More crisis help needed

The Rio Grande Valley lacks programs that assist many individuals from suicide crises or other mental health issues. There is a need for funding local organizations and helping provide education that covers mental health.

I was searching for any local programs in the community but unfortunately, I was only able to find an emergency hotline number.

There should be facilities ready to assist anyone who is going through a suicide crisis or other commonly found mental health problem.

Many of us are blinded from those individuals who are suffering from these ongoing issues. There are many people who are constantly having suicidal thoughts or are struggling with problems of depression and anxiety.

From my experience, many of these people are too caught up in the issues in their head to be able to comfortably live their day-to-day lives. They are things that you hear and see often, whether you are in school, work or for a lot of people, even at home.

We all fail to truly consider any of these individuals. Therefore, by providing education that is of easier access we can help others recognize the signs of being in a crisis, as well as be able to help those experiencing these devastating issues cope better.

Vanessa Munoz, Edinburg


Discrimination needs solution

Discrimination has been one of the most controversial topics over the past few years. According to research discrimination is the primary cause of children being bullied at school.

As a student at Texas A&M University Kingsville majoring in social work, I am concerned about young children being punished for following their cultural beliefs. It would be an honor to advocate for the rights of children in order to put an end to discrimination and bullying.

In fact a person who judges and has the mentality that their culture or religion is on top of the rest is an example of someone who is selfish and thinks that they are the ones who demand and have the power over the rest as they tend to consider other cultures as less valuable. The way they behave is immoral; they refuse to work or collaborate with people of colors other than theirs. Not only do they refuse, but when they come across of someone “ different,” they threaten and harass them.

The way they behave around other cultures keeps on getting worse. What happened to this young boy in Utah is just one of many stories of children who have faced discrimination.

I highly believe that there is a solution to end discrimination.

Alejandra Ortiz, San Juan


Executions should stop

Capital punishment results in death by execution. It is legal in many states as punishment for serious crimes, but that does not make it right. Capital punishment should be stopped because it is morally wrong, expensive, and such a slow process.

First of all, there is no moral basis for it. When we use the death penalty, we are following the criminals’ example by doing something equally as bad ourselves. We are taking one life for another life.

There is also a chance that a mistake will be made, and the wrong person will be put to death. Is this type of revenge worth such a risk?

Another problem with capital punishment is the high cost. For example, the special prison housing is expensive to staff and keep up. States with the death penalty use taxes to pay these expenses. Over the past 13 years, Florida has spent $57 million to carry out 18 executions. If you divide this dollar amount by the number of executions, you come up with a cost of $3.2 million for each execution. That is a great deal of money.

In addition, using the death penalty is a very slow process. At least 97 percent of all death-row prisoners are not executed on time. As a result, the waiting list for executions grows year after year. If the U.S. legal system executed one inmate every day, it would still take 30 years to empty all of the cells on death row. A process this slow does not make sense.

Capital punishment should be dropped from our legal system. People should see that it is morally wrong. If not, then common sense should tell them that it doesn’t work well since it is so expensive and such a slow process.

Olivia Ibarra, Alamo

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