4/16 Letters to the editor

DWI stops catch more than drunken drivers
Regarding Glenda Bly’s letter (“DWI checkpoints waste of time, money,” in Wednesday’s CNJ):

The Texico Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint at the west city limits on April 8.

For the record, there were four off-duty Curry County deputies and four sheriff’s reserve officers. The deputies were paid overtime out of my budget.

Undersheriff Doug Bowman always tries to find off-duty deputies to assist us in conducting sobriety check points because we don’t have the manpower. We call that interagency cooperation.

For Glenda Bly’s information, sobriety checkpoints are not a waste of time and money because we take drunken drivers, drugs and sometimes fugitives off the streets.

It’s amazing how people tend to criticize when they don’t know the whole story.

John Mares
Texico chief of police

Stopping drunken drivers saves lives
Maybe DWI checkpoints are not important to some people. They are important to me and my family.

The Texico police, Curry County Sheriff’s Department and the reserves might have stopped a drunken driver from coming or going into Clovis or Farwell and hurting or killing someone.

Connie Gee

Checkpoints should be closer to commercial areas
A lot of people find these checkpoints annoying and an invasion of their privacy. I do not. I wish funds were available for more of them.

I wish these checkpoints could be placed closer to places of commercial alcohol consumption without having to be announced in the news media.

My son was paralyzed by a driver who should never have been allowed to drive in the condition he was in. I refuse to call the event that paralyzed my child an accident. Had there been a DWI checkpoint on the route the driver took, he may have been stopped and even arrested, but my son would still be walking along my side. I would not have to look at my child in pain every time I see him.

I don’t know if the writer from Farwell has ever had anyone hurt by an inebriated driver. I hope and pray she never will.

Christian Heller Sr.

Driving privilege comes with inconveniences
I am sure the grieving parents, friends and family members who have lost loved ones to a drunken driver would have appreciated a DWI checkpoint the night their loved one was taken from them.

The last time I checked, driving was a privilege. With privilege, comes inconvenience.

Winnie Boyce

Gas harder to go without than some things
As I sit here watching gas prices raise 15 cents a gallon in a week and watch the news report this is only the beginning, I wonder why.

Last I heard the big oil profits were in excess of $40 billion last quarter. I totally understand the concept of the free market that says supply and demand sets the price, but what happens if that supply is manipulated? Could that be?

I understand if there is a freeze in Florida, the price of oranges goes to $1 each and we don’t eat many oranges. When lettuce gets to $2.50 a head, we don’t eat lettuce. It’s the same with beef, pork and what have you.

I talked to my truck and told him about the high price of gas and told him he would have to do without five gallons a week to start. And you know what? He just laughed at me and said, “Just you try it!”

From the sound of his voice I believed him and so there goes that idea.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, there are a lot of us old folks who have to shell out another $40 a month for gas so we can get back and forth to our two jobs that allow us to pay our taxes so the illegal immigrants will get free medical services, food, etc., for which I don’t qualify.

And I noticed my cell phone bill went up $2.50 a month so that “needy families” — translate that any way you want — will have access to telecommunications.

With elections coming up, I know I can count on our politicians to fight for us.

Keith Forbes