Letters to the Editor 7 / 16

Regarding the July 7 CNJ article about the task force wanting to “spruce up” Clovis for the Special Operations personnel and their families who are coming from Florida:

What about the Cannon Air Force Base personnel and their families already here?

I know when I arrived here a year and half ago from Travis AFB in California, I was wondering where the heck did my husband take me?
All I could see was broken-down cars, dilapidated and boarded-up houses, overgrown weeds, trash and couches on front porches.

Those behind the cleanup plans make it seem like the Spec Ops wives are something special. As a military wife of 17 years, these Spec Ops wives come from all over the United States. They are nothing special. Some come from worse-looking places than Clovis.

So don’t “spruce up” Clovis just on their account. Do it for everyone — military or not — who have to live here.

Michelle Knoettgen

Methamphetamine problems should make us rise together

Regarding the July 5 CNJ article about arrests related to methamphetamine declining:

It is great how our state, county, city police force is working hard to shut down meth labs statewide. As was stated, the meth is now being imported. New Mexico Drug Czar Herman Silva said that meth production is down, but meth-related use and crimes are a continuing problem statewide. Silva also said Curry County lies in an area of New Mexico considered highest for meth problems.

My concern is that Clovis and I are all excited about the new mission that Cannon Air Force Base has received and how we are making steps to make Clovis a wonderful place for the men, women and their families to live.

According to officials, the destructive nature of meth poses a community concern because it feeds crime rate and causes health and family deterioration.

Clovis Police Lt. Jim Schoeffel said “drug use often surfaces in issues ranging from traffic stops, domestic violence, child abuse, financial crisis and violent crimes” — which we all have seen or read about in Clovis.

I was born and raised in Clovis. Clovis is my home. I personally have seen how the drugs have destroyed family and friends. We must rise up, pray and take action to make Clovis a better place for Cannon and all who live here.

Richard Gomez Sr.

Prairie dog myths fuel ire, decisions to erradicate

There will always be debate among ranchers and prairie dog advocates regarding the species. (“Dog-gone mess,” in June 30 CNJ)

Many myths still circulate about prairie dogs, one being they destroy the grasslands. Most destruction of the grasslands is due to over grazing by cattle. Prairie dogs actually aerate the soil by their foraging, so when it does rain the grasses grow more vigorously.

Prairie dogs are an essential part of our ecosystem. Through their burrowing and foraging activities, they create a unique ecosystem that provides habitat features to many plants and animals that inhabit the grass prairie.

Urban development is eradicating prairie dog colonies at an alarming rate. Hundreds of colonies are left in fragmented or isolated conditions. They give the appearance of being “everywhere,” when in reality they are left in remnant sections of land.

There are humane ways to help the prairie dogs, such as capture and relocation teams. They volunteer their time to save these little guys.

The $25,000 Wesley Grau spent to eradicate them could have been spent to have them humanely removed and relocated. Grau’s “secret method” might be of great interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department.

Susan Hubby