Area has resolve to beat BRAC

By Clyde Davis

T here’s a whole line of thinking out there that misleads many people. We find it in religion, in medicine, in politics: the concept that attitude determines everything. “If you only have enough faith…”

That being said, attitude does have a profound influence on how we handle life and its challenges. Will we curl up in a ball, lie down and give up, or begin to draw together and focus our resources with a plan to win?

The local community and its leaders, faced with the possibility of Cannon Air Force Base closing, have chosen to do the latter. You can help.

Our business and political spokespersons have carried the game to the BRAC Commission, choosing to be proactive rather than reactive. There’s a place for you in this effort.
The statistics on base closings are challenging, it is true.

They are not, however, insurmountable.

I was the Protestant chaplain at Ft. Hamilton, N.Y., when we had to wage a successful fight to keep that small Army post open. (How small, you ask? Well, I said I was the Protestant chaplain; our commander was a lieutenant colonel; you get the picture.)

Small or not, we were able to convince the Army of the vital nature of our mission. The Brooklyn community surrounding us was no small part of that effort.

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is acting as coordinator for Operation Keep Cannon. The key word is “coordinator.” You don’t need Chamber permission to do something, like print 500 T-shirts reading “Save CAFB.” The best stance is a proactive one.

Two things are certain. One is that the Clovis/Portales area will survive, regardless. The people are by and large optimistic, resourceful, and good at thinking on their feet.

The second is that, with the commitment of leadership we have, there is a very good chance to win. It has been done before.

Clyde Davis is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Portales and an instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. He can be contacted at: