Letters to the Editor (05/30/2012)
Fairness should prevail at co-op
Feelings seem to be running high from supporters of the Socorro Electric Coop’s Trustees and management. Trustee Donald Wolberg is calling out members’ public statements as lacking in “fairness.” Even the husband of an SEC employee is taking space in the Defensor Chieftain to protest the members’ questioning the scholarship awards process.
Fairness, justice and abiding by the rules? I believe none of those terms would have entered into the thinking of traditional SEC board trustees in recent memory. Of course, ethical standards and principled conduct vary from community to community.
The prevalent practice in small town New Mexico is playing the bigshot and grabbing all that’s possible. That’s true in Santa Fe, too, but it’s a small town, as well. New Mexico is a beautiful place, yet its drawbacks arise frequently in the form of corrupt politics and agencies. Lawyers make a tidy profit in abetting the process. The trustees have several to protect them.
There are those who would prefer the co-op operate above-board and with the best interests of the members foremost in mind. Too bad that’s controversial in Socorro. Displacing those who would continue operation and management of the SEC in service to themselves is bound to raise a few hackles among the beneficiaries of those gains. Protests are going to surface with demands for “fairness,” understanding, even respect for the commonly accepted and traditional practices.
Employees at the co-op understand what’s going on. They keep their personal views private to avoid losing their jobs at the hands of vengeful management and board trustees. Better to keep their jobs and avoid loss of livelihood. That’s understandable. Most of us have worked unenduringly under ego-maniacal bosses that require genuflection from their underlings. There’s no respect involved in that transaction. Nevertheless, disrespected, abused employees will speak up someday.
Staying with the theme of “fairness” — if I was in Charlie Wagner’s position, I’d have taped and recorded as much as possible of any gatherings where he’s outnumbered by great odds among the trustees. In the face of the pugnacious, bellicose and loudly aggressive trustees, I’d want evidence of what happened behind closed doors. Such evidence might be of little use with our resident district attorney, but it could serve well in a different venue. You go, Charlie.
APAS grateful for yard sale help
The Animal Protective Association of Socorro wants to send a big thank you to everyone who helped make our annual yard sale a success.
A very special thanks goes to those who donated items for the sale. I wish I had a bigger word than thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time to help both days of the sale and those who work so hard picking up large donations and delivering sold items. We thank the residents who live on Duggins Road for their patience with the traffic our sale brings. The funds we raise go toward the spay/neuter program for Socorro and Socorro County. We will see you next year.
Please join us at APAS as a member. Our meetings are the first Tuesday of each month, 5:15 p.m. at the Socorro County Chamber of Commerce.
Vice President APAS