Letters to the Editor: If flight services aren’t broken, don’t fix them

Regarding the “Fight for flight” article in Friday’s CNJ:

We support Mayor David Lansford in his leaning toward re-selection of Great Lakes Airlines to provide essential air service to Clovis.

The Great Lakes aircraft serving Clovis is a Beechcraft 1900D, 19-seat turbo prop with a maximum ceiling of 25,000 feet and speeds up to 325 mph.

From gate to gate, a flight between Clovis and Albuquerque takes about one hour. The airport attendants and pilots are very friendly and efficient, the fares reasonable, and most flights depart and arrive on time.

We have traveled Great Lakes between Clovis and Albuquerque eight times and will continue to use Great Lakes as our primary mode of travel between Clovis and Albuquerque if the airline is re-selected.

According to the Pacific Wings Web site, the airline currently serves 10 airports in the Hawaiian Islands. The main passenger aircraft of Pacific Wings is a Cessna 208 Grand Caravan with a single turboprop, nine seats, unpressurized cabin, a speed of 171 mph, and is authorized to operate with one pilot.

The aircraft is not federally certified for essential air service and would require a waiver from Clovis to operate here.

Bill and Phyllis Gaedke
Clovis

U.S. presence only amplifies Iraq troubles
The U.S. attack on Iraq was a crime against peace, the supreme international crime, encompassing all the evil that follows.

The U.S. had no right to attack and occupy a non-threatening Iraq. U.S. actions in Iraq stimulate more outrage and anger, promoting more terrorism.

The assumed U.S. right to attack anyone without justification is stimulating a new arms race increasing the likelihood of disasters involving weapons of mass destruction.

The U.S. occupation denies Iraqis the possibility of developing a democratic society.
The attack has produced and is intensifying a civil war. The “surge” will create more suffering and death. The primary source of terror in Iraq is U.S. power; the main enemies are the people we claim to be liberating. At this writing, 3,110 U.S. troops have died, many more injured. Roughly 700,000 Iraqis have been killed, millions harmed.

Continuing violence dishonors casualties. Iraq is a traumatized country with a major refugee crisis. Access to safe water, health care, nutrition, jobs, necessities, safety and electricity are at a minimum, life is wretched for most.

The U.S. is not rebuilding Iraq but destroying it, while U.S. contractors take billions in taxpayer subsidies. U.S., Iraqi and global opinion are overwhelmingly opposed to the occupation. Democracy — the will of the people — demands a withdrawal. The majority of U.S. troops want a withdrawal.

Support the troops. Bring them home now.

The U.S. should withdraw, close U.S. military bases, stop its global domination project and pay major reparations for damages done by invasion and occupation, years of sanctions that killed 500,000 and supporting Saddam Hussein during his major atrocities.

Doug Morris
Portales