Tweets of denigration

Respect, integrity, human dignity etc, are the core values of humanity that exist in a free and just society. This is what makes a great nation.

A leader’s source of strength in leading such a nation is his character. President Trump’s statements and tweets reflect a highly flawed character that is void of these core values, as he continuously attacks and denigrates people with insults and profanity.

Recent inflammatory rhetoric was directed toward Elijah Cummings, a revered civil rights leader. Trump refers to him as a brutal bully who represents a district that is a disgusting rat- and rodent-infested mess.

Fueling divisive insults and denigrating another human being is not acceptable behavior from anyone. These types of attacks may gratify his ego but they also depict the very limited extent of his intellect and wisdom.

Perceptions of delusional power have also prompted him to state that he could wipe the country of Afghanistan off the face of the earth if he wanted to. This statement further reveals the shallowness of his character and the status of his mindset, if he actually believes that he has the authorized power to destroy another country.

A good economy and tax cuts may justify his loyal supporters to cheer him on for another four years. A democracy founded on human rights, dignity and justice for all does not.

This should be of great concern for everyone else to cast their vote in the next presidential election.

Elia Franz

Respect size restrictions

McAllen and Mission both have very nice dog parks. They are wonderful facilities provided by the taxpayers for the public to enjoy. I thank our city planners for these outstanding parks for our beloved dogs.

But the problem that I find is that so many dog owners don’t respect one of the important rules, that being the size limits of the different areas. So may times a dog owner will bring a big dog (25 pounds or more) into the little dog area. This is just downright disrespectful to take your over-25-pound dog into the area clearly designated for doggies less than 25 pounds.

Of course, when I politely ask the owner to move on over to the big dog area, the excuses I get go something like this: “I don’t actually know how much my dog weighs,” or, “Yes, I know, but my dog (that obviously is over 25 pounds) is afraid of those big dogs,” or, “Oh, he’s not aggressive and I always come to this side.”

Don’t these dog owners understand the reasoning behind having the two separate sides? Not only are big dogs intimidating to most small dogs, they are also intimidating to some adults.

So I ask all responsible dog owners: When you visit the dog park, please adhere to all the rules, not just the rules that you like. The rules are there for a reason. If you’ll do that, then we can all enjoy the area.

Yolanda King

Improved HOPE for Alzheimer’s

More than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, including 390,000 here in Texas. For individuals living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, care planning is essential to learning about medical and non-medical treatments, clinical trials and support services available in their community. Accessing these services results in a higher quality of life.

Thankfully, as of January 2017, Medicare covers critical care planning services. However, not enough patients and providers are aware of this resource.

The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer’s and dementia care planning services through Medicare. That is why I am asking Congressman Vicente Gonzalez to cosponsor the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act. (S. 880/H.R. 1873).

Please join me in thanking Congressman Gonzalez for his support and in asking him to support the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act.

To learn more about this disease and how you can join the fight to end Alzheimer’s, visit

Mayra Moreno
Advocate for TX 15