Letters to the Editor (09/05/2012)
Harden could write a book
I was born and raised in Socorro, Socorro County, N.M. in 1933. These “Relatos of the Past,” that Paul Harden writes about are so interesting. I heard these same stories from old timers. I used to have contact with a shoeshine boy around the plaza in the 1940s — all facts and history — Paul Harden should write a book. I would buy copies for all the family young people, about the history Paul writes about.
Pablo is my amigo — I worked with him at the VLA. He is so good and does his home work and is factual in his research. Thanks Paul — keep it up — U R good. Write a book.
Electric Co-op meetings should change location
The SEC Trustees should move their monthly meetings to the Garcia Opera House. Conducting their meetings in the cramped little quarters on Abeyta street just doesn’t allow sufficient seating for those who would enjoy the knee-slapping farce they offer. The mix of “Good Ole Boys” and egos combined with marked ineptitude in parliamentary procedure leaves the audience in side-splitting hysteria. It’s possibly the best show in town.
The fact that these people are elected to office, and they look upon themselves as VIPs, is what makes their “Who’s On First” routine outrageously funny. They deliver their lines straight-faced and often with passionate emphasis — even anger. That’s what makes for hilarity and disbelief. Were it not for the significance of their floundering machinations in the face of a struggling public power utility’s future, we could all be highly entertained.
Without Rules of Order, meetings tend to devolve into free-for-alls with those “most important people” doing all the talking and simple votes on motions going unheeded and unaccomplished. Pointless sniping, wise-cracking, and poorly articulated digs at perceived adversaries lead to theatrical posing and sideshows complete with puffing and clenched teeth and fists, at times. The meetings aim at arriving at personal ends instead of Co-op business. Much effort is put into alienating and ignoring Magdalena Trustee Charles Wagner. Sadly, Wagner seems to be the sole trustee who knows any parliamentary procedure or is concerned about its use.
Were it not for the attendance of an attorney to bail out the flustered chairman, little or nothing would get done. What that costs the members is excessive bills from attorneys that shouldn’t be required to conduct a simple business meeting. Any FFA high-schooler could do that with elementary knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order. And … there’s not just one attorney. I’ve seen at least four attorneys sitting in on meetings and providing advice to our bad actors on the Board. How many hours we are being billed is a question we need to have answered.
We’ll be having elections soon to select new trustees. Members should favor candidates who profess an understanding of parliamentary procedure in addition to a commitment to serving the members of the Co-op. There’s more to being a Co-op leader than a mere high opinion of oneself. It’s not a flair for theater, either.
As an aside: I’ve been having coffee all over Socorro and environs. I’ve yet to encounter anyone admitting they are the person who challenged me to coffee (at 10 paces?) so we might discuss the Co-op and its controversial practices. Coffee’s great. I’m not discouraged.