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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 2010 UPCOMING EVENTS Continued from Page 1 LHS yearbooks Yearbooks have arrived at LHS. Students who ordered a yearbook and paid for it may pick one up at the LHS front office There are a limited number of extra yearbooks available for those who did not get one ordered and would like to purchase one. The price is $35.00. 1980 class reunion A 30-year Class Reunien for LHS class of 1980 is scheduled for the weekend of October 9. 2010. If interested in attending, or for more information, contact Pablo Sanchez. Jr. at pbsanchezjr @ (520) 260-9883. Patsy Arambula at or Susan De La Riva at jaxonsgrandma@h TransferStation hours The Hidalgo County Trans- fer Station will begin being open on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 2. 2010 and will continue to be open on Sundays through the las! weekend in August. Cancer supportgroup Hidalgo County Health Consortium is offering a free on- line support group for those deal- / Spirited group The Lady Maverick Cheerleading Squad has been working hard gearing up for a successful football and volleyball season. Above, they perform a routine at last week's Meet the Mavericks picnic at Maverick Stadium. lug with cancer or other medical needs. This support group offers support to survivors and caregivers or family and friends. The group leader is PLTC (people living through cancer) trained and is a survivor as well. Please email the followin$ to chat or for more info: hidalgosurvivors group @yahoo.corn Diabetic Support Group Come join us and stay in- formed for either yourself, a loved one in your family, or a friend. For those not familiar with our Diabetes Support Group, we meet every last Wednesday of each month 10 am-llam in the HMS Conference Room @ 530 E. Demoss Street, here in Lordsburg. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call Gloria Vargas @ (575)542-3047. Suicide prevention Suicide Prevention meetings are held the first Monday'of each month at the Hidalgo Complex. in Lordsburg at 7:00 p.m The public is invited and encouraged to attend. AA/NM Meetings Alcoholics Anonymous (AA] meetings are held on Monday at 3 p.m~ at the Kokopelli Office and on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the First Methodist Church. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings are held Mondays at 5 p.m., Wednes- days at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Kokopelli and on.Sat- urdays at 5.:30 p.m. at the First Methodist Church For more in- formation contact Kokopelli at 575-542-3304. Event listings Have your upcoming event listed in the Hidalgo County Her: ald by calling 575.542.8705 or emailing it to hcherald @ Dance 928-792-2029 or Concert with Guest I J ., Latin Bash. First 500 Tickets sold enters you into a drawing Concert Gates open at 6 PM Show Starts at 6:30 to win VIP pases to meet and gree Baby Bash Lowrider Car Show Gates open at 9 AM Tickets available at Lordsburg Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce (575-542-9864) Letters to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- ald urges readers to voice their opin- ions by writing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Motel Drive. Ste. B. or can be e-mailed to Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author. and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Well supported Dear Editor, I would-like to start off by saying thank you Brenda for run- nmg the article on the local food drive, held on August 14, 2010. As everyone had read it was in support of the people living in the Columbus /Palomas area. I have to say it was a great success we collected a total of 300 lbs. of food. If it was not for the gener- ous people of Lordsburg, this - community service project vould have not been possible. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU so much for donating. I look for- ward to holding another food drive in the future that will help the people of Hidalgo County. I also want to apologize to the people that I did not get to" we had a short amount of time to get everything. Sincerely, Tammy Botello Community Support Officer #2 The Right Choice? Dear Editor, In reading last weeks' edition of The Herald, I was greatly dis- turbed about the article where the council tackled a hot topic at their last meeting. First of all let me say that I have nothing against our new mayor or the city coun- cil. But the reason I am upset is because I feel that what they are doing is very wrong ahd you should be ashamed of yourselves. So. maybe Clark Smith wasn't the best mayor Lordsburg has had. So what! Didn't he give it his best? If you believed he was not good for Lordsburg why did you elect him over and over? Was it because your job de- pended on it? The very same people who are mad at Clark Smith now were the ones who supported him before, but the minute something didn't go your ,way you got angry and vindic- tive and were looking