Letter to the Editor 2/23/2013

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Co-op meeting should be held at Macey Center
Editor:
Did you know?
The 2013 Socorro Electric Members’ Meeting is set for Saturday, May 18. Last year we had that event at the Macey Center with the biggest quorum and member attendance ever! Plenty of parking, plenty of bathrooms, air conditioning, comfortable seats and decent acoustics. There was a nearby picnic area for a free hotdog, popcorn and drink giveaway. Macey’s rent was $800.  This year Macey Center is available for rent on May 18.
But the SEC board decided to rent Finley Gym instead. Parking is a big problem in that neighborhood, there is no air conditioning, bathrooms are inadequate, there are concrete bleachers but folding chairs must be rented and set out, and it is very difficult to hear the program. Finley’s rental price is $750, plus the chair rental.
In April 2010,  Mario Amaro said Finley was overcrowded and asked nonvoters to leave the building. This with a smaller crowd than would be present in 2012 at Macey. Members told to leave a members meeting!
Does this make sense to you? To me, it appears the SEC board does not want the member owners to attend. Finley has smaller capacity, no parking, no air conditioning, additional cost for chairs and setup, almost equal price. If you think this shows a real disrespect to the members who own this co-op, call Socorro Electric and speak your mind. Ask your city officials to respect the members and refuse Finley’s use. Macey Center is available and the city will cancel the contract.
Marie Watkins
Socorro
Loose dog problem needs to be addressed
Editor:
There is a serious problem in Socorro and Socorro County with loose dogs, some in packs of three or more. I have been bitten twice in little over a year, the last time on Sunday. Dog bites are serious business because they get infected so easily. Irresponsible dog owners don’t seem to get this as evidenced from the owner who, after I was bitten by one of his three dogs, began to mock me and belittle the fact that I had been bitten.
This is not just a problem for bicyclists like myself. Others who walk are similarly attacked or threatened. The law in the city and county require dogs to be controlled by leash or fence. They are not. I have cycled about twice around the world in many states and countries and the loose dog situation in New Mexico is the worst. Other places make sure that dogs are not a threat to those who want to take a walk or ride outside.
Why can’t we change this dreadful situation?
Catharine Stewart-Roache
Socorro

Poetry event shines with community help
Editor:
As a newly-published Socorro poet (and along with my colleague, Kathy Albrecht), we happily thank the scores who came out for our book-launch and signing party a week ago last Saturday. This community really rocks! And Glenda and Chris Langley were so kind as to prepare the initial poetry reading.
But gushing gratitude cannot even touch the generosity rendered that evening by J.P., Erin and Terry Moore of the venue and by the superlative musicians of Celtic Fringe — Martha Cather, Chris Carilli, John Murfin and Alan Stavely.  We’re still dazzled and dancin’ on “hurled bones!”
Tom McCord, Socorro — author of “Riding on Hurled Bones”