LETTERS: Economic disparities; Fighting for fair wages; Texas filled with history; Brand people with COVID-19

Economic disparities

I worked for 40 years, paid taxes. I have four college degrees that I mostly paid for myself, and I loved my career as an archivist and teacher at a small college, but now I am retired.

My Social Security payment is about $1,000 per month, and the teacher’s pension is about $1,000 per year. Why am I, a female, who has worked hard her whole life, worth so little? Why is a white male executive worth millions?

Our society needs to reevaluate how it ranks people. “Essential” workers are paid nothing and put in harm’s way, possibly to death in this pandemic.

It is not simply racism that is destroying our civilization. The economic disparities must be acknowledged and addressed.

“All men are created equal.” Someday maybe women will be acknowledged too.

Sydney Roby


Fighting for fair wages

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said, “We have inherited a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together — black and brown and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu — a family separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.”

President Trump is driving down wages everywhere, dividing us in hateful, international dog-eat-dog competition for work to maximize profits.

Across the Rio Grande, union organizer Susana Prieto is jailed in Matamoros for bringing the love of workers for each other and their families to a solidarity movement for better jobs and better lives for all.

During the strike in Matamoros last year, I met hundreds of Delphi workers, steelworkers, Coca-Cola workers, all of whom do the same sort of work I did in St. Paul and Minneapolis for a fraction of the pay I received. I met Susana Prieto in those strikes. I saw her surrounded by Delphi workers who were on strike, hoping to better their $6-a-day wage. It was obvious to me that they had deep love for Susana the Solidarity Union organizer.

Iram Hernandez is a courageous organizer, reporter, artist, photographer and videographer, a strong backer of the Zapata-like Susana. Iram makes $67.50 a week. We have stayed in touch and recently Iram told me that Susanna Prieto had been arrested in Matamoros and jailed for leading riots.

Susana Prieto is an important leader in the good fight for the common good, just a few miles from McAllen. She needs our support. Susana Prieto and Iram Hernandez would be interesting interviews for The Monitor. We are all in this together.

“No wall between Amigos.”

Tom Laney


Texas filled with history

Texas history is a long and never-ending tale of recounts, amendments, wins, losses, good, bad and indifferent. It is Anglo by the Common Law, but it also is the place of the Czechs, the Slavs, the Polish, the Germans (of all their stripes and types), the Spanish, the French, Scots, Irish, the black Africans, the Chinese, Italians, Jews of many lands, and on and on.

Were it not for them and others (the list could go on until boredom became bored), there would be no Texas today.

Arguments still prevail and will never end: “The damn Yankees are going to destroy the South! We should withdraw from the madness of both of those nations and return to our historic past, starting at the Alamo and ending at San Jacinto. Texas, one and indivisible!”

So many stances, postures, flailing of words, meaningless and very meaningful strewn into our past and our present and probably into our future.

As a child I fest comfortable when Allan Shivers lifted me up and put me on a tail section of his charter plane. My mother and godmother held their purses and tried to remain collected.

Gov. Allen declared, as he tousled my short, burr-cut hairdo, “Davey, you’re going to grow up to be a good Democrat! That was at a barbecue put on by Mr. Bill Whalen in 1954, for all the conservative Democrats, who would be Republicans (if still living) by 1968. Our gaggle was at the McAllen airport, where about 500 McAllenites (and others) came to send Allen off to his duties in Austin — a moment never forgotten from the mind of a 7- year- old.

So here we are. I am going to pontificate and speculate about a significant Mexican Army officer named Gen. Adrian Woll, who led a large Mexican army contingent into Bexar County and San Antonio de Valero y Bexar. The army numbered around 1,400, and they were selected troops. They brought and “expropriated” a large number of goats and sheep, as well as herdcows. (Even Mexican troops needed milk and sugar for the 5 a.m. wakeup.) The Texian “guards” who were supposed to keep an eye on Indian and possible Mexican prowlings were either at the billiards table or the cantina during those particular moments.

To the point, Gen. Woll circumvented all difficult attack points, and attacked the one that had little or no defense (what a wonder). When the attack began, it was essentially finished.

It was the 16th of September, a national holiday due to its celebration of independence from Spain.

Woll made a gradual and complicated retreat. The Texians declared that they had hi “on the run.” But reasonable analysts have suggested that Gen. Woll was doing exactly what he said. He went on to deliver his troops in good order, supposedly with a list of 13 dead in combat, two dead from medical issues and the remainder ready for service.

David Christian Newton


Brand people with COVID-19

I cannot believe our county government is able to cover up about the problems with this COVID-19 virus!

In my opinion, we should have a law on the books right now that requires everyone who has the virus carry a sign saying “Unclean, COVID-19 stay away from me.”

This virus is going to destroy our America as we know it! We need leadership with a vision for our great country, not politicians.

Bill Williams


Stimulus funds sent to be spent

In reference to Ms. Imelda Coronado’s letter printed June 15 regarding the stimulus checks, we used ours to pay down our debt. After all, the government made it very clear that the checks were an incentive to restart the economy.

Talking about burning right through the hands of whoever got them seems a bit of a sour grapes scenario. That was the purpose, not to hoard it.

Now I wish you would tell us of your investigative techniques and how you discovered that all this money was misappropriated.

Juan Olivarez