Letters to the Editor – April 17

Progress on road work like watching grass grow The children of Israel wandered in the wilderness 40 years seeking the promised land. It appears Roosevelt County may exceed that record in completing work on North Avenue O. Two weeks indeed! Charlie Sorgen Portales Adult-language show must not be accepted silently "What's shocking is that nothing […]

Eradication standards run afoul to property rights

A serious consideration of private property rights is lacking in discussions regarding the decision to curtail Ned Houk Park's prairie dog population. Whether or not a person is for or against poisoning these rodents, a mistake is made by both sides when the debate is argued dichotomously. The only thing landowners are categorically opposed to […]

Minimum wage is stealth tax hike

The minimum wage hoax: Who wins? Who loses? I am not an economist nor do I have a college degree. However, I do have a brain. I can add and subtract, and have been in the labor force since I was 14. Follow me here. The Legislature proposed a dollar minimum wage increase to $8.50 […]

Letters to the editor: Abandoning God has ruined nation

When I was a young child growing up in the Baby Boomer generation, Elvis was coming on the scene. Many of our parents and grandparents said this music with the suggestive pelvis motions would be the downfall of our country. Was it? Did it contribute to the demise of our country's moral status? Undoubtedly the […]

Their view: Couple victim of state paternalism

Ben Sugg, a limited government proponent, offers this view on land rights: Federal overreach and the unending growth of Washington's power has been a real problem for decades. That may be a trite statement these days with Washington now in firm control of Americans' health care, but a real-world example from right here in New […]

Their view: Senate should pass House proposal to avoid fiscal cliff

Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson issued the following statement urging the Senate to act on legislation that would avert the fiscal cliff of tax increases on every American: "Although the Senate has passed legislation that would affect tax rates at the start of the new year, the bill itself is unconstitutional, as S. […]

Letters to the editor: Clean energy key to our future

The Dec. 11 newspaper had an informative article about lawmakers pushing for an extension to wind energy tax credits. Our two senators and one representative, Ben Lujan, are for the extension. Ken Starcher, associate director at Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M, explained the importance of the tax credit to speed up the development […]

Letter to the editor: Massacre shows nation lost connection with Creator

U.S. "massacre events" since 1966 total 36 and nearly 350 murders — a profile of a nation that has lost its soul and its connection with its Creator! This is reflected not only in these demonic acts of carnage, but also in our media and leaders who ask the endless string of empty "Whys." "Political […]

Letter to the editor: Animal control officers need protective vests

On Nov. 28, Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum was shot and killed in the line of duty at a Galt, Calif., home that was supposed to be vacant due to a foreclosure and eviction the day prior. Having lived in Galt for many years, this story caught my attention. The first thought that came to […]

Letter to the editor: Community cannot become complacent

In 2005, Portales and Clovis collectively held their breaths as Cannon Air Force Base was placed on the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list. With a lot of hard work and lobbying by the public and politicians, Cannon received "enclave" status, and a new mission, Special Operations. But we must not become complacent. There's talk […]

Their view: GOP’s top-down approach must change

John Billingsley is 1st vice chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. Here's a snippet from his recent column on post-election strategy: Election Day was a tough one for Republicans. It was tough for our candidates, our volunteers and Gov. Martinez. Despite an investment of nearly $3 million by the governor and her related […]

Letters to the Editor – Nov. 21

Conservatives lost election, not minds A comment on David Kilby's letter last week regarding climate change: Kilby sorely misrepresented the issue at hand. The guy probably still sports a Gore-Lieberman bumper sticker on his electric car. The controversy over climate change isn't whether or not it exists, but rather the ridiculous, arrogant claim that it […]

Evaluation needed for unbiased information

What do Hurricane Sandy and the election have in common? Our need to understand the difference between opinions and facts, and what are reliable sources of the latter. Although no single storm is evidence for climate change, the recent storms and our ongoing drought (and more importantly, mountains of data on temperatures, glaciers, sea levels), […]

Freedoms trampled in the dirt

Sharon Faulkner of Portales mailed pieces of a voter registration card inside the envelope that also contained this letter: Well, another fake "election" — driven by corruption, voter fraud, over 20 million illegals and a paper-trained Party, rank and file, and Rubber Mouth gets another four years of uncontrolled dictatorship. So, now we have Obamacare, […]

Letters to the editor: Train station sign not accurate

While visiting in Portales a few days ago, I read the new sign in front of the Post Office about the train station. It is a very nice sign, but not entirely correct. It states the depot closed when the final passenger train ran in 1965. The depot remained open for freight customers until 1988. […]

Republicans to blame for the economic issues

Let's look at talking points vs. facts: Deficit — The deficit is composed primarily of tax cuts for the rich, two wars paid for by borrowing, a recession brought on by deregulation of the financial industry and non-enforcement of remaining regulations. The consensus of opinion of non-partisan experts is that longterm the deficit has to […]

Bond B provides money to library support

As president of the Friends of the Portales Public Library president, I would like to encourage local voters to support General Obligation Bond B on the general election ballot. GO Bond B will provide money to support all of the libraries in Roosevelt County, including the Portales Public Library, Eastern New Mexico University's Golden Library, […]

Their view: Agroecology offers sustainable food output

Ken Wilson is executive director of The Christensen Fund, which seeks to integrate biological and cultural diversity. Here's a snippet from a recent column suggesting a better way to feed the world: Worldwide, a billion people go hungry. A similar number over-eat the wrong foods. And yet one-third of food produced for human consumption is […]

Letters to the editor: New Mexico vote still important

The fact that everyone has written off the state of New Mexico as a blue state infuriates me. By doing this, they are telling New Mexicans their vote is unimportant because the outcome has already been decided. I am afraid many people will feel it is useless to go to the polls. I don't believe […]

Muslim group slaughters our views and beliefs

I am writing this today because I was outraged at what was in our local paper on Sept. 23. We are losing our freedom to pray and speak of God, Jesus and the Christian faith. This is what our country was founded on. Then, we see a full page story on the Muslim faith in […]