LETTERS: Announcer draws thanks; Navarette criticized

Announcer draws thanks

The retirement of Hugo de la Cruz, aka Mr. Nifu Nifa, will be a great loss not only to Valley fans but to Valley football.

I remember coming home as a very young Yellowjacket fan in the early ’70s. My dad or uncle would rush us to the car because Football Scoreboard was going to start or already had started. We all couldn’t wait to hear not only our team score but all the scores. We all wanted to hear who had gotten shutout because we could not wait to hear the now famous saying, “Nifu, nifa.” Most of all the “burla,” rubbing it in, that he would do to the team that had been shut out.

I would like to say to Mr. de la Cruz, as a lifelong fan of La Maquina Amarilla, that he himself named as such. That he brought a sense of pride to the Delta area of Edcouch, Elsa, La Villa and Monte Alto when we would hear him on the radio.

I would like to say thank-you, Hugo, for all the fun memories you gave not only us in the Delta area but all the Rio Grande Valley. May you enjoy your retirement and once in while make a guest appearance on Football Scoreboard that you made famous.

Jesus Rodriguez


Navarette criticized

Assuredly, Monitor contributor Ruben Navarrette is a Democratic “never-Trump”er. Contrary to his commentary published Oct. 20, many Hispanics do support and love this president!

Many Hispanics in this southernmost part of Texas whole-heartedly disagree with your Democratic talking points ranging from the Russian Hoax to the DACA disaster, 14th Amendment debate to the “bad hombres” and “invasion” quotes.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why you have to parrot those talking points: You are terrified of Trump’s reelection!

Evidence shows that Trump is good for Hispanic and black communities. A quick search reveals this truth: “Rohit Arora, Biz2Credit’s CEO, said Latino business owners are enjoying a 46 percent jump in revenue this year, which will bolster the nation’s thriving economy.

In May, Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network said that although Democrats claimed the Trump economy was no help to the Hispanic community, the facts revealed the opposite. Ortiz wrote: “The fact is that Hispanics are flourishing in the Trump economy. Democrats asserting the contrary is a mere partisan talking point to try to deny Trump the Hispanic support he has earned, and which may decide the presidential election outcome next year. Expect Democrats to increase their identity politics attacks in an effort to skew Latinos against Republicans over the next year and a half.”

Evidently, the Democrats and Mr. Navarrette are just stirring up obstruction and opposition! Even Kamala Harris, when asked by CNN just what crimes Trump was guilty of, couldn’t cite any specific examples and simply stuttered incoherently before deflecting.

You don’t speak for all Hispanics, Mr. Navarrette, especially when you embarrass yourself by calling Hispanic Trump supporters “High-spanics” and “sell-outs” (Oct. 10) That is blatantly more offensive and condescending than Trump calling drug dealers “Bad hombres” and MS-13 criminals “animals.”

Joel Ramirez


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