LETTERS: North Korea sports woes, McAllen leaders, health chat

N. Korea’s sports woes probably nag Kim Jong-Un

After living thru the Cold War, the Iron Curtain, the atom bomb, I think watching fans from all over the world drinking beer with Russians is unbelievable.

Sports provide harmless competition among nations.

Nobody has mentioned the effect the Olympics might have had on Kim Jong Un. There is the agony of defeat. If you are competitive, losing is not so bad. The North Koreans were a joke. The PGA takes care of all who think they can play golf. It’s “the cut.”

Leaders of North Korea were embarrassed. Their women could have rights sooner than women in Saudi Arabia.

Clint Williams,



McAllen leaders deserve pat on the back

Kudos to all city leaders, past and present, who made the new baseball fields a reality — fields of dreams.

I went for the first time on Thursday to see my two grandsons play on two different fields. The fields are in great shape, and the facilities are second to none. Incorporating native plants and butterfly plants into the landscaping speaks to the city’s commitment incorporating natural design into all new facilities.

On a selfish note, being involved in the hospitality industry I see the enormous potential for all types of regional and state tournaments now that we have the facilities.

It’s incumbent on all of us in the community to support the city in efforts to bring sporting events to McAllen. Thanks again to the city and the McAllen chamber for working hard to bring these events to McAllen by providing first class venue for sports.

Rick Guerra,



Let’s talk about health

In regards to the letter about exercising, exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems. Also, it is known to help out with depression, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis.

In some cases people will usually say that working out is not for them, but I would have to say that working out has good benefits for everyone. We all have to start somewhere. I’m not saying it will be easy, but it will be totally worth it. Even working out three times a week makes a huge difference. I personally say working is a big part of my life, and it has changed my way of thinking.

It all started with anxiety that I had. It slowly became a daily routine. As every day goes by you will want to keep seeing improvement. When you work out, it clears your mind and you are focusing on self-improvement. It is important to try to keep your body active.

A good way to start is with cardio, because burning fat is one of the most important things to do. After you start getting the hang of it, you can start with lifting weights to improve your muscle mass. Spend your time working out 20 percent and dieting 80 percent. You don’t necessarily need to eat really clean, just stay away from junk food.

Brianna De La Rosa,

Rio Grande City