Letters to the Editor (7/4/2013)


Thank you to Socorro, schools
I was recently recognized at the Socorro High School awards assembly for my many years of teaching in Socorro.
After going home and savoring the pleasure I felt, I decided it was time to thank not only the Jaramillo family, responsible for my recognition, but all of Socorro for the pleasure of working and living here.
I am one of the lucky ones who enjoyed my work. It was always a challenge and a reward to work with young people. The adults I worked with were dedicated and looked after the interest of their students. My own children profited from this school system, and both have double degrees from college.
I sometimes think we dwell on the negative instead of looking for the positive. We need to find the positive in our city and in our school system. Every time you have a negative thought, look for something positive. It will be there.
We are truly lucky.
Jan Reed
Water mining is a cynical use
I’ve just got to toss in my two cents worth in response to Mr. Jichlinskis’ letter.
What they are attempting on the Plains of San Augustin is no more, and no less, than mining of a finite resource. Any idea that their motives are, in any way, altruistic is laughable on the face of it.
And it’s a cynical and morally reprehensible use of the water Magdalena needs; so stunningly outrageous that we should all be shocked.
I’m reminded of a comment made by a recent White House aide that “a good crisis should never go to waste!”
We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corporate control of water resources in the Southwest and we can’t lose track of what is important to their kind.
It is first, last and always about money, and anyone who thinks they have the good of any community at heart is just naive.
Roger Thompson

Water not a commodity
If you take out a lot of water and sell it to another location, there will be little left for local use and those locals will have to compete in price with the other “customers.”
Water is not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder; it is a human right.
Furthermore, as I understand it, the Magdalena well went out because without state aid, Magdalena could not do the critical maintenance needed to keep the water supply to the town.
That the San Augustin Plains Ranch LLC, which tried to tell us it was “our neighbor,” is trying to exploit this situation for their own purposes is despicable. If we make a devil’s bargain with them, we would soon find out that we have gotten the worst of our bad bargain.
Thea Marshall
Pie Town
Ranch wants to control water
According to the news, small towns like Magdalena are a rarity when their wells go dry but their problems are solvable when they fund new drilling.
The Augustin Plains Ranch will say or do anything to get permission to take the water that thousands of us depend on just so they can sell it back to us at whatever price they decide.
This is just another way to obfuscate the real reason why the “ranch” wants control over this huge amount of water.
Sonia Macdonald

Drought not behind Magdalena water woes
Speaking for myself, seems like someone is trying to snow us.
The media is going around with stories about the drought. Yes, we have a drought.
However, the shortage of water here in Magdalena is not because of the drought. This is negligence.
This could have been prevented. We should have had a backup well and funds in order. This is called a backup plan.
It is bad enough we have a drought, but to hide behind it is even worse.
These wells should have been checked. Notify people before it (the well) goes dry.
Businesses are suffering; Old Timers canceled our other revenue source.
We’ve spent money buying storage tanks, anything that can hold water, making trips to Socorro to wash.
And the people responsible (you know who you are) are hiding behind the drought.
Thanks to neighbors who have wells, who have helped me. Their wells are fine.
Thanks to the fire department crew and Donna, and the other volunteers. I appreciate you.
Maryrose Pino