Legacy of girl scout icon should endure

Letters to the editor/Thank you letters

In 1947, I came to Clovis as the first executive secretary of a new area in Girl Scouting. It consisted of Clovis, Fort Sumner, Tucumcari and Muleshoe.
My office was in the Girl Scouts Little House and I have many pleasant memories of activities there — Girl Scout meetings, parties, leader meetings, sleepovers and programs around the campfire in the front yard.
I traveled to Fort Sumner and other communities in the area training leaders and coordinating activities.
Teola Artman was active at that time because her daughter, Ellen, was a Girl Scout. I taught Teola many of the skills she used the rest of her life.
Marge McCullough and I are two people of this era of Girl Scouting who are still living in Clovis. Marge is 91 and I am 88. Marge was a public relations person and she took pictures of Girl Scouting at that time. She still has many of these pictures.
We both are greatly concerned about the fate of the Teola Artman Little House because it represents so many years of Girl Scouting in Clovis.
I like the idea of that Karl Spence (CNJ Opinion page Oct. 21) shared. He suggested the replacement of the Little House. This is often done to conserve a legacy.
If this isn’t done and a monument is set up, I think it should be for Teola Artman and all of the other people who pioneered Girl Scouting in Clovis.

Rosemary Burns
Clovis

Clovis becoming criminal haven
For weeks, I have been reading about the increased crime activity in the Clovis area, and the lack of jail space, which in my opinion go hand in hand. The criminals know that since there is a lack of accommodations in the correctional facility, they will be given a slap on the wrist and released.
All you have to do is read the weekly court decisions to know this is a fact. The dismissal rate and plea bargains for crimes that should incur incarcerations are extremely high, allowing the criminals back out on the streets to continue their criminal activity.
I have been obligated to serve on jury duty for the next three months, and to be honest, I feel it will be a waste of my time.
It has been too frustrating to the police who are trying to do their job, to see that their hands are tied in trying to remove the criminal elements from this area — only to have them back on the streets in a short period of time, to be arrested over and over again.
The solution is to stop talking about building an events center and to use the money to build a correctional facility in Clovis or in conjunction with other counties. That idea was introduced by Curry County Commission Chairman Tim Ashley. It would allow the detainment of criminals that need to be incarcerated.
It is time to take back our community from the criminal element. Now, they know if you want to commit a crime and get away with it … Clovis is the place to do it.

Nancy Gallagher
Clovis

Animals deserve better treatment
It’s time to address an issue that has been ignored for far too long, animal cruelty.
I’m learning more and more about people abusing, neglecting, and abandoning their pets. I’ve written on this subject before, but I know that repetitiveness is the key to learning.
People in this community need to learn that animal abuse is intolerable and punishable. Few around here realize there are laws in this state regarding animal cruelty. They include laws against mistreating, tormenting, abandoning, failing to provide proper food and/or drink, and maliciously killing an animal. These acts are punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and six months to four years in prison.
Since we do not currently have any police officers whose specific duties focus on animal cruelty, it’s up to us as a community to try and make a difference.
I urge all of you, if you notice any type of mistreatment toward animals, call the police. Let them know about any unlawful activities that may be occurring. Maybe if we try hard enough, eventually we’ll have an animal cop for our area.
Animals are a gift. They can feel love, fear, or loneliness. People need to realize that animals are capable of suffering, and we as a community are capable of trying to make a difference.

Jennifer Diane Johnson
Clovis

Clovis’ lifesavers are appreciated
Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal will publish thank-you letters of public interest on the first Sunday of each month. Letters should be less than 300 words and the writer must be identified. Writers should include telephone numbers and addresses for verification purposes. Letters may be edited for clarity, content and space considerations. Names of for-profit businesses may be deleted prior to publication.

This is to let the people of Clovis know what a wonderful medical facility you have in the Plains Regional Medical Center, along with a super, skilled and talented staff of doctors, nurses and aides.
My wife Peggy and I were on vacation when I was stricken with severe abdominal pain around Oklahoma City. We decided to try and get home to Mesa, Ariz., but Clovis is as far as we could get.
That was on Sept 19.
We inquired at the motel we stopped at about a hospital in town and they directed us to the Plains Regional Medical Center.
The medical personnel saved my life. I was released on Oct. 9.
Please let Clovis know how fortunate it is to have a wonderful facility and skilled doctors, nurses and aides that have great people skills.

Bob Chapman
Mesa, Ariz.