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 […]