Being a Clovis resident, and having lived here for over 33 years, I have long known there was more crime committed in the city than was reported in the local newspaper.
Granted, we read in the paper about murders (on the occasions when they happen), but other than that, one seldom reads anything in the paper regarding all the other criminal activity going on, with the exception of the piddly stuff listed in the “Police blotter” and an occasional store robbery.
I think readers have a right to know about all the other crime being committed in our neighborhoods so we can take precautions necessary to protect ourselves. I am thinking specifically about things like robberies, breaking and entering, etc.
I learned recently that a friend of mine had his house broken into while he was gone and it was looted of many valuables like jewelry and his guns. But I know for a fact this crime will not be reported in the local paper. Why?
That is my question.
Doesn’t anyone think the people who live in his neighborhood have the right to know this so they can increase their vigilance and maybe take the proper precautions to protect themselves from these criminals? Who will bear the responsibility if and when a home is broken into and someone is killed in the process because they weren’t armed with the knowledge this was going on in their neighborhood?
Over the years, I have heard from friends of many home robberies and cannot recall ever reading about one in the local newspaper. People have a right to know.
Are the local reporters really doing their jobs?
Backback giveaway generosity at its best
I write this as a token of appreciation to the men and women of Faith Christian Family Church. On Aug.1, FCFC organized a free backpack giveaway to deserving elementary school students.
FCFC distributed over 800 backpacks filled with school supplies to help students and their families during challenging economic times as they prepare for the upcoming school year.
I learned that some parents (and grandparents) and their children arrived as early as 4 a.m., that families came from as far as Texico and Portales, and they waited up to four hours to receive backpacks.
I also saw the joy and satisfaction from their faces as they walked away with their new backpacks.
The distribution would not have succeeded without the logistics and organization of the FCFC staff, as well as dozens of volunteers who distributed water and chairs for the people in line, directed incoming and outgoing traffic, and helped stuff backpacks with school supplies the night before the event.
I know other churches in the High Plains are also provided their own backpack/supple giveaway and I applaud them for supporting the community. As a person who regularly attends FCFC, I was proud to volunteer my services that early Saturday morning. I know what FCFC did for the community is something the recipients will always remember, and it serves as a reminder that it is truly better to give than to receive.