Letters to the Editor


Community support is appreciated
Thanks to all the people that supported my trip to New York to compete in the Para Triathlon National Championship.
It was an honor to represent New Mexico and my home, Socorro.

The trip was a success. I finished in sixth place overall in my division despite some adversity.
Thank you and God bless you.
Royce Laine, Socorro

There needs to be some communication
Does the right hand know what the left hand is doing? I’m referring to the work that has been done and undone on the arroyo and ditch banks in the area around the Escondida railroad crossing.
We went through two months of watching and putting up with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy putting in hundreds of hours working, grating, moving dirt, to building up berms and roads with heavy equipment around the ditches and arroyos that are around the area of our home in Escondida. I’d like to know the dollar amount that was spent in the two months of work.
A week later the Santa Fe Railroad Company has a loader operator removing all the dirt and work that the bureau had finished the week before. The explanation given to us by the construction worker is that someone had complained about visibility with crossing the railroad. Without looking into the matter, the Santa Fe Railroad Company had a crew come and tear the berm down. We cross several times a day and we had not had a problem with visibility.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy and the residents in this area know first hand just what devastation the arroyo and ditches can cause when a rainstorm comes through. We’ve had flood waters come through our homes two different times and has threatened many other times. We can’t explain what fear and sadness we have experienced when a rainstorm has demolished our homes and properties after a flood. This arroyo is as dangerous as the Kelly arroyo in the amount of water that runs through it. The problem with the Kelly arroyo seems to have been fixed. Please help us.
The Santa Fe Railroad is not here to see the enormous amounts of water that come through their bridge crossing. The berms have saved our home from flooding many a time. No one knows the anxious feeling that we go through when the arroyo runs out of its bank and threatens our home and well being.
The Santa Fe Railroad doesn’t clean out the rubble, dirt and large rocks that build up under the bridge after a bad rainstorm. This causes flood water to come over the bridge and into the road and onto our property. Their reaction to this is to send someone in, after the fact, to cause chaos and they have no clue of what they are doing to endanger the residents in this area.
Does anyone know what’s going on?
Ernest F. and Dorothy M. Gonzales, Escondida

However you spell it, it’s all good
David Raymond’s comment on chile, chili, and chilli prompts me to point out the strange back formation from tamales (plural) that gave us the so-called tamale (singular). The authentic singular form is tamal.  
Think of senor and senores which, praise be, has not yet given us el senore.  
Oftentimes an erroneous word transformation like tamale becomes so embedded in common language that there is no use in trying to straighten it out.
For example, the phrase, a napron, has become an apron, and likewise, a nadder has become an adder.
I think tamale will stay with us forever like chili, though I prefer to put chile on my tamal.
K.R. Brower, Socorro