Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Join John Lujan St. Rep. District 118 Office Grand Opening, 5-5

Tomorrow, I will be having an opening event in my office. I would be honored if you can take some time to visit. Nothing fancy, but I want to let you know you have a place to share ideas, seek help, provide help, complain, inform, etc....
Hopefully I'll see you there.....

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Senator Ted Cruz has dropped out of the Presidential Primary, 5-3

Senator Ted Cruz drops out of Republican Primary

Monday, May 02, 2016

Texas House of Reps Dist. 20 debate @ Windcrest Civic Center, 5-5

Engage with the Candidates For Texas House of Representative of District 120
from 6-8 p.m. @ the Windrest Civic Center, 9310 Jim Seal Dr. Windcrest, Texas

Guest will be Allowed to Present Questions Related to the Following Topics of Discussion.
1) Veterans Affairs
2) Economic Opportunities
3) Taxation

S P O N S O R E D  B Y : T H E  V . O . I . C . E . S . O F  O U R  V E T E R A N S

Cino de Mayo Fundraiser to support cand. Angelica Jimenez, 5-5

Please join us for a Cinco De Mayo Fundraiser to 
support the Angelica Jimenez Campaign.
 
Angelica has the best experience and temperament to be the next Judge of the 408th District Court. Please help us get her elected by funding her campaign or volunteering with us during the runoff early voting and election day. We are currently mailing to voters, phone banking, block walking, delivering signs and visiting with community leaders and organizations. We need help reaching out to voters to assure that we get them out to vote for Angelica. If time is an issue, the next best thing is a donation! We appreciate everyone that steps up to help in their own way. 
      Thursday, May 5th
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
21022 Gathering Oak
 
Hosted by:
Omar G. Alvarez
Sponsorship Levels:  $1,000 * $500 * $250 * $100
 
To make a contribution by check.
         Please send checks to
         Angélica Jiménez Campaign
         P.O. Box 592767
         San Antonio, TX  78259
 
For more information email: Jimenezforjudge@gmail.com
call: 210-504-6211

Thank You San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor @ Viola's Ventanas, 5-10

With husband & Daughter
Business leaders invite you to say thank you to Mayor Taylor for her continued contributions to making a better San Antonio destination. Her recent accomplishments from getting and helping World Heritage status for San Antonio Missions, to many improvements with the expanded Convention Center, the new Car Rental facility and air service improvements at the San Antonio International Airport and so much more.

Tuesday, May 10th at 5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.@ Viola's Vantanas, 9660 Westover Hills.

Veterans & Military Families Town Hall & Resource Fair, 5-14


Women of St. Paul UMC present Generations' Luncheon, 5-14


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Just a Thought Column continues in La Prensa of San Antonio, 5-1

 Just a Thought: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo!
By Steve Walker

With Fiesta 2016 now in the history books after a successful 10 day run that finished last Sunday, we can now look to our next Hispanic cultural celebration of Cinco de Mayo just four days from now. Just when you thought the party was over, we gear up for more celebrating.

When you live in San Antonio there is the natural expectation we will continue to celebrate our rich Hispanic culture all the time. We are famous for our celebrations with mariachis, parades, Mexican cuisine all the time, and any time. Viva San Antonio!

The question is “Why Not?” The good news is you don’t have to be Hispanic to appreciate the Hispanic culture. In fact those of us who are not of Hispanic ancestry get the privilege to experience it by assimilation just living here in Bexar County, the home of the Alamo and the Missions.

Where else but San Antonio can you get the best Mexican food like puffy tacos, tortillas, tortas and enchiladas?  I remember when I spent a year in Germany in the Army in 1971-72 I had no access to Mexican food whatsoever. Upon arriving home in the Alamo City, for weeks I frequented so many Mexican restaurants I gained weight and was forced to go to the gym to work off all the tacos!!

For many new to the 7th largest city in the United States, and particularly not of Hispanic origin, Cinco de Mayo is an exciting experience. In Texas and other states we commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War; celebration of Mexican heritage and pride; commemorate the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, May 5th, 1862.

For you history buffs from somewhere else who may not been privileged to study Texas History it became a cause of celebration. Cinco de Mayo has its roots in the French occupation of Mexico which took place in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, Mexican Civil War of 1858 and the 1860 reform Wars.

These wars left the Mexican Treasury nearly bankrupt. On July 17th, 1861, Mexican President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years.

Not happy about that France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew. Unfortunately France at the time ruled by Napoleon III decided to use the opportunity to establish a Latin empire in Mexico that would favor French interests, the Second Mexican Empire.

Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into temporary retreat.

 However the Mexican Army of 4,500 took on the French Army of 8,000 strong and as we say in Texas, “put the whoop” on them, crushing the then considered "premier army in the world." The rest is history.

Don’t forget the 19th Annual Cinco de Mayo events that will happen in the downtown Market Square with sounds and smells of authentic Mexican food, Mariachi music on the plaza and Forklorico dancers with their colorful dresses.

Market Square is a family friendly venue with over 100 shops of Mexican art and crafts, as well as two of San Antonio’s most popular restaurants Mi Tierra and La Margarita.

As always, what I write is “Just a Thought.”  


Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran and former Justice of the Peace and Journalist.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

41 years ago today the US officially pulled out of Viet Nam, 4-30

 Viet Nam veterans,  Viet Nam Veteran & Walker Report Editor & former Judge, Steve Walker (70-71 Phu Bai, Viet Nam) 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Special Election for State Representative District 120, May 7th

Special Election State
Representative, District No. 120
(Elección Especial Representante
Estatal, Distrito Núm. 120)
State Representative, District 120,
Unexpired Term
(Representante Estatal, Distrito
Núm. 120, Duración Restante del
Cargo)
o Laura Thompson 
o Chris Dawkins
o Lou Miller
o LaTronda Darnell