Clovis should respect country neighbors

Letters to the Editor

How would you feel if someone pulled up into your yard, opened your gate, went in and started shooting birds?
What if they drove by, pulled over and threw out a sack of trash or left an old recliner or a Christmas tree in your yard?
How would you feel? Not so great, I imagine. Maybe even outright enraged. Well, this happens to us quite often.
No, we don’t live in town; we live in the country. For some strange reason, though, some people choose to do all of those things where we raise our family and make our living.
This is our home, our place of business. Some people seem to think they have a right to do things outside of town, in the country, that they would never dare do in town. Why?
On the morning I wrote this letter, as we ate breakfast, someone drove past our home, backed up, drove onto our property and — with our horses on one side, cattle on two sides and our home on the other side — started shooting birds.
We were outraged!
I just ask our city neighbors to show their country neighbors the same respect they expect others to show them.
God’s “do unto others” theory — OK?
Karen Screws
St. Vrain

Being oversensitive will end more comics
Your opinion page Jan. 16 appears to be asking for my opinion concerning the “sensitivity” the paper showed in refusing to publish a recent “B.C.” comic strip.
If you applied the same “sensitivity” standards to the strip “Doonesbury” and the belittling of American citizens in the “Fly over zone,” you wouldn’t be able to publish about half of the strips. We American citizens have sensitivities too.
Secondly, you asked me for my opinion on the strips. The best are “Born Loser,” “B.C.,” “Hagar the Horrible” and “Beetle Bailey.” I can do without “Foxtrot,” “Non Sequitur” and “For Better or Worse.”
“Doonesbury” may be a favorite of newsmen, but it is so out of touch with us citizens.
Dr. Martin B. Goodwin

Small infractions still are crimes
I usually can’t wait to read the opinion page in the paper each day to see the mostly uninformed and sometimes just plain silly opinions of my fellow citizens. The Jan. 25 edition was no exception.
I read how a Portales woman is upset because the state police are picking on law-abiding citizens. This reminds me of what happens when we think more highly of ourselves than we ought.
Firstly, Doris Parman received a ticket for a broken windshield. Not only can it be illegal to have a cracked windshield, it is unsafe. The crack can distort your vision and therefore cause an accident.
Secondly she received a ticket for a broken taillight. Again, not only was she breaking the law, but this is also a safety infraction. When someone with a broken taillight lens steps on their brakes it shoots a white light instead of a red glow, temporarily blinding the driver to the rear.
Finally, she says she received a ticket for yielding where she wasn’t supposed to yield. So she was impeding the flow of traffic, again not only illegal, but unsafe.
By my count, that is three times Parman, by her own admission, has broken the law. That is not the definition of a law-abiding citizen. In fact, I believe three times makes her a habitual offender.
I hope our state police keep up the good work. They are keeping us safer by getting unsafe conditions, and drivers, taken care of.
Edwin Olp