Open letter to Rep. Canales, plus others about the Vaquero name for UTRGV

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.

Jerry Deal



6 comments for “Open letter to Rep. Canales, plus others about the Vaquero name for UTRGV

  1. jjr
    November 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Yes indeed Mr. Deal,he should be using his time on the floor for WAY more important issues. Like border security for instance which ties into this earlier post from this article,

    jjr on November 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I got to pipe in too. Why don’t they raise Hell and protest about the illegals who have killed two American citizens here in the last 6 months?

    The two sacks of S*%# who killed the off duty Border Patrol agent who’s family is now scarred for life.

    The poor woman who was killed by the SOS illegal fleeing the cops just recently and let’s not forget all that goes unreported here in the Valley as well.

    But hey,that would be raising concern over something that actually mattered.

    VIVA LA RAZA!!! Right Joe?

    • jjr
      November 10, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Mr.Rubio I agree with your right to point out corruption in this town but do not call the Kettle Black.

      You should pipe up as well. Don’t lose your credibility and be lumped onto those who have blind allegiance.

  2. President E. Howard
    November 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I remember when there was preliminary talk about the Oakland Raiders possibly moving the team to San Antonio. It wasn’t real serious but the talk did encompass the fact there would be a name change and the presumed agreed upon name was ‘Vaqueros’ and I don’t remember anyone in SA bitching about the name as demeaning. Furthermore, Canales is a boob. The only time I ever saw him was at UTB’s (yes, UTB!) graduation in May. He and ten other’s were being honored with Diamond awards by Juliet Garcia. Of the eleven only he and the two Lucios (Eddie Jr and Eddie III) showed up. They got awards for their contributions to higher education in the Valley I guess. They had a ticket tape ceremony and got awards. I remember thinking how disgusting the whole show was in that only graduates should be honored that day yet these three boobs got to upstage them with their confetti ceremony. If that wasn’t bad enough then these three ingrates actually exited the stage and didn’t even stay for graduation ceremonies. Probably had an early tee time. Lost total respect for all of them that day!

  3. House of Hohenzollern
    November 10, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I think they should be called “the coyotes” because of all the drugs and people smuggled north from this area!

  4. Citizen
    November 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Don’t bring facts and logic to this discussion Jerry. They are used to throwing a 3-year old tantrum until they get what they want.

    But, the louder they get, the better it is for Harlingen and other non-upper valley places. UT-RGV is here to stay and they are quickly seeing what places conduct business in cooperative, professional and valuable ways.

    We don’t throw fits when we don’t get what we want – see mascot.

    We don’t make promises we can’t keep – see medical district.

    We don’t scream and pout when $$ and special interest steals 50% of the medical school that WE built a foundation for starting back in the 80s. We accept it and drive forward.

    So keep throwing your fit upper valley legislators and politicos. Take it to the legislature. The whole state, and UT-RGV, is watching.

    Go Vaqueros!

  5. WhatsUp
    November 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Pinche snobs. All of em! Buddy the Bronc or whatever his name was no mames.

    Can you imagine if the Ocelot was kept??? But keeping the Bronc- well that just makes sense. Idiotas.

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