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Grievance on hold
Board of trustees tables Tijerina employment squabble with Dovalina
By TRICIA CORTEZ tional 30 to 45 min- De La Viña, mean- time county commissioner. She has
LAREDO MORNING TIMES utes. while, disagreed taught for 22 years at LCC, 19 of them
At the sugges- and voted to hold as tenured faculty member.
The Laredo Community College tion of college attor- the grievance that She asked that her grievance be
board of trustees did not feel com- ney Rusty Meurer, night. held in open, not closed, session.
fortable moving forward with the trustee Mercurio Tijerina filed the Joe De Los Santos, the special out-
grievance filed by tenured instructor Martinez Jr. made grievance in re- side counsel from San Antonio hired
Photo by Andy Ellis | Laredo Morning Times Rosaura “Wawi” Tijerina against the motion to table sponse to Dovali- to represent Dovalina and the admin-
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, addresses a crowd at Texas President Ramon Dovalina at Thurs- the matter, which na’s decision to ter- istration, said he was not prepared to
day’s board meeting. was approved by
DOVALINA TIJERINA minate her hold a due process hearing.
A&M International University on Thursday.
The board voted 5-2 to table the Board President Pete Saenz Jr. and two-decade career at the college, Tijerina’s attorney, Carlos M. Zaf-
item for another date, after meeting in trustees Pepe Treviño, Carlos Car- months after Tijerina won the March firini Sr., had requested a due process
Wall of closed session for nearly an hour and
debating how to proceed for an addi-
ranco Jr. and Dr. Leo Cigarroa Jr.
Trustees Belinda Guerra and Rene
Tijerina takes office Jan. 1 as a full- See LCC | PAGE 15A
emotions TEJANO TALENT
Cornyn says immigration
will remain touchy issue From different
By TRICIA CORTEZ
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
walks of business,
The Texas A&M University System honored U.S.
Sen. John Cornyn at a Thursday luncheon in Lare-
life, LULAC No. 12
do for his support of Texas A&M’s higher education
programs throughout the state. rewards leaders
Ray Keck III, Texas A&M International Univer-
sity president, thanked Cornyn — who has previ- By SCOTT SHAFFER
ously given a commencement address at TAMIU — LAREDO MORNING TIMES
for being “an approachable, wonderful and acces-
sible Texan.” he League of United Latin American
While guests munched on carrot cake, Cornyn
praised Texas A&M for giving thousands of area
students an opportunity to become the first in their
T Citizens Council No. 12 celebrated
12 special Hispanic leaders during
its 12th annual Tejano Achiever awards
family to graduate with a college degree. banquet Thursday.
He then quickly moved on to the touchy issue of The 2006 Tejano Achievers are Dr.
immigration, where the focus of his talk was Con- Francisco G. Cigarroa, Sonia E. Medina,
gress’ decision to build a 700-mile wall along the Paul Young Jr., state Rep. Richard Norie-
U.S.-Mexico border, which he voted for in the Senate. ga, Tom Castro, Salvador Rosas Q., Diana
Quoting Winston Churchill, Cornyn said Fuentes, Larry Dovalina, “Little Joe”
democracy is one of the most magnificent but most Hernandez, Miguel A. Conchas, Javier
difficult and convoluted ways for a society to self- Elizondo and the Princess Pocahontas
“What are those people thinking in Washington, A happy gathering estimated at more
D.C.?” Cornyn said is the phrase most people prob- than 320 friends, family and LULAC
ably utter when thinking about national debates members honored the 12 at the Laredo Photos by Theresa Scarbrough | Laredo Morning Times
and decisions. Country Club for their contributions and
He acknowledged the amount of anger and emo- leadership in medicine, national leader-
tion registered by many in the country over Wash- ship, entertainment, federal law enforce-
ington’s decision to build a multibillion-dollar fence ment, communications, international recipients Dr.
to keep out illegal immigrants. trade, business, community leadership, Francisco G.
The wall, Cornyn said after the event, “is a 19th- print media, business entrepreneurship, Cigarroa, left, and So-
century solution to a 21st-century problem.” civic involvement and community serv- nia E. Medina, center,
In an election year, voting either way was a los- ice. speak with a guest
ing situation, Cornyn explained: Voting for the wall “We are indeed thrilled to have this cal- prior to Thursday
would create a large visual symbol on the border, iber of individual recognized for the award. night’s banquet at
but voting against it would have been perceived as They are truly outstanding people,” said the Laredo Country
being “weak” on border security. event chairman Ed Bueno. Club. LEFT:
The silver lining, Cornyn said, is that the bill The annual LULAC event funds student “Little Joe”
should bring more Border Patrol agents and sur- scholarships and promotes equality for all Hernandez, another
veillance technology to the border. Americans. Bueno illustrated LULAC’s fo- Tejano Achiever
During the luncheon, Cornyn said he doesn’t cus on education by recalling remarks award honoree,
want to impede economic opportunities along made by Hispanic role model and nation- shows his gratitude
the border, or send the wrong message to immi- ally recognized math teacher Jaime Es- to banquet
grant workers, but Congress must also increase calante of Los Angeles. chairman and
border security to ward off future terrorist at- “The day someone quits school, he is LULAC Council
tacks. condemning himself to a future of poverty,” No. 12 member Ed
Laredo may be considered one of the farthest Bueno said, quoting Escalante.
places on the map as a target for attack, but pre-
See TEJANO | PAGE 15A
See CORNYN | PAGE 14A
A GLASS FOR YOU,SIR STATE | DRUG PLAN
Mike Link is
Laredoans receive break from Wal-Mart
Wine Imports By MIKE HALL Laredo on the Zapata Highway. with his store’s pharmacist that some pre-
at KLRN’s 13th LAREDO MORNING TIMES “It’s going to have a tremendous im- scriptions that were never filled because
annual Laredo pact because I’m on the low-income side of the higher prices are now going to be
Winter Tasting Laredoans will now be able to take of Laredo,” Gonzales said. “There’s still a filled at the new lower prices.
event at La advantage of $4 generic prescriptions at lot of information that is being sent down The $4 generic prescription program
Wal-Mart as the company expands its to us, but over 300 prescription drugs will now be available in an additional
well-received pilot program in Florida, will be included in the program.” 1,264 stores in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,
officials announced Thursday. Officials at Target said they would Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, New
The event is a The program has been rolled out na- match the lower prices, and representa- Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North
fundraiser for tionally three months earlier than tives of at least one locally owned phar- Carolina, Oregon, Texas and Vermont.
the PBS. planned. The savings will have a big im- macy said they didn’t expect the change to The program was launched in 235
pact, said James Gonzales, manager of affect their business.
Photo by Theresa Scarbrough | Laredo Morning Times the new Wal-Mart Supercenter in south Gonzales said he was told after talking See WAL-MART | PAGE 14A
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