Letters to the Editor, Jan. 22, 2006

Resident begs to differ on road
I read with some interest Tony Parra’ s article about paving State Highway 206 (Jan. 13 PNT). I drive a 13-mile stretch of that road twice daily. My windshield has at least four new cracks to show for it.

I am puzzled by a couple of things:

First, it is true that the construction began Oct. 17. What puzzles me is that when you start a paving project in October, don’t you expect to run into some cold weather?

Anthony Pacheco, the paving supervisor, is quoted as saying that cold weather (lower than 40 degrees) stalled the project. I’m not sure how many days the temperature has been below 40 degrees since mid December, but it’s not many.

Pacheco also said wind and the Floyd fire delayed construction. Wind, I can understand — but explain to me how the Floyd fire, which occurred west of Portales, affected the paving on this road which is south of Portales.

My second and greatest confusion concerns Pacheco’s statement that “five to seven miles of work completed on part of the highway leaves the highway in smooth, excellent condition.” I beg to differ! I invite all taxpayers to take a ride on the road going to Dora and evaluate what you are paying for. In my opinion, the road was better before the construction process began.

Who evaluates the work we are paying for and decides whether or not it is satisfactory? I honestly thought the work had stopped in mid-December because the construction company had been fired due to sloppy and inadequate work. I’m amazed that someone thinks what has been completed is “smooth and excellent.”

I can’t wait for the unfinished three-mile stretch to come up to par with the completed portion. The $1.5 million we are giving to the Colorado contractor will have been a great waste.
Susie Brown

GOP’s “good week” full of questions
It was said recently the Republicans had a “good week.” Someone is definitely in La-La Land.

In the news that week: Seniors everywhere were going through exactly what the Democrats predicted: confusing incompetent administration of a confusing, poorly designed prescription drug bill.

Most of us believe torture should not happen, yet it continues as we pretend otherwise, with secret prisons, furtive justifications and legal sophistry.

Widespread corruption in lobbying, campaigns, contracts and so forth get worse by the month.

FEMA, one of the most important federal agencies, is disintegrating under the weight of its own incompetence.

The National Security Agency now admits spying illegally on Americans, specifically forbidden under the Constitution.

We are killing and being killed in an illegal, immoral war in Iraq with no end in sight beyond convincing just enough of us before the November elections that “We’re making progress.”

We can nit-pick the details, but on the whole this administration is warlike, corporate-driven, dishonest, secretive, and deserves to be thrown out of office on the basis of severe proactive negligence of the basic and legitimate needs of the American people.

I wonder what would be a “bad week?”

Kirby Rowan