LETTERS: Student finds Valley special; Alzheimer’s hits the young; Solutions suggested for migrants, floods

Student finds Valley special

As an incoming freshman at Texas A& M College Station, I have developed a newfound appreciation for the Valley and this community as a whole.

I believe that the Valley is a vibrant and special place that often goes unappreciated by people my age.

Many of my classmates in high school could not wait to move out of the Valley and on to larger cities, as if the RGV is something that is meant to be outgrown or left behind. I myself have been excited to experience new places, College Station being one of them, but I have not shared the perceived disdain that my classmates have so often expressed.

Perhaps the reason I feel differently is that my experience growing up in the Valley has been different from others. While I am originally from here I spent my early years in California and moved back to the RGV when I was 11.

The fact that I have not spent my whole life here may explain the difference in perception from that of many of my classmates. Over time I had grown to love the culture, food, and people of the Valley.

What I love the most about the Valley is that I feel as if we are more connected than most communities. The RGV’s size makes it easier to run into friends and family and I believe this factor results in our strong community-oriented mindset.

In the future, I hope to introduce people to this perspective so that more people may have a better understanding of the RGV.

Jackson Wingert,
McAllen

Alzheimer’s hits the young

An estimated 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s disease. I am not directly affected by this terrible disease, but many of my friends and their family members are.

Because of their young age, people living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s are not eligible for support and service programs available to older Americans. The Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act of 2019 (H.R. 1903/S. 901) would fix this. Through this act, individuals under the age of 60 living with the disease would have access to nutritional programs, respite services for family caregivers and other services to enhance quality of life.

I thank Congressman Vicente Gonzalez for his support; please join me in asking the congressman to cosponsor the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act of 2019.

Mayra Moreno, TX 15 advocate
Edinburg

Solutions suggested for migrants, floods

Another 100-year rain event — another RGV flooding disaster. The June flooding was discussed at the July 1 Hidalgo County Drainage District 1 meeting. Our leaders say they know what has to be done in the short term as well as in the long run. And, they are well aware that we are into hurricane season.

In the immediate, I propose we issue temporary seasonal work permits to the able-bodied asylum seekers, pay them minimum wage and provide them a sturdy shovel. Have them specifically clean and unclog bar ditches, drainage grates and driveway drainage pipes, which when left neglected only make the flooding damages worse. Put them to pitch in and clean up the illegal dumping crisis that exacerbates stagnant polluted flood waters.

They need the money and this area would benefit from their labor.

The asylum seekers could claim they have invested legitimate sweat equity into the country they seek to join.

Or would you rather passively wait for another devastating flood? I live in the county’s Precinct 4 and have experienced two major flooding events since 2005, so I can talk.

Not to mention our bridges would be free of the asylum seeker congestion. Why not?

Eduardo Estrada,
Edinburg