Boiling Frogs-Intel vs. the Village

"Boiling Frogs - Intel vs. the Village" recounts the story of Intel Rio Rancho's impact on the air and water in the Village of Corrales from the mid-1980s to the present day. Updates to this ongoing saga will be posted here.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Firing of Juan Vigil, Sandoval County Manager

Shame on the Sandoval County Commission for firing the first county official who has ever stood up for the people against Intel a company that has never paid one dime in taxes in the 30 years they have been in NM. Apparently, Mr. Vigil was not humble enough to the giant when he asked for a few crumbs for the peasants so off with his head !

It was a cowardly deed by the Commission to fire this worthy man.

At long last, we the people of Sandoval County had a county official with the courage to stand up for us to these bullies and demand that Intel pay property taxes like the rest of us do. Intel makes about 75% of its profits from its operation here in NM while sucking down three billion gallons of water each and every year and otherwise using every infrastructure resource this poor County can muster on its behalf. On top of that insult, Intel is poisoning the neighbors in its vicinity. Did you know that the pulmonary fibrosis rate is 11 times the national rate and the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) rate is 25 times the national rate? Do you even care? My family moved away from that blight 15 years ago and we thank God every day that we did; otherwise, we might now be like friends and neighbors who are battling - or dead - from these terminal diseases.

I implore you to reverse this bad decision and rehire Mr. Vigil. We need him !!


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