Keep NPR in Valley

W.F. Strong’s “Stories from Texas” public radio show says, “Europeans think of three things when they think of Texas: cowboys, oil and rattlesnakes.” This is the kind of thought-provoking storytelling I value in local and National Public Radio.

Tuning in to NPR here should not rival catching rattlesnakes!

As many have mentioned, corporations will do what they will do, and that goes for churches too. It’s been a sort of miracle in my view that the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville programs NPR on its station anyway.

GV Educational Broadcasting Inc. deserves thanks for introducing educational radio here in 1982. Its role is done. Now the RGV can move to a new NPR station-licensed frequency, which when found will do as well or better.

NPR stations encourage critical thinking. I find places with NPR stations are more attractive to thinking people, people who want to be thought-leaders in places they live, gather, work and worship. With UTRGV and other colleges this region is committed to educate people. Those people are passionate about public radio.

I call on all who support balance in radio listening options to keep NPR in the sound mix for people who love our Rio Grande Valley home.

Paul Abramson, Pharr


Stand against LNG efforts

The Port Isabel–South Padre Island area is threatened. Rio Grande Valley residents must make their voices heard to prevent the destruction of Laguna Madre Bay by the planned development of three natural gas export terminals.

These terminals will liquefy natural gas and ship it overseas. The fracking boom has caused overeager corporations to produce too much gas for the domestic market, suppressing prices and therefore profits. In order to correct their mistake, they propose to cultivate foreign markets to accommodate the extra production and drive up demand.

We are taught as children to bear the consequences of our mistakes, but in this case these corporations want us to pay the price for their miscalculations.

The proposed export terminals will be the largest polluters in the Rio Grande Valley, with emissions that have the potential to harm human health and the environment. And, although much has been made of the jobs these facilities will bring, how many existing jobs in tourism and shrimping will be lost due to environmental degradation caused by their construction and operation?

They think that because we are a poor area, we will desperately grab at any opportunity, no matter the negative consequences for our health and environment. These corporations need to be reminded that investors must bear the risk of their investments.

We refuse to sacrifice our treasure — the health of the Laguna Madre Bay, its wildlife and the people living there — on the altar of their profit.

I encourage all residents of the Rio Grande Valley to stand with our Laguna Madre neighbors against these LNG corporations’ outrageous attempt to turn the bay into a sacrifice zone.

Christy Tovar, Harlingen


Refugee support unconstitutional

Our local Congressmen, Vicente Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar and Filemon Vela all took the same oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

So when these fine gentlemen seek to defend the rights of all people entering this country illegally, are they not violating that oath when they support and defend the illegal aliens?

I do not understand how these men, all lawyers, turn a blind eye to the laws of unlawful migration and choose not to defend the Constitution of the United States.

Jake Longoria, Mission

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