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.

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 […]

Honors rolls —

Editor’s note: We are publishing honor rolls of area schools as space allows. The honor rolls will continue each Sunday until all have been published. Names of some honor-roll students may not be listed due to parents’ privacy concerns. Clovis Marshall Middle School 1st Nine Weeks 7th Grade Gisell Aguirre Angel Anaya Anahi Antonio Joseph […]

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 […]

a view from under the pew: death by cheese pizza

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.

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 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 […]

Honor rolls — Nov. 21

Editor’s note: Today we begin publishing honor rolls of area schools as space allows. The honor rolls will continue each day through the week until all have been published. Names of some honor-roll students may not be listed due to parents’ privacy concerns.

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 […]

Letters to the editor: Harvest festivals have pagan origins

I watched the “Haunted History of Halloween” on the History Channel, a yearly tradition for us. As we watched, something occurred to me. Many people, schools and churches do not celebrate Halloween because the thought is, “it’s evil.” Instead, many celebrate “harvest parties” as an alternative.

Letters to the editor: New courthouse part of growth

It is up to voters to decide the question of general obligation bonds for the design and construction of a courthouse addition, as well as whether a 1/4 cent addition should be made to the county’s gross receipts tax, designated for the design and construction of detention center renovations and expansion. As a judge of […]

Letters to the editor: Jail problems lie with leadership

Jail problems lie with leadership Regarding Sunday’s editorial (“Vote no on jail, courthouse”): Amen to Publisher Ray Sullivan and Editor David Stevens. I worked at Curry County Adult Deten-tion Center from July 2008 to December 2009. I worked there through four administrators or interim administrators. The administrators were not the problem. The problems came from […]

Letters to the editor: City should pursue property liens

I read in Thursday’s paper that we are facing huge tax increases (yes, tax) for trash handling and disposal. City employees have told me there are a number of properties in Clovis that are in arrears on their sewage bill. Claire Burroughes, the city’s community relations director, said they have $391,000 worth of past-due bills […]

Letter to the editor: Columnist forgot to check facts

Columnist forgot to check facts In Sunday’s CNJ, columnist Clyde Davis stated: “the sacraments … probably caused more bloody noses among fellow believers than perhaps any other issue. … There’s a story, true or perhaps not, that Martin Luther once punched a fellow clergy in the nose over the interpretation of Holy Communion.” In 35 […]

Letters to the editor: Time to put stop to tax increases

Time to put stop to tax increases Regarding Curry County’s proposal to build a judicial complex: Vote no on Nov. 2. This bond will cost the taxpayers and property owners $33 million and increase the gross receipts tax by 25 cents (on a $100 purchase) for 15 to 25 years. And this is only the […]

Letters to the editor: Need to let Democrats do their job

Need to let Democrats do their job 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 dollars on immoral, illegal wars in Iraq and […]

Letter to the editor: Smiles can change person’s life

I have lived in Clovis for near most of my life. On Sept. 20, I had to make a police report on an incident that happened the Monday before (nothing too serious). I have been sick for quite some years and lately I’ve been in physical pain with some mental anguish and distress. I believe […]

Letter to the editor: New judicial complex necessity

New judicial complex necessity A special bond issue will be on November’s ballot. As one part of that issue, Curry County citizens shall decide whether the gross receipts tax will be increased to fortify the existing detention center and increase bed space, including additional beds for maximum-security detainees. Curry County Adult Detention Center was built […]