If a stranger calls, let it ring

Janet Taylor-Birkey New DoD policy prohibits using cell phones while on the road Effective Monday, vehicle operators on Cannon will not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or they are using a hands-free device, according to an updated Department of Defense Joint Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision Regulation. The regulation further says that […]

New addition to goat family came in with clamor

By Ryn Gargulinski: Local columnist My four goats were on fire. Or dying. Or on fire and dying. There would be no other way to explain the mind-splitting bleats coming from the goat pen that sunny New Mexican afternoon. Being the good goat mom, I immediately ran outside with a bucket of water and that […]

Black man ‘loyal and dedicated’ to Klan

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist And now, here’s this week’s episode of Great Moments In Black History. The year is 1979. Carter is in office, disco is on the radio, and Ron Stallworth has just joined the Ku Klux Klan. We are indebted to the Deseret Morning News of Salt Lake City for revealing this […]

Text-speak books latest in stupidization

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Do u lk bks? I lk bks lotz. Dats y dis sux. OK, I’ll stop now. The copy editor is giving me the stank eye. If you are below a certain age, the foregoing is probably clear as Aruban seas. If you are above that same age, it is likely […]

What Blessings May Come From a 1:00 a.m. Phone Call?

By Curtis K. Shelburne I’ve got some work I need to finish up, but I’ll go to bed soon,” I told my already-in-bed-wife last night as I kissed her goodnight. “I don’t want to stay up too late, so I won’t work much longer.” “I’ll believe that when I see it,” she smiled sleepily back. […]

Fighting back best way to escape wolves

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: Ryn Gargulinski is managing editor of the Quay County Sun. This column, published in connection with domestic violence awareness month, was previously published in Brooklyn Woman newspaper and online at: 12.gauge.com It started with a teddy bear and ended in a pair of handcuffs. The teddy bear was […]

Cell phones not sole cause of bad driving

By Tibor Machan: Syndicated Columnist Richard Roy, a state representative of Connecticut, was quoted in the Oct. 1 New York Times as saying, “There’s nothing worse than seeing someone driving down the road, on the phone or shaving or putting on make-up, and there’s a child in the back seat.” With this hyperbole he was […]

Baseball passion wins over technology

David Stevens No one would laugh or think it strange if I’d listened to the Astros baseball game on the radio last Sunday afternoon. So why is everyone so amused that I listened to the first 11 innings on a cell phone? I tried but could not find an Albuquerque-area radio station broadcasting the Astros’ […]

Prized Bible rescued from road

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Walter Wissman reads his Bible that was returned to him by Frank Buckley after Buckley found it in a ditch along Prince Street. The Bible fell of the roof of the car as Wissman was on his way to Bible study. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Frank Buckley was running […]

Behind-the-scenes workers backbone of Curry County Fair

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Jan Riley, center, Jodi Clark, to Riley’s left in the ticket booth, and Peggy Burns, left, sell wristbands Saturday for the arenacross event during the Curry County Fair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Lemonade guzzlers and soda slurpers may not spend hours pondering the origin of ice cubes, and the […]

Portales soldiers cross paths while serving in Iraq

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Portales residents, left to right, Darren Hooker, Walter Carr, Brett Bedinger and James Montgomery pose for a photo while serving in Iraq. (Courtesy photo) By Marc Schoder: Freedom Newspapers Six men from Portales have more than 6,100 miles separating them from home. Though they are serving their country in Iraq, they now have reason to […]

Initiative would help emergency personnel locate contacts for accident victims

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CNJ Illustration: Eric Kluth By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A nationwide initiative is under way to help emergency personnel locate next-of-kin and emergency contacts for incapacitated victims in those critical moments following an accident, officials say. The idea is simple: Mobile phone users place emergency contact information in their phone’s contact numbers under the […]

Cell phone bans impossible gesture

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist When it comes to cell phones in cars, there are two kinds of people: those who make calls behind the wheel and those who hate them. The latter group includes not only me but a large majority of the Chicago City Council, which recently banned motorists from talking on hand-held […]

Never take advantage of relishing in time with family

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist “Dad, do you want to run to Amarillo with me?” That was the question that came across the phone line into my office. My son was needing to pick up his international driver’s license in Amarillo. Hmm. I hadn’t planned to take a trip that day. I had a […]

For many, cell phones, computers integral part of everyday life

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Kristin Smothermon of Albuquerque uses her cell phone while visiting her sister in Clovis. Smothermon, 16, received the phone from her parents two years ago. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Inside 16-year-old Kristin Smothermon’s purse is a flip-top Motorola cellular phone. The Albuquerque teen takes it with her most places […]

Other High Court rulings signal change for better

Freedom Newspapers If you, like us, are mourning the U.S. Supreme Court’s egregious eminent domain ruling that virtually gives fat-cat developers title to your home, there was some good news from the high court. One ruling allows music producers to go after the pirates who allow everyone and his brother, sister, aunt and uncle to […]

Teachers not substitute baby sitters

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist Help me with this. At what point in our history did the kids take over New Mexico schools and reduce teachers to pandering servants? Case in point. A friend invited to speak at Ruidoso High told me he saw a teacher escorting a young man to the principal’s office, being […]

Telephones made simpler by prioritizing

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist “I don’t like answering the phone. The phone ringing always means bad news.” I can’t remember who told me that. It’s one of those sayings that are kind of closed minded, no room for negotiation. But I kind of/sort of agree with my long-forgotten acquaintance about the telephone. I’m really […]