accelerated respect, pride and gratitude

June 5, 2014 • Dear Editor

Dear Editor,

When I was in the fifth grade, the teacher told my class to write a paper on who we thought was the greatest man that ever lived. Some of my classmates wrote of Jesus Christ, some wrote of Abraham Lincoln, some wrote of Christopher Columbus and etc. There was never a doubt in my mind, when I started writing my paper, my father was the greatest man that ever lived. My family always had food on the table and a roof over our heads. He had to keep two jobs, but I never [auth] heard him complain. I got an A+ on my paper and my mother hung it in the living room of our home. That was approximately 55 years ago. My father passed away last year, in a nursing home. I was sure I would never feel that accelerated respect, pride and gratitude, for another human being, as long as I lived.

Never say never, because it comes back to bite you in the end. I have been affiliated with the Eastern New Mexico University campus in Roswell for four years now and I came to understand that Dr. John Madden (the president of the college) was the single most influence, on the school not having armed security guards. I have lived in 10 different states and I have had self-imposed vigilantes pull guns of all types on me, 12 different times, thinking I was the bad guy. I survived all of these institutionalized assaults and I am shocked that I am still around in the land of the living. I have never owned a gun or weapon of any type. I often wonder what would have happened if I had had a gun on one of those vigilantes’ misunderstandings. Yes, Eastern New Mexico University is the only campus where the security guards do not carry guns on a New Mexico college campus. I have met the President Dr. John Madden about a dozen times and he has always struck me as a person who walks softly, but he carries a big stick. Thank you Dr. Madden for having the nerve and the unwavering fortitude, intelligence and understanding, because we do not need guns on our campus.

Lawrence Reid

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