Dear UTPA students, if you have time to protest an item as trivial as a nickname/mascot, then you must have time for some much more important matters such as:

– Your brother and sister university and high school students who have been protesting the Mexican governmental and legal policies; why not a peaceful protest at a South Texan Mexican consulate?

– The soon-to-come increase in oil and gas fracking on both sides of the river; a protest at a drilling company?

– The United States’ renewed military activities in the Near and Middle East; protest at a post office?

– Dramatically low voting in the recent election, a solution?

– Unfair United States’ immigrtation policies, especially towards the millions of Mexicans who have been here for decades, and hundreds of thousands Central Americans who have been here for at least five to 10 years, protest at an INS office?

– Inadequate public transportaton in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, a solution?

– A public and private school system that stresses tests instead of connections, serious reading, a solution?

– Insufficient  women’s and children’s basic healthcare in the Lower rio Grande Valley, especially for poor and lower-income families; protest at Republican federal and state legislators’ offices?

So, UTPA students, expand your concerns, and quickly!

Many protests await you, as do solutions, all more essential than a nickname/mascot name.

It would be wonderful if you could tell relatives and iin 20 or so years what part you played in the endless struggle for a fairer ciivilization.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky





Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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