LETTERS: Son lives on within others; Education bills blasted; Plant local trial in Tijerina court

Son lives on within others

Every little girl dreams of being a mom and I was no different.

When I finally had my first and only child, Antonio Estevan, I found my inspiration for living. He saved my life, and when he passed away at 22 years old, he saved the lives of four others, leaving me honored to have raised him.

Estevan was born with spina bifida and within a few hours of being born, I knew my life was going to change drastically. My head was spinning and my mind was racing, trying to absorb everything the doctors and the nurses were explaining to me. In the middle of everything, I was trying to accept the fact that my son would be special and on borrowed time.

I faced a lot of challenges, and in the process I grew from them. I devoted my life to my son Estevan and made everything medically available to him. Trips to San Antonio were as common as driving from Edinburg to McAllen. And, as the years came and went, everything was the norm. I became an expert on his disabilities, its difficulties and trying to find a solution to everything.

Nobody could tell us no — swim, camp or horse ride — they would tell us no and we would find a way to do it. I was going to make sure he lived.

That was important to me as his mom, to make memories and fill his days with joy.

My son was a tender, gentle, loving soul who was wise beyond his years.

He loved being on the computer, dining out and our movie night, which he waited for like clockwork. He was a true cowboy at heart and his one and only wish was to walk. I can say with confidence that he is walking right now.

When he was born, medical staff were straight with me: I would outlive my son. When I got the news that he was brain dead in June 2015, I knew instantly he would be an organ donor to help someone else.

With Estevan’s organ donation, he has given four individuals and their families healing. Knowing he has improved the lives of many through his gift of life donation makes me so very happy. I’m still healing from losing him, it’s only been four years, but I’m also proud to know he is a hero. I’ve never been more proud of him.

The possibility of Estevan continuing in this world was a chance for me to know that someday I would feel his presence near me again. All Estevan had to offer was a gift of himself, and that gift would become someone’s second chance at life.

In my heart I know Estevan is here with me; he’s within my family and friends, the people closest to me and those I have chosen to share my only child with.

We all have the power to save lives like Estevan did. I ask you to consider mothers. What if it was your mom or someone you loved who was waiting? As a donor with Donate Life Texas, you can give mothers the chance to see their children grow and thrive.

My beautiful Estevan entered the world saving just one life, but he left the world saving many and has left a true legacy. I encourage you to do the same.

Rosie Guzman, McAllen

 

Education bills blasted

The current bills for school financing and teacher pay are at best a “net 0” situation and at worst an added tax on the middle class.

The concept of merit increases that are equal for all teachers assumes all teachers are equal — they aren’t.

No standard testing? Would you buy a car that wasn’t built to some standards and wasn’t checked along the way to see that it complied? I think not.

The increase in sales tax accompanied by a decrease in property taxes is a con job since all that will happen is that property values will be increased more every year. No one wants to address the solution, which according to the Texas Constitution is to provide an “education.”

Fund the frills and fancy stuff from donations or fees. Yes, changes are needed, but let’s not just throw money at the problem and expect anything different than what we have now.

Ned Sheats, Mission

 

Plant local trial in Tijerina court

Two Valley mayoral races have had questions of voter fraud. One was adjudicated by a visiting judge as a civil case and has been taken about as far as it could be. The Edinburg race will involve criminal charges.

While we understand that the defendant must receive a fair trial, it doesn’t mean that he gets a slap on the wrist. The citizens of Edinburg and the rest of Hidalgo County also need to get a fair evaluation of any attempt to disenfranchise their ballot. The criminal case should be tried in a local district court. One court has a truly proven impartial judge who is not a Democrat. He will assure that the mayor gets a fair trial but will also ensure that the citizen’s ballot will be adequately protected.

Judge Jaime Tijerina of the 464th District Court should be assigned this case.

Jim Barnes, Mission

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