History and beer
History has documented the heroism of Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza at the battle of Puebla. And yes, he was born in a village in the Mexico state of Coahuila y Tejas that later became Goliad, Texas.
But to refer to him as “Texas-born” and a “third-generation Texan,” as Bud Kennedy did in his Sunday column, “What’s the real meaning behind Cinco de Mayo?” is misleading and perhaps insulting to those of Mexican heritage.
Zaragoza was born in 1829 in what was then Mexico. He was a true Mexican national hero.
In the same editorial, Bud seems to support the idea that promoting beer at Cinco de Mayo “washes away heritage and Zaragoza’s heroism.”
I hope he doesn’t plan on attending the Fiesta Zaragoza in Goliad (or any local celebration for that matter) and telling revelers at the barbecue cookoff to put down their Corona!
The same would apply to our upcoming Fourth of July celebrations. Reverence for history and “enjoying a good time” do not have to be mutually exclusive.
Sherry García of the General Zaragoza Society seems to have grasped this concept.
— Robert Overton, Arlington
New jobs/moved jobs
In response to news of Toyota moving its headquarters from California to Texas, I’d like to ask: Where’s the innovation?
Where’s the wealth creation in down-converting jobs in California to lower-paying jobs in Texas?
Getting companies to move existing jobs into Texas offshores Texas unemployment, but does not create any wealth. Instead, it destroys working-class wealth and moves the misery of unemployment elsewhere.
If TV reporting is to be believed, we have spent about a half-billion dollars to get companies to move about 7,500 jobs to Texas. That is close to $77,000 per job — money that could have been better spent on retraining the unemployed, investing in innovation or infrastructure.
Instead it went to down-convert jobs from elsewhere.
Moving the misery of unemployment around might look good to some, but it does not solve the problems we collectively face.
— Laurin McLaurin, Benbrook
Death penalty opponents are licking their lips after what occurred in Oklahoma (“Botched execution raises alarms,” Friday).
I feel no pity.
Some oppose the death penalty, but the majority who favor it should prevail.
The drugs being utilized today cost around $2,000. A rope or bullet are a lot cheaper and safer.
Remember, the man executed shot a woman he was robbing and watched two of his buddies bury her alive.
Let’s show some concern for the victim and family members who sit around while convicts utilize our judicial system to the fullest extent, sometimes 10 or 20 years.
— Gaetano Mezza, Fort Worth
Isn’t that great (“Walton Foundation gives $1 billion to education,” Saturday)?
A giant company that helped to destroy manufacturing in the U.S. by buying from overseas manufacturers who employ cheap labor and is now trying to improve its image with the recent “Made In America” campaign is helping to improve the education system at home.
The actual New York Times headline reads “A Wal-Mart Fortune, spreading charter schools,” the source of the Star-Telegram report.
And if you read past the headline, you will understand that Wal-Mart is now trying to do to public education what it successfully accomplished in the retail and manufacturing sectors.
Having destroyed Main Street, they are now meddling in our education system. Every charter school formed siphons needed money away from public education.
— Richard A. Chiarello, Arlington
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