Letters to the editor (10/31/13)

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Puerto Seguro shares facility success story

Editor:
For many contributors to the Puerto Seguro Safe Harbor what activities and services are offered is unclear. Most contributors know that what we do is essential for our clients’ well being, but little is revealed about our clientele itself. Who do we serve, how frequent do the clients in need visit the facility, and possibly most important, does the service provided really help and improve the lives of the people served.
We know Puerto Seguro Safe Harbor provides solid assists to help people turn their lives around, but generally when things get better for someone they don’t let us know, or only do so verbally.
We hope the letter reproduced below will be of real interest to all contributors:

To: Dwayne Baker
I would like to take the time to thank you and the entire staff for your overwhelming generosity and  support I have received throughout the years. Over the last couple of years I have utilized your laundry facilities, lunch program, food box program and clothing. Also just recently you were nice enough to give me gas money so I was able to get my state certification to be a certified nursing assistant. Your generosity throughout the years has helped out with my basic needs as well as my self-esteem and dignity. Once again. I would not be where I am today without you and your facility.
Sincerely,
Mark Montano

Clearly, this is a success story for everybody. Contributors and volunteers should feel good knowing that your help made such a fine letter (and success story) possible.
As we approach winter, we are experiencing very heavy demands. The Socorro Electric is taking a very difficult position regarding cutting off service to delinquent subscribers. Heating and other basic utilities are being threatened. Plus the number of services supplied last month was over 20 percent more than a year ago…more folks in need.
We need your help and if you fine folks are moved to financially help PSI-Safe Harbor you would be helping many like Mark Montano. Just mail your check to Puerto Seguro Safe Harbor, P.O. Box 1433, Socorro, 87801.
Bill Bottorf
Treasurer, PSI-Safe Harbor
Socorro

SEC trustees should listen to member/owners

Editor:
The upcoming district elections for trustees at the Socorro Electric Co-op pose choices for the membership. One of the few privileges members get in running the Coop is that of selecting a trustee to represent them. Currently, in District III, members have no representation. The trustees for that district are three: Luis Aguilar, Prescilla Mauldin, and Donald Wolberg. Yet, when I have tried meet and talk with one of them and discuss co-op affairs, none of the above would agree to do that. Per the Coop’s “Board Duties and Responsibilities,” they are forbidden from, “… even informal discussions.” They represent everybody, but nobody. Does that sound familiar?
That’s the conundrum of having at-large trustees. They answer to nobody and can readily put off any member requesting representation. Then, there’s the lawyers who filter everything the trustees discuss anyway. Given the capabilities and qualifications of the traditional trustees, that’s probably wise. Better to remain quiet and let everyone assume you’re an idiot, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
What qualifications do Wolberg, Aguilar, and Mauldin bring to the board? A fitting management education or background? Professional experience or certification that applies? Any mastery of Robert’s Rules of Order to assist in conduct of meetings?
Leroy Anaya seeks re-election after his latest term expired this past January. Is he better qualified for having been on the board and raking in an extraordinary take over several years? His background includes jobs as a political appointee on payroll with Socorro County and the City of Socorro. His duties are undefined and driving about in a municipal truck probably doesn’t contribute to the qualifications of a corporate trustee. Political connections notwithstanding …
Let us have a candidates’ forum where members can have a question and answer session with the position seekers. Melissa Amaro is a candidate and has extensive experience working at the Coop. I suspect she’ll be more than ready to participate and do her best to answer members’ questions. The others? I’m not so sure — but they should welcome the chance to show off their knowledge and ability to lead the co-op after their incumbencies. Without their attorney to nudge/prompt them? They could bring their Forms 1099 to demonstrate how much they’ve collected in “expenses” over their tenure on the board.  I’ll show them mine if they’ll show me theirs.

Herbert Myers
Socorro