LETTERS: Matters of concern; Appreciate law officers;

Matters of concern

Recent events in our country have me extremely disturbed.

First, I do not condone violence of any type.

Therefore, I’m upset by the looting and lawlessness of the recent events concerning the George Floyd death.

Peaceful protests I can see, but a few anarchists have destroyed the thought behind the protests. Secondly, I am extremely disturbed by the actions of our president concerning the attacks on a peaceful protest in Washington, DC. I truly fear this is just a “dress rehearsal” by him for the election. I anticipate that if he loses the election, even if it’s by 90%, he will contest it. And I wouldn’t put it past him to call in the military to hang on to the White House.

He wants to be dictator for life. God bless the U.S. and save us from evil.

Jerry Gutshall

Weslaco

Appreciate law officers

Should all men be held accountable for every rape in the world? Should all women be held accountable for every abortion?

Should all parents be held accountable for every incident of child abuse? Should all gun owners be held accountable for school shootings? Is every Hispanic a cartel member? Are all dogs evil killing creatures? Is every person who drinks alcohol responsible for the deaths caused by drunk drivers? Is every white person a member of the KKK? Is every Muslim a terrorist? Is every African American a gangster or thug? Is every women in a mini skirt a whore?

Is every Mexican an illegal immigrant? Are all teachers sleeping with their students?

I could go on for ever! Of course, the answer to each question is no. So why in the world should every cop be held accountable for the actions of others? The answer is, they shouldn’t.

No one hates bad cops as much as the good ones.

I’m a strong supporter of #BlackLivesMatter. I’m also a firm believer in holding those responsible accountable and not others for their actions. There is absolutely nothing worse than becoming what you hate and what you are fighting against.

Hate cannot drown hate and two wrongs has never and will never make a right.

If any man would truly be disgusted and saddened by the violent actions of the looters and protestors it would be MLK himself. They are doing exactly what he is against. Hate does not end hate. He would have been sickened to see the riots of today. He was wise enough to know that you cannot become what you hate or what you are fighting against, for there is nothing worse than that becoming what you detest.

Furthermore, no individual should be held accountable for the actions of others past, present or future.

Regarding police kneeling, asking for forgiveness, it’s simply a way to deflate the situation to keep all parties on all sides safe from the violence and hate at the hands of rioters, but in no way is this just, fair or right.

It’s asking so much from our law enforcement. It’s asking them to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders as if they were Christ himself.

Law enforcement should always stand, and proudly at that. To see our law enforcement on their knees is heart-wrenching.

Since they are dealing with a demographic of people that can’t or won’t rationalize, they are forced to do what it takes to protect the masses and control the violence and climate of destruction that is being done by their hands.

Again, as usual, the police do what is necessary to deflate the situation even at the cost of the honor they carry and hold.

Law enforcement must be respected and above all appreciated for risking their lives daily defending those that hate them. If you want to ease the social climate in today’s world, thank an officer for his service, help your fellow man and repay hate with kindness because there is no other way.

To the police of our country, don’t make the mistake of associating #BlackLivesMatter with the riots, looters, thieves and criminals. It has absolutely nothing to do with those atrocities.

Lana Hortencia

McAllen

Editor’s note: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. did not endorse rioting but did not condemn it, saying he understood it as the “language of the unheard.”

Speaking to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta after the 1967 Detroit riots, King began by quoting Victor Hugo: “If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”

King then addressed the current events: “… It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes, but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. … Let us say boldly that if the total slum violations of law by the white man over the years were calculated and were compared with the lawbreaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the white man.”

Chickens are home

The energetic youth of our country, some with good intentions, have now trashed and burned and some have even killed, in the name of George Floyd. What does looting and burning have to do with honoring his death?

The infamous Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who famously “damned America,” had his wish come true; his radical preachings have borne fruit and the chickens have come home to roost.

I guess it is true: the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Jake Longoria

Mission

Let’s clean out our plumbing

The air conditioning will go out on the hottest summer day; the furnace will go out on the coldest winter night. These problems are common and are bothersome, but readily fixed.

However, whether in an old or a new home, life is miserable when the toilet plugs up and rubbish is not flushed away. Our 244-year old nation’s plumbing lines are plugged up by old cancerous enemies and their accomplices, silent though they may be. These enemies are white supremacy rooted in slavery, anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism; traitorous unrepentant Confederates who yearn for a mythical, separate nation; and neo-Nazis who just hate and want fascist totalitarianism. We find them in our churches, in our schools and in our government.

To remove the refuse in your home’s plumbing, you call a plumber. We — the people — are our nation’s plumbers. Uniting and working together, we can clear our nation’s plumbing.

How? Speak up! Register to vote. Vote and begin clearing our nation of these cancerous foes.

Struggles are neither short nor easy. Struggles require courage, faith and strength. Courage to speak up and to act; faith in the goodness of our people; and the strength to stridently keep on keeping on toward that more perfect union. Stand up and let us begin to clear our country’s plumbing problem.

Our children and grandchildren deserve a future that rises toward freedom, justice and prosperity. That future is in our hands. We must have the courage to struggle for them.

Vote.

Ricardo Flores

Edinburg

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