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What Would Most of Us Do Without Them? Print E-mail
by James Reza    Mon, Jan 30, 2012, 06:40 AM

Throughout my working career I’ve been blessed to work for businesses who’s owners were great businessmen.  Due to these men who had big dreams to be the best in their respective companies (mobile homes, printing, restaurants, aircraft contractors) I, along with my family, have done well financially and never to this day have we been in financial distress.

Last week my wife and I went to San Antonio to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary.  Driving to San Antonio I called several of my musician friends to find out where they were performing.  One, Johnny, who my wife and I love his music told me he was not playing at his old gig in downtown San Antonio and gave me the name and address of the club where he now performs.  Luckily, the club was close to where my wife and I stay.  During a musical break Johnny told me why he was let go at his former gig and how he loathe the club owners and well educated individuals. “James, these guys think they’re better than everybody else and don’t give a damn about others!”  He ranted.  I then told him, “Johnny, all the years we went to see you perform at Pat’s you seemed so happy.  Now they they’ve let you go, you suddenly seem so angry with the owners. Don’t you appreciate all the years you made money there?  And, if it wasn’t for club owners, who will hire you?  Will it be people who are on welfare and food stamps? And if it wasn’t for folks who are well educated, who in turn make good money, go out to eat, have a few drinks and give you tips, which in turn keep the club owners in business, who’s going to butter your bread?”  Johnny couldn’t give me an answered.

My friends, I’ve entertained at several restaurants for almost 30 years.  I’ve known the owners since we were teens.  Johnny Cisneros, a close friend and owner of Los Vaqueros in the Stockyards, started his restaurant with only a dream and a loan from his brother in law.  Prior to being a restaurant owner Johnny worked for his brother in law who owned a bakery and tortilla factory packing tortillas.  Johnny, a great cook, once told me that he always wanted to own a restaurant but didn’t have the money to open one.  He asked his brother in law for a substantial loan and luckily got it.  He then opened his restaurant, which soon grew very popular in the Riverside area of Fort Worth.  After a few years Johnny trained his sons to run the kitchen.  Some years later, John rented a former feed store in the Stock Yards and converted it to his now famous Los Vaqueros Restaurant across from Billy Bob’s Texas (the largest country club in the USA). Later, upon the insistence of one of his sons, Johnny bought a multilevel building in the same block he ran his business.  Within time he remodeled the building and converted it into a very popular Mexican eatery packed with patrons almost weekly.  My friends, due to this hard working businessman, I, along with cooks, waiters, bartenders, cashiers, and busboys for thirty years have reaped the fruits off the dreams of this successful businessman.

Recently, my pastor at my church started to rant about the Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones.  Father Tom told the congregation that he detests the business dealings of Mr. Jones and how he cheated a lot of homeowners to obtain their homes and property to build his stadium in Arlington.  He went on to tell us that he found out that Mr. Jones has a lot of the Dallas Cowboys souvenirs (jerseys, caps, etc.) made in Third World countries where children are paid 29 cents an hour to make them.  As I sat listening to Father Tom’s supposedly deplorable business dealings of Mr. Jones, I suddenly remembered that just last year when Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers was held, it was the first time a Super Bowl was played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the third time it was held in the state of Texas.  I honestly believe that bringing the Super Bowl to our area is nothing to sneeze at.  That to me is the expert dealings of a business sports genius!  In the week prior to the game, I would drive to downtown Fort Worth to my favorite bar restaurant and all of downtown Fort Worth was teaming with tourist from Green Bay and Pittsburg.  All I assume renting rooms in Fort Worth hotels and motels which were full to capacity and spending money in all of the restaurants, clubs, and department stores.  On the Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday, Los Vaqueros, where I entertain was full to capacity with tourists who were here to see the game and enjoying our Western Heritage in the world famous Stockyards.  Folks, I, along with my musicians made out like bandits in tips thanks to businessmen like Mr. Jerry Jones, and Mr. Johnny Cisneros.

Days after Father Tom’s Sunday’s rant at mass I received an email from my cousin which showed how much people from around the world spend a week on groceries.  One of the photos, which showed a family of six in a Third World country, caught my eye.  The photo showed the meager staple food these poor people eat in a week, which costs them a whopping $1.23, which they can barely afford.  It then dawned on me that if just one of these poor people kid’s worked making Dallas Cowboy souvenirs at 29 cents an hour for 8 hours a day for a week, it totals to $16.24 a week, which would adequately in my humble opinion feed the whole family for several weeks.

