LETTERS: Forget the poor, lower our taxes; Flores brothers fought for Texas

Forget the poor, lower our taxes

Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez wants to lower the poverty rate in Hidalgo County and invokes JFK’s old adage that all boats will rise with the tide. Sadly.

President Johnson declared the war on poverty in 1964; since then, according to the Heritage Foundation, the war has failed. More than $22 trillion was spent in the past 50 years by taxpayers on the poor with little effect on raising those boats. In fact, like a drug, the poor have become dependent on welfare, creating generations of welfare families.

On top of that, we live next to the border and that in itself creates poverty due to the overflow of indigents from Mexico and now Central America.

The people whose boats you should be raising are the homeowners and business owners whose taxes are raised every time a new property valuation is initiated by the county.

Judge, you talk about exploring new revenue streams to help the poor so you can throw more money at the poverty problem; that won’t solve it. Business owners and homeowners are losing the tax battle.

The county should be looking at more ways to keep people in their homes by lowering property taxes, have some county departments go to zero-based budgeting to legitimize their expenditures, in other words cut waste at the county level.

It’s a proven fact lower taxes generate growth, more homes sold, more appliances and furniture to fill those homes and so on and so forth. The funny thing is politicians all placate the poor and the indigent, promising them more while the backbone of America, the hard working taxpayer, gets thrown under the bus.

Jake Longoria

Mission

Flores brothers fought for Texas

Texas history has long forgotten the four Flores brothers who fought for Texas independence in 1836. According to the memoirs of Capt. Juan Seguin, his four brothers-in-law, Salvador, Manuel, Nepomuceno and Jose, served in his company of Tejanos against Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna as well as their father, Juan Jose Flores de Abrego, who supplied corn, sheep, hogs and cattle to the Texas Army.

After Capt. Seguin was given the responsibility of foraging for food and supplies for Texas soldiers in San Antonio, 1st Lt. Salvador Flores, the second in command, had to maintain the scouting patrols and continue to recruit Tejanos for the military campaign. Salvador and Manuel fought together with Seguin at the Battle of Bexar under Col. Ben Milam and at the Battle of Concepcion under Col. Jim Bowie. These two brothers also were involved at the Grass Fight outside of San Antonio along with Deaf Smith, chief of Texas scouts.

After the fall of the Alamo, Gen. Sam Houston ordered Salvador Flores and about 25 Tejanos, who included his baby brother Jose, to scout the ranches south of San Antonio to protect them from Indian raids and Mexican deserters. Gen. Houston also gave Capt. Seguin and his Tejanos, who included Manuel and Nepomuceno, the responsibility of being the Rear Action Guard to protect his army from being attacked from behind by the Mexican cavalry. At San Felipe, Seguin and his Tejano vaqueros prevented the Mexican cavalry from crossing the Brazos River to attack Houston’s soldiers.

At the Battle of San Jacinto, Manuel and Nepomuceno fought with Seguin’s company of Tejanos who marched to victory that helped Gen. Houston win Texas independence.

After the war, Salvador and Manuel were promoted to captains and Nepomuceno was promoted to lieutenant to serve in Lt. Col. Seguin’s Army of the West in San Antonio. Jose would go back to run his father’s ranch in Floresville.

Texas independence was fought for and won because of the contributions of Tejanos like the four Flores brothers, Salvador, Manuel, Nepomuceno and Jose, but when is Texas history going to give these Tejano heroes their rightful place with the rest of our Texas heroes?

Jack Ayoub

Harlingen

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