Readers give pros and cons of Portales life

Recent Project: Reader Reaction questions asked about pros and cons of living in Portales — and for something on the light side. Some responses:

What do you like about Portales?

“I love the friendliness of the people and the size of Portales. I love walking into a restaurant and having people come up and say ‘hi’ to you and know who you are. The character of people in this town is great. It is just nice to be around a caring and loving community of people.”
— Bob Cornelius, Portales

“It’s small … quiet at times.”
— Marc R. Schoder, Portales

“I like the Eastern campus and faculty.”
— Scarlet Smith, Portales

“The nice people at the broadcast center at KENW-TV and the traffic. We come from NY City and do not miss rush-hour traffic jams!”
— John Kirby, Portales

What could stand to change in Portales?

“There needs to be more economic development around Eastern New Mexico University (i.e.: Encouraging entreprenuership in college-age people, more things for people of that age group to do, not opening more bars).
— Marc R. Schoder, Portales

“Less wind and more rain.”
— Scarlet Smith, Portales

“More restaurants.”
— John Kirby, Portales

“In the time I have lived in Portales, the thing I think could change the most is opportunities for our youth. It is a pretty simple concept. With more activities for kids to be involved with, it allows them to keep involved with those things and not be involved in the gangs, violence, and vandalism that our area has seen increase in recent years.”
— Bob Cornelius, Portales

Tell us a good joke:

“George Bush being re-elected president come November.”
— Marc R. Schoder, Portales

“What did the big chimney say to the little chimney? It is not good to smoke.”
— Scarlet Smith, Portales

“The Secret Service has announced it is doubling its protection for John Kerry. You can understand why — with two positions on every issue, he has twice as many people mad at him.”
— Bob Cornelius, Portales