Meth law permissive, not restrictive

Letters to the Editor

I believe the article in Friday’s paper (”City approves meth law/Commission votes 6-2 in favor of law restricting sale of some medicines”) missed the mark.

New Mexico state law limits purchases of meth precursors to two packages, not to exceed six grams in any seven-day period. That’s restrictive.

The new Clovis law, absent the state law, allows anyone to purchase unlimited amounts in any period. You may purchase 100 boxes a day if you choose. That’s permissive.
State law is designed to prevent methamphetamine cookers from purchasing worthwhile amounts.

The primary purpose of the new Clovis law was to create new police powers — the log that must be completed before a purchase can be made — as a tool for law enforcement officials to catch criminals after they have made their purchase.

I fail to see how this action can be interpreted as restrictive.

Randy Crowder
Clovis city commissioner

Disaster boo-boos not by citizenry

I was very disturbed by Dan True’s letter “Rescue excuses most unacceptable” and had to respond.

True ignores the lack of preparation and execution of the New Orleans Disaster Response Plan by the mayor or the governor. He ignores the fact the citizens stranded were stranded by an ill-prepared city government and compounded by the failure of the governor to decisively act and call in the National Guard or Federal Emergency Management Agency.

As he drew the analogy of the British at Dunkirk, then I would suggest the British success was by a determined, self-reliant citizenry and not an entitlement-minded population expecting government salvation. Nor did the British wallow in finger-pointing and blame-laden rhetoric for a man-made disaster.

Greg F. Weigl

Choices have their consequences

Regarding last week’s plea agreement in which Jacob Roberts was sentenced to 364 days in prison for the shooting death of J.T. Mitchell:

I am very upset — not as much in the sentence, which was a joke, but rather the manner of Judge Ted Hartley.

Hartley said he is not the one to give closure; that was between the victims and their God. I disagree.

I knew neither of the families involved until two weeks ago. It was then that I met the shooting victim’s parents, Ricky and Karen Mitchell, at our Survivors of Homicide Support group.

Survivors and victims can get many things from our God — peace, comfort, mercy, grace and eventually the ability to forgive. The judge, on the other hand, is the one who can impose the justice here on Earth.

I was not there the night J.T. Mitchell died. And as always, there are two sides to every story. However, J.T. is not here any longer to tell his side.

As a society, we need to step up our criminal judicial system.

A wise man once told me the justice system is for the criminals, not the victims. That’s not fair. Our children need to be taught there are consequences for their choices. If they make a bad choice, they have a bad consequence.

To me, 364 days in prison is not enough of a consequence for a choice to pull a trigger on a gun and kill someone.

I understand this was a tragic night for everyone involved. My deepest hope would be that from this event people would stop and think about this one thing:

Every decision you make in your life has an affect on someone else.

If you choose to take someone else’s life, you affect so many more lives.

So take the time to stop and think about what you are doing, and whose lives it might destroy.

Jennifer McKinney