Edinburg – After being elected three times as Hidalgo County Judge, Ramon Garcia has finally decided to give up the gavel. Garcia had cited interest in returning to law full time as primary reason to not seek a re-election bid. Despite Garcia’s intent on whether to run, a slew of established challengers hovered from above, seeking their own bid on a highly coveted position. Continue reading “Lack of Confidence for Hidalgo County Judge Race Leaves Door Open For Wildcard Candidates”
This week, U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D) revealed that President Donald Trumps proposed budget cuts would greatly affect government assistance in the Rio Grande Valley, specifically within Hidalgo County. The McAllen Monitor, which picked up on the budget cuts, provided a list of agencies affected, placing emphasis on Community Development Block Grants, and funds made available to Hidalgo County Community Service Agency to provide job assistance and other forms of aid to the community. With these cuts came the enduring narrative that Trump is an out of touch oppressor of the poor and vulnerable.
Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, in a quote provided to the The Monitor said of the budget cuts:
“It will hurt the poorest of the poor.”
Garcia continued by demonstrating his concern for the poor and elderly, who he believed these cuts are specifically targeting. However, Garcia showed little concern for the 2016 disastrous Health Care Tax Proposal, which if passed, would have greatly affected the county’s most vulnerable from paying more on their property tax, and potentially losing their homes.
It’s ironic that Hidalgo County, which has historically demonstrated to operate on a policy of crony dealing and wasteful and in effective spending, suddenly is the moral authority on government spending. Trump’s proposed cuts allows us to reevaluate the operations of the agencies that receive them, and hold these agencies accountable for how these funds are being used. Continue reading “Trump’s Budget Cuts May Force Hidalgo County Agencies to Trim the Fat.”
Father Jerry Frank lashed out at the opposition yesterday by calling on local media to help spread the word that only parishioners were allowed to attend Health Care Workshops. Unfortunately for Fr. Frank, my media outlet, though small, will not spread the word which calls for a controlled and agenda driven discussion in favor of more taxes. Continue reading “SAD! Fr. Frank Pockets the Silver for Health Care District.”
Since the final weekend of August, participating Catholic parishes throughout Hidalgo County began offering “informational” workshops with the sole purpose of pushing a County Health Care Taxing District, and influencing those that participate to vote for said District. The information workshops are being spear-headed by Father Gerald (Jerry) Frank, a Pastor of St. John the Baptist, and one of the leading proponents of the Taxing District, who also presented the signed petition to County Commissioners.
Opponents of the Taxing District, concerned that a religious institution is taking sides on a political issue, decided it was in the best interest of the electorate to provide an opposing view, and let the voters decide. Continue reading “Father Jerry Frank’s Silencing of Tax Opponents Is Not Catholic Teaching.”
Due to mounting pressure from local veteran organizations, the City of San Juan, and specifically Mayor San Juanita Sanchez, have decided to forgo the combined Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day “Cultural Heritage Day.” Mayor Sanchez appeared live on KURV70 “The Drive Home” and explained reasoning behind the merging of the two events, yet maintained it was done in good faith and meant no disrespect to veterans and America’s servicemen and women who died serving.
Sanchez did reveal that a solemn Memorial Day observation will still occur in the morning hours, and a Cultural Event will still occur in the evening.
In a disgusting and disgraceful display of disrespect to the memory of America’s fallen servicemen, the knuckleheads of City of San Juan, led by Mayor San Juanita Sanchez, have decided to combine the festivities of Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day into one event that celebrate both the cultures of Mexico and the United States. What Mayor Sanchez fails to understand, that of these two, only Memorial Day is Federally recognized. Of these two, only one holiday is dedicated to the memory of America’s fallen military personnel who paid the ultimate price to ensure America’s enduring freedoms and security… Continue reading “Disgraceful! City of San Juan Combines Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day Events.”