Letters to the Editor


It’s business as usual at the SEC
I attended the Socorro Electric Board of Trustees meeting on Aug. 22 and once again I am very angry at the way the majority of board members are going about their business as usual. They act like the members’ wishes are insignificant and that they can continue to do what is best for their own pockets.

The following three items are what bothered me most about the meeting:
1. Voting on a motion of “No Confidence” against Mr. (Charlie) Wagner is like the pot calling the kettle black. The majority board members still do not get it — They are the ones the members have no confidence in. We have every confidence in Charlie Wagner to do the right thing for the members of this co-op.
2. If the board thinks that putting Charlie Wagner through the meat grinder is a way to worm their way out of wrong doings, they are sadly mistaken. This counter lawsuit would have never started in the first place had it not been for the attorney’s bad advice. The trustees started this dance and we plan to finish it.
3. I think Mr. Franchish, is doing this co-op, as well as himself, a big disservice by continuing to give advice that is detrimental to the members who are paying your big salary.

In closing let me say that since members only get two minutes before any meeting starts, the newspaper is our only venue to say what needs to be said in regard to that day’s meeting.

Virginia Martin, Tierra Grande

Countersuit could have been avoided
Regarding the article that appeared in the Aug. 24, 2011, edition of El Defensor Chieftain, Page six, bottom of second column, to wit:
“Co-op tried to have lawsuit dismissed.”
True enough, however…the offer to dismiss came from Dennis Francish to me by telephone almost immediately after he (Francish) received my 16-page answer and countersuit. While my work was obviously the work of an amateur it was good enough to establish trustees’ true intent. That intent being to prevent member-owners from exercising a legal prerogative, the prerogative to initiate reform. That, and the absence of either legal logic or legal merit.
Had Mr. Francish offered to prepare and submit for court approval concessions that those by-law amendments enacted by the co-op member-owners on April 17, 2010, were lawful and binding on all parties and a plan for the immediate implementation of all, Attorney Francish would have had a deal. He did not.
Obviously, neither Attorney Francish or those trustees who retained him on Dec. 28, 2009 had any desire to conform to new rules.
Alvin B. Hickox, San Antonio



Community support  is appreciated
Presbyterian Healthcare Service — Socorro General Hospital’s Community Based Programs would like to thank community members across the county for taking the time to help fill out a health needs assessment survey. With your help, we can work towards a healthier community. We also would like to thank the following supporters and donors who made the project a success:
City of Socorro, Comcast, Socorro County, Alamo Chapter & School Board, First State Bank, KABR Radio Alamo, NMT – July 4th Celebration, John Brooks Supermart, Phillips 66 – Lemitar, Tiish Tsoh, Socorro Consolidated Schools, Smith’s Food and Drug, Trails End Market, Spin City Laundromat, Village of Magdalena, Veguita Minimart/Gas Station, Aaron’s, Old Timer’s Reunion, Buckhorn Tavern, Gambles True Value, Corner Copy, Leseberg’s Auto Service, Don Juan’s, El Sombrero, RAKS Building Supply, Favor-it-Things, San Antonio General Store, Jerome Adam Jr., San Antonio Crane Cafe, Old Town Bistro, and the Farmer’s Market.
Elizabeth Brewer-Beers RN
Director, Community Based Programs, Presbyterian Socorro General Hospital
Carrie McNeil DVM
Community Needs Asssessment, Presbyterian Socorro General Hospital