Governor signs bill to ban corporal punishment

Alisa Boswell New Mexico public schools can no longer spank or paddle students to discipline them under a legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez. New Mexico joined 30 other states and the District of Columbia in banning corporal punishment in schools, according to the Center for Effective Discipline, a Columbus, Ohio-based group […]

Policy shift on punishment good first step

Freedom New Mexico We’re not sure whether it constitutes, as Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship, put it, “a seismic shift in the political landscape with conservatives departing from the ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ philosophy,” but it is potentially a significant move. A group of prominent conservatives, along with conservative […]

Thanksgiving most American of holidays

President Barack Obama stepped up on Wednesday and issued a pardon to keep an innocent creature from experiencing the wrath of capital punishment. Yes, we are referring to the annual White House sideshow that is the pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, an event officially started during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. This is […]

Paddling under review: School board to vote on corporal punishment

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CNJ illustration: Ryn Gargulinski By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A policy that allows students to be paddled as a form of discipline is rooted firmly in the Clovis Municipal Schools. Only one of the school district’s five board members raised concerns Tuesday with the procedure during an annual policy review session. “I have issues […]

Texico students spend morning doing manual labor

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Texico High School senior John Schueler, right, pulls up a fence post with the help of Glen Neie on Thursday. “To tell you the truth, I would rather be doing this than be in school,” said Schueler (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Texico senior Natalie Walton had the sleeves […]

Reader Reaction: Poaching punishment reactions mixed

A Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the recent killing of five deer out of season. If convicted, the suspect faces a maximum punishment of 7 1/2 years in jail. Is the potential sentence too harsh? Too lenient? Some responses: “BEAUTIFUL TROPHIES THAT HUNDREDS of law-abiding citizens would love to have. … I say the […]

Consistency is key to raising children

Letters to the editor I would like to address the zero-tolerance policy backed by not only the Clovis schools but many schools across the nation. This policy could be a good one if administration used common sense in situations and if punishment were consistent. It is my job, as a parent, to teach my child […]