My friends as a young boy of 12, I set pins at a bowling alley for 10 cents a line for several years.  I remember earning around 14 bucks a week and I’d give mom half of my earnings.  Mom, back in the early 50s could buy a lot of groceries with 7 bucks.  I don’t recall her ever telling me not to work because I was a boy.  I also remember Hispanic families leaving for months with their kids to go pick cotton, fruits, or whatever to help sustain the family.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Father Tom’s family probably bought him clothes made out of cotton when he was a kid, which more than likely was picked by a young Hispanic 12-year-old kid working long in the hot sun in Texas!

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written by JC , February 02, 2012

No. The pastor probably wore clothes made from cotton picked by two Anglo boys, ages 5 and 6, and their mother from some black-land farm in Cooke County, Texas or by 13 and 14 year old Anglo boys living Just North of Fort Worth. Your point is well taken. We made money to live better from those who managed their farms and businesses well. We never got a job from a 'poor' man. To redistribute wealth from those who are motivated and give it to the unmotivated is foolish and will drive this nation into further mediocrity. From whom will we then get jobs?

written by Charlie Alvarado , February 02, 2012

JC said; "We never got a job from a 'poor' man."

Was Jesus a $Millionaire when He was on this earth? He was "POOR." Well he gave us "ALL" our jobs.

The rich have a job because of the "POOR" workers who work for them.

I'm poor, but I have hired musicians all my life.

Y'all claim to be Christian but don't follow all that the Bible teaches.

The author of the above article agrees with a nun just because that's what he believes. But he chastises a priest who is trying to help the less fortunate and do God's will.

The Bible also warns us about our actions. And also warns us about the thief coming when you don't expect Him.

2 Peter 3:10

"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

written by Charlie Alvarado , February 02, 2012

By the way, I guess you dudes agree with this statement. ¿Que No?


"Foolishness will drive this nation into further mediocrity. From whom will we then get vegetables for our salads; cotton for the pastor's clothes; and slaves for our needs?"

"He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses." (NAS, Proverbs 28:27)

"It would be better if you begin to teach others only after you yourself have learned something."
--quote from Einstein Archive 25-044, 1928.

"The most precious things in life are not those you get for money."
--Ladies Home Journal. December 1946.

written by Pope1944 , February 09, 2012

Charlie, Nice use of contextomy.
‘Contextomy’ refers to the selective excerpting of words from their original linguistic context in a way that distorts the source’s intended meaning, a practice commonly referred to as ‘quoting out of context’. Contextomy is employed in contemporary mass media to promote products, defame public figures and misappropriate rhetoric.

What the man said was, "I'm not concerned about the very poor, we have a safety net there. If it needs repair I'll fix it."

So, yes, I agree with the statement. We have had social programs in place for the poor for years. The need for them is great but so are the abuses. (Stand by a cashier at Wal-Mart for awhile and watch what people purchase with their WIC coupons).
I don't particularly like any of the Republican candidates, but I like any of them as a better alternative to what we have.

written by Charlie Alvarado , February 10, 2012

Well, P, I don't agree with every thing our president wants to do either. But what most dudes who oppose our president do, is oppose every thing he wants to do; Good "OR" bad. And most of it is "GOOD" for "ALL" Americans. That is unless you're a greedy rich hoarder.

And what do you mean by my response not within context? I just used the line to give it the real meaning of what the orator said. Or more evident of what you dudes are trying to say.

You stand at a Wall-Mart to see who you believe is cheating, and that's what you think is the "REAL" problem with the suffering of Americans. Why don't you stand at a bread line? It's hard to understand why, but we get the message. Y'all are "HATERS." Especially our president.

