On behalf of the city of Roswell RIAC and Parks and Recreation Department and the Walker Aviation Museum Foundation, I would like to offer our heartfelt gratitude to the community of Roswell for its extraordinary support of our New Mexico Centennial Air Tour/Roswell Salute to Aviation on Saturday, Sept. 29. Putting on an event of this magnitude is no small task, and it would have been impossible without the tremendous assistance of many wonderful people, businesses and organizations.
Certainly, we cannot list everyone who participated in this momentous undertaking, but some deserve special recognition for their efforts.
First, we must express our appreciation to the New Mexico Pilots Association for including Roswell as one of the stops on the statewide tour and serving as the impetus for a much larger event for our community.
An effort this large requires funding, and we are very grateful to David Petroleum, Dean Baldwin Painting, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, Pioneer Bank, Roswell Livestock and Farm Supply, Xcel Energy and Cable One for their tremendous financial support. They are outstanding examples of the generosity and heart of Roswell.
Next, we extend our sincere gratitude to those who made the event itself so successful: New Mexico Military Institute Color Guard, Drill Team and Regimental Band for their outstanding performances; Councilor Jason Perry for his uplifting invocation; Mayor Del Jurney’s touching comments and proclamation; Cannon Air Force Base for the Osprey display and the C-130 fly-over and display; Holloman Air Force Base for the drone display; AerSale for the 747 display and tour; the Ed Kruse Foundation for allowing us to use and tour the Elvis Presley Jet Star and Birdman Air for preparing and moving it for display; Stewart Industries for the wonderful aircraft tear down demonstration and Dean Baldwin Painting for the exciting tour of its facility; Great Southwest Aviation; the National Guard for the Humvee and wrecker truck display; the Roswell Fire Department, for their display and demonstration; Air Methods, the Civil Air Patrol, and James P. Johns for the helicopter and airplane [auth] displays; and the New Mexico Museum of Space History for their exciting display and fun activities; Rita Kane-Doerhoefer and David Knadle for the vintage car displays; our entertainers, Freddy G! Voice of Elvis (who sang for almost four hours), The Chipmunks from Let’s Play, Monkeyshines Photo Booth and Jolly Jumps; the students of Sidney Gutierrez Middle School for the amazing model airports; our food vendors Debbie Bell, Red Bull, Sidney Gutierrez PTO, Texas Snow and La Azteca Express; Roswell Printing Company for posters, flyers and event map and schedule; KBIM Radio, the Roswell Daily Record, KOBR-TV for helping us to get the word out to the public; marshaller Darryl Alexander and the Roswell Job Corps Security team; Altrusa International of Roswell for their assistance at the ceremony; and Grace Community Church for the use of their buses.
Finally, we want to express our deep and sincere gratitude to the thousands of people who supported the event with their attendance. It was a great day!
Bob Pottle, President
Walker Aviation Museum Foundation
Don’t lower the bar for judges
I would like to thank Keith Bell for his cartoon in Friday’s Sept. 28, newspaper and thank Sammye Sue Leflar Bohnstehn, Marsha Trent and Walter Sallee for their letters. I wholeheartedly agree! Municipal Judge Loy should be ashamed of himself for allowing an animal abuser to have their abused animal returned to them.
This is a good example of why I was so appalled after reading in Friday’s, Sept. 14, newspaper about how the City Council approved modifications to the municipal judge qualifications, removing the requirement of an associate’s degree and replacing it with a high school diploma or GED. Seriously? With crime on the rise in Chaves County, including child and animal abuse, why would we want to lower standards for our judges? What kind of message is this sending to our school children? Are we telling them that they can drop out of school, get a GED and become a judge of Chaves County?
As a homeowner and registered voter for 17 years in Chaves County I am not ready to just settle for less. Instead I want better educated, better experienced, better qualified judges to do a better job of keeping our community safe. I don’t want judges who are willing to give a slap on the hand, especially to repeat offenders. I want judges who are going to be intelligent about getting tough on crime in Chaves County! I encourage residents to express to our City Council and judges how they feel about the way crime is being handled in Chaves County and if they don’t listen and make changes, then vote all of them out in the next election!
What we learn from history
If there is one thing we have learned from history, it’s that we don’t learn from history.
While on staff at a church in Denver, I was privileged to attend an important meeting, organized by a Colorado state Democrat, concerning the 1980 presidential election between President Carter and Ronald Reagan. The purpose of the meeting was to alert local church and community leaders to the stark conditions that would face our nation if President Carter was elected to a second term. The issues that were of most concern to many of the religious leaders were abortion and the spiritual and moral freefall of our culture.
Consequently, for the first time in a national election, the issues of abortion and morality took center stage. Two films showing the results of two actual abortions were shown in churches throughout America. A Christian troupe from Michigan traveled the country with a multimedia presentation, “America, You’re Too Young To Die.” Jerry Falwell, founder of Moral Majority, held “I Love America” rallies in all the state capitols. Others took their stand in the pulpit. As a result of churches and Christian leaders becoming involved in the political process, two-thirds of the evangelical vote went to Reagan, and he was able to turn a 47 percent to 39 percent deficit into a landslide victory.
In the election of 2004, the subject of partial-birth-abortion became an issue. President Bush took a firm stand against this inhumane procedure while Senator Kerry waffled in stating his position. The election came down to two or three states, one of which was Ohio. Most of the political pundits had Ohio safely in the Kerry camp. When the ballots were counted, however, Ohio decided the election for Bush. In examining the votes, it was evident that evangelical Christians had made the difference. The churches in Ohio took their stand against PBA, became involved in the political process, and were implemental in deciding the outcome of the election.
Where is the collective voice of the church today, when we have the most anti-Christian administration in our nation’s history? David Barton of Wall Builders declares that Obama is “America’s most biblically hostile U.S. President.” He documents 53 examples of religious attacks and hostilities directed toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews and the Jewish nation. Two of the Democrats’ “sacred cows,” abortion and same-sex marriage, are not only anti-Christian but are a threat to a conservative Christian’s freedom of speech.
Our Founding Fathers considered religious liberty our “first freedom and the bedrock upon which all other freedoms rest.” The Obama administration no longer speaks of freedom of religion; now it is only “freedom of worship.” In others words, you are free to worship within the four walls of your home, church or synagogue, but when you enter the public arena the message is “keep your religion to yourself.”
Some churches applaud themselves (as if they are taking the higher ground) in not becoming involved in issues related to the political process. Our early church leaders during the American Revolution assuredly did not take that position. They preached patriotic sermons that “rang with the notes of freedom,” they prayed, and they served, with many giving “their last full measure of devotion,” their lives. It is significant that the British blamed the Black Robe Regiment (a reference to the black robes worn by the clergy) as largely responsible for American independence and government.
Edward Klein in his book “The Amateur” identifies six watershed elections (defining moments) in the history of our country. He is convinced that the 2012 election will be the seventh. If you wade through all the “muck and mire” of the campaign it basically comes down to a choice between Socialism and Capitalism — the economic system that has made this country great. The direction our country will take is in the hands of the voters. This is our “defining moment.”