Letters to the editor (10/03/13)

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Great strides made during Run for Your Life

Editor:
What a beautiful day we had for our ninth annual Run for Your Life on Sept. 21. The goal was to promote an active life style and healthy eating. Socorro has the highest rates of people living with diabetes.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services and Socorro General Hospital have set diabetes prevention as our intention. The best way to fight diabetes, obesity, heart disease and a plethora of other diseases is through healthy eating and an active life style.
Therefore this race in collaboration with Socorro Striders and Riders and Socorro Farmers Market is a start at preventing diabetes. We had 151 enthusiastic participants with varying degrees of abilities making it all the more enjoyable.  Socorro General Hospital took home the trophy for greatest percentage of employee participants (12 percent), and NRAO for the greatest number at 20. The youngest participant was Kyra Zamora, age 5. Truly proving that fitness is for all ages, John Bertrand, 87, was the most senior competitor and crossed the finish line with a huge smile. The overall winner was Good Samaritans very own Ryan Mertz with a time of 19:10.50!
An event of this caliber doesn’t happen without a lot of volunteers so  I want to give a shout out to Ephraim Ford and Socorro Strider and Riders, SGH employees, board and auxiliary members, Socorro Police Department, Lynette Napier, Cynthia Connelly and everyone else that helped. This year we were able to give out some fabulous door prizes and we want to thank the community  businesses for their donations.
Thank you Socorro for a great day of promoting an active life style and healthy eating. I am looking forward to even greater participation for our 10th Annual Run for Your Life in September 2014!

Elizabeth Beers, RN
Socorro General Hospital’s Director of Community Based Programs

Kudos to city for review of co-op agreement

Editor:
Congratulations to Mayor Bhasker and the City Council for beginning a review of the franchise agreement that the Socorro Electric Coop holds with the City of Socorro.  Will the review include a solicitation of bids from electric power providers to get our electric rates more in line with rates at other New Mexican cities?

Clint Janes
Member, Socorro Electric Co-op
Socorro