3/27 Letters to the editor

Teachers should play role in selection
I very much appreciate the editorial in the March 20 edition of the News Journal regarding public input in the selection of Clovis’ new superintendent of schools. After all, taxpayer money will certainly feed, clothe, and house this individual and family.

I believe that many more citizens are taking an interest in our public schools after the events of the last year or so. In addition to vision, political savvy, business sense and the best interest of our children, the new superintendent must be able to communicate with teachers, whose needs have been largely unaddressed under No Child Left Behind.

It behooves us to remember that our public school teachers comprise one of the two largest employed groups in Clovis, along with Cannon Air Force Base.

As a retired teacher, I want to know how many years each candidate for superintendent has actually spent in a public school classroom, dealing with the demands, discipline, and daily issues teachers face. Yes, it is fine and good that we know the latest positions and honors each candidate has attained; but we need to know where they started. We need to know how close their hearts are to the ones who are the bedrock, the foundation, the basis of the public school classroom today — its teachers.

Judy Kern

Golf course needs better administration
Springtime in Clovis is a special time of the year. The city does a good job with its facilities that are utilized in the spring. We have soccer fields, softball fields, a top-notch city library and the second best zoo in the state.

However, when it comes to the Clovis municipal golf course, we are definitely at the bottom.

How can the city justify closing the golf course for three days during spring break for aerification of the greens? Yes, having played golf for 37 years I understand the yearly ritual of green aerification and its importance. I do not know of any other course in America that closes for three days to accomplish this project.

I challenge the person who has made this decision to have the courage to stand up and explain his reasoning.

Quality golf courses throughout the country stay open during this aerification process and are able to intelligently improvise. Temporary greens are provided in most cases. This doesn’t make the golfer happy, but he still gets to play and/or practice.

Clovis has hired a competent pro who knows much more about golf than any city manager or parks and recreation person may ever know. The pro also cares about promoting the game of golf. Golf in Clovis has been slowly going downhill and it is obvious our city decision makers do not care.

Mike Majors

Life precious no matter its handicaps
If I live to be 100, I’ll never understand how some people try to come up with a logical answer when they don’t appear to have any sense of logic. That may sound contradictory, but bear with me a minute.

I’m thinking of the Terri Schiavo case and the law that was passed in an effort to save her life.

The same day President Bush signed that law, non-thinkers were already jumping up and down screaming that it shouldn’t have been passed and signed. Indeed, they think it was an outrageous thought from the beginning. They blame the conservative right for placing too much emphasis on the life of one person, adding that the federal government has gone beyond its authority.

As far as I know, the Supreme Court was and still is part of the federal government and that distinguished panel upheld the ruling that abortion is legal. Another case of planned murder.

No doubt these same great thinkers who oppose “Terri’s Law” were in the corner of the abortion rights army who fought and won the right to have millions of babies murdered before they could draw their first breath. As far as they’re concerned, the taking of human life is no big deal.
Where are your thinking caps, people? What comes next, withholding medication from migraine sufferers and watching their heads explode?

Life is precious no matter what one’s physical capabilities are.

The United States, unlike many countries, honors human life and passing laws to save lives is part of its due process. (The Supreme Court’s decision on abortion is the one exception.)

If millions of lives or one life is snuffed out and you’re not bothered by it, perhaps you’d be happier living in one of those countries that has a low regard for life. Check the yellow pages for the numbers of qualified moving companies.

Bill Sconone