12/21 Letters to the editor

One day sans drink not huge sacrifice
Regarding the petition supporting Sunday alcohol service and sales.:

Opinions vary on the subject of drinking and dining on Sundays. It is sad to see that so many people have to have a drink of alcohol.

I equate drinking and dining with drinking and driving. Is it worth a few extra dollars of revenue or tax money to risk yet another driver under the influence of alcohol?

Is it worth putting more people in the hospital or an early grave? Six days of that is enough already.

If a person needs to have a drink on Sunday, let them buy it on any other day and stay home to drink. If an individual has to have a drink seven days a week with their meal, they may need treatment for alcoholism, not more alcohol.

There are responsible drinkers and servers out there, yes. On the other side, there are irresponsible drinkers and servers out there. In my line of work I have seen both.

Years ago I worked at a restaurant when Clovis still served alcohol on Sundays. It was amazing how many local hypocrites came from church to have a large number of drinks with a light lunch. Then of course they drove home in an inebriated state.

Do we need more drunken drivers on the road? No.
My thoughts are the same on having a few drinks with lunch at a local restaurant during the week. I would terminate an employee who went to lunch and had alcohol prior to returning to work.

If a restaurant has to enhance its clientele by serving alcohol, perhaps it should revise its menu. Of course the customer could always buy the menu items to go, and have an alcoholic beverage with them at home.

Christian K. Heller Sr.

U.S. should pressure insurgents in Iraq
Many are clamoring to withdraw our troops from Iraq. I don’t think this should be done abruptly. Let’s refine that idea.
The insurgents say they want U.S. forces out. I say, let’s put the responsibility on their shoulders.

Lets’ have the news saturated with the idea that, since they want the United States to get out so badly, we’re going to leave it up to them: The United States will begin withdrawing troops within a certain amount of time after the last terrorist attack. This way, the world will start putting the blame on the insurgents and terrorists for the continuing bad situation in Iraq. The more the terrorists or insurgents keep doing attacks, the more sympathy will be going to the United States and the people in Iraq who are trying to get their country stabilized.

We should publicize heavily and constantly that since the insurgents and terrorists want the U. S. to withdraw, we will do so based on their action. If they want us out badly enough, then they will have to stop endangering everyone, including their own countrymen. Their own actions will determine when we leave.

We could time our withdrawal based on the last killing, violence or terrorist act in the country. Then, and only then, we will begin systematically withdrawing our troops.

The ordinary people of Iraq hate the actions of the insurgents and terrorists also and this idea of putting the responsibility squarely on them should appeal to the Iraqi citizens. Sympathy will then go to them and our side if the violence continues and pressure will be put on the insurgents and terrorists.

If others think this is a good idea, let’s start spreading the word to everyone until it becomes a movement from little old Portales.

Bettie Miller

Sports becoming less about playing game
As basketball season gets into full swing, I have noticed a trend over the last few years that really bothers me. Coaches at all levels, from grade school through high school, seem more intent on winning the game by as many points possible rather than teaching good sportsmanship.

In the past, teams only used a full-court press in a close game if they were behind or maybe at the start of a game. Now, the score doesn’t seem to matter. I’ve seen teams with a 30-point lead and their starters are still pressing.

The other day I attended a junior high game. When the teams were warming up, one could see that one team had a definite advantage. But instead of backing off into a zone defense or a soft man to man, they come out in full-court press. And when they had a big lead they still used a half-court trap defense.

Coaches don’t seem to understand that a lot of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are there to see a relative play in the game. What is wrong with letting more kids play and winning by 12 or 15 points instead of 30?. In fact, it’s OK to even lose the game and let more kids play.

I have seen several games lost in the fourth quarter where, if the starters had set the bench a little more, they wouldn’t have tired out that last quarter and the outcome may have been different.

Bill Cathey