Take precautions against diseases

My knowledge of medicine and human physiology is limited to House M.D. and my doctor’s appointments, but I know enough to talk about the recent mumps outbreak among us.

Mumps is disease caused by a virus that spreads through close contact, normally among children, but this time it occurred in adults. Like all germs it evolves dangerously and spreads but takes three weeks to run its course, which can take time away from school, work and life, on top of the horrible symptoms you experience.

The first case was a student at UTRGV, then 16 more. One thing many of the infected had in common is that they would frequent a certain gym, which was cleaned. That is not where they believe it originated, but it is only part of the key to stopping it. You need to look at the people and the circles of friends among them and prevent the spread as much as possible.

As someone who used to work out often at college, I can tell you that hygiene matters in both places. Everyone touches everything, and germs spread and infect the whole school or gym.

Keep your hands clean, bring a towel to the gym, carry a disinfectant lotion and think before you decide to go to school.

Infection can’t always be stopped but you can help prevent it. Think about your condition before you go out; that cough could become something much worse.

Carlos Narvaez Jr., Mission

Victimized by migrants

American citizens along the southern border should be commended for their civility and acceptance, that in the Rio Grande Valley, the media, microphones, photo ops and radical politicians favor the illegal immigration advocates, namely La Union del Pueblo Entero, ACLU, ARISE, Sister Norma Pimentel and illegal immigrants.

The lack of equal media treatment for all is anti-American on its face. We never see anybody in the media wanting to hear the Americans’ suffering side of the story.

The illegal immigrants are always reported as the violated victims. Yet, the real victimized Americans whose taxes finance their demonstration activities and livelihood are always portrayed as inhumane.

These renegades keep thinking that they have a right to break our immigration laws, which is a subversive action against the sovereignty of America. All this anti-American rhetoric happens while they’re on all kinds of American subsidies and benefits.

These activists keep media-dramatizing their fleeing from inhumane and violent treatment in their home countries, but seem to want to recreate it in this democratic and giving country that spends billions of Americans’ money so that they can break the rule of law in America.

This smacks of Saul Alinsky socialist/communist indoctrination tactics. This is unacceptable in America. Especially the coaching of innocent children to disparage America’s goodness before the cameras. That in itself is criminal, to weaponize the children against America, which nurtures them better than their own countries and families do.

Perhaps living in Cuba and Venezuela would make these Alinsky ideologues a lot happier than being here.

Imelda Coronado, Mission

Political memories

I’m retired and I just turned 65 years old on June 30. Here’s a fact: I’ve been in politics for 40 years, ever since I would go with my dad to the City Council meetings at the old building.

I’m so proud of my Rosales family. Everyone would tell me, “Eres hijo de Juan Antonio Rosales,” and I would smile and say, “Si, Señor.”

What month and year did the “Pharr riots” happen? What was the reason for the “Pharr riots”? What tragedy happened on North U.S. Highway 281 and East Bell? I know the answers because I was there and I was only 16 years old, and it was scary as hell. My late friend Rey Cantu and I were everywhere at that time and saw everything.

I’d like to see more coverage of that, especially given what is going on around the country right now.

Side Note: I’ve been getting calls from my fellow voters in Pharr to complain about the flooding, mosquitoes and weedy areas all over town. But when you’re not a part of “Pharr Forward,” which I’m not, nobody will help you out. That’s a shame.

Ricardo Rosales Sr., Pharr

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