Someone stop the out-of-control bikes

Letters to the editor

Help! My once quiet and peaceful neighborhood has been overrun with motorcycles.
A group is riding racing bikes down the street. Those drivers have to see how fast they can go the three blocks in front of my house. They literally scream down the street.
Then I have a few Harley riders. They aren’t quite so bad. They tend to be the most respectful of the group. Their motorcycles are loud, but not obnoxious.
Then there are the dirt bikes. They run full-throttle down the street, up the alley and in a vacant field behind my house. Forget mufflers. Who needs them? The louder the better.
Please don’t misunderstand. I have no problem with motorcycles. I do have a problem with noise. I like to sit in my back yard and carry on a conversation. I sometimes need to throw my trash in the dumpster in the alley and have almost been run over.
I thought Clovis had some kind of noise ordinance. If we’re going to give kids with loud stereos a hard time, why then can these motorcycles continue to disturb my peace?
— Connie Belcher
Clovis

Drivers not the only problem on the roads
Horrible drivers are everywhere. But drivers alone cannot be blamed for the recklessness on the road. Lack of adequate signage and enforcement of traffic laws are also to blame.
The city of Clovis and nearby towns are in need of reform.
In the neighborhoods, stop signs may appear every two or three streets.
One Saturday morning while driving I approached an intersection. There were no stop signs. My car and another vehicle reached the intersection at the same time.
Even though I had the right of way, it came to my attention that I must pause because the car on my left did not slow down.
Unfortunately, bad driving is commonplace — tailgating, running stop signs and not signaling while driving are just a few common offenses.
It is apparent that something needs to be done. Perhaps more classes to update or inform us about the rules could help us to practice safe driving.
More education available to the drivers could mean fewer accidents and less insurance to be paid by the competent drivers.
In order to make this significant change we may possibly start with a little common courtesy. One thing for sure, it will take a community willing and ready to reach a common goal.
— Doris McGinnis
Clovis

Clovis tops list of bad pet owners
I write this with a heavy heart. I have just taken another suffering stray to the vet to be euthanized.
I have resided in many cities over the years and Clovis tops the list of irresponsible pet owners.
People leave their cats when they move, thinking someone will give them a home. Some do but there are more cats than people. I am feeding four strays right now.
All three of my dogs came from the streets of Clovis, (a.k.a. dumping grounds) and my siblings’ households are filled to capacity with strays.
One of my friends found a bag of kittens and puppies floating in Greene Acres Lake. What is wrong with these people?
That cute tiny puppy you get grows up to be an adult that needs food, water, shelter, medical care and love for its entire life. You can’t leave it chained up in a backyard, forgotten.
I know many kind souls in Clovis helping with this situation, but it seems to be a losing battle.
People, do you know how your pets are put to sleep at the animal shelter? They are put into a chamber and suffocated. Our city doesn’t want to allocate funds to humanely put animals down with an injection. Clovis is way behind the times.
Spaying or neutering your pets is the best long-term solution to this problem. Show me a person who loves and cares for animals and I’ll show you a good person. Any person who doesn’t care for their animals shows something sorely lacking in their character.
Cats and dogs were domesticated and tamed long ago for the companionship and joy they provide humans. They didn’t ask for this.
— Peggy Wyatt
Clovis