for a way to stab him in the back even though he was supportive of you. Well. for those of you. who- ever you are since only two names were mentioned, I tell you this: I don't really know the reasons behind your actions, but this I do know: You are trying to get back at Clark by trying to break his I raham County ; airgrounb - affor ,I spirit, by discouraging him and belittling him and I say to you, be careful because'the enemy (Sa- As I read last week's Letter to the Editor titled "Offended", which I will readdress in my closing. I could not help but feel "compelled" to respond on the interview with Theodore Castilio which I conducted. I am impressed that Ms. Lowery felt compelled to respond to the voters of Hidalgo County based on the interview. Though her opening was an immediate slam on how his ad was paid indicated ambiguity which was cleared up by the Hidalgo County Herald on matters of campaigning" I am pleased that Ms. Lowery took time to explain what an assessor does. The statistics that Lowery )rovided are not in question. If they are legal mandates it is a matter of copying and pasting. However, I rill ask that the resources be provided. There are numerous individuals who do not know how to interpret tax bills much less have any clue as to what they are paying and why. Ms. Lowery stated that Mr. Castillo displayed his lack of knowledge. When in fact he asked highly critical questions on behalf of his constituents? Where is his lack of knowledge that he has failed to display? Perhaps Ms. Lowery is vulnerable because Mr Castillo in fact demonstrates competence in getting the public to think. I believe Mr. Castillo stated: "Why is it a matter of asking the right questions? Isn't it our responsibility as a public service to serve our citizens?" Furthermore, Lowery mentioned that Castillo is not reading his notice of evaluation or his statement. Does she know that for a fact? I wonder how many citizens are not reading their statements or notices because they do not know how to interpret their evaluations or statements? Perhaps Ms. Lowery should do a better job at educating the public, after all isn't Ms. Lowery in public service? ts it not her responsibility to "accommodate"? I am beyond belief that it took someone like Mr. Castillo (a man with lack of knowledge) who was able to get her to feel so compelled to address the public. If you ask me he is quite clever and skillful with his tactics of strategy, someone I could appreciate as my next county assessor. I would rather have person who knows how to get answers than one who has been in the assessor's office for 6 years, as she stated in her letter to the editor in the August 20th issue. In fact it is my understanding that county assessors are in fact trained for their positions. Essentially a person with a High School diploma or GED can hold this position. It is my opinion only that this was a subdued attempted to discredit Mr. Castitlo and an attempt to promote Jody Hatch. This brings me back to topic titled "Offended" According to Lowery's letter to the editor the only time she stated that she was offended was based on a statement by Mr. Castillo, which he did not say, in fact it was implied. He never stated that either L0wery or Jody lacked compassion. He stated that "we have to be sensitive and show compassion", f find it highly offensive that Ms. Lowery would even suggest a lack of competence by "not being bilingual". Just out of curiosity though, shouldn't we as public service officials consider and practice "affirmative action"? We. Hispanics, Latinos, and Mexican Americans are a highly diverse poputatioh and to have an individual who is willing to advocate and accommodate our needs is a wonderful act of service. It should be recognized and not discredited. Whether the press has become more diverse and reformed it still remains an influential tool in our society. We live in a tangible world not in an opinioned world of what ones ideas should or should not be. Sincerely, PAID FOR BY HIDALGO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY Neomi Martinez-Parra tan) is using you to do this but God is just and what goes around comes around! Maybe not in the- same way, but it could be an ill- ness. financial hardship, etc. The word of God says that as much as possible, we should live in peace with one another. It also says if you are angry with someone you should not let the sun go down without resolving this problem. OK. now back to the issue. To our city council and all who want Clark's name off the build- ing, do you think it would be fair to rename the James H. Baxter Civic Center? How about Dugan- Tarango Middle School? OR how about Mama Rosa's pizza? No, I don't think that would be right. Why? Because Dr. Baxter was not only a great doctor but also a good citizen and as for Dugan and Tarango, these very men that gave their lives for us so that we could have freedom were citizens of Lordsburg. As for Mama Rosa. she was a great woman and mother and good