Building godly character in an ungodly world

By Leonard Lauriault When we moved to Tucumcari nearly eleven years ago, the church we attended was having a sermon series based on the Six Pillars of Character developed by the Character Counts youth ethics initiative (http://www.charactercounts.org/defsix.htm; accessed 9/20/07; 2 pp.). People realized that morals had declined because, almost as a nation, we’ve failed to […]

Rural values at stake in coming election

By Allen Weh At the beginning of the 20th century, rural America was the center of American life, home to most of the population and the source of the nation’s food and commerce. The core values of hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit and respect for private property took root in these early communities, and while […]

Youth recognized for Character Counts, FCCLA

Character Counts… The Tucumcari Middle School held a Character Counts assembly recently honoring students participating in the program. The purpose of the Character Counts program is to fortify the lives of America’s young people with ethical values called the “Six Pillars of Character.” These values, which transcend divisions of race, creed, politics, gender and wealth, […]

Those were the (school) days

By Lynn Moncus: QCS columnist As you are well aware, all this woman from Ima has to do is to hear some conversations about the present and then to head into the past to recall the times that were and to feel ever more privileged to have grown up when and where I did. Recently, […]

Abuses can’t be regarded as acceptable

Just suppose you were on Route 66 Boulevard and came upon a man systematically destroying Bibles. Maybe he’d be burning them, one by one. Or tearing them to pieces with his hands. Or maybe he’d just put them on the ground and spit on them. You’d be outraged, wouldn’t you? While the man would certainly […]

Teachers should take reins on unruly students

Lynn Moncus: Comments from the Canyons columnist After reading a series of articles about students’ behavior in public schools, I have but one question: Where is Mrs. Babcock? Those of us who were privileged to have her as a teacher at Tucumcari High School know that one such person turned loose in each school and […]

N.M. needs respectable education

By Lynn Moncusa: Comments from the Canyon Noting that our state ranks 49 and 50 (worst in the nation) in math and reading certainly caused this woman from Ima to pause one more time. Both the student and teacher in me became a little chagrined and rather embarrassed. I don’t necessarily believe in ranking by […]

Veterans Day calls for respect

By Angela Peacock On Tuesday, people from around the nation will gather to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought to keep America free. Veteran’s Day is about respect, and former enlisted U.S. Navy soldier Steve Hensley doesn’t feel Americans understand the true meaning of the holiday. “People don’t give the veterans […]