movies with much to offer, only to find that characters unhesitatingly denounce something I value, such as capitalism, business, or some great feature of American culture. The same fate faces me when I pick up […]