Letter to the editor: Crossing borders illegally makes you a criminal

We don’t always agree with our Roosevelt County commissioners, but this instance we agree 100 percent. When the illegal immigrants crossed our borders they made themselves criminals. Our governor and county commissioners had nothing to do with this. Anytime you disobey our laws you are a criminal. Our laws were made for a reason and […]

Letter leaves lasting impression

When our middle son left home, he left a letter that we read every Father’s Day. I guess we do that so we can cry. I have his permission to use it again. It is one of my treasures, and I love to share it.

Letter to the editor: Area in need of prayer

Given the serious impact of the drought on area residents in eastern New Mexico and West Texas (i.e., fire danger, water supply, farmers, ranchers, wildlife and nature, etc.), let us unite our faith in our communities in praying Sunday for moisture. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, pastors and neighbors to join in uniting our faith […]

State responsible for speed limits

Recently Danny Watkins of Alto received a speeding ticket while traveling through Elida. He complained in a letter to the editor that Elida is, “…a speed trap” and that Elida’s police officers should, “…concentrate on enforcing the law.” That’s precisely what they do. Elida has two certified police officers to enforce laws, but their primary […]

Their view: Small schools need legislative help

Adele E. Zimmermann is a concerned citizen who lives in Dixon. She sent this letter to the editor to newspapers around the state:

Their view: Administration won’t work with film industry

An open letter to Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and New Mexico legislators from the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico:

VA fails to meet crucial deadline

Senior Democrats and Republicans on the veterans affairs committees have joined hands to scold the Department of Veterans Affairs over missed deadlines and restrictive language drafted for implementing new benefits for caregivers of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. In an unusual letter last week to President Obama, signed by both chairmen and ranking […]

Teen thanks vets with letter

Editor’s note: Portales resident Laura Nelson was moved by this letter written by her then-15-year-old nephew Christopher Coons. Coons, now 16, lives in Henderson, Nev. and wrote the letter for a Junior Officer Reserve Training Corp project.

Their view: Transparency in N.M. has made great strides

Transparency in N.M. has made great strides Sarah Welsh, executive director of New Mexico’s Foundation for Open Government, issued the following news release on Thursday, promoting the state’s new Sunshine Portal: Today is a red-letter day for transparency in New Mexico. When I became FOG’s executive director last year, one of the first things I […]

Their view: Politicians don’t know what’s best for nation

David James Stuckenberg of Portales offers this letter to “everyman:” In July, my family and I visited a small living history farm, just outside of Washington D.C.. After walking miles of hallways around the U.S. capital and bustling National Mall, the change in scenery was refreshing. While strolling the quiet trails by row crops, animals […]

Their view: High Plains Patriots united against big government

Kim Runyan, president of the High Plains Patriots, has this response to a letter from Portales’ Gene Bundy published earlier this month:

Their view: Democrats trying to protect public

Democrats trying to protect public This letter to the editor comes from Portales’ Gene Bundy: Some questions for all our local Tea Partiers/Republicans who are so upset with our national debt: Where were you between 2002 and 2009? Why weren’t you upset and yelling loudly when the Bush administration was spending all those trillions of […]

IRS letter causes panic

Grant McGee Loud dramatic music like you’d hear on TV or at the movies — “DUN-DUN-DUN” — echoes in my head as I pull a letter from our mailbox; it’s from the Internal Revenue Service. I don’t know about you but when Uncle Sam’s money collectors drop a line in the middle of summer instead […]

1945 letter details horrors of concentration camp

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National Archives: Courtesy photo Starved prisoners, nearly dead from hunger, pose in a concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria. The camp was reputedly used for “scientific” experiments. It was liberated by the 80th Division. Editor’s note: Sixty-five years ago, the German-held concentration camp at Buchenwald was liberated by United States forces. Cpl. Hayley C. Dandridge, a […]

1945 letter details horrors of concentration camp

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Editor’s note: Sixty-five years ago, the German-held concentration camp at Buchenwald was liberated by United States forces. Cpl. Hayley C. Dandridge, a Dora High School graduate, toured the facility less than two weeks after an estimated 21,000 prisoners were freed. Dandridge wrote about the horrors he saw in a letter to friends, Alan and Freeda […]

Another four-letter word to avoid

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Whether it’s sports, or politics, or just finding socks that match, there’s one four-letter word I look to avoid. Fail. The verb has gained traction as a noun, as character-reducing techies have decided “failure” is less forceful. Former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum called Sunday’s healthcare bill passage […]

Letter to the Editor: PETA surprised at allegations

PETA surprised at allegations Regarding Baxter Black’s column in Friday’s Portales News-Tribune: “PETA’s death threats went too far.” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was just as surprised as figure skater Johnny Weir when we learned he allegedly received death threats for using white fox fur in one of his costumes. PETA, like most […]

Policy letter bans use of Salvia Divinorum

By Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla — The psychoactive hallucinogenic plants Salvia Divinorum and Spice, although sold commercially, are prohibited for use by Air Force Special Operations Command military members, according to a new major command policy letter. Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, AFSOC commander, prohibited use of the substances […]