Letter To The Editor (06/05/14)

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Friends of Socorro Library express many thanks
The Socorro Library, Friends of the Library and officers thank the following persons, firms and others for their help in organizing books, transportation to and from the book sales sites as well as those many of whom with to remain anonymous and donated books for sale in addition to the withdrawn book from the Socorro Public Library:
New Mexico Tech, including the staff at the Fidel Center, campus police and Scott Botko in the bookstore; Raks, Randy’s Ace Hardware, Los Torres’ Gambles, First State Bank, Penny and Jim Lommen, the Trailer Guys, volunteers at the book sales, book loaders and unloaders; Socorro Public Library staff, Sally Williams, Socorro Chamber of Commerce, Socorro Heritage and Visitors Center plus those helpers who with to remain unheralded.
Every person who comes to the Friends of the Library book sales may find books of interest to permanently add to their libraries, many of these may be cherished books, others to be read and donated back to the Friends of the Library for sale again.
The Friends of the Library welcome new members to its volunteer organization.
To join this wonderful service organization, please contact Bob Markwell, president, by leaving a note of your intent addressed to him at the library.
There will be a spontaneous, limited two-hour book sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7 in the book room, which is east across the street from the library.

Laurie Chan
Friends of the Library secretary

Veguita disappointment very understated
I read with an invested interest the article about the Veguita Health Clinic in the May 15 issue of El Defensor Chieftain. The article, I felt, downplayed how devastating this is for Veguita residents.
I have invested 11-plus years of my life in making the clinic a reality. How, on the eve of the clinic becoming a reality, did we let the money fall through our hands? Excitement was being generated that at long last the clinic was going to become a reality.
How do I explain to families the bureaucracy that failed them once again?
Yes we can reapply for funds in October but that delays the clinic by another year.
Another year of people not getting the health care they deserve and need. Since we didn’t use the funds the first time around, are they going to look favorably on this application?
Veguita residents need a health clinic. We have donated land, a contractor willing to provide care and a provider to provide that care. This delay is more than about money. It is about hope and people’s trust.
Thank you to Rep. Don Tripp who has been in the battle for as long as I and has never wavered in his dedication. Next year at this time, I hope my people have a health clinic and not a bureaucratic excuse.

Leo Mendoza