11/20 Letters to the editor

Hospital ban should include junk food
In reference to the smoking ban on hospital property:
I understand that certain foods and snacks are also unhealthy. The policy should be expanded to include an employee or patient who wants a salty snack, hot dog or doughnut. They should first be offered an appetite suppressant. If this doesn’t eliminate the craving, they should clock out and leave the premises to eat these foods.

After all, as Presbyterian officials would certainly agree, eating foods high in salt or fats is inconsistent with good health.

George Krattiger

Kindness of strangers has been blessing
My husband and I are among the older group. We just want to express gratitude to the many people who express kindness toward us.

I am daily amazed at the people who are kind to us in special ways. My husband has trouble walking and often reaches for my hand or arm for assistance. We appreciate those who open doors for us. Parents are teaching children to open and to hold open the door for us. We appreciate the children who do this and the parents who teach them.

Often, others carry the food trays for us when it is difficult for us to do so. That we appreciate.

We appreciate those who are caretakers of our home and lawn. They are making it possible for us to continue living in our home. I do not consider it work that they do, but Christian service.

A complete stranger was especially kind to us one Saturday morning at a hotel. We did not have the opportunity to thank him personally but will always remember the kindness.

Our lives would be difficult and complicated if not for the folks who drive for us. Friends give up a day out of their lives to drive us to Lubbock to see special doctors. For a while, it was as often as once a week. They often drive us to events at night when we would otherwise feel unsafe. We appreciate this and thank them for it.

It is wonderful to be living and enjoying life at our age. Our hearts overflow with feelings of good will toward friends, family and the non-acquaintances who smile and nod at us along the way. We just wish a special Godly blessing to each and every one.

John A. and Naomi Atkinson

Superintendent isn’t considering future
Can the Clovis schools’ superintendent promise that when she closes schools she won’t want to build new schools because of overcrowding?

With new people coming in to Clovis all the time, there is bound to be more children. So I think Rhonda Seidenwurm should think about overcrowding a little as well as saving money.

I sure cannot afford more taxes to build schools.

Anna Baucom

Running red lights rude, dangerous
I was traveling north on Norris Street approaching 14th Street at 6:55 a.m. on Wednesday.

As I sat there at the red light, an old, red and tan pickup truck came speeding through.

The terrifying thing about this incident is a young child was starting to cross Norris. I blared my car horn, attempting to alert the child.

There were no injuries this time. But this running of red lights is very prevalent in Clovis.

In the future, when I see a red-light runner, a law breaker, I plan to use my car horn to scold that person. I urge every law-abiding driver to do the same.

Lavonn Guthals

Corporations need to start giving back
In reference to Thursday’s editorial — “Curtailing profits will only lead to stagnation” — let us first note that Ayn Rand is dead. Her utopian view of pure capitalism, like yours, had more relevance in the 1950s when massive corporations actually paid taxes.

Nowadays, we conduct wars to provide these behemoths with a free flow of crude so that they can sell it to us. We allow company after company to “offshore” good jobs and gut the working class while retaining tax shelters and advantages. You speak of these corporations as though they were geese laying golden eggs rather than scared cows eating us out of house and home.

If the corporations actually paid taxes, as you claimed, your argument might have some merit. The last figures I have seen, however, showed that their share of the total tax burden has dropped from around 30 percent 50 years ago to less than 10 percent today.

In light of that, maybe it is not out of line to suggest that now is the time for a little payback.

Charles Plath

Americans deserve better than outsourcing
In reply to Tuesday’s column by Tibor Machan — “Outsourcing part of everyday business:”

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines outsourcing as the practice of subcontracting manufacturing work to outside and especially foreign or nonunion companies.

Machan uses examples of changing barbers, hiring a different housekeeper, switching grocers, and other totally idiotic examples of “outsourcing.”

Machan’s commentary read like a briefing paper for the Bush White House.

Originally outsourcing was almost universally known as offshoring, or moving jobs “offshore,” but companies realized that the term had such a negative connotation that they began to use the more nebulous “outsourcing.”

When IBM cuts 13,000 jobs here and in Europe and moves them to India, what happens to the taxes that were paid by those employees who lost their jobs?

Numerous studies have shown American workers who lose their jobs to outsourcing must settle for jobs with reduced pay and benefits.

Machan is also proud of the fact that Indians, who are the benefactors of these jobs, have a chance to improve their lot, but at whose expense? The American worker!

Thank goodness we are advanced enough to have child-labor laws, health and safety inspectors and others providing a safe workplace. Americans also have environmental laws that help preserve the land for future generations.

All those safety measures add cost to items manufactured here.

Countries that are prime recipients of these outsourced jobs have no such protection.

Machan cites a guest lecturer, economist Joe Cobb, stating that many Americans are under the impression that markets are populated by friends and families to whom we owe some special obligation. But in fact commerce is conducted mostly with “personally unknown individuals” and that we should have no special obligation to them.

To Cobb and Machan, I say bull! We do have a special obligation to the American worker because he is my neighbor and friend.

Lynn Blair