Letters to the Editor (1/12/2013)

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Co-op reminds reader of classic horror films
Editor:
I have been pleased by all of the reporting on the activity of the Board of the Socorro Electric Cooperative. I often send copies of the articles to friends in distant places because they don’t always believe what I tell them. It amuses them in a cruel sort of way that we who suffer through the meetings cannot appreciate.
I was, again, astonished by the actions of the board at the Dec. 28 meeting. How can the members be more clear in our message? We want a professionally run board. We want the childish and kooky shenanigans of the old guard to stop. However, that message must not be getting through.
I have another piece of black humor to send my friends that the Chieftain’s reporting provided. The parody of government I will share is this: “Trustee Donald Wolberg said it is difficult to see where democracy is served if only three out of 100 people determine what is right for everybody.”
This is after a miniscule percentage of the membership (represented by the unreconstructed and refractory trustees) received a five-to-one drubbing in the last annual meeting and still refuses to give in to the desires of the members.
I have told my friends that each one of our apparent victories over the old guard should be regarded as like a point in a monster movie. If the monster seems to have been defeated and the movie has half an hour to go, the monster is not defeated. I guess we are still in the middle of the movie.
John Wilson
Magdalena

Withdrawl of history event support could be shortsighted for Socorro
Editor:
I feel the mayor (of Socorro) is being short sighted in the financial support of the Civil War event. Even though many of the participants stay in tents and cook over an open fire (which is what re-enacting is all about), many of the families do stay in motels. My own family does.
And, I know of several families that traditionally travel to Socorro for the event as spectators, and do not camp out, and do patronize the local merchants. We have also patronized the grocery store and other business, as well as buying fuel. I say by being short sighted, my meaning is that this is not the only time we have come to town.
My wife and I have traveled through the area on other weekends to other events and have always stayed, eaten and fueled up in Socorro. We have friends in town and enjoy the history and climate of the area. It’s not just this one event that he needs to look at, but the overall receptiveness of the community to travelers.
Over the years of my visiting Socorro, I’ve always found the local merchants very friendly and have enjoyed my stays in town. It just seems to me that for any event that is as historically significant as this, the community, and the mayor, would continue to put their best foot forward in order to attract future business.
Jack Rudder
Fort Garland Memorial Regiment
Alamosa, Colo.