LETTERS: On constitutional election, working and colonias

Constitutional elections

Thank you for the informative “Know 7 propositions” editorial in Sunday’s Monitor. However, I submit that the premise for recommending voting against Proposition 7 is wrong. Both Cuna.org and MyCreditUnion.gov confirm that credit unions are not for-profit financial cooperatives. I request that the editor reconsider his recommendations. I’ll vote yes for all but Proposition 4.

Fred Klusmann, McAllen

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This constitutional election, which began Monday, Hidalgo County Commissioners have extended polling hours, thus providing working voters a better chance to cast their ballots. This was done because the City of Edinburg was ready to pay the extra costs to extend voting hours in their city election and to ensure all of their citizens have an opportunity to vote.

However, many Mercedes voters were upset with how Mercedes ISD conducted its tax ratification election (TRE) in July. I believe the district bamboozled some of its voters by conducting the TRE during a month when many voters are on vacation. The tactic was legal but, I believe, unethical because it violated the basic principle of open and transparent government. I applaud the City of Edinburg and Hidalgo County Commissioners for providing more opportunities for Hidalgo County voters. I can’t say the same for Mercedes ISD.

Silvestre Moreno Jr., Mercedes

The dignity of a job

The ultimate freedom is controlling your own life and setting your own destiny through work.

Nobody dreams of being dependent on the government. Sometimes things happen in a family and this is necessary for a short period of time. However, for far too long across this nation we’ve seen the sad stories of cycles of dependency on welfare and other programs, given out by the state and the federal government.

Being good and decent people, we do want to care for our fellow citizen when they’re down and out. However, public assistance should be a trampoline, not a hammock. When people get used to the hammock, they become used to not working (often laziness) and decide to not even look for work.

Our welfare programs need forward-thinking reforms to remove barriers to work, and expand job-training programs for food stamp recipients, for veterans, the disabled and ex-offenders.

With a little help, these people can move into the workforce on their own and serve as some of the greatest examples of people feeling fulfillment and empowerment from earning their own money and living independently.

When someone has a job they have peace of mind. There’s a sense of pride among family and friends. Our government and state job programs should be empowering people to feel that fulfillment — not holding them back by providing everything free, with no end game plan. It should be the goal of every state to have job training programs that will make it possible for food stamp recipients, veterans the disabled and ex-offenders to find rewarding work and to succeed at it.

Bev Kendal, Alamo

Defining colonias

I read with great interest the June 30 Monitor story, “City, Pharr at odds over colonia designation.” A review of the State Of Texas listing of 2,300 colonias statewide show one-third are located within city limits, with 26 reported in Pharr. But this does not include Moonbeam Mobile Park at 106 S. Palm Dr., in Pharr.

This park, I believe has many of the identical problems present as a formally defined “colonia.” It meets all of the federal and state definitions with substandard services, obviously lacks the City of Pharr enforcement code compliance, has all the social symptoms of the low-income — high poverty, segregation from full city services, politically powerless, and a very, very compliant population surviving day to day.

They are compressed inside their depressed state of unfair family living. This very representative example of human sardines packed inside their respective sardine cans, with those cans then warehoused too closely, is simple to visually assess,especially from above.

Begging the painfully obvious question but will the Oct. 2 passage and signature of the Regional Assessment Of Fair Housing (AFH-HUD) by administrators of The City Of Pharr indeed correct these inequalities? Or will those citizens undeservedly still be mistreated and disdained as the behinds of our community despite their right for protection with respect to action by the city to always act in the public interest, for safety, health and welfare?

K.C. Fletcher,

Pharr

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