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Uresti: MLK March is a celebration, call to action

February 17, 2010

by Sen. Carlos Uresti
Special to the Southside Reporter

After completing the Martin Luther King, Jr., March in San Antonio — the largest of its kind in the nation — Sen. Carlos Uresti paused to rest. But only for a moment.

"That was a long way," Uresti said, glancing back at the route down MLK Boulevard that ended at Pittman-Sullivan Park. "But it's not anywhere near as long as the road that Doctor King had to walk, and we've still got a long way to go."

Private property rights - a concept worth protecting

February 5, 2010

Last November, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that prohibits the taking of private property for economic development purposes or for the enhancement of tax revenues.  The outcome was no surprise. Texans have long prized the rights of property owners, and that idea won a solid victory at the ballot box.

While the amendment was designed to trump a controversial United States Supreme Court decision that fell on the side of private developers, property owners in Texas are perhaps even more vulnerable to the eminent domain powers of local governments.

Another child dies; again we look for answers, solace

October 10, 2009

Special to the Express-News

by Senator Carlos Uresti


One of the better aspects of our humanity is to search for any good that may come from tragedy. With the recent death of 7–week–old Jada De La Rosa, the people of San Antonio are left to search once again.

Perhaps it is too soon to find solace here. Like the Christmas Day starvation death of Jovonie Ochoa almost six years ago, shock, anger and dismay grab our attention.

But eventually hope did spring from Jovonie's death, in the form of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, a renewed effort to raise public awareness about the evil of child abuse and neglect in San Antonio.