Letters to the Editor

Food assistance

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the San Antonio Food Bank for their continued support of our community. The SA Food Bank along with the Uvalde Food Pantry continue to touch and bless many individuals in Uvalde.

Saturday, Jan. 14, was the first food distribution of 2023. Again, it was a great success. It was very moving to see Uvaldeans uniting and committed to enriching our city. We are so fortunate and blessed to have such a caring and compassionate group of volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer and be part of an enjoyable atmosphere, come join us. We meet every second (2nd) Saturday of the month at the Dual Language Academy (formerly Anthon Elementary), 224 W. Benson Rd, from 9am-12pm. Thank you and God Bless You.

Ronald “Ronnie” Garza 

Uvalde County Commissioner 

Challenge of change

The end of another year, and for many of us, it leads to reflection. Looking back on the events and experiences of 2022 has been far different this year than it has ever been in years past. I think we can all agree that May 24, 2022, was a defining moment in the history of Uvalde and in the lives of those personally touched by the Robb School massacre. Yes, we were all touched on some level, but those that lost loved ones and those that were physically injured will bear the burden of that day more heavily and longer than the rest of us.

Yet there are so many other things that Uvalde experienced in 2022 as a result of May 24th. Things that have shaken this community to its core and brought to the surface a new group of community activist; toppled long standing school district leadership; and divided a community that in one way or another is connected to both the victims of the tragedy and the law enforcement community that failed to serve and protect those victims.

The call for accountability; vibrant and strong within weeks of the tragedy and at a roar prior to the mid-term elections, survives but for too many in Uvalde has become tiresome. But despite the broken relationships between friends and family; the uphill battle to hold law enforcement officers and agencies accountable; and no promise of closure on the horizon, 2023 promises to be another long, hurtful summer. As more and more law enforcement officers are fired. As locally elected officials are pressured to step down. As state level elected politicians continue to try to capitalize on Uvalde’s tragedy. As local leadership fails to plan effectively for all the financial resources pouring into Uvalde.

Those of us who have been community activist long before May 24th know this. Civil unrest is organic, once momentum builds, no one person can stop it. But, nothing starts on the streets anymore, it starts on phone screens and spreads across platforms. The hard slow work of the old protest movements had resilience; now it’s a piece of cake to post pithy slogans and gather your crowds; but just as easy to lose them to the next bright, shiny thing. It will be interesting to see what Uvalde will experience in 2023, as the ripples of May 24th continue to spread across our community.

Diana Olvedo-Karau

Uvalde

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