One vote no on domestic partner issue

New Mexico lawmakers published a questionnaire in Sunday’s newspaper asking constituents a series of questions.

One asked “Do you support all the same rights for domestic partners as for husband/wife couples?”

Here’s an answer, from Clovis’ Carolyn Spence:

‘“Husband and wife’ is not just a couple. There is to be a depth of commitment and life that makes them a unit.

“You can’t get a unit out of two of the same parts, when there are two parts to a unit that are made to complement each other. You are not whole because you look in a mirror to see a ‘compatible’ reflection.

“Quite frankly it takes God to make this unit work correctly … so one’s seeming incompatibility with the opposite sex may be the opportunity to involve a power greater than yourself to arrive at the love that one really needs to have a whole marriage.

“Marriage is not a domestic partner relationship. It was designed to be quite a bit more and deserves the protection and encouragement of the state. Domestic partners do not.”

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Interested in ground water use statistics around New Mexico?

Here’s a Web site, from the National Ground Water Association:


A GWA news release reports nearly half of Americans rely on ground water for all or part of their water supply through privately owned household wells or ground-water supplied community systems.

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Portales High School music teacher Franklin Smith is among 19 finalists for the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching. That’s according to a news release from the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico.

The award has been given to 74 New Mexico teachers since 1996. This year’s award winners will be honored April 11 at Hotel Albuquerque.

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U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., spoke to New Mexico lawmakers on Monday and shared this story:

“Almost 20 years ago, I spoke at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Electric Cooperatives down in Ruidoso. After I finished speaking, two ladies came up, tugged on my coat and began thanking me profusely.

“I asked them what I had done to earn such thanks. They explained that because of my support for rural electrification, they had reliable electric power for the first time.

“So, they decided to give me a present — an old galvanized washboard! They no longer needed it to wash by hand. They had electricity at long last. I still have that old washboard, with a photograph of Christina Rael and Amandita Aragon, displayed in my office.

“That story sums up what being your United States senator has meant to me — working for people, making real and steady progress, day by day.”

Domenici, first elected in 1972, has announced he will retire as of January 2009.

His entire statement to New Mexico lawmakers is posted in the “Press releases” section below. Click on “More features” for access.