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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010 '11 Literacy of another color By SHERRILYN ARREDONDO! Hidalgo County Literacy Program Since I was a very small child, the English Language always fas- cinated me. I heard, and learned, many words while traipsing after my siblings. As I grew from tod- dler into small childhood, my vocabulary grew, including an extensive list of naughty words. Several of us siblings, along with various cousins, shared those naughty words; we discussed and defined their various meanings; we kept our vocabulary of naughty words very, very up-to- date; and, when no adults were around, we practiced and refined them. They became an important part of our ever-developing 'lan- guage' skills. What eventually saved us from-living the life of 'Language Sailors' was our parents. As clever as we were at hiding our 'lan- guage' skills, it was doubtful that they even realized they were sav- ing us. They led us to our love affair with a much more accept- able side of the English Lan- guage. We were like thirsty chil- dren, drinking and drinking, then drinking some more. How did they save us? Both of our parents were readers and they shared their books with us. Poor as church mice in some respects, we found absolute wealth in reading at home and at our local library where we got to go once or twice a month to return books and check out new ones. The books of choice for pleasure reading were murder mysteries and west- erns. Zane Grey, Louis L'Amour, Perry Mason, and Rex St0U{ were By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Happy Halloween! On behalf of the residents and staff at Sun- shine Haven Nursing Home, we'd like to wish everyone a safe, fun and happy Halloween. At Sunshine Haven, our residents and staff are excited for Hal- loween evening. They will be passing out candy for the kids from about 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. We encourage you to bring your kids or grandkids to the facility for a treat. It will also give your children and opportunity to show off their costumes. Furthermore, you can help us bring a smile to our residents' faces. They are excited! We've been blessed to receive a few more residents this week. The staff is getting to know them as we speak and they are beginning to feel at home. We've had some birthdays this month that include staff and of course some residents. We'd also like to once again thank everyone who participated in our raffle and congratulations to the winners. We continue to look for some new staff. We are in need of full time and part time C.N.A.s and nurses. If you'd like to apply, either stop by the office or email our Administrator Greg Whitaker at gwhitaker @ As the holiday season approaches us, I'd like to remind everyone that it is a time to give. Remember the true meaning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let's not only take time out to share with others less fortunate, but to pray for them as well. God bless you Hidalgo County and Lordsburg. Well that about does it for this week, see ya next week! favored authors, but certainly not an exclusive group. Paperbacks were traded with family and friends. Spe- cial books were read and re- read, being saved to a non-trade bookcase. A random coin found was quite likely spent on comic books, to read and trade with family and friends. With all the swapping going on, we would get the same books back--that was quite ok, we read them again before re-circulating anew. Using as a ruler the abso- lute pleasure I still get from reading, and second only to love of family and God, the love of books and their contents within remain the most valuable gift I have ever received. Some of my first 'language' skills learned as a small child may continue to be practiced, but my English language skills far, far outnum- ber those first ones. I send a heartfelt plea to par- ents, your family and friends-- introduce books into your children's lives. Read to them; introduce them to our very fine public library-it has many on-' going reading programs, arts and crafts development projects and timely book giveaways, and the tried and true checking-out and returning of books; encourage their imaginations as their read- ' ing minds develop; enable them to open up their world through books, to excitement, mystery, and knowledge. A love of read- ing will create better students, leaders and eventual adults. And thus, the cycle will continue with them to their own children. LETTER OF COMMENDATIONS, FACTS, AND RUMORS! Dear Madam Editor: not know is that this particular Neomi and I have work hard for I am writing this letter in article was' a reacti'on of the mul- and stand for would defeat its reference to the last political tiple behind the scenes aciion(s) purpose. On the contrary, hav- article submitted by Sheila that have been taking place dur- ing the experience in the area Massey"and other alll o, -'ing the ca'. ill only of the judicial system, and pro- mittedby the Democratic Party, address a couple of the most re- tecting individuals' rights, to include minor rumors. I want to sincerely com- mend the Republican Chairper- son for stepping up to the plate and finally promoting the Re- publican Party. Although she did not directly promote a straight ticket, indirectly, she did. In the last publication of the Herald, she promoted Re- publican Gubernatorial Candi- date Susana Martinez by stat- ing that "Diane Denish was completely out of touch when it comes to understanding the jobs situation in New Mexico". I commend her for a job well done. This is why we are chair- persons and this is, in fact, a political race. More importantly, I want to commend Democratic Vice- Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra for her dedication and loyalty to the party. Her motivation, edu- cational background, among many other things, to include a strong civil rights advocate, has made a strong impact within the party, Hidalgo County, and State of New Mexico. I am hon- ored to have such a high level person of her caliber beside me. People fike her a very hard and rare to come by. The facts are that the demo- crats stepped up to the plate from the very beginning and started to professionally pro- mote the Democratic Party and candidates. When Vice-Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra con- ducted interviews of Mr. Ramos and Mr. Castillo, it was then, that the Republican Party com- i menced their opposing response(s) towards the Demo- cratic Party. "Action causes Reaction", so we have reacted. In last week's Herald, Vice Chair Neomi Martinez-Parra submit- ted