Letters 7/3

Ex-publisher’s conviction not newsworthy now
I was disgusted by Wednesday’s article (“Former CNJ publisher dies at 75”) regarding the death of former Clovis News Journal Publisher Jim Griffin. He was convicted of a crime and served his time; I do not understand how that could be considered newsworthy now. I don’t recall any other residents whose passings were marked with a listing of the things they did wrong, particularly while neglecting the good they may have done.

For example, the article failed to mention his work as a member of the Committee of Fifty. I was Griffin’s secretary and receptionist for the front office of the News Journal in 1977-78. I know that he worked diligently during that period of time to help Clovis in every way possible. I’m sure that wasn’t the only time during his 30 years at the News Journal that he was working for the good of Clovis and eastern New Mexico.

He was a good man. I regret that the newspaper chose not to honor him at his death, but to point out his mistake. If you had known him, you would have known that he did not treat people shabbily. It is a shame that you did.
Sandi House

Let deceased rest in peace
I would like to express my opinion on how distasteful it was to write an article with the contents published on Jim Griffin at a time while the family is mourning. For the News Journal to be that heartless and without compassion is very disturbing.

If you cannot let him rest in peace and write on a different subject you should not have written anything at all. I think you owe the family a written apology and that further stories like this should be a little more considerate.

Mike Reyna 

Kindness reflects well on Clovis
I know that in today’s society it’s easy to see the bad that we encounter on a daily basis. Well, I personally have made a vow to try and point out the good things that I see or personally encounter.

On Wednesday, my husband Brian Gamble, who is in a wheelchair, went to the emergency room in Clovis seeking medical attention. As he arrived at the hospital he noticed an ambulance in the bay and several local paramedics getting ready to leave the hospital. Two of them noticed him, parked in handicapped parking, struggling to get his wheelchair out of the car. These two paramedics walked across the way to his car and helped him get his chair put together and then assisted him into the wheelchair.

He never asked their names, but we would like to personally thank them. This display of kindness proves that Clovis is an awesome place to live. I commend them for their professionalism, and caring heart.

Amy Gamble

Cannon still needs community support
The fight to save Cannon Air Force Base is not over.

The people of eastern New Mexico and west Texas spoke loudly and with one voice on June 24 when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission came to Clovis for its hearing. Your steadfast support — from Amarillo to Hobbs, Portales to Lubbock, Clovis to Roswell — proved that no one supports the military like the people of the western plains.

As lieutenant governor and chair of the military base planning commission, I took great pride in seeing the tremendous community effort in Clovis — from the supporters lining the streets to the articulate and factual presentation made by leaders of the Committee of Fifty’s Randy Harris and Chad Lydick. 

It was an impressive start. But if we’re going to save Cannon, so much more must be done. If you haven’t already, please write a letter or send an e-mail to the BRAC Commission expressing what Cannon means to you and to your community.

For details, go to http://www.keepcannon.com/

This region has lost three bases in the past 40 years — in Roswell, Amarillo and Lubbock. Preventing a fourth closing is in the hands of nine BRAC commissioners. We did a great job showing them how we feel about Cannon on June 24.

Now we have to make sure they don’t forget.

Diane D. Denish
Lieutenant governor of New Mexico