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Comments from readers at

Comments from readers at
13 Jul

Conversations about the news get lively at, where commenters are encouraged to weigh in on stories via Facebook. Here’s a sampling of some recent comments:

Deadly crash sentence

Regarding “Mexican man sentenced to 16 years in 2014 fatal wreck near Gilmer,” Tuesday:

“Yet that rich white boy who killed multiple people got … 400 days? After breaking probation and fleeing the country?”

— Mandy Poland

“Money makes the corrupt world go round, as sad as that is.”

— Cynthia White

“Why do you feel it’s ok to say a racist term like ‘white boy’? So ‘black boy,’ ‘brown boy’ or ‘yellow boy’ is OK? No, only white people are expected to accept blatant racial slurs.”

— HB Butcher

“So our U.S. citizen tax dollars will go toward feeding and housing this illegal immigrant for the next 16 (8) years. Pathetic. Who is going to support the dead man’s family while this POS sits in jail watching TV and getting a free education? Do they really think 16 years in an American jail is hard punishment for this person? If he wasn’t affiliated with MS 13 or some other gang, he most probably will be when he is released.”

— Renea Elliott

“It’s going to be tough on him … there’s no Telemundo channel on prison TVs.”

— Jim Love

“Listen to your ignorance. MS 13? Really? Dude do some factual research before you go to conclusions. Mexicans don’t join MS 13 gangs, there’s a difference between loudmouth Central American gangs and Mexican gangs. Look it up when you get a chance its called Google and YouTube.”

— Salvador Vences

“That’s what he wanted. Three squares and a roof over his head. Should have got far worse.”

— John E Hagler

“Why!!?? 16 more free years.”

— Kari Finley

“You’re right and we taxpayers are paying for it!”

— Theresa Teri Raines Edge

“That’s IT??? ONLY 16 measly years? WTH?”

— Devon Griffin Laastad

“He looks guilty to me.”

— Matthew Copeland

“Need harsher punishment.”

— Nancy Abernathy

Republicans and Roe

Regarding “Letter: Republicans can’t overturn Roe v. Wade,” Sunday:

“Frank, as a conservative I don’t want to change any laws. I would prefer though that my tax dollars don’t go to support the killing machine that is Planned Parenthood. I also don’t want to live in a society where abortions are celebrated, as they are starting to be now. I can’t imagine you do either. Over and over you hear the argument that Republicans don’t want abortion but they refuse to take care of the children. That is basically the same as saying ‘Well it’s ok to kill a child in the womb because they MIGHT have a bad life.’ I wonder how many of us dodged that bullet to become healthy, productive, members of society.”

— Jeff Hahne

“1.) No tax dollars are used for abortion. 2.) Nobody “celebrates” abortion. Sometimes it’s an unfortunate necessity to prevent suffering and death. 3.) Just because you allegedly came out of a miserable, life-threatening existence in poverty doesn’t mean everyone can. Besides, that’s just one of the multitude of reasons abortion is legitimate and an unfortunate necessity.”

— Tyler Blackwell

Another I-20 crash

Regarding “Tractor-trailer wreck closes westbound I-20 in Harrison County,” Thursday:

“I hate to see this. My husband is a truck driver and this works my nerves every day that I see a truck driver had a wreck. Let’s keep all truck drivers in our prayers because they are the ones who keep the world going if it wasn’t for them we would have to wait days for our food and stuff. Let’s pray for all drivers on the road.”

— Dianna Roberts Taylor

“Every day I read a report about a massive wreck on I-20 in both directions.”

— Scarlett Banes

“I-20 needs an express way really bad. This happens way too much.”

— Marcos Guzman

“That’s why we go Highway 80 (when going West). Too many stupid drivers.”

— Colleen Cayard Kelly

“Maybe the Department of Public Safety needs to be stationed on the side of the highway more frequently!”

— Sandy Friddle Johns

Border reality

Regarding “Ochoa: The border isn’t as scary as you think,” Saturday:

“Lifelong McAllen resident here. Great to hear academics like her who have long left the border suddenly proclaim to represent our opinion (they don’t). Secure the border. Enforce immigration laws or rewrite them. Pretending the system works is a disservice to ‘tu frontera’ and the people you are speaking on behalf of.”

— Brandon Garcia

“An explanation of the ‘mansplainer’ is in order. ‘Lifelong conservative McAllen resident here. Great to hear (a non-conservative) suddenly proclaim to represent our (conservative) opinion. Well, you can secure the border, enforce laws, rewrite laws, or even stand on your head whistling Dixie out your hind quarters. It doesn’t matter. Because WE don’t want to help pay for it, any of it.’ Kids, America used to be a great country, a great concept. Now it’s just the land of the stupid rich and their minions, the overseers and house slaves. And then there are the rest of us: (1) field slaves, (2) too young, too old, too frail, or too ill to fend for themselves, and (3) those who foolishly worry about (1) and (2). … “

— Karen Mellak

Karen Mellak, wrong. Quit projecting onto me. Not a lifelong conservative. You’re railing against a phantom enemy. You may as well be blaming the patriarchy.”

— Brandon Garcia

“The mayor of El Paso states the border crisis is nothing but an exaggeration.

— Jo Black

“Do you really not understand the economic pressures all border communities are under to maintain the perception of normalcy?”

— Brandon Garcia

“Brandon Garcia I lived in Willacy County over 35 years, then moved to Harlingen. I remember the Bracero Program. I remember the La Raza Unida in the ‘60s. My husband picked cotton for a penny a pound. There was a time of defiance. But now when I go home, it is pride. The Valley has one of the lowest prices for median houses in the nation. Colonias are everywhere. Like anywhere else, when neighborhoods deteriorate, people move on to ‘greener pastures.’ I have fond memories of the friendliest people I have ever known … but ‘home’ is not home anymore.”

— Cindy Hayes

“As the mayor states, go there and see for yourself.”

— Jo Black

“When I pass through the checkpoint, as well as every single person who travels by that highway, I am asked the very same questions you are asked. You are not singled out. Everyone is questioned. Immigration patrol is evident on the border. It is not here where I live, some 500 miles north of the border, so this is the new frontier. The border is not a scary place to be but it is a depressing place. In 1970, looking for a job, no one would hire me in Harlingen because I was not bilingual. Finally, being interviewed for a job with the state of Texas, the supervisor asked “como se llama?” in frustration. I answered that simple question and he remarked ‘good enough for me.’ I was the token gringa at a United States government job. There is always discrimination on both sides. People are not flocking to the Valley as a place to make a living, to raise a family, to start a business. Colonias make it difficult to determine where one town stops and another begins as you travel throughout the Valley. Old home sites now have several substandard types of housing sitting where one home once stood. I never locked my home when I lived there. Never. I was not afraid. I am not afraid now. I don’t view the people there as Anglo or Hispanic. They are one people, now living together trying to make a living in a depressed area. And I am questioned at the border entering Mexico just as people entering to visit here. My husband’s ancestors were part of those who cleared the land and worked hard to build lives there. They tell stories of the banditos coming across the border and killing entire families. The stories go both ways. But most people I know have left, never too return, and there is no reason to go ‘home’ anymore, because it isn’t home’ anymore.”

— Cindy Hayes

“Thank you. This gives me a greater understanding of the issues. I’m very sad that some are very happy to take all the wealth and resources a region has to offer, leaving the skin and bones for the natives to argue over. God sees the truth…but waits.”

— Karen Mellak



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