Area gas prices unreasonably high

I have traveled extensively this past year and find gas much cheaper in other communities and states.
On Friday, AAA New Mexico reported the average price for gas in Tucson, Ariz., was at $2.67 per gallon. The average was $2.75 in Denver and $2.81 in Amarillo. The average price in Texas was $2.69 per gallon.
Meanwhile in Clovis, AAA reported the average was at $2.90.
I really would like an explanation why gas is so much cheaper just a few miles away. Is it because we don’t have much competition around here?
Is it greed or something else?

Gladys Karna
Clovis

Handicapped parking designated for reason
I guess this is one of my pet peeves and I’m tired of seeing this abuse continue all over Clovis.
It is difficult for me to go to businesses where I observe abuse of designated handicapped parking slots.
When a person has an obvious limitation, such as severe mobility problems, then handicapped parking should be used. Even when the primary driver is not handicapped but the passenger is the laws clearly state this privileged parking is permitted.
But this only applies when those with significant mobility limitations are a passenger in the vehicle. Using the placard to obtain a privileged parking slot when none of the handicapped members are in the vehicle is a violation of the law and is grounds for loss of the privilege and the placard.
If a family member or friend abuses this parking privilege they risk the loss of that privilege for those that actually need it and that would be a shame for all concerned.
However, I continuously observe what appears to be ineligible persons using these parking slots who show no obvious mobility limitations.
It would be nice if law-enforcement officers would make these observations.
Handicapped parking should not be abused.

Robert E. Baker
Clovis

Exclusion unacceptable practice in America
To the first part of Pat Lee’s Oct. 7 letter (Racism not at root of all injustices): Some unfavorable things said about people are racist, the glaring historical example being the Klan.
But this is not true at all with Hispanic Heritage Month, Cinco de Mayo, Black History Month, etc. Those are incredibly harmless and helpful expressions of pride.
But in the context of our recent history, it’s likely that a White History Month would be somewhat racist, unfair as that is.
Whites as a race have not been discriminated against as have blacks, because recently America has been overwhelmingly white. Black History Month, United Negro College, etc., are benign prideful reactions to past sad discrimination.
There is no reason for whites to “speak up for their race” in the context of recent history that is in any way comparable to experiences of blacks and Hispanics. To do so would not on its face be regarded as racist, but in context, it would. Thus we refrain.
To the second part of Lee’s letter, let’s be fair. No one should be forced to learn a particular language. But since a substantial part of our population speaks Spanish (unlike Japanese, Chinese, etc.) the institutions of our country dealing with those millions of people should take their needs into account.
English is indeed the accepted language here. But because this America, all languages are accepted. We are supposed to be about pluralism, not exclusion.

Kirby Rowan
Portales