Letter to the Editor (10/27/2012)

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Grateful for community, schools and paper
Dear Editor,
As we head from harvest season to Thanksgiving, I wanted to share elements of life in Socorro and environs that I really appreciate. First of all, for a small town this newspaper is terrific. The Chieftain covers the community news, both good and bad, as well as presenting local opinion from the right and left. I especially enjoy the focus on regional history, with regular excellent articles by Marc Simmons and Paul Harden.
Second, I appreciate the hard work and dedication of volunteers in this community. From youth sports coaches to shelter workers, Friends of the Library to Friends of the Bosque, from business owners to Lions, Eagles and ‘49ers, all give of their time, treasure and talent for the health of our town. Who would we be without volunteers?
Third, I am thankful for a school district and board that see the wisdom in supporting two outlying elementary schools in an era of fiscal restraint, conformity and consolidation. Midway Elementary has a new building and school climate that is admired statewide as a jewel and the pride of a small town. San Antonio Elementary, known for its holistic approach to education and the multi-generational ties it has to southern Socorro County families, will soon receive its new building. The state will pay three-fourths of the cost, with the district bonding for one-fourth. In addition to its commitment to supporting rural kids and communities, the board is also aware that rural schools bring in more annual state aid per student than city schools.
Fourth, I feel fortunate to live in an area with a new and local radio station, KYRN. Now, when a sudden storm blows in and help is needed we can all be notified quickly. And, I must confess, I prefer classic country music to the current top 40.

Hugh Garrott
San Antonio