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.

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 […]

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:

My turn: Social media may lead to stress

Here’s a new term to add to your medical terminology, “Facebook Depression.” I prefer the term “Facebooked,” as in zoned out. According to a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, blah … blah … blah… You can fill in the blanks. It’s not rocket science. Teen and tweens and people who think they […]

Their view: Social Security doesn’t add to deficit

Social Security doesn’t add to deficit This a press release from Democracy for America on leaving the Social Security program intact: Either House Majority Leader Eric Cantor doesn’t understand how Social Security works or he doesn’t care. Just hours after President Obama said Social Security cuts and privatization are off the table, Cantor said Social […]

Arizona shooting highlights division in nation

Clyde Davis It is curious how quickly we forget. I have come to realize, during this past week of social studies with my eighth-graders, that most of them have a difficult time grasping the depths and details of tightly mandated segregation, and to some extent, the prejudice which drives it. I say “to some extent” […]

Social media seminar set

Freedom New Mexico A free Comcast Corporation seminar Dec. 15 is designed to help non-profit organizations in maximizing the benefits of social media. Scheduled for 9 a.m. at Eastern New Mexico University, the seminar will teach local nonprofit groups in effectively using social media to “improve the success of events, creating brand perception, increasing donations […]

Press release: Portales man sentenced to 12 years for sex offenses

Portales, NM: Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that Derek Garcia, age 27, was convicted by a Portales jury for two counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under the Age of 13, second degree felonies. Garcia was sentenced by the Court to serve 12-years in prison for his crimes. The case stems […]

Portales past: Aug. 8, 1945

Aug. 8, 1945: E. Holt, representative of Social Security Board of Roswell, announced the board had reached 1 million claims since the program began 10 years earlier.

Wine tasting event to raise money for downtown projects

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Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Portales Winter Wine Festival and fundraiser Saturday is being billed as the social event of the holiday season by its organizers at Portales MainStreet. “It’s a social event,” said Nicole Wilkening, community affairs coordinator. “Pecos Flavors Winery is going to be serving wine and beer selections so people can […]

Social work fund established at ENMU

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer A new agreement is funding classes and internships for Eastern New Mexico University students planning to work in public child welfare. The university and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department have established at Title IV-E Traineeship Stipend Program. ENMU will receive money from Title IV-E of the […]