There is hope for America to overcome excessive indebtedness.
While attending our weekly Gideon prayer session on Saturday at a Clovis restaurant, I witnessed the Curry County Republican Committee meeting at the same time.
Their meeting was attended by more than 100 members and many were standing because of lack of space. Many were major state and city leaders of our community.
What I heard reflected the only hope for America to overcome the excessive indebtedness, excessive cost of Obamacare, excessive new taxes, excessive government spending and the high unemployment percentage that we are presently experiencing.
I am confident the American people will vote major changes in all federal branches, our Congress, judicial and executive offices in the forthcoming election to be held in November.
I love my country that has existed for more than 225 years under the present Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Only under God and the holy Scriptures can we succeed another 225 years.
Bataan survivors exemplify ideals
I listened with interest regarding the debate about lowering the flag for Whitney Houston in New Jersey.
I wondered at the time whether the flag at the Portales courthouse had been lowered for the passing of area residents I.R. Butler and John L. Johnson, survivors of the Bataan Death March.
Sacrifice, love for country — these are certainly high ideals, and these two individuals and the other men who gave their lives on Corregidor and Bataan exemplify these ideals.
They represent the best this country has to offer, and deserve all the recognition that can be bestowed upon them.
God bless them and their families.
James M. Warnica Jr.
Election put city in bad light
The recent mayoral election gathered an extreme amount of attention toward eastern New Mexico.
The news was reported nationwide from the Anchorage Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, LA Times and points in between.
Clovis also received more than its fair share of television coverage.
A report about our election in an online newspaper generated comments that questioned our breeding habits, closeness to the prehistoric Clovis man, the number of teeth we had or the number of our IQ and our proximity to Roswell and Area 51.
A large number questioned the mayor’s desire for smaller government while begging for federal monies for water and also sucking on the government teat from Cannon.
Comments on the CNJ website generally enforced the negative view of us held by outsiders.
Conspiracy theorists who use the Internet for affirmation instead of information or education generally create flawed skewered opinions. Critical analytical thinking and common sense can escape any of us, but each of us makes the choice to let it or not.
It was Albert Einstein who said, “Two things are infinite: The universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
Pam Atherton deserves thanks for standing up for Clovis with her article, “We’re not all yahoos in Clovis, N.M.,” published by “The Huffington Post.”
Brumfield helped spur growth
I would like to thank Gayla Brumfield for what she did for Clovis.
After four years with Gayla in office we actually started to feel like a normal American small town.
We enjoyed the growth of family activities, with the construction of walking paths, the opening of new parks and the promise of a new pool.
She gave us an increased sense of safety with the rebuilding of the Hull Street Bridge and the installment of desperately needed stop signs in busy neighborhoods.
Gayla’s drive gave us something to be proud of when the rebuilding of Hotel Clovis became a reality, not just another broken promise.
In just a few short years Gayla Brumfield made big changes in Clovis. She gave us a renewed sense of pride, a chance to dream and even gave us hope for Clovis’ future.
But now it seems we must return to business as usual.
Good idea to open golf course
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate David Lansford on being elected mayor of Clovis. I look forward to the outstanding leadership he will bring to the Clovis City Commission.
With the impending renovations to the Colonial Park golf course — sprinkler system replacement, plowing and leveling of the fairways on the back nine, re-seeding and fertilizing of the entire course and additional work to all the greens — I trust the city will close the whole golf course to complete all the necessary repairs needed to bring the facility up to a reasonable playing condition.
With all that needs to be done, closing the course for at least a year wouldn’t be out of the question. Amarillo and Roswell have done so to bring their courses up to modern day standards.
While these renovations are being done, it would be a great idea to open the old Clovis Municipal course to give area golfers a place to play. This could easily be achieved by stopping any further damage to the existing course.
The new dog park could be moved just north of the zoo entrance where the old train used to be located. This area offers shade and grass just like the golf course fairways have.
A temporary green could be used on hole No. 2 to give golfers an opportunity to play a full round of golf.
I hope the mayor and the city commission will give consideration to these thoughts.
It would be nice to be able to play on a golf course instead of a blown out pasture.
I would prefer to spend my money for green fees in Clovis rather than Farwell, Portales, or Cannon Air Force Base.