CCC legislative team makes big gains

Letters to the Editor

As a member of the Board of Trustees for Clovis Community College, I would like to thank and congratulate Becky Rowley and Tom Drake for their superb leadership in our legislative efforts.

With Rowley’s many articulate presentations at various legislative committees and Drake’s one-on-one visits with legislators, this was our most successful year ever for Clovis Community College. Rowley has been the interim president for Clovis Community College for the past nine months and Drake is our registered lobbyist; under their leadership, the college has tremendously benefited.

Through their efforts, we will receive $3 million to construct our new
Allied Health building. This will allow us to move most of our allied health area to this building and free up much-needed classroom space in the current building.

The $3 million is the most ever allocated to Clovis Community College in one year. This with other moneys already collected will allow us to be debt free on this building.

We were also approved for more than $600,000 in Information Technology money. Because of statewide cuts in Information Technology, this will not be funded yet, but will be looked at later.

Rowley and Drake have also worked timelessly for economic development in this area. The positive and continuing efforts they have had with Boeing being interested in the Clovis area is just one example of their hard work and dedication.

Again, thanks to our legislative team, which works tirelessly for the betterment of Clovis Community College.

Gayla Brumfield

U.S. war crimes must not go unpunished

The U.S. massacre of 24 civilians in Haditha has raised the specter of U.S. war crimes in Iraq and application of the “U.S. War Crimes Act” to punish those responsible.

War crimes discussions, however, whether around murder, massacre or torture, too often narrowly focus on the actions of ground soldiers and avoid crucial discussions of Crimes Against Peace evidenced in the illegal U.S. aggression against Iraq, and the Doctrine of Command
Responsibility that holds the commander in chief accountable for “planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression,” (Nuremberg Principle VI).

Also missing are discussions of the primary source of deadly U.S. violence against Iraqi civilians: U.S. air power.

The soldiers who carried out atrocities in Haditha are not “a few bad apples,” (a standard rhetorical damage control device that stifles insights into systemic U.S. violence) but victims of a criminal policy of military aggression for which the top leadership are responsible.

The leadership has illegally placed soldiers in predictably hellish conditions (created largely by the U.S. attack), and resistance to occupation is no surprise.

Some 85 percent of Iraqis want the U.S. to leave, as do over 70 percent of U.S. soldiers in Iraq (Zogby poll).

Robert Jackson, U.S. prosecutor at Nuremberg, noted that aggression is “the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole,” an evil manifested again in the slaughter of innocents in Haditha.

The prevention of future crimes rests on our responsibility as citizens to resist, challenge and transform the conditions and institutions that promote and perpetrate violence and aggression — and to hold accountable those ultimately responsible for war crimes in Iraq.

Doug Morris