Letters to the editor (11/21/13)

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A mail-in co-op vote should count as intended only

Editor:
I want to take off my trustee hat for a moment and express my opinion as a member of the Socorro Electric Cooperative.
Irregardless of the legality of the amendment proposed at the District II meeting, I am opposed to mail-in ballots being used to determine the presence of a quorum for a business meeting. When I am sitting at my desk in Pie Town, marking my ballot, I want to know that ballot will be used to record the choices I have indicated and not to declare my presence at a meeting where I am not actually in attendance and, therefore, cannot vote to protect my rights. I do not want my ballot used as a means for other people to discuss and vote on issues in my absence with which I may or may not agree. My ballot should be used for recording my vote and only for that purpose.

Anne L Dorough
Member, and also Trustee
Socorro Electric Cooperative
Pie Town

Magdalena worked hard overcoming water woes

Editor:
Contrary to what has been reported in local news media, I am not participating in any law firm investigation against the administration of the village of Magdalena in connection with our water shortage this past summer.
I know I am not the only one in the community who was alarmed and challenged by those events,in my home and in my business. In spite of what seemed negative at the time, some people and their actions lessened the emergency for all of us and have a greater place in my memory than the challenges:
Marshal Cearley — he and Deputy Lyles worked hard to interface with water donors and organize deliveries while handling their usual law enforcement duties.
Mayor Julian and the village of Magdalena employees — they all worked hard to get the water supply back on track and create solutions.
The people all over the state of New Mexico — they were generous with water donations. So generous that it took two buildings to store all their generosity.
My neighbors — because we each did what we could to conserve, we all had water in our homes about two days longer than initially predicted. As we continued to do our part, most businesses were able to stay open; the senior center was able to continue serving our seniors; and the school summer lunch program was able to continue serving our community. There were enough volunteers to help distribute and deliver water where it was needed. And there was no shortage of prayer for rain. Wow, did it rain! You inspire me to believe that more prayer and more cooperation could revitalize our whole community.
Someone said, “Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction.” I think that is the most important thing that happened to us this summer and I think we can keep it up.

Robert Winston
Winston’s Auto
Magdalena