Rhetoric of hate, violence denounced

Letters to the editor

Some people may be aware of the violent and hateful vandalism that we at Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church have experienced this past month, more specifically to the building that we call our church home.

For those unaware, let me share some information:
The first act of vandalism was the spray-painting of slurs and derogatory sayings over the entire front of the building and our church banner. I can only surmise that the intent was to cause fear in the face of such hateful words.

The latest act of violence was to throw a water-meter cover at the plate-glass windows, causing them to break. The cover landed inside our sanctuary area.

Answering a question about the probability of the incident being random vandalism, I can only say that our church home was the only building in the area attacked with such violence. That, to my mind, it is not random.

To the point of the letter: We are calling on all faith communities to stand with us in denouncing all acts of hatred and violence.

Llano Estacado MCC is a Christian church commissioned by Jesus to love and to be a life-giving force in this world.
We stand firm against the intrinsic evil of violence and hatred and we invite all to stand with us.

It is our task also to denounce any rhetoric that may cause others to act in hateful and violent ways toward any of God’s creation.

I hope others, as they worship this weekend, will make a point of speaking out against the hatred and violence that is evident in all areas of our world.

As a poignant reminder, today is Sept. 11.

Rev. Christopher George
Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church

Sincere thanks to Good Samaritan

On Aug. 27, we had a tire blow out a few miles west of Canyon, Texas.

Neither my husband nor I are physically able to change tires.

A man who said his name was Larry Windham stopped and not only changed the tire for us, but offered all possible assistance while others passed by.

We failed to get his address, but he mentioned he lived in Clovis.

We would like to personally thank Larry again, and let him know how very much we appreciate him.

L.E. and Lucille Flesher
Hereford, Texas

Humane attention for dog appreciated

I want to thank animal control officer Marty Martinez for coming to the rescue of a lost 12-year-old dog named Bobbie.

The dog was at my house for two days and I could never get close enough to see his vaccination tag. Marty came and gently, considerately and humanely helped me get the information to find Bobbie’s owner.

Bobbie had been gone from his home on Sandia Street since July 4 and ended up on Avondale Boulevard on July 27, starved and about to die.

The dog and I appreciate Marty’s efforts.

Jeanette Hendrick
Clovis

Don’t forget: Charity begins at home

On behalf of The Salvation Army, we express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring generosity to Hurricane Katrina victims.

Many called and offered assistance. Here are some ways to help:

First and foremost, pray for the victims and responders. There is enormous tragedy and destruction, and no quick resolution to this.

Second, financial contributions have the most immediate impact to those in need. We also accept gift cards and phone cards.

Third, eastern New Mexico-area residents can support the High Plains Yard Sale for Katrina Relief on Oct. 1, by donating or buying goods there.

Finally, we thank anyone who volunteers for The Salvation Army.

As you consider the amount you can share with the hurricane relief effort,, please remember our local agencies have financial responsibilities as well.

We have citizens of our own community who are in need. We rely on generous community support to help provide those needs.

Capts. Kevin and Tammy Ray
Clovis Salvation Army,/i>

Meth law addresses many concerns

Using meth is like injecting, smoking or inhaling a pure poison directly into the body. Continued use results in rotted teeth, open sores and drastic weight loss. The body looks like a skeleton. It is torture to watch someone you love die before your very eyes.

I commend local city and county officials and District Attorney Matt Chandler’s bravery and perseverance despite much loud opposition.

Strict enforcement of the new law — which restricts the purchase of medicines that can be used in the production of meth — is imperative. It is not, however, our only responsibility in the war on drugs. We must continue to look for ways to control our borders.

We must get involved on every level and on every front.

Melinda Joy Russ
Fort Sumner

Good work Team Cannon, SLAD team

Congratulations to Team Cannon for moving the Defense Base Closure and Realignment decision on Cannon Air Force Base to an overtime period.

Although Team Cannon did not win the vote to keep Cannon active, creating a military enclave results in an overtime period. Team Cannon is still in the game. This feat is a major victory and one New Mexicans should applaud.

Team Cannon includes our five-member congressional delegation, the governor and lieutenant governor, the state military committee and its director, the Clovis Committee of Fifty, the mayors of Clovis and Portales and the many hundreds of volunteers.

We also congratulate and recognize the efforts made on behalf of the SLAD Program at White Sands Missile Range. Bill Conner and his team were aggressive in their defense of White Sands; the BRAC Commission reversed the Air Force recommendation. Their efforts keep several hundred direct and indirect jobs in southern New Mexico.

Sherman McCorkle
Chairman, Kirtland Partnership Committee

Rescue excuses most unacceptable

No wonder Bush couldn’t find WMDs in Iraq — he can’t even find WMDs (World’s Most Desperate) in New Orleans.

The British are probably laughing at Bush’s wimpy evacuation efforts after Katrina left New Orleans. The Brits remember how their little fleet of civilian volunteers manning small private boats rescued 340,000 British troops trapped on the beach at Dunkirk, France in World War II.

They probably laugh harder every time Bush says he was scared of beginning rescue operations sooner because guns had been looted.

The Brits pulled off their 1940 cross channel rescue across rough seas, trip after trip for nine days, at 40,000 soldiers per day, while being dive-bombed by Hitler’s Stukas, enduring exploding mortar attacks and fighting off machine gun fire from his storm troopers.

Tell us one more time, Mr. president, what a tough time you had evacuating a few thousand men, women and babies from downtown New Orleans.

Dan True
Clovis

Planning team has egg on its page

First, on 9-11 it proved evident that no contingency plan was in place to at least prevent one of those jetliners from crashing into the World Trade Center.

Now, also very evident, there was no plan in place to cope with a natural disaster on a Hurricane Katrina level. Either that or no one knew how to execute it.

There isn’t a reason in the world why the people in New Orleans had to wait in misery for almost a week for rescue and aid when officials had several days warning of the storm’s arrival and almost a pinpoint location of where it would make landfall.

One might expect such unpreparedness from a small third-world country with little or no resources, but from the strongest nation in the world it is unthinkable.

It wouldn’t surprise me if third-world people are laughing up their sleeves at America’s planning team, whether the team members be on the local, state or national level.

Bill Sconone
Clovis