Recent accident spike concerns law enforcement

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Recent vehicle accidents in Roosevelt and Curry counties and Parmer County in Texas have taken the lives of five individuals under the age of 22, and have caused concern for area law enforcement officials. While the cause of those accidents is not yet known, drinking and high rates of speed […]

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 […]

Students need new challenges in education

Freedom Newspapers Backing up results of an earlier, less scientific “shotgun” survey of teens by the National Governors’ Association, a scientific new poll reports that nearly nine in 10 high school students surveyed say they would work harder if their school had higher expectations of them. Let’s hope educators are listening. The Associated Press reported […]

Minimum wage tool of discrimination

By Walter Williams Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., both introduced proposals to increase the minimum wage from its current $5.15 an hour. Sen. Kennedy’s proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25 in three steps over 26 months, while Sen. Santorum’s would have raised it to $6.25 in two steps over […]

Teens can tell fantasy from reality

By Steve Chapman Last week, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill banning the sale of violent or raunchy video games to minors, after a debate that reached its high point when one member said, “I am going to vote for this bill knowing it’s unconstitutional.” Score a point for truth in government. The […]

Teens remain hospitalized

CNJ staff An early Sunday morning accident that claimed two lives and sent three to the hospital is still being investigated by New Mexico State Police, officials said. Aaron LaRue, 17, of Clovis and Dathan Garcia, 17, of Tucumcari were killed in the accident, which happened south of Portales. The driver of the truck, Travis […]

Unknown teens find woman’s cat after long search

Reporter’s Notebook With the recent rash of crime, Jackie Zimmerman said she was scared early Wednesday morning when she hit the dark streets near her home on West 17th Street in search of her injured cat. The elderly woman, who needs a cane to walk, didn’t feel any safer when she saw three teenagers walking […]