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: Trading up: USMCA set to take effect amid wealth of uncertainty

It seemed forever in coming, but the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, goes into effect Wednesday. We trust that officials...

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: 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...

EDITORIAL: Promises: A look at party platform Biden, Harris to promote

All those who run for president are ambitious, driven and confident. Otherwise our top executives have had varied personalities. Donald Trump, for example, has a...

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: Play it safe: Public activity increases but precautions still vital

Things are looking up for the Rio Grande Valley. After more than half a year under restrictions on public activity, the area has reached...

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: 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...

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: 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...

EDITORIAL: Staying home: ‘America First’ drug order could hurt federal programs

President Trump has taken many steps toward reducing prescription drug prices. Some, such as working to ease restrictions on the importation of prescription drugs...

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: Seeing red: Annual commemoration notes drug-related dangers

Red Ribbon Week, the national drug-awareness campaign, begins today. This is the 35th year of the annual event, which began to honor the memory...

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: 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...

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: 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...

EDITORIAL: Bypass: Even before wall built, tunnel renders it moot

Tunnels from Mexico into the United States have long been routinely found; however, they’ve generally been limited to areas west of Texas, where it’s...

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: 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: 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: 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...

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: 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...

EDITORIAL: Caution: Holiday revelers need to keep safety in mind

Many people will get a break this weekend, when many businesses observe the Labor Day holiday on Monday. Traditionally the three-day weekend is considered...

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...

LETTERS: Conservatism created crisis

First: “A hoax!” Lately: “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” President Trump and rightwing media accused Democrats of...

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: 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...