Last Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is certainly still on all of our minds.  The past few months have been a turbulent time for U.S. democracy. Biden now faces an unprecedented health and economic...
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...
AMLO, like Trump? Trump, departed but not gone from our lives? Now, Trump “alive and well” in Mexico? Depends on with whom you speak. I spoke with one of my sources, “Jorge,” a graduate of La Universidad de las Américas,...
On Jan. 12, at high noon, I officially vacated my seat in the Texas Senate after ten years of service. My voluntary retirement comes after almost 45 years of public service in various roles in the Federal Government and...
As I reflect on the last 24 years of being part of the Rio Grande Valley community, I learned what is important to you.  From the moment I arrived in 1996, there was a sense of urgency to create opportunities...
One of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic has been airlines. The sharp decrease in demand for air travel due to shutdowns and safety concerns has severely crimped revenues and profits. Companies are struggling to maintain service and,...
At the Rio Grande Valley Partnership (RGVP), we work diligently every day to ensure our region is a place of opportunity, working to bring new business investment and create opportunities for Valley residents and our local economy. Our mission...
What an extraordinarily unprecedented year 2020 has been. You were with us at the beginning of this year at Pharr’s third annual State of the City as we celebrated and lauded Pharr’s continued successes, many accomplishments, and ambitious goals we...
With hope growing that COVID-19 vaccines will soon be widely available, the answer to one of life’s most torturous questions – when will the pandemic end? – may soon be clearer.  It will likely be a while longer, however, before...
I first saw the US Capitol as a student about five decades ago. For the past 40+ years, it has been part of my professional life – testimony, hearings, meetings, meals, receptions, and crunching numbers. Whenever I am there, I...

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