It appears that children’s safety in this city is not a priority.
I am fighting with the city of Clovis to put back the stop signs on Main Street where it intersects with Plains Avenue.
The stop signs that had been there more than 40 years for the safety and protection of our children at Highland Elementary School were removed last November by the Traffic Safety Committee.
This put our children in danger, making that intersection dangerous to cross on foot as well as in a vehicle.
More than 150 people have signed a petition to have the four-way stop put back. But the city still has not replaced the stop signs.
The voices of 150 people are being ignored and overridden by the few.
I am asking that more voices contact our elected officials until they take the safety of children seriously and put back the stop sign.
Cash for Clunkers money comes from taxpayers
I called the five major car-dealer groups in the Clovis/Portales microplex participating in “Cash for Clunkers” and did some simple math:
The program produced about 108 participants, each given government-guaranteed discounts.
Using the lowest allowance of $3,500 reveals our government will refund about $378,000 to our car dealers.
So, the reality of “Cash for Clunkers” is that 108 people received about $6.12 from every man, woman, and child in Curry and Roosevelt counties.
As we had no real voice in this giveaway, it seems to me we might as well have had a gun put to our chest by our Congressional delegation and told: “Gimme your wallet.”
If every person of voting age is not outraged by this, then I suggest you move to Venezuela. The government cannot give to any one what it does not take from someone else. And they sure took it from us.
Greg F. Weigl
Upcoming musical events benefit community
The roots of rock ’n’ roll in Clovis are very near and dear to my heart. I worked with Vi Petty and the Music Festival for many years; was the co-organizer, along with Karen Cooper, of the 1992 Music Festival — the first one the Chamber of Commerce organized — and worked with Rick Cornelison and Paul Goad to bring the Music Festival back to Clovis in 2004.
Now we are having two weekends in September of early rock ’n’ roll, with John Mueller and his Winter Dance Party on Sept. 5 and the Clovis Music Festival put on by the Chamber Sept. 10-13.
Not only are the residents of Clovis treated to a music extravaganza, but the multiple events create a reason for more visitors to come to Clovis and impact the economy.
I know Vi Petty would be so proud to see the growth of musical events in Clovis.
The more musical events that come to Clovis, the more it solidifies the truth that Clovis rocks. Perhaps we can fill the entire month of September with the roots, and future, of rock ’n’ roll.