LETTERS: Monitor wrong in editorial; Time to step up

Monitor wrong in campaign allegations editorial

This is in response to The Monitor’s editorial, “Why we don’t rush to publish late campaign allegations,” published on Oct 24, 2018.

When my mother received a voter registration form in the mail, she immediately thought a mistake was made. When it was shown to me, I recognized the danger that the sender, the Texas Democratic Party, had put her, a legal permanent resident, in.

I recently made the decision to speak up on behalf of my family and some in my greater community by sharing these mailings with experts and authorities. Although I never intended for this issue to become framed by this paper as a partisan dispute, I do wish the Texas Democrats understood the risks they delivered to some Valley residents. I know from professional experience that signing and submitting those forms would eventually invite attention from immigration authorities and even prosecutors. This paper is wrong to suggest the matter is a “distraction of little consequence” otherwise.

There is nothing wrong with offering voter registration en masse, but an extra step was taken which can only heighten confusion. This was an unforced error that I hope the Texas Democrats never make again.

David C. Kifuri Jr., Rio Grande City

Time to step up

For those Americans who voted for Ralph Nader and Jill Stein, or simply did not vote in those presidential elections for whatever reason, one can only ask: How did that work out? Yes, one can vote as one chooses or choose not to vote at all. But as it has been said many times, elections matter and have consequences. They determine who governs our lives and those of our families for a generation or more.

Our right to vote is being obstructed by state laws and their manner of implementation that are no different than the old literacy tests and poll taxes. You had a right to vote but were told you did not qualify or had to effectively buy your place in the line to vote. Ridiculous voter ID laws, limiting periods for early voting and changing polling places are but a few of the efforts to make our right to vote worthless. No white sheets or acts of violence are required — just apathy, just lack of indignation in the face of voter suppression. Take heart. Courage. Exercise your right to vote.

There are many challenges facing us in Texas. Denied health care, underfunded education and suppression of voting rights are just a few. Our children and grandchildren’s futures depend on our votes. Let us not fail them. Our vote is our strength. Do not throw your vote away by not voting. Our state and our country need you. Step up. Vote early. Vote.

Ricardo Flores, Edinburg