Letters to the Editor


Chuck’s heart was in kids

I enjoyed reading the recent article on Chuck Zimmerly (El Defensor Chieftain, Feb. 27) and am happy to see Chuck get the recognition.
I was a classmate of Chuck’s at New Mexico Tech and always enjoyed him. He perpetually had us in stitches with his wit and humor, and was always a good friend.

Chuck, although studying Petroleum Engineering, was always very interested in Socorro sports and the kids. That is where his heart was.
Back in the Ron Becker days of Warrior basketball history, Chuck became a good friend of Ron’s and helped with the program while going to Tech. Chuck would have done well in the oil industry, but I agree with others that Chuck found his place and contributed a great deal.
Congratulations on quite a career, Chuck.
Mike Crowley
Sugar Land, Texas

A shelter is
a lot of work

This letter is to address, and inform, people about the city animal shelter in reference to the article on the dog that had been adopted out and then reunited with its owner (El Defensor Chieftain, Feb. 24). I felt that it might be helpful to let people know other things about the working at the shelter.
It is a difficult place to work for those people who truly care for animals and their needs, and we are fortunate in the individuals that are there at this time.
It is an unhappy truth that in the city bylaws, animals that are not reclaimed within three days of their acquisition are then deemed to be owned by the city; and after five days, may legally be euthanized.
I am so appreciative of the shelter’s policy to keep the animals as long as possible in the effort to find them placement. It is telling that in the instance reported in the paper, the dog had been cared for at the shelter for three weeks.
The dogs are fed, their cages cleaned, dishes washed and they are played with, socialized and petted daily. In addition, volunteers help them to be taught to walk on leashes and follow simple commands if possible. If they (the animals) are ill, employees from the shelter will bring them to a clinic for treatment and follow up therapy at the shelter until recovery.
I am sure that administrative glitches occur, as it looks like happened in this case, and all involved feel badly, I am sure.
But the fact that the dog was kept for more than three weeks, cared for and fed, is something for which I am thankful. Our shelter employees are dedicated and concerned, from the animal control officer to the manager, and I must say that they are almost always effective at doing a difficult job.
Theresa Gonzales, D.V.M.
San Antonio, N.M.

More ideas
on school days

The article about the shorter school weeks really caught my attention (El Defensor Chieftain, March 3). There are two ways to think about this.
First, with the number of half-days and the quality of learning on those days is less than it should be from trying to cram everything in. So from this perspective a four-day week would be ideal. Plus, it would allow the fifth day to be used for teacher training, parent conferences and more.
On the other hand, a four-day week would cause problems for working parents who would need child care on that fifth day. Finding the extra money to pay for child care could cut a family’s budget even tighter than they already are in this economy.
I’ve also heard talk of longer school days, but I find trying to fix dinner, help them finish homework and get kids to bed with enough time for them to get the rest they need difficult.
So trying to decide what to do with the school schedules is a challenge that I hope they figure out and people from the community will voice their opinions and open up more options for the school board to consider.
There is no such thing as too many ideas.
Colette Wills