Letters to the Editor (06/16/2012)

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Letter contained untruths
Dear Editor:
You recently published a letter to the editor submitted by Herbert Myers accusing the Socorro Electric Co-op of manipulating the Government in Action Youth Tour.
This is a lie. Let me set the record straight for Mr. Myers.
1. Five students were to be selected, one from each of the high schools in the SEC’s service area, which are Belen, Magdalena, Alamo, Quemado and Socorro.
2. SEC staff notified and explained the program to each of the counselors or school staff from all five schools. The counselors were to contact students to inform them of the youth tour and the requirements. Interested students were required to write an essay.
3. The essays were sent to the selection committee, of which I am a member. We, the committee, met and reviewed each of the essays and made our selections.
One essay from each high school was chosen. Again, the committee chose the essays, not the two people you have been falsely accusing, namely Mrs. Latasa and Mr. Baca, both of which have a bit more class than you and some of your “friends” lack.
Mr. Myers, you also stated that inquiries have been coming to you. Why you? I would like for you to refer those inquiries to me. Please send me the names of the parents, families or students that contacted you, so I can explain the process we used in making the youth tour selections.
I don’t recall you being in the meeting where the selections were made, so how can you possibly give accurate information and claim to be so knowledgeable about the process?
Mr. Myers, before you go to the newspaper to falsely accuse respectable people, you should get your facts straight.
Leo Cordova
SEC Trustee, District I