LETTERS: Insurance needs, fighting infestation, reunification efforts

Flooding reminds of insurance needs

The Rio Grande Valley is listed as one of “America’s Poorest Cities” and “highest rates of not having health insurance” and one of the fastest growing cities.

On June 20, 2017, South Texas got hit by a tropical storm that affected many cities in the Rio Grande Valley with many homes, automobiles and individuals being severely affected. This implies the state should come up with a program that measures how much you make and come up with an affordable plan to get home insurance, health, etc.

An option that may work is raising awareness on this subject and how we can overcome this. Many celebrities came together when Houston had gone through that disaster, and they and many other charities came together as one to help. The way people see change is individuals coming together as one and spreading the word.

This may be an eye opener to the people who were affected by this storm, but what the state needs to realize is that not everyone can afford home insurance. And in the home insurance policy, flooding is not included because it is a different policy purchase.

Newspaper companies have the biggest advantage on raising this awareness. The way they promote celebrities they can promote affordable insurance. If just by simply making home insurance more affordable, maybe actual agencies can come together and come up with an affordable plan and not only will they benefit but our people will be secured.

Erica Juarez, San Juan


Doing our part to fight the infestation

Recent floods have left the Rio Grande Valley in need of assistance. There are groups of people actively helping the cause. While victims are busy trying to fix their destroyed homes, there are others who are fighting a different battle.

Mosquitoes are flying around by the hundreds. If you dare go outside at dusk you will encounter mosquitoes. It takes 24-48 hours from the time the egg was laid in water to the time the eggs hatch. Removing standing water from areas around your home will help eliminate the eggs from hatching. The community can do their part by adding mosquito water tablets to large areas of standing water to help kill their nesting grounds.

With Zika carrying mosquitoes in the Rio Grande Valley, it is important for those with immune systems, pregnant women, and elderly to stay indoors as much as possible or use repellent spray before going outdoors. Keeping your yards cut and free of clutter helps prevent growth or grouping of mosquitoes. It is helpful if each county sprays frequently to help kill the growing population of mosquitoes.

We all need to do our part with fighting the infestation of mosquitoes that occurs with heavy rains. Help prevent the spread of disease.

Christine Hernandez, McAllen


What more can be done to help reunification efforts?

The New York Times posted an article about the struggle of migrant children facing transport fees and red tape. These conditions are heartbreaking, because the immigrant children were taken away from their families while crossing the bridge. Democrats are putting a stop to ICE.

I strongly feel that if we didn’t separate children from their families and abolishing ICE will be a big difference from society and there would be no conflict. Taking away migrant children from their families and charging the transportation of the child to their new family would affect the children’s behavior and physical being. The Democrats wants to abolish ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) because it wasn’t doing its job like it’s suppose to, but at the same time they want to secure the border.

This policy created a major disturbance to society on what the law does to deport children just because they’re immigrants and charge them to get to their new homes. This is a sad thought because not only do they take the children away from their families but you can’t see your family till you’re of legal age and have papers.

It is said that abolishing the ICE policy stopped the deportation and fees, but we can try to help children to go back to their families.

Leah Ortiz, Pharr