June saw a strong acceleration in the pace of recovery in the job market. Total nonfarm payroll employment in the U.S. rose by 850,000 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and more than 1.7 million jobs have...
Welcome, everyone to the Woodrow Wilson Center.  Our congressional mandate is directing us to bring together the world of learning and the wold of public affairs. I can’t think of a more important way that we fulfill that mandate than through...
The American Rescue Plan provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Rio Grande Valley. As such, it is imperative that our local elected leaders to be strategic and forward-thinking when considering how to spend the funds. According to the...
Two hundred and forty-five years ago the Founding Fathers of this great country gathered to declare independence from Great Britain.  It is ironic, but most people, when they think of these true leaders and visionaries, envision elderly men gathered...
Everyone loves renewable energy until they don’t. In a March Gallup survey, more than two thirds of respondents said the United States should put more emphasis on developing wind (66 percent) and solar energy (73 percent).  But when a new...
The story of how 13 English colonies on the East Coast became the United States of America has long been a worldwide standard for people struggling to achieve self-rule.   Whether you call it Independence Day, July 4th, or Fourth...
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for spring 2021. (See https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/2021-staar-analysis-presentation.pdf for a summary.) The tests cover mathematics and reading for grades 3–8 as well as writing and...
In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a speech to Congress in which he claimed: “the liberty of a democracy is not safe, if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a...
Kudos to the Texas Legislature for their decisive actions this session to rein in pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Pharmacies statewide worked closely with lawmakers to pass House Bills 1763 and 1919, two measures that preserve patients’ access to affordable,...
The South Texans’ Property Rights Association wholeheartedly supports Gov. Greg Abbott’s criticism of the Biden Administration’s failed executive and administrative actions and inactions that have only exacerbated the crisis of illegal immigration and trespassing in our southern border region.  The...

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