EDITORIAL: Who rules?

Officials are starting to debate who has the authority to decide when the public threat caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided to the...

EDITORIAL: Not alone: Experts advise seeking help with pandemic-related stress

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott raised attention Wednesday when he announced that his brother Jace, who died in April, had committed suicide. Prescott also...

EDITORIAL: Tight times: Lingering effects of virus can limit budgets, services

New fiscal years are beginning for local cities, counties and other taxing and service districts. Like virtually everything else, those entities will suffer long-term...

EDITORIAL: Playing safe: Early sandbag distribution prepares more for storms

No major storms appear headed this way, but some Rio Grande Valley residents already have the sandbags they might need to fight the threat...

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: No delay: Even pandemic not cause to interfere with election

President Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of postponing the November election — the election that will decide if he gets another four-year term. We...

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: New hope: Opening of nursing homes good news amid pandemic

Some of best news regarding efforts to surmount the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic comes in the partial opening of nursing homes and...

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: 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: The good side: Amid pandemic’s bad effects exist environmental benefits

The COVID-19 pandemic is hardly a godsend; it has wreaked havoc in the lives of millions — perhaps billions — of people worldwide. Hundreds...

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: Burdened: Property taxpayers need help with new valuations

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives and the functioning of government, and left many people dealing with lost jobs or reduced hours. Given...

EDITORIAL: A fine fit: Valley could be good location for Tesla manufacturing plant

Elon Musk wants to get back to work. Specifically, he wants to start making Tesla cars again. And with California’s coronavirus-related lockdowns still in...

EDITORIAL: Letting go

U.S. officials on Saturday signed a peace agreement with the Taliban that we all hope will lead to ultimate U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan....

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: 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: 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...

EDITORIAL: Staying put: Father’s Day traditions fit with pandemic rules

Chances are, stay-home requests brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic don’t change many families’ plans for Father’s Day. And Dad’s probably just fine with...

EDITORIAL: Say what? Special penalties for protests unnecessary threat to dissent

Our nation’s founders recognized the value of dissent — in fact, they considered it essential to progress. Frank discussion of opposing viewpoints, they frequently...

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: Opening up: We should consider others when asserting freedoms

People aren’t used to being told what they can and can’t do, and we don’t like it. But, as we were told when we...

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: Open doors

America’s courts were intended to be public forums through which people who are accused, either by other individuals in civil trials or by the...

EDITORIAL: Home rule: State should let local officials say when COVID-19 risk falls

Gov. Greg Abbott knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Rio Grande Valley harder than many other parts of Texas. We hope, therefore,...

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...

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...

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: 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...

EDITORIALS: Silver lining: Business woes may offer opportunities for border

These are trying times for American business, and as an extension, the Rio Grande Valley. Even before safety precautions brought on by the COVID-19...