The fate of our nation—perhaps the fate of our very lives--may now be in the hands of a few good (military) men. Should we rejoice? Probably not. But we should be thankful--thankful the non-military, non-serving individual occupying the office of...
La retórica a lo largo de esta temporada electoral en Estados Unidos requiere de poca presentación. Todos hemos escuchado el  llamado de ambos lados para detener a los inmigrantes, enviar de regreso a los refugiados, construir muros, bloquear el comercio,...
Two “Mother Countries.” Mexico and/or England. Mexico, we know. It’s right here at the border of the Rio Grande. And Britain? Or is it Great Britain? Or the United Kingdom? Actually, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,...
Last week, Senate Republicans made headlines as the new Republican-controlled chamber passed 100 days in the 114th Congress. By many measures, the Senate seems to be back in business. In just the past few weeks, Congress passed a bill reforming...
Dr. Samuel Freeman, Veteran of the Vietnam War (Captain, U.S. Army) and well-known professor at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) and University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), is leaving the Valley. He will be missed. His students (of U.S....
Mass shootings are tragedies with immeasurable human costs to victims and their families. As most of you are aware, my adopted hometown of Odessa was recently the site of such a tragedy. The nature of the shooting, being both random...
Students in U.S. classrooms should be familiar with two important Native American-related events in U.S. history that occurred just eight years apart.  Regrettably, they are not. Clearly, the omission is due to pervasive negative U.S. government policies and long-standing...
Nonprofit establishments improve lives, communities, and society as a whole. These entities offer a variety of services and include hospitals and other health care providers, schools and universities, art museums, social services organizations, and many other types of operations. Not only...
No one in the United States knows the perils of an insecure Mexican border better than our members and neighbors. We live with the ill-effects every day and some of us have even been forced to sell or abandon...
With the retirement of South Texas College’s Founding President, Dr. Shirley A. Reed, we find ourselves at a very important moment for the future of our esteemed institution.  Dr. Reed, who served as the College’s first president, was integral in...

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