School house rocks the vote

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Desiree Barraza fills in her name on a voter registration card in Kelly Fontanilla’s fifth grade class at James Bickley Elementary school. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer The fourth-grade classroom looked different today. On each of the miniature desks sits a white laptop. In front of each laptop, the […]

Mother’s Day lesson one to remember

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist One Mother’s Day many years ago, I got in trouble at church for talking during the Sunday morning service. I was sitting in the balcony of the old church at eighth and Hinkle. The church was packed that day, but Mother’s Day was not on my mind. I had just […]

Key to Christmas gift giving: No plug-ins

By Grant McGee: Local columnist They say the great thing about being a guy is you can get all of your Christmas gift shopping done in half an hour on Christmas Eve. Well, I must have missed that lesson because choosing a gift for someone ranks right up there in my top five “Anxiety-Producing Things […]

Lessons can be learned from food scares

By Ryn Gargulinski: Columnist Just when New Mexico folks thought that burrito was safe, new news says a tainted bag of spinach found its way to the Land of Enchantment. The spinach E. coli scare has now strained its way to 23 states, killing one in Wisconsin. While the scare heavily hit California — since […]

Pride can be a pitfall

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Here is the summer camp story again. I have had some requests for it. I think some readers must have had similar experiences with pride. There’s something unique about being at camp in the mountains. The mountains, the solitary atmosphere of old cabins tucked away in the pines … the […]

2/24 amos

amos the churchmouse: a view from under the pew   Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, unable to use the keyboard shift keys and unschooled in the art of punctuation.                                                                         laps in the sun   boss i ve said it before and i ll say it again – life ain t easy beneath […]

Some helpful hints for graduating seniors

By Judy Brandon I have been thinking about school days this past week and my K-12 school experience. Graduation was last week and many parents and members of extended family sat as they watched their seniors graduate. Just possibly this question was on their minds: “Where have the years gone?” In the fifties, I was […]

Death is one of life’s cruelest lessons

By Leonard Pitts Torrie was buried on a Friday. The day was cold and clear and there must have been a couple hundred people packed into the church. Most of the mourners were unbearably young — in their teens and 20s, I would guess. One was a woman who had to wait out her tears […]

Media marching timidly into the past

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Have you heard the news? There’s good rockin’ tonight. We’re talking girls in poodle skirts and guys with DA’s. Moondoggy’s got his old man’s Buick, so maybe later we can cruise down to the soda shop for a burger and a malted. Question authority? We don’t do that anymore, Daddy-O. Haven’t […]