Obituaries (06/30/2012)

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Thanks for the support
Dear Socorro Community:
Girl Scout Troop 1104 thanks you for your generosity. Many Socorro businesses, friends and relatives donated money for our trip to Washington, D.C.
The main event, “Rock the Mall,” was held on Saturday, June 9, on the Washington Mall, with some 250,000 Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world in attendance. We met girls from Florida to New York and California to Maryland. We spent the rest of the days visiting the National Zoo, various museums and monuments.
Thank you.
Mrs. Gerry Klinglesmith & Mrs. Valentina Aguilar-Garcia, Leaders
Naomi Garcia, Jessica Kaus, Lilli Long, and Carlissa Zamora, Girl Scouts

You should keep Pencil Warrior
Editor:
I write in support of the Pencil Warrior.
I’m a huge fan and regularly share the column with friends and colleagues around the world. In addition to his timely, insightful, and well researched column, the bloke who writes it, Dave Wheelock, is a great friend of 45 or so years, a superior fishing and life guide, and a fellow who has saved my bacon a time or two.
I have much enjoyed reading Dave’s 150 plus PW columns over the past few years. However, not until receiving the (unpublished) June 15 Pencil Warrior (see below), and Dave’s June 22 message to his readers, did I come to realize that his continued gracing of the Socorro press was in some jeopardy.
The most recent column is just another example of the depth and breadth the PW offers all of us. I really hope the new editor sees to it that the PW continues as a regular feature in the local press.
El Defensor Chieftain would be lucky to have him. Any newspaper would. And we all benefit.
I heard Dr. Stiglitz speak in Paraguay a few years back, as he advised the newly elected President Lugo (just deposed in a coup a couple of days ago, but oh well) and I’ve followed his writings since.
I thought Stiglitz got it then and I think he gets it now. Likewise, Dave’s column, time and time again, lays out the stuff we all need to pay attention to.
While Dave may not have the creds of a Stiglitz, he has a ton of courage, conviction and brains, and has an effective way of conveying his ideas.
Dave’s the real deal. Stiglitz should write a column about Dave.
I urge the DC to continue to engage the PW.
Robert Kahn
United States Foreign Service Officer(Retired USAID)
Santa Fe
U.S. 60 worth tourism dollars
Editor:
Several issues ago you published an article concerning a newcomer who proposes that Highway 60 west become a tourist attraction.
That is an idea whose time has come. Highway 60 was originally known as “The Ocean to Ocean Highway” and went from Virginia Beach, Va. to Santa Monica, Calif., passing through New Mexico, from Clovis to Arizona, through Socorro.
I would urge you to read my article in the official centennial history of New Mexico, “Sunshine and Shadows In New Mexico’s Past:, Vol. III,” chapter 30, pages 431-443.
I lived in Socorro for decades while teaching at Tech. I hope you will follow through and go for the tourist idea.
Spencer Wilson
Professor Emeritus