Articles for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Letters to the Editor (5/23/2013)

A leash is cheaper than a fine
This is a letter to the editor and the other citizens of Socorro.
I think progress is being made in our town to solve the problem of loose dogs, some of which bit walkers, riders, runners and, recently, even a motorcyclist.

The great rock ‘n’ roll swindle

What were the best albums of the 20th century?
Look through a dozen lists and you’ll find the same few coming up again and again. “The White Album” by the Beatles, “Nevermind” by Nirvana, “Exile on Main St.” by The Rolling Stones, “Led Zeppelin IV” by Led Zeppelin and “The Velvet Underground & Nico” by The Velvet Underground are particular examples. These are ubiquitous classic records, and they illustrate quite clearly the bias of American music media.

Of co-op pots and kettles

"One opposed, that's normal," Socorro Electric Cooperative board of trustees president Louis Aguilar said at the April 24 co-op board meeting when trustee Charlie Wagner voted against a motion and everyone else voted in favor of it.

May is better hearing and speech month

Sounds Like Success…
Children learn to speak by listening, and how well they communicate has big consequences on their general happiness, progress at school and later outcomes in life. That’s why it’s so important to get help for children who aren’t hearing well, or struggle with learning to talk.

Fear can drive bad decisions

Write a column on why it's a bad idea to keep a gun in the house and you'll get letters from people telling you how guns keep them safe from violence. Someone could break into my home, I could get beaten, my wife could be raped. They'll tell you they were able to walk home safely on a dark country road only because they had a gun — no, they didn't kill anyone, no they didn't shoot at anyone, no they didn't even let anyone know they had a gun. But it was the gun that got them home.

Termite activity can be controlled

If you live in an area with a lot of termite activity, there are two things you can do, if you like, to prevent termites from infesting your home. The first is to get an inspection to determine if you have termite activity. If you don't have activity, here is what you can do to help prevent one. Of course, this isn't a guarantee against an infestation, but it will certainly help prevent one.

Letters to the Editor 5/2/2013

SEC bylaws should be carefully considered
The trio of board, management and attorney are making it hard for members to attend the Socorro Electric Cooperative Annual Members’ Meeting (May 15, voting 1-3 p.m.; business meeting at 3 p.m.), refusing to put the properly passed District 5 proposed bylaw amendments on the ballot, insulting the members by placing the defeated trustee proposals back on the ballot this year, confusing the items up for vote, and shortening the turn around time for vote-by-mail ballots, two weeks.

May skies offer planet trio

This month we are offered an amazing trio of planets in the early evening sky. As the month progresses, Jupiter begins sinking toward the western horizon while Venus slowly begins to climb in the western evening sky. Beginning around mid-month, Mercury joins in on the fun as it rises above the western horizon. On the 19th, the three bright planets form a line less than 13 degrees long.

Getting, spending

America is all about freedom. And President George W. Bush made clear what that freedom means in a document called "The National Security Strategy of the United States of America" in 2002.

‘False Impressions’ leads a thinker’s collection

"False Impression," by Jeffrey Archer, is set in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. Anna, the heroine, escapes by hurrying down the stairs as she and many others are urged to do. Her employer, Bruce Fenston, escapes too. When his assistant finds a spare room in an unscathed building, they can proceed with their occupation.

Shoddy editing is not freedom of the press

Here is the first paragraph of a story published in a New Mexico college newspaper. The words are exact except for the last two, which I have changed to "you know." They refer to oral sex and I am betting my readers, bright devils you are, will get the drift.

Did the Iron Lady help kill capitalism?

The recent news of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death affords an opportunity to open the issue of who will be remembered as significant players in the death of capitalism. Mrs. Thatcher's image as a beacon for freedom may seem secure among mainstream media for the moment but to objective observers it is looking increasingly likely that in the long term the blind passion for "free markets" she shared with the global plutocratic class she abetted will be understood as the beginning of the final chapter for the most productive economic arrangement in history. (Use of the term "productive" here is not necessarily equivalent to "good.")

Letters to the Editor 04/11/2013

SEC needs to notify members of mapping
Last week I discovered a young man that was attempting to climb over our fence. When I approached him, he informed me that he had to get to the power poles on our property and all he wanted to know was if the hot wire on the top of the fence was on. He did not ask permission to come on our property or explain why he needed access to our property until I questioned him.