Clovis VA doing best they can
In response to Mr. Reid’s letter about the Clovis VA clinic, I am offering another side of the story. I owe my life to the VA system, starting with the Clovis clinic.
The Clovis VA clinic is not a hospital. It is a part of the Amarillo VA system, and it does what it is supposed to do. If you have an emergency, we are told to call 911. If you do not have an appointment, you will wait for service. They are understaffed and overworked. Your appointments in Amarillo most likely came from referral from the Clovis clinic. That is how the system works.
As I said, I owe my life to the VA doctors, from Clovis, to Amarillo, and to Albuquerque. We all sometimes get short when we feel bad, but if you work with the system, it will work with you.
Not all agreed to zoning change
Try as I might to stay silent, I have to say something about the zone change for Fred Daugherty Avenue after reading Rube Render’s letter to the editor. Rube and I seldom agree on anything, but I agree with him on this matter.
I live on Fred Daugherty Avenue and have been here since 1988. When I saw the proposed zone change notice in the paper, I contacted city commissioners Juan Garza and Randy Crowder (who represent this area) and Mayor Gayla Brumfield to inform them via email in April I was opposed to this change. I only received a response from Garza, who stated that I would need to contact Louis Gordon to let him know of my objection (he provided no way to contact him). I also made up a flyer and placed one in every mailbox along Fred Daugherty Avenue and on many of the intersecting streets.
The city manager, who also lives on Fred Daugherty, was left one.
I find it hard to believe that no one contacted these officials regarding this issue.
After the vote, I contacted Brumfield to again tell her how unhappy I was with her tie-breaking vote. She informed me that she had driven down the street and had determined that this type of multi-family housing would not detract from the neighborhood nor would it change our property values.
I was unable to make it to the meeting due to a work conflict, but I did make it clear to the officials who represent me that I did not agree with this change. The newspaper articles have indicated that no one was there objecting to the change, when in fact, they had been notified of my objection.
I think there’s more to this story than we know.
Projects should include cleanup, too
Well, I see they’re at it again. I’m talking about the people whose job makes it necessary to dig up a road, repair or install whatever it is their concern is and then leave without repaving the road.
The latest caper I’ve noticed is about half mile north of Llano Estacado Boulevard on Thornton Street. They dug this road up, did what they had to and left the scene.
That was close to three months ago and the road just keeps getting worse. I’m not buying the story about letting the dirt settle before repaving. If they leave it to settle any longer, it will become top soil in China and maybe swallow a few cars as it goes.
The story I do buy is poor management and planning. These jobs should never begin if the proper resources aren’t available to complete the job. I’m thinking the resource not available to complete this job is money. If these people carry out projects around their homes in the same way, I hope they have enough caution signs to warn their visitors.