COMMENTARY: Why the Rio Grande Valley will thrive again

The following is a text message I sent to my publisher Friday morning. “The crack in my armor is getting bigger, and I’m beginning to lose my cool. I’m taking the day to step away, and write, lest I blow up at another reporter who’s working their ass off.” Knowing precisely what I was referring to, he replied: “Yep, I understand.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

EDITORIAL: Unease: We should appreciate our freedom to dissent

We come to the Fourth of July amid times that arguably are the most unstable since the 1960s.  Civilians have taken to the streets...

EDITORIAL: Closure

John Feit is dead, and his fate is now in the hands of his maker. His case will now join thousands that are sent...

LETTERS: Bill relief requested

Without a doubt, a significant percentage of our population will be facing hard times, owing to the COVID-19 virus and related emergency requirements imposed...

EDITORIAL: Suffrage: State should help, not hinder citizens’ ability to cast votes

There’s never a good time to suffer through a pandemic that prompts public stay-home orders. The timing of the current COVID-19 wave, however, couldn’t...

EDITORIAL: Going green: Local officials should start seeking energy alternatives

President Jimmy Carter famously installed solar panels at the White House in 1979. Just as famously, Ronald Reagan had them removed shortly after he...

EDITORIAL: Benched: School closings threaten dreams of many athletes

Many people justifiably are worried that the COVID-19 pandemic will not have abated sufficiently to open school campuses for the fall semester. With the...

EDITORIAL: Here to help

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has drawn the attention of many Americans, including government officials, away from many issues. One topic that might have taken...

LETTERS: Promote Census

The city of Brownsville could be doing much more to encourage its residents to fill out their 2020 Census forms. The census information is...

EDITORIAL: It counts: Relief funding disparity shows accurate census count is vital

The importance of full participation in the census has never been more evident. Officials and advocates for accurate counts have often noted that the...

EDITORIAL: Big boost: Donation to medical school a step toward prominence

America’s most prominent medical schools — the Mayo Clinic, Harvard and Johns Hopkins, for example — are known for more than producing some of...

EDITORIAL: Identity crisis: Naming conventions come under scrutiny

Names, statues and other displays have been getting a hard look across the country in the wake of protests over perceived disparities in treatment...

EDITORIAL: No rush: Reopening should be done gradually, in several steps

Texas is one of several states that have responded to President Trump’s green light to begin reopening the economy and allowing more public movement...

LETTERS: Tejano heroes undercounted

Texas history has long forgotten the Tejanos who fought with Gen. Sam Houston’s Texas army against Gen. Santa Anna’s Mexican army on April 21, 1836...

EDITORIAL: Vulnerable: Nursing home outbreaks show safety measures need review

As in many other parts of the country, Rio Grande Valley nursing homes have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The prevalence of...

EDITORIAL: Our shame: Another Valley official faces corruption, criminal charges

We couldn’t escape the year without another Rio Grande Valley official facing charges of corruption. This time it’s Brownsville Independent School District member Sylvia Atkinson,...

EDITORIAL: Still turning: Valley met dual challenges of pandemic and hurricane

Hurricane Hanna was a stark reminder that the world doesn’t stop turning for a viral pandemic, now matter how much closed businesses and stay-at-home...

EDITORIAL: Plan ahead: State should authorize Rainy Day fund access

Gov. Greg Abbott’s phased reopening of the Texas economy is a gamble. If he guessed right and the greatest threat from the coronavirus has...

LETTERS: Let’s keep kids home

I am glad children are not going back to school. We need more testing. If they send kids back to school or back to work,...

EDITORIAL: It gets better: Graduates face unusual conditions and challenges

This year’s graduation season is an unusual one, to say the least. Graduation is one of the first major milestones for many students; it...

EDITORIAL: Log in: Time spent self-sheltering useful for filling out census

Most people are spending more time at home than they ordinarily do. Surely many people welcome the additional homebound hours, as they offer a...

EDITORIAL: Who counts: Valley, state big losers under census command

President Trump last week ordered the director of the U.S. Census Bureau to subtract undocumented immigrants from the 2020 enumeration. Doing so would significantly...

EDITORIAL: Big decisions: Outbreak shows importance of making best possible votes

Public service is always a challenge, and we applaud those who have entered the arena that is both difficult and rewarding. But the challenges...

What about ICE centers?

Advocates for those with no voice have been pressuring governors and other officials to reduce prison and jail populations, which has already resulted in...

EDITORIAL: Attacked: Violence against news media expands to dangerous levels

The declared war on news media is taking hold; it’s taking its toll, and it’s taking casualties. Everyone who values accurate accounts of community...

EDITORIAL: Here to help: Ending DACA would remove thousands of health workers

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has drawn the attention of many Americans, including government officials, away from many issues. One topic that might have taken...

EDITORIAL: Reload: Failure of SpaceX prototype part of development process

The failure of SpaceX Starship SN1 prototype on Friday was a setback for a project that already behind schedule, but we don’t join the...

EDITORIAL: Above and beyond: Extra effort during pandemic earns teachers, parents kudos

This is Teacher Appreciation Week, one of those weeks that at once seems deserved for those dedicated professionals who help shape the minds of...

Conservatives: Prove position

I believe that all conservatives and Republicans should return their unemployment insurance benefit checks to the U.S. Department of Labor because most of them...

EDITORIAL: It’s private: Success of SpaceX, others shows private projects best

One day after a spectacular explosion destroyed a prototype rocket at Boca Chica Beach, SpaceX successfully launched two men into space; they are now...