6/23 BRAC letters to the editor

Detractors should stand behind words
The people who won’t give their names in support of Cannon Air Force Base’s closure are missing what America is all about. As I see it, they are insulting every person who has volunteered, and in many cases given their lives, to defend this country and the freedoms its citizens enjoy.

And to anyone who would retaliate against them for exercising their constitutional rights to free speech, I hear that China is building lots of new housing in one of its provinces. You are more than welcome to move there and limit anyone’s speech you like!

I personally support Cannon and believe it is an invaluable asset to this area. And I believe that as an American I am obligated to at least listen to dissenting viewpoints as a part of my right to express my own views. However, with these rights and freedoms comes the responsibility to stand behind what you say, even if it isn’t the popular opinion.

Jonathan La Vine

Cannon has many military advantages
I am a retired Presbyterian minister. Nearly 20 of my 46 years of active service have been in Clovis and it has been my privilege to know many of the Air Force personnel who have been stationed here.

Cannon Air Force Base is essential to the defense of the United States. We have uncrowded air space, a short distance to the Melrose Bombing Range, excellent facilities — two fully paved runways — fabulous community support for the base’s personnel and mission and a climate that permits nearly 340 days when flights can be made in clear skies.

Our country needs the fine facility we already have at Cannon Air Force Base to successfully train fighter pilots and keep the ones we have in a high level of readiness.
As a good friend of mine, Ret. Col. William T. Creech, a former base commander at Cannon, told me: “Cannon is truly the Air Force’s jewel of fighter aviation.”

I urge Base Realignment and Closure commissioners to consider these important points and remove Cannon from the closure list. It is in our nation’s best interest.

Nicholas Scott King