Letters to the editor — May 1

Golf course reflects great community
As a 12-year-old kid first introduced to golf in Montana, I did not care that we only had a nine-hole course. It didn’t matter that our course had no water hazards or sand traps. Golf was far too challenging anyway.
It didn’t matter to me if the greens were mowed only once or twice a week. I could care less about the scenery. I didn’t care that all we had for a clubhouse was a soft drink and candy bar machine. It didn’t phase me that the restrooms were comparable to those found at old, run-down gas stations.
Now I am semi-retired and I do appreciate a quality 18-hole course like we now have in Clovis. We now even have a new practice sand trap, the only one in a two-county area. I appreciate the quality of the clubhouse.
Very few municipal courses in the Southwest have a clubhouse any finer. It’s nice to have more than just a soft drink and candy bar machine. Restrooms are modern and clean; I’m sure the ladies appreciate that more than I do.
For those who want scenery, try the back nine. The two beautiful ponds and all those beautiful homes will surely grab your attention as well as a golf ball or two.
Our golf facility, the pro, his staff, the workers and all the volunteers who made it possible now finally reflects the great qualities of our community.

Mike Majors
Clovis

Jurors pillars of judicial system
In New Mexico, we dedicate the first week of May as Juror Appreciation Week.
The judges and the dedicated employees of the Ninth Judicial District Court would like to recognize and thank the many citizens in our community who have given their time to serve on juries.
The jury trial can be traced as far back as 1066 when the Normans conquered England. Early Americans acknowledged the value of jurors by citing the right to jury trial in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteeing the right to jury trial in the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.
Jurors serve as the pillar of our judicial system. In a criminal trial, the juror stands between the power of the government and the rights of the accused. In a civil trial, the juror represents the community’s conscience and common sense in resolving disputes. In a grand jury, the juror serves as a gatekeeper to the criminal justice system.
For nearly 1,000 years, people have served as jurors. When a member of our community serves as a juror, they support our judicial system and they add to that history.
District judges Drew Tatum, David Reeb, Donna Mowrer, Fred Van Soelen and myself wanted to express our appreciation to all who serve on juries in our great community, the state of New Mexico and our nation.

Matthew Chandler
Clovis

Veterans finally get respect earned
Nathan McCreery is doing an outstanding thing for his step forward in establishment of priority parking for our Purple Heart recipients. (“Local spearheading parking change,” Friday’s Clovis News Journal)
One man’s actions will cause a chain reaction for kindness and respect toward those who served and received this prestigious medal.
Our area has many who carry their scars from hostile action in far off lands. To honor them in this way is showing great respect for their sacrifice and service in our armed forces when they were called upon by our nation.
May God and our nation bless our men and women in uniform past, present and future.
Remember, some gave all, all gave some.

Harold L. Thrasher
Clovis