Advocate editorial board opinion: Wishing Victoria mover-and-shaker the best

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 28, 2011 at 5:28 a.m.

We were disheartened to hear that Clara Ramos has cervical cancer. We pray that her chemotherapy and radiation treatments checked the cancer in time.

Ramos is Victoria's own civil rights activist. She has helped many people through the years, and many might remember her recent efforts to battle bullying in schools by implementing an 800-number hotline in the Victoria school district.

In a guest column, she wrote "I feel strongly that bullying should be criminalized because there is a VICTIM. The depth of bullying should be considered in punishment. Age should not be a factor because if they are old enough to bully, then they are old enough to get punished. As I had stated before, parents should be involved, especially the parents of the bully. Make them responsible, as well. We are letting our kids run over us, and that needs to be turned around."

Ramos also wanted to recognize people who have served the community. That was apparent when her organization - Majica, a nonprofit advocacy group (Mexican Americans Joined in Community Affairs) - co-sponsored an event to honor six law enforcement, EMS and fire department personnel for their service.

To make the event meaningful, she, with the help of Salazar Productions, Majic 95.9FM and Suddenlink, arranged to have Emilio Navaira, Solido, Llueve and other Tejano bands perform.

At the time, Ramos said she hoped the event would be the first of many concerts honoring local heroes.

Overall, Ramos has worked to help students in our community and recognize while integrating the rich culture of Mexican-Americans in our city.

We pray she has a full recovery. And we thank her for all her good work.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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