9/10 Letters to the editor

Dear Editor:

We were recently robbed. The thief took an old lawnmower and the gasoline that would power it. The lawnmower was left resting in the back yard while we ran a quick errand, between the time we had cut the back lawn and before we could address the front.
It was early afternoon and we were gone less than an hour. The lawnmower wasn’t worth much, except perhaps to us and to the person who claimed it. But as anyone who has ever been robbed will tell you — the thief stole much more than the value of the lawnmower.
We moved to Tucumcari very recently. We came from the big-city life of Los Angeles to find the peace and contentment a small town could bring. In Los Angeles, the mower would not have been so easily stolen, for we would not have for a moment left it unless it was tucked away under lock and key. We were wise in the city but how quickly we learned a childlike faith here. And just as quickly, that faith was shaken.
That’s what the thief also stole — a piece of faith and trust not so easily replaced, and far more valuable than an old lawnmower.

Dody Carter Payne
and Eladio Lopez Reyes
Tucumcari

Dear Editor:

The editorial “Harsh regulations will mean hardship for auto industry” tugs at your heart strings.
The reason for raising requirements on light trucks and some SUVs was a very timid attempt to address our gas consumption. All vehicles should have been included. The U.S. has about 5 percent of the world’s population and consumes about 25 percent of the world’s oil. Cheap gas is not a right.
In proven oil reserves we rank 10th in the world. The Bush administration seems to think we have lots of undiscovered oil, a view not shared by the oil industry. We are not going to drill our way to energy independence, it is going to require exploring every possible source and conservation.
The editorial states that when efficiency standards were first initiated, car makers resorted to lighter cars resulting in less passenger safety. Auto safety accident avoidance capability is far more important than weight. This capability is achieved by better suspensions, brakes, engines, steering, lights etc. Passenger protection has been nudged by “harsh regulations,” that include seat and shoulder belts, crumple zones, air bags, head restraints, etc.
The editorial praises the free market and ridicules government controls. The relaxing of government controls resulted in the power shortage in California, Enron, World com, et al. The free market has been a pitiful failure in the health industry.
The “relaxing” of government controls has aided and abetted our biased news. Thank you. President Reagan.

Leon Logan
Tucumcari