Letters to the Editor: Article misrepresents Chinese culture

Regarding the Jan. 26 article “Area woman teaches English, God’s Love in China:”

There are some ideas expressed in this article that are not correct. I, along with my Chinese classmates at Eastern New Mexico University, would like to explain some things about China.

First, the article reports it is illegal to be Christian in China. Today in most of China there is freedom of religion, not only to be Christian but to be other religions as well. There are Buddhists, Muslims, Taoists, Jews, and many others.

Secondly, the article states that no more than 15 people may gather in a dormitory to worship. Laws of this nature vary from region to region. However, a crowd of any number may gather in a church, temple, synagogue, or mosque all over China to worship.

It is true that preaching in public is discouraged, but it is acceptable to preach in a house of worship.

Thirdly, the article quotes Heather Husted saying that Chinese culture is without hope and love. This statement is totally untrue.

Many Christians believe that hope and love come only through Christ. However, Chinese people have much hope and love. We love and honor our families deeply.
We love our friends and we receive much love from our family and friends. We love our country. We have great hope for our future, individually and as a country.

My classmates and I would like to welcome foreigners to our country. That way you can see the truth about us.

Zheng Jian
Portales

Pacific Wings won’t suit general public
It was a real treat for my mother, Virginia, to fly from Clovis to attend a family wedding in North Carolina. She was 85, but traveled alone because no one else was able to go along. It was a memorable day for her and the family.

Sadly, Mom won’t be able to travel as she did if Pacific Wings is selected to provide Essential Air Service to Clovis. Here’s why:

—Pacific’s Cessna 208 aircraft is not pressurized. The elevation in Clovis is 4,280 feet. Flying up to 4,000 feet higher without pressurization is not a good idea for her. And without pressurization, this aircraft is limited to 10,000 feet. It won’t be able to fly above our summer storms. Will flights will be canceled?

—Pacific’s small nine-passenger aircraft is more subject to wind turbulence than Great Lakes’ 19-passenger Beechcraft. When the aircraft can’t fly high enough to avoid storms, the risk of injury due to turbulence increases.

—In Hawaii where Pacific Wings flies, the temperature is consistent. It’s a pleasant climate at sea level. Up here in Clovis our weather changes dramatically. Will Pacific Wings pilots have experience flying in our weather?

—Pacific Wings’ aircraft will have only one engine. What if sudden problems develop? Not having backup engines is one reason the feds won’t approve this carrier without a waiver request from Clovis.

—Then, there will be only one pilot. Goodness! What if the pilot gets sick? Why would we ask for a waiver from this simple precaution?

Bottom line, if Clovis goes for Pacific Wings it will be like going from a Buick to a Harley — good bike, but not for consistently dependable, safe, everyday transportation that suits the general public.

My mother and I agree that value received from Great Lakes may be more important than the actual money saved using Pacific Wings.

Carolyn Spence
Clovis