5/2 Letters to the editor

Dumping dead pet as litter crosses line
My family and I live on the edge of Clovis, just far enough in the country that people think it is acceptable to dump their unwanted trash onto our land.

For years, we have picked up branches, boxes and other articles without any complaint. However, while picking up a large box that once held a child’s pool, we recently discovered a gruesome sight.

The box was not sealed well enough and a dead dog tumbled out. We were devastated. This once beloved pet was either left to die in the box or thrown out like garbage.

The person who once owned this dog caused a terrible moment for myself and my children because they treated this animal like trash. I am sure they do not care, but the dog received a proper burial as it deserved.

Stephenie Brooks

City has other drainage issues to repair
The roundabout drainage problem at Llano Estacado and Norris is only the newest flood problem in Clovis.

How about the “miss” on Llano Estacado drain or causeway into the playa behind Wal-Mart? Has this been satisfactorily corrected? Also, the busiest intersection in town at Prince and 21st Street still needs correction.

These are only a few of our city’s drainage problems.

The city manager and his department heads bear responsibility and accountability for project completions. Perhaps they should not pay for work until it’s completed properly?

Eddie Pullman

DWI policies exist to keep people safe
As a DWI school instructor for the past 20 years, I read with great concern every time people complain about DWI checkpoints. If only the public could see and hear the attitudes about alcohol use that exists in a small, yet extremely potent segment of our population, perhaps they wouldn’t complain about perceived inefficient use of police officers, or a few moments delay or their civil rights being violated.

I do not believe civil rights, as our founding fathers intended them, included doing whatever one pleases regardless of whomever it injures, maims or kills. Unfortunately, there are those who choose to ignore the reality of their actions and operate that way.

I fly frequently. Before boarding an airplane, I am asked to stand in line for a long time before being asked to take off my shoes, sometimes belts, empty my pockets and have my personal luggage inspected for the world to see. I have never heard a complaint by anyone in line. No one wants to be blown out of the sky by some idiot terrorist! Yet, it amuses me when people complain about DWI check points.

In this country, a person is killed by an alcohol-related crash every 31 minutes. A non-fatal injury related to alcohol occurs every two minutes.

In 2004, 16,694 Americans died in alcohol related crashes — 39 percent of all vehicle deaths. A review of 23 studies from around the world indicates that sobriety checkpoints consistently reduce alcohol related crashes by about 20 percent.

These facts remind us even though we live in a free society, policies exist to protect innocent people from those whose exercise of freedom disregards human life.

Linda Teakell