The sudden collapse of the Afghan army and government apparently came as a surprise to many people, including the Biden administration. They and the press were dumbfounded. Really? Why? Anyone who knows anything about the collapse of the South Viet Namese army...
It was doomed from the beginning. Afghanistan, as former Mexican Ambassador to Washington Martha Bárcena puts it, has been the graveyard of superpowers.  Neither the United Kingdom nor the Soviet Union were able to solve the Afghan crossword, and both...
Before I became Lt. Governor, the Texas Legislature spent very little on border security. I have been committed to securing our border from day one. During previous legislative sessions, we have appropriated $800 million per biennium to fund border security...
Despite COVID, Texas state and county election officials ran a smooth and secure 2020 election, yet Governor Abbott chose to act on false allegations to declare “election integrity” a priority during the regular legislative session.  He chose to ignore the very...
Housing prices are up. Way up! The robust market reflects a variety of factors, including population growth, job opportunities, and interest rates. During the pandemic, demand increased as people looked to upsize to allow more room for at-home work...
When you're wounded and left,  On Afghanistan's plains,  And the women come out,  To cut up your remains,  Just roll on your rifle,  And blow out your brains,  And go to your Gawd,  Like a soldier. --  Rudyard Kipling, ”Gunga Din” The Rio Grande Valley has paid a...
State Leaders Must Focus on Public Safety, Mental Health, Disabilities in Reform, says an assistant district attorney. The centerpiece of the current pretrial release system—bail as it’s more commonly known—is money, rather than public safety.  The system, which is arguably unconstitutional, preys on the most vulnerable among us, including those with demonstrated mental health concerns and intellectual or physical disabilities. Unfortunately, current bills working their way through the legislature right now will not improve public safety and will only make...
We must be thankful, here in the Rio Grande Valley, most people comply with masking recommendations.   We must be especially thankful for the relatively high vaccination rate—much higher than Texas as a whole, and even higher than much of the...
Summertime, and the livin’ ain’t easy in Texas as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise to record levels. Despite the increasing availability and access to COVID-19 vaccines, only about 54% of eligible Texans, 12 years of age and...
The information is crucial to effective corporate planning, as well as to understanding the dynamics of the nation’s population and potential policy needs or implications.  One recent dataset describes overall population growth and trends in the number of people under...

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