Letters to the Editor 8/17

Utility manager lauds conservation efforts
On behalf of New Mexico American Water, please allow me to thank the residents of Clovis for their tremendous response to our recent requests for conservation. While wise water use is always a good idea, this summer our system has been especially strained.
I was very pleased to see the rapid response from customers, and I want to let them know their changes in habits have made a difference. Our water use has reduced by almost 13 percent, and we have been pumping around 10 million gallons on most days.
I know these conservation measures do impact everyday life. Whether it is not watering outside as much as you would like, or not washing your car as often as you like, we do appreciate the sacrifice you are making during August to help us be able to meet our high demands for water.
If customers have any questions about their water service, they can contact me anytime at: kwright@amwater.com
Kathy Wright
Vice President and Manager
New Mexico American Water

Desirability in the eye of the beholder
I appreciated Sunday’s “Our Viewpoint” editorial regarding the region’s economic attractiveness. Everyone who worked on the many growth momentum examples cited is to be commended. Clovis and the region are, without a doubt, desirable areas.
One exception to the desirability of Clovis is the number of out-of-code and blighted properties it houses. Last week, I again corresponded with the mayor, city commissioners and city manager, asking that substantial action be taken to address this problem.
Failure to deal with the problem feeds a larger social problem that, like cancer, is insidious. It spreads by attracting more blighted properties. other criminal activity and forcing out law-abiding residents who simply give up on the enforcement system that is supposed to remedy these problems.
It appears the city’s line of defense against the growing problem of out-of-code and blighted properties is to require that plywood be placed over broken windows for security and safety purposes. This is acceptable as a first step, but in many instances it appears to be the only action taken.
Are plywood-covered windows the standard we should accept for our fine city? Is that what is meant when our officials commit to beautify Clovis?
Let this not be the standard. Let’s move to a standard that restores homes to an inhabitable level. We need a standard that presents a city worthy of its residents and the many visitors we host daily.
I agree that Clovis is a vibrant city. To keep it that way the city needs to be more aggressive and comprehensively enforce property maintenance codes.
Clovis has far too many boarded up houses, abandoned and/or inoperable vehicles and properties with overgrown weeds.
If we do not take a more aggressive approach to ensuring the cleanliness and safety of our city, imagine what it will look like several years from now when the population has grown.
Let us support those who care for their properties by taking action against those who don’t.
Mary Hernandez

Criticism against umpires unwelcome
This letter is in response to the one sent by Margarita Leal on Aug. 10.
It’s amazing to go to a ballgame and see how many umpires we have sitting in the stands. But I haven’t seen these people at the umpires clinic held every year.
Unfortunately, everyone seems to be too busy to volunteer their time and talents. There are only a handful of people who do all the work.
You would think that in a town of 32,000-plus people, there would be tons to help.
If you don’t like what you see, then get involved yourself. If you aren’t willing to volunteer, you have no right to judge those who do.
Our umpire in chief has 40-plus years experience and has qualified to call the Little League World Series. If he observed any bias from any umpire, he would not have hesitated to remove that umpire.
Winners never have a problem with the umpiring. Losers always do.
I would like to challenge Leal to be at the next umpires clinic and see the game from the other side of the fence.
Donna Harris