Letters to the editor

Editor, the Advocate:

I read the article in the Victoria Advocate Saturday, April 24, about the meeting in Goliad County Thursday evening which I attended.

While I appreciate the paper reporting on a very important topic I wish it was more fact based. The reporter interviewed a resident of Goliad who, by his own admission, said that he did not attend the meeting. He was quoted as saying it was overblown and fear mongering.

Interviewing someone who was not actually there, and relied on his friends to relay information to him about the meeting provides very little credibility to you as a newspaper, other than hearsay and innuendos. There were plenty of people to interview as there was an estimated 400 people present. A Border Patrol agent in charge of this sector was there and spoke. He said the current border situation was unprecedented and overwhelming. Seems to me that this Border Patrol agent would be a much more credible source to quote or interview for actual facts, statistics and numbers. His presence at the meeting was never mentioned nor the representatives from The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

In the politically divided climate that we live in now I think the readers would be better served with being presented more facts than conjecture which would go a long way with the Victoria Advocate actually becoming a credible source of news.

God Bless and help Texas.

Daniel Zengerle, Cuero

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(3) comments

Glen or Janice Ullman

Seems to.me the story was covered fully by what I read. It even included the opinion of a citizen who didn’t go to the meeting but knew what the meeting was about. He was right, the border crisis is not new, as a lot presidents can attest. For the last couple of years we have been rejecting asylum and immigration seekers and stacking them on the Mexican side of the border, until their case’s could be heard in the USA. These people were essentially forced to find other means of entry including using smugglers, as well as sending unaccompanied minors accross the river at the border, and scaling the wall, even as far as dropping babies over into catching arms, knowing full well that America is not going to send a child back to who knows what. This is an American problem, but as most other problems we have, it will only be looked at in partisan light, at least by one side, or the other?...Glen

Jay Howard

I too was at that particular meeting, and I must say that I agree with Mr. Zengerle’s assessment. Two county judges, a county attorney, two county sheriffs, the regional Border Patrol agent, and two Rangers from the Cattleman’s Association gave their firsthand testimony about the crisis, as well as the urgency for state and local awareness and involvement.

Yet, a person who did not attend, but “heard it from a friend” was quoted. Publishing hearsay as credible information is poor journalism. And one must ask, why was this particular source considered pertinent? What exactly does the chairman of the Goliad Democratic Party have to do as a counterpoint of the meeting? This story took a serious issue and turned it into a political sideshow with obvious bias. You are better than this Victoria Advocate.

George Schwarz Staff
George Schwarz

This letter to the editor raises some serious issues for The Victoria Advocate. If the assertions are true, then we’re dealing with serious journalistic malpractice. The editors must be transparent about this to preserve any semblance of credibility.

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