To State Rep. Terry Canales, plus others who may be involved
From: Jerry Deal, editor-publisher of Myleadernews
Ref: The naming of Vaquero as the mascot of The University 9of Texas Rio Grande Valley
I will lead off by saying that I believe you and many others are being foolish, narrow minded and , somewhat obnoxious in your objections to the naming the Vaquero as the mascot of the new UTRGV. In short, you are acting like a spoiled brats.
First off, why don’t you just admit that you would have objected to any other name than your beloved Bucky the Bronc mascot for UT Pan American?
I can understabnd your devotion there, but this is an entirely new era and university.
Also, are you aware there are some schools and a Texas soccer team named the Vaqueros and they are proud of that name? I.will get to that later.
Because you are so intent on seeing that the very solid South Texas name of Vaquero will not become a reality, you are threatening to take the matter to the next session of the Texas Legislature. Well, in looking at your part in the last legislative session, with a few exceptions (usually bills filed with others), I would bet there will be a few snickers on the House floor if and when presented.
My advice is get a bit more involved in meaningful legislation that includes the Rio Grande Valley. For others, reading the letter to Canales and his followers, you might like to check out his bills introduction and voting records in the legislature.,
Rep. Canales, you might also slow down on being one of those Upper Valley snobs who believe that area is the only important part of the overall valley region.
All that said, the name of Vaquero –or cowboy — has an image in place in Texas and especially in the Valley.
I took the liberty to make contact with a few folks from San Diego (Texas that is)
San Diego , in Duval County not all that far north of the Valley, is a small town and has just one high school. Guess what the mascot is? The Vaqueros!.
In checking with one resident, who was born and raised there, by the name of Oscar Garcia, I got this comment when I told him of the turmoil surrounding the name in the Valley, “This has been our name for many years, when I was in school and when my father was in school and even before that.”
Student Juan (last name omitted because I did not have permission from the high school to contact this person) said, ” We are proud to be the Vaqueros.”
Also, Rep. Canales, did you know that the mascot of Central Arizona College is the Vaqueros, plus the student newspaper is “El Vaquero?”
Then there is Glendale College in California, with the name of Vaqueros, and the Fort Worth professional soccer team is El Vaqueros.
Tobias Lopez, the team’s vice director of Business Affairs , had this to say:
“It (the name Vaqueros) makes so much sense when you talk about our culture in Fort Worth, our history.”
There you have it, Rep. Canales. Just get a print out of this message and chew on it for a while.