Some ladies are beautiful in any language

By Curtis K. Shelburne When I checked e-mail a little while ago, I noticed a semi-news item about the new movie “The Interpreter” and its star Nicole Kidman. I know nothing about the movie. I know only the film’s title: “The Interpreter.” But I’ve seen Nicole Kidman in some other films. So I wasn’t all […]

Dual Language Program promotes proficiency in both Spanish and English

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La Casita second grader Sigrid Viera reads from her text book during science class Tuesday at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis. Ten years ago it would be hard to find a student speaking Spanish in the classroom. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink […]

Children’s language changing constantly

By Mona Charen The day is not far distant when I will not understand a word my children say. As it is, I’m moderately fluent in kid-speak, but losing ground all the time. My husband barely speaks the language at all and is often reduced to gaping at them over his morning coffee as they […]

Candidate profiles — County Commission, District 4

CNJ staff Republican Albin Smith faces Democrat Gloria Wicker for the District 4 seat on the Curry County Commission. Name: Albin Smith (incumbent) Occupation: dairyman Party: Republican Age: 52 Hometown: Clovis Wife: Sandra Children: four children, four grandchildren Hobbies: Work with Faith Christian Family Church; spend time boating and swimming at Ute Lake Political history: […]

Candidate profiles

CNJ Staff Republican Tim Ashley faces Democrat Paul D. Barnes for the District 5 seat on the Curry County Commission. Name: Tim Ashley Occupation: Owner of Clovis Concrete Company Party: Republican Age: 41 Hometown: Clovis Wife: Celeste Children: Travis, 13, Joshua, 11, Connor, 8, Hunter (born on Friday). Hobbies: Singing Gospel music, playing guitar Political […]

Search on for bilingual principal

Ryan Lengerich: CNJ News Journal Jarilyn Butler didn’t always speak her students’ language. On snowy days, the former Lockwood Elementary School principal would receive phone calls from parents asking if school had been canceled. Many would ask in Spanish. Butler speaks only English. “I would pick up the phone and it was ‘Habla espanol?’ And […]

Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]

Web portal bill stands to restrict public records

Ray Sullivan Freedom to read public records is a wonderful choice in New Mexico. But those rights are in jeopardy if a loosely worded, illogical bill becomes law. The measure is House Bill 291. The language in Senate Bill 314 is the same. The bills would allow state information technology (IT) people to develop and […]

A word that drives me up the wall

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Symposium for Sparkling Conversation we’re swamped with letters warning us that our mother tongue is going to hell in a handbasket. Just to show you how serious this is, we spent 10 sleepless minutes dealing with the fact that in English there is no synonym for the […]

Water conservation effort draws concern

By Jack King Officials of Clovis’ water policy advisory board and the Curry County Commission are still working out compromise language for a resolution encouraging and supporting water conservation, advisory board Chairman Randy Crowder said Wednesday. The City Commission adopted an emergency drought management plan, with water conservation plans and regulations, on Nov. 6. Crowder […]

Validity of language arts curriculum questioned by school board member

By Gary Mitchell When assistant superintendent for instruction Ladona Clayton reviewed the materials adoption/curriculum revision schedule for language arts Tuesday night, a Clovis school board member questioned its validity. Board member George Banister first asked who required the changes in the language arts curriculum revision timeline. “The State Department of Education,” Clayton said. “But the […]

Jobs going overseas are not low-paying

By Walter Williams Among George Orwell’s insightful observations, there’s one very worthy of attention: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” Let’s look at a few examples of corrupted language, thought and information. Pretend you’re a customs inspection agent. There’s a cargo container awaiting a ship bound for foreign shores. You ask […]

Hispanics still underrepresented on TV

By Helena Rodriguez When it comes to Hispanics and network television, I don’t want to see another Pancho Villa. Too many times, Hispanics, Latinos, Chicanos, whatever we call ourselves, are portrayed as drug lords or maids. We’ve seen progress this year and a perfect example is ABC’s George Lopez show, but with the release of […]