LETTERS: McAllen ISD not very noble; Our obligation to help others; Article praised; Lewis: A man of conscience; Building lease spurs criticism

McAllen ISD not very noble

An article in the July 9 Monitor, “McAllen ISD leases portable buildings to local hospitals,” is a very interesting read.

The district has unused, unneeded, and in need of repair portable buildings probably obtained with taxpayer money. In the article it is clear the district feels the buildings need repair and district officials actually assume they will get the buildings back in better condition than they currently are.

Is this something to gloat about? Looking at noble in the dictionary: “Lofty and exalted in character.”

I wonder how leasing the buildings during a crisis situation leads to a noble act. Allowing the hospitals to use the buildings, having them pay for transport to and from, while also paying for making necessary repairs, would seem to be a win for the district. To add an extra charge for unused assets that the community may so desperately need does not define noble.

Harry Stout


Our obligation to help others

For those favored few upon whom Divine Providence has bestowed the gift of freedom from the necessity of daily toil, there arises a sacred moral obligation to devote time and energy to the betterment of others. Donald J. Trump never has felt this duty, much less honored it. Instead, he has sought only to enrich and aggrandize himself at the expense of others and at the cost of his soul, with nary a kind or generous thought for his fellow man.

Trump traffics in deceit and bigotry. He scorns anyone who dares to not bow down to his towering vanity.

We now suffer the ills and misfortunes that are the due of our own selfishness, political apathy and ethical complacency, a lesson that all of us should remember when the time comes for every citizen to cast his or her vote for the presidency of this grieving nation.

Roger Reed


Article praised

In response to Henry Miller’s article on the front page titled “Making a comeback” on July 4, I would like to say to Mr. Miller: Bravo!

The Rio Grande Valley is certainly “fattening” the curve instead of flattening it. You have wonderful prose and I can feel a sense of annoyance concerning the UIL. Especially the part when Paula Gonzalez, director of athletics for McAllen ISD, said, “The planning from the UIL is what aligns your strategy.” This to me says her hands are completely tied and she can’t voice concerns one way or the other.

That is horrible. This organization’s level of inaction is putting lives and jobs at risk, making it impossible for people like Ms. Gonzalez to make important decisions and not have to adhere to the UIL. Thank you for telling us that Dallas is beginning to adopt new protocols, safety measures and more importantly an updated schedule that is growing in popularity among school coaches Such measures need to be implemented here. But my worry is that even so, there will still be a risk of infection for everyone in attendance. My wife thinks it’s a completely bad idea to even consider putting our children at risk by having school sports, at least for the rest of the year. I tend to agree with her.

Phil Garcia


Lewis: A man of conscience

Conscience is our human instinct or an inner feeling or voice viewed as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of our behavior or action.

It has been said that Rep. John Lewis was the conscience of our Congress. He was black, a Democrat, a Christian, and a man for all seasons. And despite his color, his partisan views, his religion and his fearless mental and physical strength and courage, he was an ordinary man who followed his instinctual inner feelings to wherever they led, and shared the voice of his conscience with his colleagues in Congress, with America, and with the world. And when he spoke, we listened, and we heard America’s conscience revealed, and we felt the best of ourselves overtake the worst of our instincts and cruelest of our nature.

The sound and eloquence of his words radiated trust, truth and confidence, but most of all reassurance that America was as strong and vibrant as the hearts and souls that continue to fuel the dream that never dies. And it is “We the People” who have kept alive the promise and the dream. Imperfect and incomplete as it may be, the American dream is what inspires and stirs our imagination, inventiveness and ingenuity.

The conscience of Congress may be gone, but the conscience of America remains. It remains in you and me, and in our neighbors and friends. It can be found in those who oppose you, or revile you. It is in those who yell obscenities and disparagements at hate-filled rallies. It is in the hearts of fallen Christians who have forsaken their faith to be loving, caring and charitable to all mankind.

Conscience has no color, no religion, no ethnicity or political persuasion or affiliation. Conscience is a part of our humanity that exposes the best and worst in each of us. And it is up to each of us to listen to the feeling or the voice within us that judges and guides us through the days and the seasons of our life.

The color of conscience is like faith — a personal reflection of unquestioned trust, confidence and conviction. And in the end, it is that inner voice that will tell us the rightness or wrongness of our behavior, our action or our beliefs or biases that may blur or enlighten our vision for ourselves and for nation.

We the People were always the conscience of America, but now more than ever we must listen and share the reflection of our conscience, like Rep. Lewis did.

America at its worst is divided, disillusioned, fractured and disheartened. American at its best is united, strong, determined and exceptional in every way. It has been the collective American conscience that has guided and steered our nation to greatness, and it will be that American conscience that will lift us up once again. A conscience without color and without bounds. A conscience with a vision and no division.

Al Garcia

Palm Valley

Building lease spurs criticism

I just read that the McAllen school district plans to lease portable buildings at fair market value to hospitals that are short on space due to the COVID crisis (July 9).

Shame on them. These are buildings paid for with taxpayer funds, and now they want to profit on this disaster instead of offering them as a community service. We all have a dog in this fight against COVID, and for any entity to profit due to this disaster is morally reprehensible.

There is no other word: plain greed, pure and simple. Scriptures in the Bible speak of helping thy neighbor, not profiting from them. I guess the folks at McAllen schools missed that lesson at Sunday school.

Jake Longoria


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