5/29 Letters to the editor

Military has understated Cannon’s value
The Department of Defense stated it would weigh military value during the Base Realignment and Closure process.

We believe the military value at Cannon Air Force Base has been understated by someone in the U. S. military establishment and it should be reviewed again.

The Air Force has previously stated it plans to downsize the F-16 fleet and this will allow it to purchase the F-22 at a faster rate if the F-16 is gone. Melrose Bombing Range is located approximately 40 miles to the west of CAFB and can be reached in a very short time. The time it takes for Air Force jets to reach the bombing range is something that saves a tremendous amount of fuel and thus cost, which is an efficient and effective use of resources and savings to the United States taxpayer.

In addition, Curry County has approximately 335 days a year of sunshine. It is our understanding that later in 2005 the New Mexico Training Range Initiative (NMTRI) will combine several Military Operating Areas (MOAs) and allow our flying crews to train as they fight, that is supersonic. This supersonic airspace is a very important fact that should not be lost in this evaluation of CAFB and its associated ranges.

To our knowledge, there is ample land and there are facilities of a very high quality available to support aircraft and troops. It is our belief that Cannon could handle at least 50 more airplanes and/or 2,500 additional troops.

Along with the range and the NMTRI, we believe military value should include the awards won by CAFB personnel over the past 2 1/2 years, which means the men and women at Cannon have a high work ethic. These awards total close to 30, including one Installation Excellence Award earned in 2005.

Ken and Diana Huey

No water available for cleaning cemetery
In reference to the article headlined “Confusion arises over local cemetery care:”

I read with great interest and took the word of Joe Champouillon in his statement about the facilities that were available at the cemetery on Seventh Street. My great-grandfather, grandfather and their relatives are at rest in this cemetery, as are most of founding fathers of this community.

Champouillon said families are free to water, mow, trim weeds, or prune as needed to maintain the graves. He also said spigots and garbage receptacles are available at West Seventh Street.

Well, part of the statement is true. There are spigots, but no water will come out of them. I asked the men who were hard at work on the endowed part of the cemetery and they said there is no water available anywhere in the cemetery.

So if you want to pay tribute to your forefathers by cleaning up their graves, take your own water.

Doug McGregor

President’s stem-cell stance is hypocritical
I am disturbed by two of President Bush’s recent statements concerning governmental funding of stem-cell research.

In a press conference recently, he said he could not support the use of public funds for a program that would destroy life in order to save life. In a later statement, he said he could not use tax dollars to support research that would lead to the destruction of life.

These statements seem highly hypocritical to me. The president is using public funds to support a war that is destroying life every day in Iraq. The justification is that the destruction of life now will ultimately enhance the lives of the Iraqi people. Our tax dollars are being used every day to support research to improve the efficiency of bombs and weaponry, which have no other goal than to lead to the destruction of life.

I fail to understand the difference.

Maybe the president should restate his position. It seems he cannot support the use of tax dollars for any program that would destroy human embryonic life, even if it could ultimately save fully matured human life. He obviously has no problem using public funds to destroy the lives of U.S. soldiers, the Iraqi people including adults and children, non-human life and the environment.

The war and his environmental policies destroy life every day.

Why is it that the rights of those opposed to stem-cell research to not have their tax dollars used in that way are more important than the rights of an anti-war environmentalist to not have my tax dollars spent in this way?

Geni Flores