2/22 Letters to the editor

Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities
Whenever I read a news story in which a New Mexico sheriff is whining about lack of funding or support (“Gap in sheriff coverage upsets resident,” Sunday CNJ), I have to laugh. I laugh because the sheriff either:

(a) doesn’t understand the level of his or her authority

(b) doesn’t care; or

(c) is attempting to educate the public on rearranging their priorities.

County sheriffs in New Mexico have more authority than the governor. Their decisions trump those of the cities in which they are located, the state and, in quite a few instances, federal authorities.

The Curry County sheriff has announced that he doesn’t want to provide deputies to respond to situations occurring between 2 and 6 a.m., particularly burglaries.

I don’t blame him. Apparently, he and his constituents have decided that law enforcement efforts need to be concentrated on making sure that people

• wear their seat belts

• have their children secured in the proper state-mandated child safety seat

• not speed

• not drink (anything or any amount) then drive

• present ID in order to buy over-the-counter cold medications

It’s all a matter of priorities, people. It looks to me like we would all be better off to instruct the sheriff to rearrange his priorities.

Glenda Bly
Farwell

Animal cruelty serious offense
In January we at One 4 All Animal Rescue of Clovis were contacted by a deputy with the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. We had already heard about the seizure of several animals from a residence near Melrose.

The term we use for people with this many animals (almost 60, officials said) in such bad condition is “hoarders.” The deputy and his colleagues were concerned about the remaining cats.

I went to see them. Unfortunately most were suffering from severe upper respiratory condition and many had ringworm. As we have no facility and could not find an organization in time to take them we were unable to save the cats.

Earlier this year we were able to rescue eight dogs from another hoarder. All needed extensive medical treatment.

Since our organization started in September 2004 we have seen many animal cruelty cases. It is common and disturbing to see such widespread animal cruelty in our community.

I would encourage people to please call police or animal control if they see neglected or abused animals. Animal cruelty is a serious offense in New Mexico, ranging from a misdemeanor to a fourth-degree felony.

I hope your readers will understand that when we see animal cruelty we are witnessing a disturbing form of human behavior.

Carol Baker
Texico
Director of One 4 All Animal Rescue

Bush should address price-gouging
It is past time for President Bush to take action against price gouging in the oil and natural gas industries.

I can understand some of the increase in gasoline, but there is no reason for natural gas prices to increase over 50 percent.

Oops, I forgot the three major reasons for the increases in both which is GREED, GREED, GREED.

Does this letter sound like I am angry? If it does, here is the reason for such anger:

I just received my gas bill for last month. This bill forced me to go to my magic computer and compare four months to the same four months last year.

What I found was a 50 percent increase — and this is a milder winter than last.

How do the senior citizens (which I am) get by? Do without food, medicine, breathing, or what?

And it’s not just the seniors who are hurting. In this, the greatest nation on Earth, farmers, and everyone below the higher-income brackets are impacted by these increases.

We, the end users, are stuck. We cannot go to a competitor for better natural gas prices and if we drive to another gas station their prices are the same.

Our governor was very generous and sent us a check for $84 to help us with the increases in gasoline and natural gas. Big deal!

Again, I say it is past time for the president to take action and address this major problem.

John O. Frey
Clovis