LETTERS: Female inmates need better care; Growing concerns; “Bailouts” benefit all

Female inmates need better care

There are not enough programs provided for female inmates who are incarcerated in the Texas criminal justice system.

In the state of Texas, women do not make up a big number of the inmate population. According to the Bureau of Prisons the number of females is 10,944, which is 6.8% of the inmate population within Texas.

With a small number of females in the criminal justice system there is not much done to assist them with their needs. If females would be provided with enough programs such as educational, vocational, substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation, life skills training and prerelease programs, the rehabilitation success among female inmates can increase and the number of incarcerated women can decrease.

House Bill 3227 was recently implemented for the Texas state prisons, but I don’t know if the county jails are aware of the bill. It can help the women who are incarcerated at the county-level jails as well.

Stephanie Villarreal

Edinburg

Growing concerns

This COVID-19 shutdown has motivated me to search all over the United States for newspaper reports pertaining to the pandemic and its effect on our lives. What I have found is very alarming.

Our president is routinely flaunting his own version of the Constitution and the interpretation by the Supreme Court! His latest proclamation is that he will get rid of Medicare and Social Security if re-elected in 2021. He is trying to usurp the powers granted to the Congress by the Constitution unto himself. A lot of people are accepting this as his right and are disregarding the rule of law in America.

City after city is reporting a civil unrest, almost amounting to anarchy by it citizens. There are several groups from all persuasions that are making their positions known either by peaceful gathering, violent protests or by gang activity. This is getting out of hand in some localities with the police departments unwilling to enforce the laws or carry out the edicts of the city managers.

History tells us that no government will continue to exist if this happens. Our danger is not only home grown; there is a tremendous influence from foreign sources on the media and social networks. Our media are being controlled by just a few powerful oligarchs and the Federal Communications Commission is bending over backwards to have more and more consolidations to even fewer people.

Here in the Valley we have seen some of this happen with our television viewing choices. As I write this there are even more consolidations coming. We are in danger of being spoon fed what a few people in America and around the world want us to know.

This is dangerous to our freedoms as we know them. May God help us because we seem to have lost our ability to think straight.

Bill Williams

Palmview

“Bailouts” benefit all

Much to-ing and fro-ing in Washington about whether the government should again extend a helping hand to those who have lost their jobs. Should people be paid not to work, and should the checks be larger (for some people) than their former salary?

The economy depends, well, on economic activity. This activity is composed of all the transactions each of us make every day. Resupplying at H-E-B, to the convenience store, rent payments, trips to the hairdresser or the doctor, insurance premiums, you name it, are all economic activity.

When a person (or a sector, such as hairdressers or stock market advisers) stops or slows economic activity, the economy suffers. And not just today, but in the future: Those out of work will (and already do) show up in food lines and unemployment offices, now and in the future. They may have to search for another job, perhaps at a lower salary and certainly at a cost in self-esteem.

What about the family that was paid $600 but only made, say, $400 when on the job? First, whatever the “bailout” amount is, it is only temporary.

Where does the “extra” $200 in this example go? It goes into economic activity! Perhaps it is used to make additional bill payments. Even if this windfall is put into the stock market (doubtful but possible in theory), that is also economic activity.

I’m lucky enough to have the sort of job that doesn’t subject me (so far) to economic hardship during the COVID recession. However, when my dollars enter the economy, the economy doesn’t care how much I make. My dollars count no more than the dollars of the field hand or the hairdresser. The economy doesn’t care. But if I (or you) leave the economy, we have a problem.

First, the economy depends on activity. A person without an income cannot participate. Second, whatever happens, this economic reprieve is temporary. Third, it is important that something is done soon. Debates over the precise amount matter less than that something happens.

Michael S. Minor Ph.D.

Professor and Chair Department of Marketing Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship Edinburg

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