These past 40 days have been quite the opposite of our norm. COVID-19 has forced us to work remotely, cancel or reschedule visits, conducting virtual tours and introductions. The McAllen Economic Development Corporation team...
Our bilingual neighbor to the north, Canada, was missing from the recent visit to the White House by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuél López Obrador (AMLO).   And, yes, so many accents in...
As a former educator, I join our Rio Grande Valley public school administrators and school teachers in asking Governor Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Morath to prioritize the welfare and best interest of everyone involved in the...
I remember him at odd times, a small, quiet man whose scars on his thumbs spoke far more about his suffering than his own words could. His name was Francisco, and I had met...
Our hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley are at critical capacity and are struggling to take care of patients.  I strongly urge Governor Abbott to take immediate steps to provide Valley hospitals additional resources...
I was recently speaking with a young person born in 1988. For practical reasons, we will refer to them as "Alex.” Between the banter and cordial laughter at a comfortable six feet, Alex...
One month ago, we felt that the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was slowing and many states, including Texas, began to allow relaxed regulations so businesses could gradually open again and commerce could resume. 
Hello Brownsville. When you elected me to represent you and your families, that came with a responsibility.  A responsibility not to tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear....
Judge Cortez, Commissioner Torres, thank you you so much for inviting me. Thank you for all the good work that the commissioners court and all of your personnel and staff are doing.
In the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community, “coming out” is a milestone akin to a coming-of-age. For many it’s like a second birthday; choosing to come out marks the point at...

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