5/10 Letters to the editor

Sheriff should be willing to risk life
Do you want Matt Murray as Curry County sheriff? I don’t.

Murray was a Curry County deputy sheriff on July 13, 1992, when Charles Landgraf killed three people while trying to flee police in a sports car. According to a Nov. 19, 1993, report in the Clovis News Journal, Murray told a jury he drove down Prince Street and saw wreckage and bodies strewn over the highway. Murray said he resigned from the sheriff’s office several weeks later.

Asked why he had decided to leave law enforcement, he told the jury:

“After that incident, I left for the simple fact that if somebody could take the lives of innocent people and children so easily, and possibly my own life, with no regard, it wasn’t worth it. I had kids I wanted to spend time with. It just wasn’t worth it for no amount of money.”

I have three sons — one an ex-state police officer/Marine, one a police officer in Florida who served with the Coast Guard, and one a Clovis firefighter.

I am a retired United States Air Force Vietnam vet, retired special agent who proudly served 13 years as a Curry County deputy.

Soldiers, police officers and firefighters are expected to put their lives on the line each and every day as public servants sworn to serve and protect. That is just part of their job.

Despite his unwillingness to put his own life at risk, Matt Murray now wants to be sheriff and will expect his men to put their lives on the line when he himself is not willing to do so, “for no amount of money.”

Is Matt Murray really the person we want as our sheriff?

Chet Spear

Border wall would protect, not confine
Gene Bundy of Portales has asked for an explanation of why it was wrong for the Soviet Bloc to build walls at the border of East Germany and in Berlin, but not wrong for the U.S. to build them on its southern border. (“Building walls won’t solve immigration,” in Sunday’s CNJ)

Quite simply, the Berlin Wall was built to keep people in, while ours is being built to keep people out. East Germany was an oppressive nation whose people were welcome in Berlin and West Germany, but they were not free to go.

Ours is a blessed nation whose people don’t want to leave. Our walls are not built to imprison our citizens, but are built to protect them.

For those who understand this difference, and who really want to know more about the issues involved in immigration laws, check out:

It is the Web site of the Center For Immigration Studies, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation’s only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.

The information is helpful in considering the many aspects of immigration history and current policy.

Carolyn Spence