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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2019 11:50 pm

Dear Dr. Nolan Perez:

We write to congratulate you on your recent appointment to the University of Texas System Board of Regents. As a native of the Rio Grande Valley, you serve as a testament to our youth about the power of educational opportunity. Moreover, your active involvement in community and educational affairs shows that you genuinely care about your community.

It is with this in mind that we write to bring an important matter to your attention. My wife and I (Austin natives and UT alums) moved to Brownsville 10 years ago and we are the parents of two young sons, ages 8 and 11. As summer approaches, we (like many other parents) are looking for the best summer camp opportunities we can find for our children, especially related to science, technology, engineering and math fields.

As such, we were excited when we learned that UTRGV has numerous STEM summer camps for children of different ages (available at: https:// summer-camps/index.htm).

However, when we contacted program staff about registering our sons, we were advised that these summer camps will only be held at UTRGV facilities in Edinburg. In other words, UTRGV, which has a Brownsville campus, will not have a single STEM-related program to serve the children of Brownsville and Cameron County this summer.

We hope you agree that this is really disappointing. We hope that you, a dedicated physician and community leader, agree that the children of Brownsville and Cameron County also deserve opportunities to be exposed to STEM programs by their hometown college. We want the best

for our children like every other community in Texas.

We realize that you are still a new UT System regent, but we hope you are in a position to do something about this and serve as a voice and advocate for all Rio Grande Valley children. If we can do anything to assist you, please let us know. We’re all rooting for you and proud of what you have accomplished.

Chris Pineda

Zoraima Diaz Pineda


Remember the sacrifice


As we enjoy the blessings of family and friends this Memorial Day, let us all take a moment to recollect the reason for this day. Today, we honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear.

I ask you to unite with family and friends in a national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. to reflect on the sacrifices made in defense of our values and to remember our service members lost in service to our nation.

For more than 150 years, Memorial Day has been a day to honor those who died in service to our nation. Let us remember our history and see our present, so that the thousands of Americans who have served and lost their lives to war, from days past to present, will not be forgotten.

On this day, we remember those who gallantly fought for each one of us. Their courage and sacrifice will always be remembered and honored across this great state, this great nation and most importantly, in our hearts.

Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr.


Texas Veterans Commission


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