Discrepancies found in grading system information

Freedom New Mexico The trial A-F grading system information released Tuesday by the New Mexico Public Education Department included discrepancies for two Clovis schools. Clovis High School (64.0) and the Clovis Freshman Academy (62.7) received a point value that corresponded to a B letter grade, but the state education department website indicated they received a […]

Letter to the editor: ‘Angel’ makes Christmas brighter

We all get consumed by everyday life. Sometimes we lose sight of what’s really important. We try to make up for it here and there, never thinking to look at those around us in need. I for one am guilty of this. This year my husband and I were plagued by bad luck. We are […]

Letter to the editor: Firefighters may as well be guardian angels

I have always believed in guardian angels. You can’t raise two sons without the faith that someone else is watching over them. Between various occasions that required stitches, one who disappeared following the dog a mile from the house, and a car wreck that ended in the car being burned beyond recognition and not a […]

State accountable 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 […]

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 […]

Letter to the editor: Teen curfew should be established

Teen curfew should be established Why is there not a curfew enforced for teenagers? They won’t listen to the parents. They run lose all night. We can’t discipline them without being accused of child abuse. What is a parent to do? Our hands are tied. They don’t want to go to school, so their parents […]

Letter to the editor: Families should have been notified

Families should have been notified We are among the residents upset over the “clean sweep” done at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens on Llano Estacado Boulevard. We were tending to my daughter’s grave Jan. 15 when a young couple asked us if we were missing anything from our grave site because someone had removed all the […]

Letter to the editor: Clovis can’t grow without water

Clovis can’t grow without water I would like to express my support for the upcoming gross receipt tax increase. If we don’t have enough water for our town, then all the talk of growing and drawing new businesses is for naught. Unless we can create jobs, all other bond issues and tax increase issues are […]

Letter to the editor: Cemetery should rethink its rules

Cemetery should rethink its rules The article in Jan. 19 article “Cemetery sweep upsets residents,” reveals appalling steps taken by the Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens and Mission Garden of Memories cemetery staff. We laid to rest the remains of our granddaughter at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in October. Thankfully, we found out about the rules […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mom’s letter greatest Christmas gift

Curtis Shelburne I received a nice Christmas present this morning that was truly a surprise: a letter from my mom. One glance at the envelope told me who it was from. No reading required. My mother’s handwriting was the most beautiful I have ever seen. She could have written the book on perfect cursive and […]

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 […]

Material possessions not key to happiness

I recently heard from a friend who always writes me a long personal letter at Christmas. I was thrilled to receive her Christmas card along with her letter and a picture of her beautiful family. For over twenty-five years, she has worked for a professional firm in a large metropolitan area. On many days, she […]

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 […]