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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Blogger Deana said...

All I can say is that it's embarrassing. This was my day today here in AUSTIN, "Hey, didn't you go to that school where those school board people stole all that cash?" It was also mentioned on the local radio program and it was for a time the top Texas state news story on the AP wire.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hector, stop sugar-coating the issue; these are BAD people. If they were good people then their choices would have been otherwise. It is an old adage that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” but I don’t see where the “good intentions” are in these low life scam artists. They used public service as a way to fatten up their wallets and get a blow job from a hooker. Bad choice or bad people? It looks like you’ve already made up your mind to defend these scumbags.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can complaint about everything that is happing. The fact of the matter is that the citizens or the taxpayers need to go out and VOTE.

That is why this political machine stayed in power for along time. The plolitiqueras are the one that elect these crooks not the citizens. Now that the FEDS put a stop to this I just hope that more citizens get encouraged to go out and vote.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Harmonious Anarchist said...

I agree, these may not be BAD people, I've actually met a few of them and thought them to be descent at the time.

Sadly, their actions were BAD for us all and an embarassment to those who reside or were educated by PSJA. They allowed GREED to consume them and as a result, any GOOD they had in them is dificult to accept.

Do not let this taint your views on elected officials. Remember, we only hear the bad of these guys. Some GOOD officials, few as they may seem, do remain in the Valley.

As I have already mentioned, I do believe this is a sign of things to come up. The FBI has arrived with mops and buckets at hand.

Where are they headed next?

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that Grupo Poder has not started a recall on Navarro since he just got elected. A lot of people are very disappointed with the whole situation.

10:11 AM  
Blogger robcat said...

Our leaders reflect usin many ways. we can point to a political machine, yet no one really does anything to challenge it. We are ass kissers who largely go with the flow. PSJA ISD is the motor of the middle class in the PSJA area; hundreds of people make over nine bucks an hour in much coveted custodial posts that they owe to the machine's patronage. Who is going to buck that? Yes, votes are confidential but people sit these elections out. Let's see how long this new superintendent lasts before he steps on the toes of some well connected families in Pharr and the whole petty bullshit starts all over again.

8:55 PM  

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