Letters to the Editor (6/6/2013

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Wagner supports co-op members
Editor:
I have digested El Defensor Chieftain articles titled, “Co-op investigation finds Wagner at fault” (Page 5 May 15 edition) and “Wagner censured at co-op meeting” (Page 6 May 30 edition). Both, by my standards, are the end result of Wagner having the courage of his convictions.
Prior to 2010 SEC member owner Charlene West, like Charlie Wagner, complained about SEC trustee practices and was censured — by court order she was even denied access to board meetings. Wagner speaks his mind and is likewise censured.
In early 2010 a SEC insider shared a 2009 Board Expense printout to SEC’s membership. This share would lead to the end of the board’s lucrative gravy train.
The shared printout reflected that in 2009 the then 11  SEC trustees divided SEC corporate funds amounting to  $492,066.08. While little information has been secured about the boards “collective take” in preceding years one is free to speculate.
As a result the boards “gravy train” was somewhat curtailed at the ballot box by member owner action and Wagner is the one board member most responsible. So, quite naturally, he is maligned and perhaps despised.
Alvin B. Hickox
SEC Member Owner
San Antonio