In August of 2017, Texas was devastatingly impacted by Hurricane Harvey. While the winds wreaked havoc, days of downpour flooded communities along the coast and inland. Lives were lost and homes destroyed.
Poverty affects hundreds of millions of people around the globe despite centuries of efforts to alleviate it by myriad individuals, organizations, and programs. A primary issue is the complexity of the problem.
HARLINGEN, RGV - My experience has been that some things, like death events, happen in “3’s.” First, George Ramirez, the Founder of the Latin Jazz Festival passed away in Brownsville; then, in San Benito,...
“Has she really retired?” Asked of Rebecca Flores, former Director of La Unión del Pueblo Entero (The Union of All the People), Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The question was rhetorical, humorous, asked by current...
Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently announced that House Democrats are "on the path" to ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the trade deal that President Trump negotiated last fall. That's great news for millions of...
I am standing underneath the only shade tree in sight, the first one you get to once you cross the border, a stone’s throw from the international bridge that spans the Rio Grande between Brownsville, Texas, and...
Moving images are big business. From movies to television series to next-generation extended reality to video games and beyond, these media generate billions in investments annually. For a state to serve as a location...
Residents of the Rio Grande Valley, like most Americans, were blindsided by the beginning of family separations in our own backyard last year.  Many of us questioned how our government could stoop to such...
The Widow Johnson "socked it to" the Harper Valley PTA in Jeannie C. Riley’s hit song of 1968. Mrs. Johnson revealed their “Peyton Place” hypocrisy; they accused her of “wearing her skirts too short.”
After watching the goings-on in Washington for more than two and a half years, I have just turned off the television.  Clearly, we have too many muddled Americans who only see through their own...

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