I, ____________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the "President of the United States" and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

written by Pope1944 , February 12, 2012

"And what do you mean by my response not within context? I just used the line to give it the real meaning of what the orator said."
Charlie, the above shows the correct use of quoting someone. You chose to use the words that would not only give the "headline" effect that the media loves so well, but also the words that, when used alone, totally changed the message the "orator" was trying to achieve. His entire message was that the very rich didn't need help and the very poor already had programs in place, but the middle class was getting whip sawed by the government every day. Your use of those words as a complete sentence, in quotes, (and as usual for you an inappropriate use of upper case)was not only bogus it was intentionally misleading. You accuse anyone who writes an opinion different than yours of being a hater. I would say that your intentional misuse of a man's words in order to impeach his character or his message is more indicative of a hater.

written by Charlie Alvarado , February 13, 2012

"P" How long have we been on this board? You have demonstrated the "HATE" all along. Every subject and every issue shows your hate.

You even show your hate for me and my religion. You don't care who you offend. You have told me that you don't believe in God "OR" my faith. I have told you that your user name offends me and you don't care. You don't have any respect and you show it with your "HATE."

Now, don't blame the media for someone's blunders; if you want to call it that. No one is impervious. Look at the attacks on our president. Every action by those who are greedy and work for the rich "ONLY" shows that they don't care about the less fortunate.

One huge mystery is why some who depend on the government are complaining.
"Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It"

I'll elabotate on that in my next post.

written by Charlie Alvarado , February 13, 2012

LINDSTROM, Minn. — "Ki Gulbranson owns a logo apparel shop, deals in jewelry on the side and referees youth soccer games. He makes about $39,000 a year and wants you to know that he does not need any help from the federal government.

He says that too many Americans lean on taxpayers rather than living within their means. He supports politicians who promise to cut government spending. In 2010, he printed T-shirts for the Tea Party campaign of a neighbor, Chip Cravaack, who ousted this region’s long-serving Democratic congressman.

Yet this year, as in each of the past three years, Mr. Gulbranson, 57, is counting on a payment of several thousand dollars from the federal government, a subsidy for working families called the earned-income tax credit. He has signed up his three school-age children to eat free breakfast and lunch at federal expense. And Medicare paid for his mother, 88, to have hip surgery twice."
I bet you know someone like that. "¿QUE NO.?"


written by Pope1944 , February 28, 2012

Dear Charlie, Sorry it took me so long to answer your drivel. I have been on this post for several years (under several different names)and the fact the name my friends call me offends you is too bad, it is clearly a reflection of your attitude that those who don't agree with you are haters. I don't hate anyone. Not you, not your religion (which I am not aware of), not your president, nor any of the folks who post intelligent opinions here. However, I will admit that I am put off by your constant effort to tear down and disrespect anyone and everyone who disagrees with you. Let's take your president for example. In a poll today he now has the lowest approval rating of any of the major candidates for President. Does that mean the people who don't approve of him HATE him? I don't think so. I think it means they don't like how he is doing his job and they don't plan to vote for him again. Well good for them. It means they are making an informed decision. Maybe they are thinking of the the FACT that the increase in the federal debt under Obama is now more than the debt accumulated by ALL of the presidents that preceded him including the evil George Bush.
Or maybe they are unhappy about the President turning down the pipeline that would have brought Canadian oil to our country in stead of Arab oil (a decision based purely on politics rather than the needs of the American people). So Charlie keep writing, I appreciate you and your comments as they help to keep my old brain stimulated with thoughts and ideas, which is a really good thing for old farts like me.

written by Charlie Alvarado , February 28, 2012

See what I mean "P"? The drivel all comes from you and your ilk. And you're not sorry for a damn thing. If you had any respect, you'd stop using a respected name. Even if you don't respect nor believe in my religion. if you don't repent and stop it, the thief will get you one night. Then it will be "TOO LATE."

As far as the approval ratings of our president goes, you must not be up to date news wise. This came out late yesterday.

"Obama's Approval Rating Jumps To 53% In Latest Poll"

2/27/2012 7:31 PM ET
(RTTNews) - "As Republican candidates continue to vie for the presidential nomination, President Barack Obama's approval rating has risen significantly from late last year, according to a new national survey."

And you don't know what's happening in the oil business either. If you're going to run an oil line down the middle of the country, you have to make sure it's safe. "THEN YOU BUILD IT."
Besides, if it's oil you want, come to Texas. There's plenty of drilling going on. Further more, America just signed a deal with Mexico to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. Stop your hate and girl dogging.
Is that why you use different names all the time? You're afraid to tell us who your "REALLY ARE?" A name cannot change the real you.

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