5/15 Letters to the editor

Cannon’s closure will hit Clovis hard
Everyone on the Committee of Fifty and on the local commissions just didn’t believe Cannon Air Force Base would be on the closure list.

Yet here it is — Cannon is the only base in New Mexico to make the closure list.

Kirtland will gain personnel and both Holloman and White Sands will lose just a handful of personnel under realignment.

I tried to tell the Curry County Commission that we should already be in the planning stage just in case this happened, but no one listened or took me seriously.

I wonder how local government feels now?

Everybody’s real estate values just took a big hit. There will soon be an excess of homes for sale as the base begins to wind down. I’m not as optimistic about the economy as some who have been quoted in the CNJ in the past week. While the cheese plant and such are going to help to some extent, that only represents a few hundred jobs.

Cannon represents more than $200 million annually in our economy and that will hit us hard when it’s no longer there.

It will be interesting to see how this news impacts Curry and Roosevelt counties and how local governments react. Only time will tell.

Bob Baker

Marshall response outstanding
The place was Marshall Junior High School, a little after 8:30 a.m. on April 28.

An unusual alarm went out over the entire school — “Code Blue.”

As it turned out, we were expecting a fire alarm this day but not this. All of the lights were turned out, doors were locked, window shades were drawn and students were quiet.

Then after a few minutes and no more announcements, we began to get the idea that this was no drill. We heard a policeman announcing his presence to enter a nearby restroom and then our classroom.

This happened two more times, but accompanied with school personnel with keys.

All was done quietly and professionally. No student in my room was given any cause for alarm.

About 9:45 a.m., an announcement was made for all to meet in the auditorium for a special assembly. Principal Diana Russell gave us the information that someone reported a “suspicious male” carrying a long object had been seen entering the school.

That’s when the Code Blue made sense; a lot of sense.

Russell continued telling all about the school mission of keeping all safe. It was a short assembly, but all left with a sense of well-being.

By now we all know the suspicious male was a student carrying a large burrito he’d made for a class project.

I want everyone to know the police did a tremendous job. They were more than professional in every way. Clovis should be proud of them.

The school administration was also outstanding, having this unknown thrust upon them.

Jerry Conner

Truth in religion plain to see
This letter is in response to the article “Truth difficult to find in religion” published in the May 6 CNJ.

Is there an absolute truth? Yes there is an absolute truth. Jesus said in (John 8:32) “and the truth shall make you free.” and “if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

This means that the son of God (Jesus Christ) can set you free from the bondage of sin. If you are not free from the bondage of sin, then you do not have the truth.

Jesus said to Thomas “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6). Peter says “neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

The devil (Satan) is behind all false religions. His goal is to unite all these diverse religions into one world religion.

David Harrison

Cemetery needs better upkeep
I am writing in regard to the cemetery on Seventh Street.
My husband is buried there and it hurts me to see the shape the cemetery is in. The grass and weeds are not cut and it seems there is no watering done. The cemetery on Llano Estacado Boulevard looks like the one on Seventh should look like.

My husband fought for this country during World War II, along with a lot of other veterans who are buried at the Seventh Street cemetery. Their graves need to be kept up.

The people buried there are gone, not forgotten. Even the babies’ graves are heartbreaking. Family members cut the grass around those graves with scissors.

Let’s put some pride in where our loved ones are laid to rest.

Shirley Ciancio