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Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 9:34 pm

Editor:

I am a proud Hispanic and even more proud of my family, friends, former classmates and fellow Hispanics who have overcome barriers in education and on the road to success! Like our black brothers and sisters, we too had our difficult and ugly past! We survived, we overcame, and we shouldn’t do anything to set us back!

Unfortunately, every time a Hispanic congressman tells a sitting president to stick something where the sun don’t shine, does nothing for the advancement of Hispanics or our Valley! Anytime a former Hispanic mayor runs for president and makes his first campaign stop in Puerto Rico instead of Iowa, he takes a step backward for Hispanics! Puerto Ricans can’t vote in presidential elections! When a Hispanic congresswoman tells us that the world is coming to an end in 12 years if we don’t cut carbon emissions, she takes Hispanics back instead of forward!

It is great that Hispanics are winning more elections and being called on to take bigger responsibility roles in today’s America. Hispanics have come a long way, but we have to be careful whom we elect and who deserves re-election! So far, the three mentioned above do not deserve election or re-election!

Hispanics are deep-rooted, respectful conservatives and devout Christians! We believe in the foundation of the family, our religion and our country! Our representatives cannot be silent when serving administrations (Obama) fighting Christianity!

Words and actions mean everything when voters are deciding who will make a great office holder! We need to forget party affiliation and elect good people to office that are going to represent “all” in their communities! We want people in Austin and Washington looking out for us and our needs! We do not want to elect “lapdogs” who forget who put them there!

Ernest Gorena

Brownsville

Beehive comes to Brownsville

Editor:

In the 1960s, Brownsville High School and Villa

Maria girls, as have women have over the millennia, were trying new ways to stand out and attract the opposite sex. They were part of the newest hairdo rage that was spreading throughout the country.

A girl group, the Ronettes, helped popularize the “beehive,” a hairstyle known as such due to its resemblance to the shape of the stinging insects’ traditional home.

The motto seems to have been the higher the better; it was in the spring of the early ’60s that the new style was seen on the campuses around the city.

Also known as bumblebee, the ’doo was in the height of elegance, which was especially lovely for formal dances. It was not limited to one style — it had a variety of make-ups. Some girls embellished the look with buns, swirls, or they simply piled the hair up in curls.

The back of the hairdo was just like the ever-popular French roll and if the girl had large ears — no problem, they were covered with back-swept waves.

Many of the girls who craved the novel idea crossed the river to Matamoros, where hair stylists there were always in tune with the latest styles before their counterparts in Brownsville.

How long would the hair stay in place? That would depend on how much lacquer was used. And of course, the traditional windy South Texas conditions had a lot to do with it as well.

Betty Delgado was a BHS student who summed the general attitude back then: “This new style makes short hair look long and long hair look longer. It adds a touch of elegance to any girl’s appearance.”

It would be a few years in the late 1960s, when with the country embroiled in a war in Southeast Asia and torn by civil rights struggles, that the young generation would rebel against the system and adopt hair and clothing styles that made the beehive a passing fad.

But that was in the future then, and for a brief time, whimsical styles like the beehive were a hit with young people here.

Rene Torres

Brownsville

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