8/7 Letters to the editor

Children primary victims of park graffiti
Each day I enjoy eating my lunch at Greene Acres park. Watching the kids play is a bright spot of my day.

But recently I went to the park and I was disgusted because someone graffitied the kids’ toys.

I know the city takes pride in its parks. I watch as the workers mow, empty the trash, clean up the mess people leave behind. I don’t understand the purpose of the graffiti, other than marking territory like a dog will.

This is a place for families to enjoy their time feeding the ducks, watching the kids play.

There really was no need to destroy the innocence of the park. The little kids are the victims. If the person or people who did the tagging think they’re artists and need to express themselves, how about trying an art class or painting on a canvas?

Nora Cross

Airman’s attitude contributed to treatment
Having known Dan Smith, his letter in Sunday’s paper (”Base supporters only concerned with money”) didn’t surprise me.

I don’t know what circles Dan ran around in, but I do know he had an attitude problem then and it appears he has one now.

I retired from the Air Force in 1968 from a base in New Jersey. I was stationed at Cannon (then Clovis Air Force Base) from 1954 through 1957 and I never was treated better anywhere than I was in Clovis.

The churches opened their doors to us, as well as people inviting us in their homes. In addition, I was asked to play on the Pleasant Hill “42” team. The years were so enjoyable that my wife and I looked forward to returning here after retirement.

I can assure you that no one called me a “dog” or “baby killer” to my face.

Fred Johnson

Vietnam War hard on military relations
In response to Dan Smith’s letter last Sunday:

It is unfortunate that he and his military friends were treated poorly in the time frame of 1966-68; however it must be noted that the attitude toward the military was negative throughout the Vietnam war — not only in this area, but throughout the country.

I experienced a different attitude when I was stationed here in 1977. Once I became involved with the community, I was accepted as if I were raised in the area. Consequently, when I left the Air Force I stayed here.

Gary Danner

Closed-door meetings not good policy
I’d like to thank Mayor David Lansford for taking such good care of me, John Q. Citizen, through this Base Realignment and Closure ordeal.

I now see that Lansford and a select few are getting together to discuss our futures with regard to options if Cannon Air Force Base closes (”Officials talking options,” Wednesday’s CNJ). I wonder who is behind those closed doors planning on the future of the base?

Why are these meetings closed to our citizens and why is it that a select few decide the future of the area?

They must not think the average resident is smart enough to make these important decisions, so our “community leaders” will make them for us.

I will sleep well tonight knowing that Mayor Lansford and others are taking such good care of the little people here in Clovis, and I don’t have to worry my little head about it any more.

Connie Belcher

Special olympics blessing, inspiration
In every town or city there are always a group of citizens who do for others. They most often go unnoticed and unthanked for the tremendous blessing they are to us all.

It was recently my privilege to attend the local special olympics equestrian event and see such a group of citizens. They united unselfishly to help these athletes as they reached out one by one to reach their goal — a mount, a ride, joy untold.

During the event one athlete exemplified to us all the true meaning of our motto, “Let me win, but if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt.” She was unable to complete her ride, but thanks to the tremendous groups of volunteers about her, she was able to “thumbs up” to us on the sidelines.

I’d like to thank each volunteer for their quiet, loving concern and encouragement. … The event was an inspiration to us all.

Bobbie Widner