Letter to the editor: Mudslinging getting worse

This year's political campaigning is absolutely sickening. Every day we are inundated with flyers about one of the candidates. Every other evening we are called about how we are going to vote. At this point in the campaign, I really think we should have a candidate who would be absolutely loyal, can't tell a lie […]

Their view: Republican bill does little to address domestic abuse

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., spoke on the House floor Wednesday in opposition to a partisan House Republican bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Below are his remarks as prepared. "Madam Speaker, it is with great disappointment that I rise today in opposition to this bill, not because the issue of violence […]

Letter to the editor: America as we know it is a thing of the past

Recently I received the following email: "I am still praying for I believe it will be the end of America as we know it if Obama gets reelected." In response I wrote: America as we have known it is already a thing of the past. We now have: z Open contempt for the U.S. Constitution […]

Letter to the editor: Police evaluation reassuring to community

In light of events that took place over the past year, the Portales City Council felt it would be beneficial to the department and reassuring to the community to have an external evaluator take a look at the Portales Police Department's procedures and policies. The review team we selected was recommended by the New Mexico […]

Letter to the editor: Bill proposes easier move to civilian workforce

Angela Hansen is disabled Air Force veteran who lives at Cannon Air Force Base, where her husband is stationed. This submission on the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 is part of a project for a college class. The Hiring Heroes Act of 2011 is a bill that would allow for veterans of the military to […]

Their view: First amendment doesn’t protect defamation

We often refer to our First Amendment to protect our speech and symbolic actions. Freedom of speech is freedom from prosecution for voicing our opinions and beliefs or for support of our position in civil cases. However it does not by default limit us to exposure, risk or liability. The First Amendment does not protect […]

Community should unite behind base

I thought your readers might be interested in these comments made Tuesday to Association of Defense Communities by Air Force Deputy Assistant Secretary-Installations Kathleen Ferguson: “(Department of Defense’s) 2004 report to Congress stated the Air Force had 24 percent excess capacity and this number does not reflect current excess Air Force capacity. “BRAC 2005 fell […]

Entertainment venus unnecessary

I read with interest the Q&A from Ward B candidates Matthew Hunton and Gary Watkins in Friday’s paper. Both are respected in in our community and each deserves to be heard. Both have lived all their lives in Portales and probably know many families in this town. Each candidate mentioned extremely important issues such as […]

Letters to the editor — Dec. 29

Agencies performing admirably Born and raised in Clovis, I have never witnessed what has gone down this year. Local law enforcement has spent more time literally in the field than the farmers due to the increase in theft of copper and other materials. I also have never seen such activity in grass fires as this […]

Letters to the editor: Christmas isn’t shopping season

Christmas isn’t shopping season This Sunday is Christmas Day and every merchant in the United States of America should gather all their employees around the empty shelves in their stores after they lock up on Christmas Eve and lead them in singing “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” because He is the reason for […]

Their view: Friend possessed sense of life, fun

As I remember my long-time good friend Kevin Gardels, who passed away recently, the first words are decent, gifted and giving. He was all of this to an extraordinary extent. But there was an ineffable quality way beyond the usual accolades, a unique sense of life and fun that made me, and many others, remember […]

Referendums give citizens voice

In an Oct. 25 CNJ article on the city charter commission, the CNJ quoted Commissioner Fred Van Soelen as saying that negative referendums cost the taxpayers too much money so it should be harder to have one. However, that is just plain wrong. If you will remember, the referendum this past summer, initiated by the […]

Letter to the editor: Politicians don’t realize power of words

Years ago, as I was starting a new job, my boss was introducing me around and told me not to trust a certain person and that if that person told me the time of day to check the clock. “Well,” I responded, “Isn’t even a stopped clock right twice a day?” I felt it only […]

Letters to the editor: Drivers should take extra precautions

Drivers should take extra precautions School began for most Portales students last week. I was surprised that I didn’t see any patrol officers around to serve as a reminder of the school zone speed limit. As I was waiting for my children after school at Valencia Elementary last week, I noticed two vehicles pass through […]

Letter to the editor: Tax cuts only add to federal debt

Tax cuts only add to federal debt How outrageous conservatives are. They stood on principal refusing to negotiate on raising the debt ceiling, wanting the nation to default on its debt in the name of reducing entitlements while preserving the status quo for the wealthy and corporations. Now that the predicted has happened and our […]

Immigrant licenses concern citizens

I do not understand Patricia Whitney’s (June 29 letter to editor) and County Commissioner Jake Lopez’ stand concerning driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Ms. Whitney conveniently leaves out the word “illegal” when she refers to immigrants getting licenses. No one is against legal immigrants getting driver’s licenses. Ms. Whitney states “the senate decided to keep […]

Letters to the editor: First responders deserve thanks

First responders deserve thanks On behalf of the Portales Fire Department administration and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fire departments, emergency management, law enforcement, county road departments, C&S Oil, KSEL radio, Great Wide, First Baptist Church in Portales, University Baptist Church and all individuals for their assistance […]

Letters to the editor: Illegal immigrants danger on road

Illegal immigrants danger on road It is my opinion that our senators have forgotten whom they are supposed to be working for and protecting. They have the mistaken idea that the illegal immigrants are the true New Mexicans they are elected to serve. Because of their mistaken allegiance to illegals, the New Mexico driver’s license […]

Letter to the editor: Slashing public services not budget remedy

Slashing public services not budget remedy Stephanie Maez-Gibson, communications director for the Center for Civic Policy, responds to an article in Wednesday’s PNT: In a recent piece Paul Gessing gets it wrong when he states that New Mexico public services can continue to be slashed. Our teachers are already forced to purchase their own school […]

Their view: PETA: Community should rethink petting zoo

Jennifer O’Connor of Norfolk, Va., who describes herself as a writer for Animals in Entertainment and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is concerned about the petting zoo planned for this weekend’s Peanut Festival in Portales. Here’s what she had to say in an e-mail: