Hello, I’m Veronica Escobar, Congresswoman for the 16th district of Texas. I wanted to take a few minutes to address the tragic events of January 6th, a day that should not have been about an uncontroversial but historic process: Congress’s constitutional...
President Obama’s speech to the nation on December 6, 2015 was masterful. (Sorry if the important message interrupted your TV program or football game.) The stately speech was Lincolnesque in format (15 minutes), terse, tender and to the point. “Haters...
States have begun to announce major projected budget shortfalls. Some estimates put the national total at $500 billion. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only decreased revenues, but also increased the need for state spending. The result is large gaps...
In our lifetimes, there has not been a more important presidential election than the upcoming one on November 3. As I peer forward into this approaching most critical election, my mind travels back to the night of November 8, 2016,...
Good afternoon. On behalf of the Pharr City Commission, I want to welcome you to the 2021 “State of the City” address. As you might have noticed, we are doing things a little bit differently this year, in an effort to...
This year, 2016, marks the 400th anniversary of the demise of Spain's most renowned author. Born on September 9, 1547, in Alcalá de Henares, a few miles outside of Madrid, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra showed a keen intelligence, and a...
Every day, all 254 Texas counties deliver essential taxpayer services vital to the lives of all 29 million Texans.  They build and maintain roads and bridges, protect the public's safety and health, guarantee judicial access, support fiscal responsibility and promote...
I write to you as Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to ensure that the experiences of American Latinos are well represented in the films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress.  The...
I grew up with a steady diet of movies and shows like “Star Trek,” “The Blob,” “Twlight Zone,” and authors like Rod Serling, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.  Gadgets that I saw or read about...
Google A. W. Ketelbey’s exotic, lilting creation, “In a Persian Market.” Play it while you read this. That English composer’s work is lovely. A performance, by the Taipei Orchestra, is special: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EYgmMJnM0gQ But, there are many others; that by Conductor...

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