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              LAREDO | POLITICS                                                                                                                            EDUCATION | LCC




                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                     primary.
                                                                                                                                                                        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
govern.                                                                           Council.
    “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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ABOVE: Tejano
    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-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Achiever award
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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bueno, right.
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
         served some
           white wine
         from Chilean
                                                                                                                     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
            Posada on
                                                                                                                   well-received pilot program in Florida,    will be included in the program.”               1,264 stores in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,
      Thursday night.
                                                                                                                   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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