Uncover corruption

Congratulations to Michael Rodriguez and The Monitor for calling out the angry clown behavior of a taxpayer-paid “spokesperson” who chose to not only speak but act to verbally and physically obstruct news reporters doing their jobs.

As for the question of cleaning up our local elected governing boards, The Monitor and all media outlets should renew a commitment to exposing shady operators even before official investigations launch.

And my hometown of Edinburg is fertile ground: I suggest taking a much closer look at the interaction of Mayor Handcuffs Molina and the city’s Economic Development Board. In fact, take a closer look at anything he’s involved in.

And it would be nice for The Monitor to give us a front-page article detailing what happened to the driver who killed a cyclist on 2nd Street many months ago. McAllen PD referred that case to the Hidalgo County district attorney, and I’ve never heard a word about the resolution of that case. If he indicted someone, who was it? If he did not indict the driver, why not? And what are the facts of the case?

I’m a subscriber and depend on you, so please don’t wait for charges to be filed. Do some investigative reporting. (Raise my subscription price to help pay for this). Hire university students to form up an investigate team and get busy. Start with the DA and the latest driver who killed a cyclist. What happened to this story?

Take out your flashlights and shine them on political cockroaches while they scurry about messing up our kitchens and the food we eat.

Robert Ramirez, McAllen


Merit pay supported

For the first time in my “Letters to the Editor” efforts I am almost without words.

After reading the April 26 letter from some of the Valley’s teacher associations, can we say unions, I can certainly understand why Texas, depending on the source, ranks between 38th and 43rd out of 50 states by SAT, not STAAR. test results.

The first and foremost distortion to the real world is that they, in an effort to sell their objection to “merit” increases, combine them and overall teachers’ pay into one talking point. They are completely separate issues.

I agree that given cost-of-living adjustments for different local indexes, all teachers should be compensated the same depending on their educational level, and more importantly their demonstrated success or failure in the classroom (it is measurable). Subsequent raises should be based on their absenteeism, additional education and cost of living. Clearly these measurements will not be the same for all teachers; ergo, across-the-board increases would not provide the best education for our children and reward the slackers.

The letter further states that teacher performance cannot be measured due to a requirement to study the STAAR test rather than the subject. Nonsense! Have these “associations” taken action against such foolishness? I don’t recall any such work stoppages by these unions in defense of our children’s right to learn. Their reaction is to demand we pay more money across the board to teach the same test, thereby continuing the status quo, thus doing the same thing over and over and displaying our stupidity by expecting different results.

I believe it is clear to all taxpayers that applying quality requirements like most every other profession and making pay individually reflective of those results is the only option.

Ned Sheats, Mission


Floodgates in McAllen

McAllen is feeling the pinch, huh? The mayor wanted the floodgates opened, he got it. Be careful what you wish for.

A valve (wall) to control inflow would be a lot more feasible, wouldn’t it? Now he is asking for help?

As Forrest Gump was quoted as saying, “stupid is as stupid does.”

Armando Alvear, Brownsville

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