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, […]