Monday, June 18, 2007

Men's Resource Center of South Texas

I received this email from Cesar Alvarado over the weekend. Please take the time to read it, visit the web site (it's on my links list) and perhaps, enlist someone you might know.
Dear Friends,
Greetings from the Men's Resource Center of South Texas! I hope this email finds you well! I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of a summer program that we are offering for 10 incoming high school juniors and seniors from the RGV. This program is intended to help young men improve their relationships with their dating partners, classmates, male peers and foster leadership in violence prevention. We are hoping that you can share the attached letter of interest, and application with any eligible young men or parents that you believe would benefit from this program. Each young man will receive a $150 stipend and will help to develop two violence prevention projects. If you have any questions or need additional information I can be reached at the email address or the phone number below. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,Emiliano Diaz de Leon
Executive DirectorMen's Resource Center of South Texas
PO Box 526Harlingen, Texas 78551-0526956-425-6110
email: mrcofsouthtexas@

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

PSJA Fiasco...RGV Politics Re-Visited Preliminary Thoughts

I received an email this morning asking what my thoughts were on the whole PSJA School Board fiasco that broke the doors and windows wide open earlier this week. To wit, Superintendent Arturo Guajardo, School Board members Vangie Garcia De Leon, and Roy Navarro had been arrested on extortion and consipiracy charges.
I told the person that sent me the email that like most people, I believe everyone is entitled to their day in court. My mind just isn't into this at the moment, so I'll leave you with what I responded in the email. Keep in mind, since it was a personal email, certain aspects have been edited, but not so much about what was implied in the first place:
They have their faults, but like most human beings,they're not BAD people, they just (may have) made BAD decisions that affected not only themselves, but an entire community in the process, and that's the part for which they (may be) guilty of the most. Elected officials are elected on trust. Can you trust this person with the next two, four, six years of your life as far as policies and laws are concerned?
We'd be stupid if we believed in this shit wholeheartedly. Nobody gets into the business of elected office for the one and only, sole and ultimate purpose of the betterment of a community. History has proven that, and we don't have to look farther than our own (community) to serve as a prime example (that) the road to hell (is) paved with good intentions. That should be in quotes. Along with 'innocent until proven guilty' or 'best burger in town--honest,'
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