Articles for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Mexico horrors affect everyone else too

Our minds are on Mexico a lot these days, but we usually don't "think" very far past the border. The cartels' horrors likely stop us right about there or just a Mexican state or two south. Our neighbor's cataclysms have caused us to recoil. ¡Dang! I miss those street tacos!

State economy not flying high

That wild and crazy Richard Branson says New Mexico's space future will roar into reality on Christmas Day when he will blast into orbit – wheee! — himself and others who coughed up a couple of hundred thousand bucks. Rich promises a soft landing.

Letters to the Editor (6/6/2013

Wagner supports co-op members
I have digested El Defensor Chieftain articles titled, “Co-op investigation finds Wagner at fault” (Page 5 May 15 edition) and “Wagner censured at co-op meeting” (Page 6 May 30 edition). Both, by my standards, are the end result of Wagner having the courage of his convictions.

Letters to the Editor (5/30/2013)

SEC trustee questions chair’s decisions
Dear Editor:
Your coverage of the subject Socorro Electric Cooperative annual meeting reported details which recognized the desperate efforts by some SEC trustees through their attorney to prevent the surprisingly high number of members from completing the business it is their exclusive right to transact in a meeting regularly held for that explicit purpose.


I don't trust them. They do not cheat, they do not steal, they do not hit when angry, they do not murder — because they know it's against the law. They act well from fear. So if the fear is gone, if they think they can get away with it, they will act with greed and hate. Only the fear of punishment keeps them upright citizens.

June skies take Jupiter out of sight

Going, going, gone! Jupiter passes Venus on May 28 and then is lost to visible sighting as it enters the glare of the setting Sun June 4. Jupiter reaches conjunction with the Sun on its far side on June 19.

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.