Letters to the Editor (03/17/2012)

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‘We the People’ need not apologize
Editor:
When I heard the pundits ask, “Did we do the right thing, apologizing for the burning of the Korans in Afghanistan?” I refer back to the word “we” — as in “We the People…”
We collectively, as a nation, did not approve of the apology’s mily-mouthed out by this feckless administration. What a sad, sad state we are in and will continue to be in if “We the People” allow this administration (Obama’s administration) to recklessly commandeer this once great nation into an irreversible state of being.
We the People bow down to no one, no people, no nation. It is imperative that we take and secure this nation back from the liberal ideology that has transformed us from what our founding fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters had formulated in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Karl Hennies
Lemitar

Co-op members need to fight ‘the monster’
Editor:
Well, here it is again the Socorro Electric Cooperative annual meeting is almost upon us and, believe it or not, the board of trustees wants more money, no term limits, wants to give away our money to whatever suits their fancy, and wants seven people on the board, not the five members asked for at the 2010 annual meeting. And yet they claim that they are doing it for the good of the members. They seem to believe that since they were elected they, and only they, know what is right.
Do you get the feeling that the main word is want? The board has no regard as to what is right, just they want.
I spoke to a friend the other day and she said that she’s so sick of hearing about this, I totally agree with her, but that is what the board is counting on. That is why they have delayed and dragged their feet in hopes we will all say to heck with it — just let them do whatever they want as long as the lights come on.
But at what cost? Do we really want the next generation to just roll over and say don’t rock the boat, because that is how third world country’s are built? Greed is a monster. It comes in all shapes and sizes. There is greed for power and there is greed for money. Whatever the monster we have to fight it, we owe it to the next generation to teach them that what right is right and what wrong is wrong.
Integrity and scruples are very important. Please come to the annual meeting (Saturday, April 14 at Macey Center in Socorro) and let them know, that hell no we are not going to surrender our co-op to you the board of trustees. We have a voice, so lets use it. If you take one step at a time, eventually you will get there.
Charlene West
Lemitar

Alternatives to fossil fuels don’t requiring wishing
Editor:
The editorial cartoon that appeared on the March 13 edition of El Defensor Chieftain did not carry a very clear message for me.
It seemed like it suggested that alternatives to fossil fuels were fantasies, like wishing wells. However, the technology is real, although not fully developed. If opponents to alternative energy think alternatives are like a magical wishing well, then they give validity to the old quote from Arthur C. Clark (physicist and author), “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
A little more knowledge about alternative energy may help it appear more practical and less magical.
John Wilson
Magdalena