Letters to the Editor (7/18/2013)

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SEC member miffed with reform group
Editor:
In 2009, at the urging of the SEC reform group I began to actively partake in the involvement of our Socorro Electric Cooperative. Before this, I’ll admit to being guilty as heck for not paying much attention to what goes on at the SEC. Now I find it is important to at least attend scheduled district and membership annual meetings. I suggest doing more, but no less than represent yourself at one of these meetings.
At this year’s SEC annual membership meeting there was this big brew-ha-ha (great entertainment) about the District V resolutions to amend the cooperative’s bylaws not being on the agenda. I would like to shed some light on this very subject matter from my perspective as a fellow member.
Last October, the District V membership held an election to vote a new trustee into office. At this meeting there was, among other things, a rewrite of the SEC bylaws. Thirty-one resolutions resulted from this effort. The resolutions were submitted to the SEC board of trustees for consideration to be added to the 2013 annual meeting agenda so that the resolutions could be voted upon by the membership at large.
Hold on a minute. Let’s back up a few paces. As it turned out, the District V submittal is full of language issues, bylaw changes in conflict with other bylaws, and a few items not meeting New Mexico state law. Even after the trustee bylaw committee reviewed all the changes, had the SEC lawyer review the changes, had made recommendations, they were put on the agenda for consideration under new business, as per Article III, Section 11 of the bylaws. Hmmm, I wonder why?
I’m not done yet. This may not be known to many who are being called upon to sign a petition to hold a special meeting so that these resolutions can be voted on (as is mind you). Do you know that during the fall District V meeting several procedural missteps had taken place? Resolutions No. 1, 15, 16, 17 and 29 were acted on before the quorum was lost, then some resolutions were passed after the quorum was lost. The remainder of those resolutions was acted upon after the motion to adjourn failed. Don’t take my word on this, do your own homework.
There is no disrespect intended here, I’m just miffed about District V stealing the glory to rewrite my cooperative’s bylaws. However, I feel a little better getting this subject matter off of my chest. I can hear a lot of my fellow members speaking my name in vain about now – bring on the heat.
Gene Cole
Socorro

Dog lovers need to be concerned with human rights too
Editor:
Mr. Bill Nestor’s complaints to the City Council on July 1 about dog attacks are well founded, but I believe his priority is misplaced in one aspect. “Nestor said he doesn’t want to harm an animal.”
He, like most people, has it backwards. We do not want animals to harm us. It is amazing that the so-called animal rights activists in this country have been so successful in their brain-washing efforts that people actually feel guilty about protecting themselves! In some countries, e.g. New Zealand, a dog that attacks and bites a pedestrian is put down. Period.
Mr. Nestor’s wife needs something heavier than a pellet gun to discourage a pit bull. My wife and I, like most bicyclists and many walkers we know, are attacked (i.e., chased) by dogs about half the times we go for a moderate ride of 15-25 miles. My wife has been bitten twice in the last year, requiring medical attention ($1,092 emergency room bill plus antibiotics, the last time) and resulting in permanent scarring.
Ask any physician, including our good mayor, about the seriousness of animal bites. I will counter-attack any dog that tries to bite me or my wife. I will use any legal means available to stop that attack, and I will not be apologetic if the dog is permanently injured or dies. Let’s quit pussy-footing around and stand up for our rights, our human rights.
Patrick J. Roache
Socorro

Heroes of all ages respond to look for missing boys
Editor:
The last week of June was a reminder to me of the many different types of heroes that exist. I woke up last Monday to the news about the 19 fallen firefighters from Arizona that had also bravely fought fires recently here in New Mexico. While I was attempting to process this tragedy I received a phone call that dropped my heart into my stomach — I was being asked to help with a search and rescue mission for two missing boys out at Quemado Lake.
The boys had actually gone missing the day before and I was recruited as relief personnel. Over the course of the next few days we had K-9 teams, state police dive teams, ground teams, ATV teams, air support and even a group of 20 of the Lolo Regulars No. 3- Type 2 I.A. (Initial Attack) fire crew from the Lolo National Forest in Montana (they were on loan whenever fires didn’t require their presence elsewhere). These teams responded from all over the state, searched wherever they were assigned, and when those assignments were completed they returned to base and simply asked where we needed them next.
These are the kind of people that most of us think of when we hear the word “hero,” the people in uniform and the volunteers who have had training to officially help in one way or another. They are indeed heroes and do deserve recognition; however, we also have other heroes that so rarely get the recognition that is due.
These are the people behind the scenes, the family and friends who hold us and listen when we come home broken from witnessing tragedy firsthand, the loved ones who realize each call may be the one their hero never returns from but they still let them walk out the door. It also includes the people in the communities who step up out of the blue when the need arises and wholeheartedly give any and everything they can to assist those on the front lines.
To many the thought of someone handing you a sandwich or a cup of coffee may seem trivial, but to someone who has spent hours pouring over maps and running through one scenario after another to develop task assignments, or to the people coming back in after hours in the field, these small, thoughtful things mean so very much. Catron County Search and Rescue volunteers as well as other area Search and Rescue personnel, the Quemado Fire Department, staff from the Apache Creek Deaf and Youth Ranch and the community of Quemado, were exactly these kinds of heroes. Not only did they try to make sure the people at incident base and other volunteers were taken care of, they also ensured that the needs of the families were being met, as well as took turns making sure there was always someone sitting alongside, giving a shoulder to cry on or a hand to squeeze.
Out of all of the missions I have been on this was one of the most difficult; however, seeing all the love and support being offered from complete strangers was both heartwarming and humbling.
On the behalf of New Mexico Search and Rescue, I would like to offer a very Heartfelt Thank You to ALL of our heroes!!
Carrie Hale
New Mexico Search and Rescue Council
Public Information Officer