Letters to the Editor (04/04/2012)

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Daffodil sale was the best ever
Editor:
Spring is in the air and what is more symbolic of spring than a beautiful daffodil. Presbyterian Healthcare Services – Socorro General Hospital’s Hospice Program wants to express its deep appreciation of all the people and business that made our 17th Annual Daffodil Fundraiser our most successful ever!
Thank you to the following sites that allowed us to sell our flowers:
Alamo Wellness Center, Socorro Post Office, Walmart and Smith’s.
Thank you also to those who preordered and bought more than five bunches of flowers:
First State Bank and awesome advertising on the marquis, Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Animal Haven Veterinary Clinic, Socorro County Sheriff’s Department, Robel’s Tacos, Les Torres (who brightened the day of our Home Health and Hospice patients through his donation), NM Native American Nurses Association, La Tienda de Segunda, Security Title and Abstract Co., Sofia’s Restaurant, Sun Loan Company, Duane H. Beers Dental office, Rosie Tripp, Janine Morgan, Millie Sigman, Beckham & Penner CPA, Socorro Senior Center, Bambi’s Flowers & Gifts, City of Socorro (and special thank you for putting in city water bill), C. Bonner Oates Dental Office, Floyd M. and Wanda Mansell, Harold’s (thank you for brightening the day of our Home care and Hospice patients).
Thank you to all who purchased or gave us donations at the various places we were selling daffodils. Last, but definitely not least, thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who gave generously of their personal time to make the fundraiser a success!
We anticipate Daffodil Days 2013 to be even better next year thanks to all the great comments and suggestion. Socorro County you rock!

Beth Beers and Sharon Long
SGH Community Based Programs

Professor’s idea would help city
Editor:
I would like to express my total support for Dr. Frank Huang’s interest in getting New Mexico Tech’s Environmental Engineering Department into a working relationship with the Socorro community. Your front-page article on Saturday, March 31, 2012, titled “Tech professor seeks win-win with city” expresses Dr. Huang’s ideas on having NMT engineering students, as part of their curriculum, provide nearly free engineering services to the city of Socorro.
There are always ongoing environmental questions in every community and there can be great expense to get engineering studies done. But, we have a resource most communities don’t have – a highly regarded university environmental engineering department that is motivated to help its community.
I hope Dr. Huang is not dissuaded by the mayor’s objections. Mayor Bhasker should welcome this partnership with open arms. If the students’ measurements or projections identify areas of concern, I think the findings and mitigation costs should be presented in an open forum – not behind closed doors, the preference expressed by Mayor Bhasker in your article.
Mike Finn
Socorro