Political attacks can backfire

May 13, 2012 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

In response to the letter “Follow the money” (RDR April 29):

This letter by Mr. Moran (chairman of Democratic Party, Chaves County) strikes me as a rather clumsy attempt to discredit opponents.

Contrary to Mr. Moran’s opinion of our governor, I think Martinez is doing a good job of carrying out the will of the citizens of our state, in spite of roadblocks thrown up by some that want to make her look bad for political purposes.

The technicality that Cliff Pirtle brought Mr. Jennings to court on is the law, so why shouldn’t he use it? And does anyone honestly believe that Sen. Jennings would not use a technicality if he thought the result would be in his favor? If he did, it would certainly not be a “frivolous escapade” as Mr. Moran claims Pirtle’s action to be.

I had never heard of Cliff Pirtle until he knocked on our door while canvassing neighborhoods a few weeks ago. I talked with him for a few minutes and he handed me a copy of his agenda. He did not act or speak like an “extreme right wing candidate” as Mr. Moran claims he is. Rather, he appeared to be an engaging, [auth] articulate young man who showed no signs of extremism. His agenda, to me, is a centered, well thought out list of things needing done, most of which I agree with.

So, Mr. Jennings has served the people of District 32 for 34 years and as far as Mr. Moran is concerned, there hasn’t ever been or ever will be anyone who can do a better job. I believe 34 years is far too long for one person to serve in government no matter what office he holds. A newly elected candidate can bring good new ideas, knowledge and enthusiasm to an office, while an incumbent can become mired in the status quo.

Sorry Mr. Moran, your letter sure didn’t convince me of anything that you want me to believe except that you may be better suited for student council than Cliff Pirtle. I urge you to remember that letters like yours can backfire and make your opponent look that much more attractive.

Best regards,

Terry Ninnemann

A voter since 1968


‘Denim and Diamonds’

Dear Editor:

The Historical Foundation for Southeast New Mexico hosted its second annual “Denim and Diamonds” on March 23.

We want to thank our corporate sponsors: Accounting and Consulting Group, Alpha-Omega Printing, Inc., Bank of the Southwest, Century 21 Home Planning, Great Southwest Aviation, Inc., Holiday Inn Express, MBF Inspection Services, Newman Outdoor Advertising, Inc., Pioneer Bank, Primero Operating, Inc., Rio Hondo Land and Cattle Company, Roswell Livestock and Farm Supply, Sanders, Bruin, Coll, Worley, PA, Wells Fargo Advisors and Wells Fargo Trust.

We also express our gratitude to the community for its generous financial support and interest in preserving our local history. The event was a great success with about 300 attendees for dinner, dancing and a history of the Diamond A Ranch presented by Phelps Anderson. We will build on this great event next year. Please mark your calendars and save March 15, 2013, for a great time. We also appreciate the outstanding coverage given us by the Roswell Daily Record.

Very truly yours,

Bonnie Montgomery

Administrative Director

Historical Foundation for

Southeast New Mexico

Mahalo! Mahalo! Roswell

Dear Editor:

Another nani (beautiful) year for our Sweet Leilanis. We received the Art and Humanities Award from Southwest Regional Council of the National Recreation and Park Association. And our honorable Mayor Del Jurney proclaimed April 12 The Sweet Leilani Day.

The “Aloha Spirit” prevailed at our annual luau party at the Spring River Park and Zoo with hand motions telling stories and chants. The NMMI Pacific Island Club shared its island heritage accompanied by Drums of Hope group and the Sweet Leilanis. This event is an opportunity to share our proceeds with charitable groups in Roswell.

Our sincerest Mahalo (thank you) Roswell for the sponsorship and support from our community.

Thanks to Roswell Parks and Recreation Department Laurie Jerge, superintendent; Commandant of Cadets General R. Geraci, Mr. and Mrs. J.

Ashfield, Pacific Island Club of New Mexico Military Institute; RASC Foundation, Bernie Harris; Pioneer Bank, Debra Young; Mesa Middle School, Drums of Hope, Ms. Rincon; Lawrence Brothers Grocers; Elaine Mayfield, director Spring River Park and Zoo; Friends of the Zoo; Peppers Bar & Grill; Girl Scouts; Susie Woods, Ed and Kathy Cook Photography; Alpha Omega Printers; Summit Foods; Encore Flowers; Frank Herrera; Mr. and Mrs. W. Kilgore; Sara Hall; Avon, Gail Atkins; Hippie Chicks; Dawn Collins; Ivan Schmid; Roswell Chamber of Commerce; Roswell Convention and Civic Center; KBIM-Radio and Roswell Daily Record for your beautiful promotions all these years.

From our heart to yours.

“Mahalo Nui Loa” (Thank you very much).

Mary “tutu” Hart

The Sweet Leilanis


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