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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 9:44 pm

Editor:

I protest vehemently! It saddens me and breaks my heart that after all these many years BISD finally found a way to close down Resaca school.

This school has a lot of history of educational excellence. I have known the teachers of Resaca Elementary School personally and it makes me feel compelled to think that this situation will affect the future.

How would you feel if your home were taken from you?

BISD tried to close down Resaca School once before. It failed because the parents of the students who attended the school at the time stood up and spoke to the school board.

I would like to thank Otis Powers for listening to the parents at that time.

I invite every parent of a student who has attended Resaca School to call on the board of trustees and write to the superintendent to protect BISD’s decision. We might not as a group prevent Resaca from actually closing, but we all need to defend our school.

P.S. Way to go, Chiefs. You set a high example.

Manuel Moran Jr. Brownsville

Compromise condemned

Editor:

Well, it finally happened, after 11 years the city and the county came to an agreement on April 16 for the development of a hike-and-bike trail and road along the abandoned Union Pacific Railroad right of way corridor. Frankly, I am not too thrilled about this because it came to a compromise. We don’t need another road.

As part of this agreement the county and the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority will be responsible for the construction of the road and the city will be responsible for the construction and maintenance of the hike-and-bike trail, which leaves approximately 6 miles. The trail will begin from Palm Boulevard. to FM 802 and from Alton Gloor Boulevard to Railroad Street ending at the 77 Hwy Flea Market. The road will run parallel along the trail from FM 802 to Alton Gloor. The switchyard that runs from Palm Boulevard to the B& M Bridge was not mentioned in this agreement and is left to be questioned because of a pending Via Americas project. An environmental study is pending also.

A car-free bike-and-hike trail is the best and the safest alternative that will bring tourism and economic growth to our community. Residents can adopt a healthy lifestyle along the trail and stay away from all the vehicle traffic congestion we experience every day and should have the right to feel safe when they go out in the evening for a bike ride, jogging or just a leisure walk.

Joe Von Hatten

Friend of the Friends of the West Rail Trail

Brownsville

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