Letters to the Editor (2/2/2013)

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Candidate forum helps in decision
Editor:
As a new resident of Socorro, I was very much looking forward to the school board candidates forum, which was held on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Much to my dismay, only two of the four candidates were in attendance.
As for the two candidates that were in attendance, I was very impressed by both. They were well spoken and seemed to be great supporters of Socorro Consolidated Schools. I know who I am voting for!
Thank you to the American Association of University Women for facilitating this forum. It helped me make an informed decision about the candidates. Hopefully the next time, all the candidates will see the importance of their attendance.
Sherry McGuire, Socorro
Not everything in government is vague
Editor:
I learned a couple things that explain some past experiences:  1.) A public meeting and a public hearing are not the same thing.
The meeting in December when the board voted to accept Mayor Julian’s version of the personnel policy instead of jointly creating one was not a public hearing. It was a public meeting. I wasn’t supposed to ask questions at all. The time for questions and comments is called a public hearing. According to Clerk Broaddus, who took the time to answer my questions, you will know it’s a public hearing because it will say on the meeting agenda, “Public Hearing.”
So, not everything in government is vague. 2.) Mayor Julian’s personnel policy is not yet in effect. Apparently it has to go through one more public hearing as a final draft. That public hearing will be Feb. 4 at the regular meeting of the village board. This is an opportunity to be involved.
Sarah Cearley, Magdalena