friend and neighbor of mine who I respected and loved. It is great to honor these people, so why not Clark? Be- cause he made some of you mad? Now I know some of you are thinking why I mentioned Mama Rosa's since that is not a public building, but it is still a business that we the citizens of Lordsburg support. To Mr. Manuel Saucedo, Thank you. sir, for let- ting the city council know that they should be more concerned with the other issues of the City of Lordsburg has and not the per- sonal vendettas they are holding onto. To our mayor I say this: Please don't let the few people who have personal vendettas against Clark win. The Bible says that we are not to be double minded but to let our nay be nay and your yay be yay (Matthew Ch. 5 Verse 37 and James Ch. 5 Verse 12). So you voted for his name to be on it now you are be- ing pressured by a few citizens to remove it and I think you should stand up to them and do the right thing, unless you are the one be- hind the problem. You said you gave the issue a lot of thought before you voted, but did you re- ally? Or did you let a few give you ungodly advice. The people elected you to serve us, all the citizens of Lordsburg, not just a few. Being double minded is not good for the City of Lordsburg. If you can be swayed by a few, I wonder what's going to happen to this city. What have you done since you have been in office? A wise thing to do is to get on your knees every mornmg and ask God for wisdom in running this city. Remember the power you have been given over our city is just on loan so use that power with wisdom and you will accomplish much. You might even ask former mayor Smith for some advice since he had a lot of wisdom in running the city. Yes. he might , have mad mistakes, but we all do. To our former mayor I say this: Tharrk you for what you did :for our city. Some people my think you didn't do much, but I know you did your very best with what you were given. You not only worked a second job, but you sacrificed family time with, your lovely wife to go to another meeting or out and to write another grant because you cared for this city, and for that I respect you! So with this I say, hold your head up high, don't give your enemy (Satan) a chance to get you down. I am thankful to have had you as our mayor even when your name comes down from city hall. We will still remember what you did for Lordsburg. A name honoring you on a building is good but what is bet- ter and matters the most is your name on the book of Life! My prayer for you Clark is this: Lord I pray that no weapon formed against Clark will prosper and I ask you that 'you give him the strength and wisdom to seek you everyday. Heip him to know that you have a plan for him. a plan to prosper him and nol harm him. plans to give him a,hop and a fu- ture (Jeremiah 29:11). Give him back his joy and peace as he puts the enemy under his feet. I plead a blood circle of Jesus around him and his protection, in Jesus name. Amen! At this time I would like to end this letter by saying to the City of Lordsburg-I love you all and if I offended anyone with this letter, please forgive me. It is not my intention to hurt or make any- one mad, I just want you to know that we can accomplish more in a city if we work in unity. Remem- ber, united we stand and divided we fall! I also would like to thank my Pastor Caleb Cooper for preaching and teaching up the series on united we stand! It was awesome to watch our church come together in unity, love, and forgiveness! If anyone would like a series it can be available to you if you go to the Christian bookstore in Silver City or if you ask me I will make sure you get one or if you would like to attend one of our services on Sunday they start at 10:30 a.m. Come hear our pastor who is young but has a lot of wisdom: You will not leave the same way you came! God bless you LordsburgI If we will only build a bridge and have unity and a vision for Lordsburg we will prosper! Lucy May Lordsburg PubliSher's N0te Dear Readers, Last week's edition featured a Letter to the Editor from Hidalgo County Assessor Tonya Lowery on the workings of her office. It should be noted that while the letter was not in ad for- mat. her endorsement letter was a paid advertisement. With the upcoming General Election, the Hidalgo County Herald encourages readers to voice their opinions when it comes to candidates. However any endorsements will be treate( as advertisements and must b( paid for. If you have any ques tions on whether or not your sub mission is an ad or not. please fee free to email me a hcherald@ Thanks for reading Brenda Hoot Publishe, FUNERAL HOME 408 Main Street Lordsburg, NM 88045 (575) 542-9444 Harry Bright/Owner /'-.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'2-- Cremations and Monuments Grant Luna Hidalgo Catron Counties We have all the tools to keep your Business ONT We offer Professional Services for all aspects of your small business! 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