Letters to the Editor for February 22, 2018

Special to the PRESS


The Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter’s Political Committee has not made an endorsement in the Texas House District 37 race. Recent ads placed in newspapers by State Rep. René Oliveira’s re-election campaign may lead some readers to believe we have endorsed his 2018 re-election campaign, but we have not announced any endorsement in this race at this time.

The ads refer to Mr. Oliveira’s score on our 2017 Legislative Scorecard, and an award we gave him in 2013. However, the decision to endorse an incumbent candidate in the primary is not solely based on the most recent legislative session.

Our 2017 Legislative Scorecard looked at a set of specific votes during just the 85th Texas Legislature. It did not factor in previous legislative sessions, or positions on issues relevant to our members that did not have a significant legislative presence last session. For example, it did not factor Mr. Oliveira’s public support for liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects proposed in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Sierra Club is very much opposed to proposed LNG export terminals and the construction of natural gas pipelines in the Rio Grande Valley. In fact, we are actively organizing against the three LNG projects.

David Griggs
Political Chair of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter



I would like to take this opportunity to thank the current administration of the City of Port Isabel. While other local entities are still continuing to struggle, our City has really worked hard and put us back on track to fiscal responsibility and logical, sound management. This administration inherited real challenges caused by excessive spending and poor record keeping. I am pleased that our current City representatives have had the insight and ability to deal with these obstacles in a positive manner. They inherited a huge debt service and the liabilities of; the Event Center, the Yacht Club, and Galvan Park, just to mention a few. It was the vision of this administration to hire Jared Hockema as City Manager. Mr. Hockema has proven himself as a real asset to our City, and I want to say a special “thank you” to him for all that he has done, and believe me, he has cleaned up so much, that it would make your head spin! It’s a pleasure to have someone so capable run our small City. I would like to thank our Mayor JJ Zamora, for his leadership, his honesty, and his forthrightness, in all that he does. He is a good man. I would like to also thank every one of our Commissioners, for their commitment to “fix” all of the ills of our City, and to continue to make Port Isabel the best place in the Lower Valley of South Texas to live. Martin Cantu, Jr., Carmen Rios, Martin C. Cantu, and Jeffery Martinez, have worked very well together as a team. They have made tremendous progress, increasing wages of employees while keeping our tax rate at a minimum. Our City is on track to become healthier than it has been in the last 20 years! I have watched this Mayor and Commission deal with issues, and I applaud their efforts and results to date. My hope is that we will continue to enjoy this leadership and please encourage them every chance that we get. Again, thank you all for the wonderful job! All of you have made me proud to be a resident of Port Isabel.

Gary Snyder
Port Isabel

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