Letters to the Editor (02/08/2012)


Rep. Pearce on wrong side
I often wonder if Rep. Steve Pearce actually reads the legislation he carries on about. His latest diatribe about what I think is good news about contraception for women really convinces me that he does not. He quotes the notorious bishop of Phoenix that, “Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities . . .” and that is precisely correct. They came to plunder and to enslave the indigenous people and nobody went after that with any more enthusiasm than Catholic clergy.
My own grandfather came to escape being chosen for the Prussian Guard, for another example. His first wife died, as did her child, in childbirth with number seven. His second lasted for 13 years, although with a uterus that had to be propped up with a medical device to stay in her body. The Catholic Church’s war on women makes the Republicans’ look amateur.
No one has to use contraception as a result of these provisions. If our country and the world had common sense, best interests in mind, we would be promoting these products and trying to bring the world’s population growth down below replacement level. To at least make them affordable for people who are intelligent enough to use them is certainly as moderate as it gets.
I realize that this is merely kissing up to right wing dingalings for him, but the vast majority of women, Catholic and others, are highly in favor of family planning, as is the medical community. This provision dictates absolutely zero to the women involved. It does tell employers to treat their women employees fairly.
As for government “inserting” itself between patient and doctor, the insurance companies have long since moved into that space and occupy it with very little recourse for those of us paying their protection racket fees.
Conscience protection 101. In case Rep. Pearce becomes attracted to accuracy, churches and other houses of worship are exempt. Doctors will not be required to prescribe these medications. Other religious organizations that serve women, regardless of their faith, like hospitals and universities, will have a year to work out a respectful manner to comply with the new rules.
By the way, the Constitution does attempt to safeguard the poor and powerless but the rich, particularly the extraction industries, are in position to buy enough legislators to pretty much neuter the Constitution. This is not an issue our legislators should be having much to say about. Rep. Pearce is on the wrong side.
Skeeter Leard
San Antonio

Members ought to ‘Occupy’ SEC
Members of the Socorro Electric Cooperative: They (the co-op’s board of trustees) don’t want you to vote.
We voted changes in April 2010; the courts said we did right. The changes we made on paper have yet to be fully implemented because the ruling trustees of the co-op feel your votes don’t matter. They’ll do as they please and keep telling the press, and each other, that they are governing in “the members’ best interest.”
Don’t you believe it. Not for an instant.
Here’s the main thing. The ruling trustees (Paul Bustamante, Leroy Anaya, Milton Ulibarri, Dave Wade, Donald Wolberg, Leo Cordova, and Jack Bruton) don’t want you to vote. They count on it. When we do get a chance to vote, they manipulate the elections to blunt our selected outcome. They use their own family members and friends to conduct the voting, counting, and decisions on quorum. They invalidate your vote every which way they must for their own personal ends.
There’s not much that unites us as citizens. There is, however, the fact that we’re all members of the Socorro Electric Co-op. It’s time we stood together and made our wishes and demands counted. “Occupy” the SEC. Come in and vote. Vote  —  whether they like it or not. If for no other reason than the fact they don’t want you to. Vote.
When our annual meeting comes in April, that’s Saturday, April 14, let’s “Occupy” the place. Perhaps we are already at the point where we should be picketing and Occupying the co-op offices, but when that voting meeting happens, let’s be sure they know our votes count. Votes they can’t overlook. Votes for which they’re willing to take you to court.
The local law enforcement community won’t help us. Whatever transgressions the co-op management and trustees have committed, thefts, embezzlements, labor violations, and other fraud, the district attorney’s office and his enforcers won’t take action. Now, you attend a meeting and lay down some plastic grapes on the table, they’ll charge you, ban you, and defame you. Maybe worse. The ruling trustees have the upper hand there.
We, the members, have the votes. Even if they can’t stand the idea.
Herbert Myers