What's Happening: March 16 — March 23

Friday Social Hour 4:27 p.m. The Landing Zone

My turn: Facebook is modern day scrapbook

I love social networking … knowing that my neighbors are baking bread, my friends are celebrating birthdays, or my cousins are off to the zoo. When I was a child, Mrs. Frances Christo provided Portales with just such snippets of information in her News-Tribune column.

What's Happening: Feb. 24 — March 1

Friday Cannon Biggest Loser winner announcement Fitness center Social Hour 4:27 p.m. The Landing Zone Field Trip: Model Train Museum 5 p.m. Youth Center Smart Money Goes to ENMU 5 p.m. Youth Center Family Bowl-a-Rama 6 p.m. Cannon Lanes Stay Up All Night 9 p.m. Community Center

27th SOW Social Media: Dependents crucial part of conversation

By Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is third in a series of social media related stories. Recent advances in social media have completely altered communication for today’s military families. Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter enable them to share, connect and be part of events […]

Social promotion hinders learning

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Gov. Martinez’ initiative to end the automatic social promotion of children from the third grade to the fourth grade is a good one. Students should not be moved through school if they do not have the skills to do the work in the next grade. When this happens, they are more likely to cause classroom […]

What's Happening: Jan. 27 — Feb. 2

Friday Pre-Deployment Briefings 11 a.m. Airman and Family Readiness Center Friday Social Hour and Snacks 4:27 p.m. Landing Zone Family Bowl-a-Rama 5 p.m. Cannon Lanes DZ After Dark 9 p.m. Drop Zone

27 SOW social media: Pitfalls of social media

Public Affairs By Public Affairs Office: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is second in a series of social media related stories. According to a March 2011 poll by Internet World Stats, more than 2 billion people use the Internet — that’s nearly a third of the world’s population. Because of this widespread […]

27 SOW social media: Join the conversation

By 1st Lt. Raymond Gobberg: 27th SOW Public Affairs Editor’s note: This feature is first in a series of social media related stories. Like. Tweet. Follow. Check-in. For those who have not been following social media over the past several years, these calls to action might sound foreign, or downright strange. Fear not, because these […]

Their view: Bingaman welcomes increase in Social Security benefits

Press releases Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., issued this week on a boost in Social Security benefits and President Obama’s announcement of the end of the war in Iraq:

Time to take control from technology

Social media, like its cousin, the cell phone, is a great thing so long as its stays in its place. Like many, I get irritated when it gets intrusive; unlike some, I try to always remember that I am the one in control. Facebook can remind me unnumbered times that I have “notifications pending.” That […]

Too much in your face(booking)

Facebook is being blamed as a top cause of relationship problems and divorces, according to online stories I read, and in a New York Times article, I read that social Web sites such as Topix are causing big problems in small towns as people take traditionally coffee shop gossip to social networks. We can’t blame […]

New twist: Let’s remake bad movies

A few weeks ago, I wrote about social networking, and the difference between Facebook and Google+. In brief, the starting point is the difference, because Facebook starts with the concept that everybody sees everything and Google+ starts with everybody sees nothing unless you say so. Over the past few weeks, I’ve found starting points everywhere […]

Dirty Laundry: Off to study raising children in this digital age

Aisha Sultan Recently, my youngest child asked a question about love and God. He quickly realized from my reaction that he must have said something clever. As I reached for my laptop, he said, “Are you going to write what I said on Facebook? Do not write it there!” I was stunned. In fact, I […]

Social Security delays only scare tactic

Freedom New Mexico Anxious senior-citizen readers may be worrying that their Social Security checks might be held up by the wrangling over raising the federal debt ceiling. It’s worth clearing up that misconception and some others. Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are trying to line up enough GOP votes to pass a budget […]

Social Security won’t be funded by today’s youth

Freedom New Mexico While suffering through this federal debt-limit battle, think about something much more scary. Consider another story this week that relates to the financial crisis. Any tie-in may seem ludicrous, but bear with us. The owner of McDain’s Restaurant in Monroeville, Penn., has banned children under age 6 to protect grumpy adults from […]

New social network, same old story

First, it was Friendster … what’s that? You’re right. It wasn’t, but we’d be here all day if we talked about Classmates.com, ICQ, Yahoo Pager, MSN Messenger, etc. To save time, let’s pretend Friendster came first, with its ability to reconnect with old friends. Then MySpace came around, and added musicians. Then it was Facebook, […]

Repeat birthday social experiment

The day had finally come. I had turned 18. I could legally vote and buy cigarettes — two things Americans do in dwindling numbers. A few birthday wishes came at school that day, and it was a great day. Until, that is, my best friend turned to me in pre-calculus and said, “Stop joking around.” […]

Their view: Be careful with what you post online

Loni Newby is a Clovis mom, married to the Air Force, who writes for our Cannon Connections publication. This is her most recent effort on social networking:

DoD to drop Social Security numbers from ID cards

By Jim Garamone: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to disappear, said Maj. Monica M. Matoush, a Pentagon spokeswoman. The effort is part of a larger plan to protect service members and other DoD identification card holders from identity theft, officials said. Criminals […]

Military mama: Take care with online life

We live our lives online these days. Between social networking and Skype with our loved ones, the military spouse is often well-connected. There’s a lot of information readily available when we are in need of resources. But we do also need to be mindful of how much and what kind of information we are making […]