Elected officials fail to represent

Elected officials fail to represent If an 800-pound gorilla actually existed, it might represent the uneasily plausible political belief that with regard to big-picture economics and long-term issues of war and peace, the average person has almost no influence. But the 400-pound version in the room is real, and to me represents the pretty obvious […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis residents taxed enough

Clovis residents taxed enough In Sunday’s edition of the Clovis News Journal, the mayor wrote about another gross receipts tax being needed in Clovis for the Ute pipeline project. It would be no skin off her back because she makes more money than most of us. We’re taxed enough already. Don’t you remember Mayor Brumfield […]

Letter to the editor: Transparency needed

Transparency needed The letter came to me in December. The Board of Curry County Commissioners has appointed you to serve on the detention center and courthouse committees. The purpose of these committees is to assist the county commission in solving the infrastructure and financial needs of the detention center and courthouse. The letter did not […]

State’s history one of integration

During our nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976, a group I belonged to at the time decided to build a series of dioramas explaining the previous 200 years in the American Southwest. It was part of an ambitious project presented in the local library. It turned out to be more difficult than we’d thought. We didn’t […]

Letter to the editor: Educational system is to blame

Regarding Thursday article about the so-called Hispanic students gap in Clovis: It will never cease to amaze me to what extent the intelligentsia will go to seek self-actualization. They have now managed to sub-divide the Caucasian race into a sub-species by skin color. And since your article addresses Caucasian as whites then it would be […]

Wildcats good role models

I want to congratulate the Clovis basketball young men and their coaches for representing Clovis Municipal Schools and the city of Clovis so well. We attended some of the games of the Southwest Dairy Farmers tournament and were so proud of the CHS team. When they were not playing, and in the gym, they were […]

Letter to the editor: Dems putting freedom in danger

Dems putting freedom in danger It is not good to have a super majority in Washington. That is what we have now, held by the Democrats. Because they had this great majority, they passed a government health care (one payee) bill involving 2,500 unread pages and passed behind closed doors. This bill forces the American […]

Letter to the editor: Clean energy creates employment

The economic recession we are in is the direct result of deregulation of the financial industry. With the facts staring us in the face some (new governor and lieutenant governor) want to further eliminate governmental controls — “common sense” and “approach to state politics and decreased governmental regulation of New Mexico industries.” “Common sense” is […]

Letters to the editor: Speeding getting out of control

I have recently moved to Clovis and generally really like this town. I do have one concern though. In the past six months, I have observed a real speed-demon mentality around here. It’s mostly people in their hotrod trucks with loud, modified exhaust systems, but also includes drivers of Harley motorcycles on occasion, and drivers […]

Letter to the editor: $1 can make all the difference

$1 can make all the difference I read with admiration Friday’s article about the Chamber of Commerce handing out grocery money from “Random Acts of Kindness.” I thought how nice, especially this time of year. Large family gatherings and lots of goodies can strain a budget. I was thinking about this while in line at […]

Letter to the editor: Chamber program appreciated

I read with admiration Friday’s article about the Chamber of Commerce handing out grocery money from “Random Acts of Kindness.” I thought how nice, especially this time of year. Large family gatherings and lots of goodies can strain a budget. I was thinking about this while in line at a local grocery store… in front […]

Letter to the editor: 3D not considered enhancement

3D not considered enhancement I am disheartened by the number of 3D movies that are out. Every time I see a trailer that looks appealing, it is followed by the announcement, “In 3D,” and my heart sinks. Many friends I have spoken to have severe headache issues following a 3D movie. Shouldn’t we, as consumers, […]

Letter to the editor: Hotel deserves to be put to use

I can sympathize with Kent McManigal’s anti-government stance in Friday’s column, but in the case of the Hotel Clovis there was no other entity that could keep the structure from continued deterioration. Prospective owners, especially those who envision public housing or a nonprofit use for the facility are usually in need of government grants or […]

County residents support Air Force

County residents support Air Force As a proud citizen of Quay County for many years, I would like to reply to the Quay County Commission’s resolution opposing the low-altitude training flights over our county. With due respect, I have more confidence in the Air Force’s planning and safety skills than I have in our county […]

Letter to the editor: Coyotes forced to feed on livestock

I tried to stay out of the debate, but Calvin Lary’s letter about “nature’s way of balance” was just too much to swallow. Yes, nature has a way of balancing life out here on the Plains. It is an ancient plan and has worked for eons, until man came out here and tried to turn […]

Letter to the editor: Coyote hunts provide balance

Regarding Sunday’s letter to the editor opposing the coyote hunt in Grady as a school fundraiser: Who are we as a society to place value on a predatory, and scavenging species? Big-game animals have a worthiness for existence for the food chain they supply us. Cattle, chickens, sheep and goats, the same. Horses can fall […]

Letter to the editor: Coyote hunt setting bad example

Coyote hunt setting bad example I have been reading some of the online comments about Grady’s coyote hunt and find many to be ignorant and uniformed people. I thought school was a place to educate and learn about our planet and things that inhabit it. It sets a bad example for those in education who […]

Tax cuts for rich huge part of national debt

Your recent editorial suggesting the November election should invigorate Washington advocates the extension of Bush’s tax cuts for the rich, repealing the health care reform and underfunding or eliminating a “few” vulnerable federal agencies. The editorial says Bush’s tax cuts should be extended. The tax cuts for the rich are a HUGE part of our […]

Letter to the editor: Job raises should be last priority

Job raises should be last priority Regarding last month’s CNJ article “Texico school boss gets a raise:” Superintendent R. L. Richards was given an annual pay raise of $26,000. His yearly salary went from $112,700 to $138, 700 plus benefits. His contract was not due to expire until June 2012 yet this salary increase started […]

Letter to the editor: Be sensitive to adopted children

Be sensitive to adopted children In honor of November being National Adoption Awareness Month, the Christian Child Placement Service where I intern would like to draw attention to the importance of positive adoption language. People with the best intentions can cause harm by using ill-informed words regarding those who have been involved in the adoption […]