In the Sept. 27 editorial, “Living up to a promise,” The Monitor congratulated the City of McAllen on voting to pay the UTRGV School of Medicine
$1 million as agreed to three years ago in a memorandum of understanding. Furthermore, The Monitor lamented the fact that the funding future for the medical school was very dependent on funding from the state and that the perception by many state legislators was that the area did not have support for the medical school, because we voted down a healthcare district in two successive tries.
The Monitor suggested, based on a proposal by McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, that possibly a healthcare district focused on just the medical school would be more successful, as the care to the indigent and funding to big hospitals were the main reasons the district was defeated in the past. I take issue with that premise. The main reason the healthcare district was defeated, I believe, was because the politicians were trying to lay another taxing entity on top of the many living in one of the poorest counties in the nation and the highest taxed large county in Texas. We should not fall for this approach, since I am sure that, in time, that a healthcare district would be expanded to include all of the entities in the original district.
Once a taxing entity is laid on property owners I’m sure it will take on a life of its own and expand its tax rate to unacceptable levels. Another source of funding — rather than burdening Hidalgo County property owners — should be found.
Hank Boardman, Mission
It never ceases to amuse me how President Donald Trump, plays the out of control “see it my way” media like a virtuoso plays a musical instrument. The media and Trump opponents wait with baited breath on every Tweet, so that they can dissect and interpret it. It reminds me of the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, President Trump is the piper and the story you recall, had the piper rid the city of all the rats. How poetic.
Jake Longoria, Mission