an article which may have raised an eyebrow, depending on how the reader perceived the article. As I have mentioned before, it is the duty of a Chair- person or Vice Chair tO fully represent their prospective party and that is what Neomi Martinez-Parra has been doing. What most of the voters do cent ones. First, like what took place at the public forum con- ducted on September 27, 2010. During closing remarks at the fo- rum, I was astounded to here Re- publican Candidate Ed Kerr make an unsuccessful intentional and personal attempt to demoralize and discredit Mr. David Ramos, and he (Kerr) was cheered on by his supporters. Mr. Kerr also made reference to Mexican Im- migrants (border issues)-, Mr. Ramos could have responded; however, Mr. Ramos made the decision to maintain profession- alism as he ignored the remarks and proceeded in closing ad- dressing the issues within our county. Secondly, Republican Can- didate Darr Shannon's actions have caused reaction. What the voters do not know is her behind the scenes vocal rudeness and insolent behavior towards us dur- ing the County Fair and most re- cently, in the parking lot of a lo- cal business, to include her rude and vocal behavior towards the business owner and employees for allowing us to raise money on the premises. She also failed to answer direct questions at the fo- rum in reference to the county's economic growth and status. Her primary response(s) were and have been, "all men are created equal". Now that the voters know some of the behind the scene facts, and the reasoning for the article, does it now raise the op- posite eyebrow or two? Now, in the last week or so, a rumor has surfaced allegedly by a current elected official(s) that if the democrats are elected into office, there are going to 'be some terminations within the county, and replacements with Neomi MartineT-Parra, Lupe Ramos, myself, and others. I want the voters to know that this is not true! A County Commissioner cannot terminate an employee of a particular respectiv e office. That authority falls under the de- partment head/elected official of each different office, assuming they have "just cause". If this were true, then everything that Neomi and I would defend such wrongful action if it was to oc- cur, regardless of who the newly elected officials would be. It is my understanding that this is the first time that the Democratic Party of Hidalgo County has been well orga- nized, recognized, and fully represented. Did it ever occur to the voters that maybe this is one of the reasons that we are being opposed, and such ru- mors are being concocted against us? I am hoping the in- formation above clears some of the questions and doubts that may have surfaced in the last week. Elections are like a foot- ball game. There are two teams and then there are fans or vot- ers. May the best team win. Re- gardless of the winners, remem- ber that elections come and go, but we shall try to remain friends. In closing, I Democratic Chairman Robert C. Parra, ap- prove and support every article and ad that has been. submitted by the .Democratic Party and/or by Vice-Chair Neomi Martinez- Parra. I commend her for a job well done, as she has taken a stand in carrying out her duties as a Vice Chair by providing important information to the voters publicly, and not con- ducting herself in a behind the scene manner. I Want to thank the voters who have been sup- porting us and for their gener- ous donations to the party. I also want to thank the Herald and staff for maintaining fair- ness, impartiality, and profes- sionalism during this cam- paign and affording all of us the right to exercise our Freer dom of Speech. I encourage the voters to consider voting on November 2 "a for a team that is "for the people", the Democratic Team. Thank you and God bless everyone. Sincerely, Robert C. Parra, Hidalgo County Democratic Chairman 575-313-9102 PAID ADVERTISEMENT L,i00: -?- - AHS holds Honor Society induction National Honor Society had their annual induction ceremony on Monday, October 25, 2010. The ceremony was held in the Animas High School library, and all NHS members, inductees, and family members were invited. NHS President, Merrilee Richardson, welcomed everyone as well as con- ducted the ceremony. Ms. Jacque Davenport, the NHS sponsor, said a few words and then intro- duced the speaker.The speaker of the night was Mrs. Betsy Ward, the AHS Superintendent, who was a former NHS member when she was in high school. After Mrs. Ward's remarks, tile new NHS inductees were sworn in as official NHS members. The new members included Amanda Holder, Kayla Slielton, and Tori Patterson. Mr. Ruben Aguallo, the AHS principal, gave the closing remarks for the evening and then refreshments were served. Pictured above are NHS members (L to R) Sponsor-Ms. Jacque Davenport,Elizabeth Richins (Treasurer), Karina Sariallno (Secretary), Merrilee Richardson (President), Channing Moore (Representative), Chelsea Rodriguez (Vice President), Kayla Shelton, Tori Patterson, Amanda Holder (3 new members). By ELIZABETH RICHINS/Hidalgo County Herald Christmas Bazaar planned in Animas December 4 "Christmas in My Home Town", the annual Animas Christ- mas Bazaar is planned for Decem- ber 4, 2010 at the Community Center in Animas. Omega Alpha Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International is hosting the event. Tables are available at the rate of $20.00. Table setup will begin at 8:00am and the bazaar will take place from 10:00am until 3:00pm. Venders are asked to please stay until 3:00 to allow for the last minute shoppers. Vendors are also asked to donate one item to be included in a door prize basket to be drawn at the end of the ba- zaar. Applications for tables 'are available at the following loca- tions: The bulletin boards of Western Bank and Saucedo's in Lordsburg, the Animas Post Of- rice, and the Rodeo Post Office or by contacting Bobbie Massey. The table fee and application are due to Alysha Wagley by Novem- ber 30, 2010. For more informa- tion contact Alysha Wagley at 575-649-7528 or Bobbie Massey at 575-548-2434. bj massey @ OnNovember 2, 2010, J O00TE fo, CH-A00NGE! I If elected, I will: 1 Provide the citizens of Hidalgo County with 24.hour coverage.  ddress the concerns of Hidalgo County citizens fairly. Develop a good working relationship with each agency to improve our communities. ! 6m'ebl# akfor llostr T , ltpport end Vole on Warren -. . WALTEIt I For Hidalgo County We have all the tools to keep your Business ON TRACK & IN 'l'Itl00 BI, ACK y SVe offer Pro00ssional Serviees for all aspeets of your small business! 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