Earlier this month, oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were attacked, knocking a large portion of production (about five of the world’s daily supply) offline. However, rather than a market-roiling, global crisis, the result was...
I appreciate the positive response to the previous commentaries detailing our goals for Hidalgo County in the coming years. I am especially pleased that so many people are willing to work with us to...
Traffic congestion costs the US economy billions in wasted time, productivity, and fuel. It also negatively affects quality of life and constrains potential growth. The past decade of expansion has pushed congestion to the highest level since...
Members of Congress have a lot on their plate. If they can come to a deal in the next few days, then topping their list of priorities will be the new United States-Mexico-Canada free trade agreement.
If at first your eyes glaze over at mention of the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA, aka “NAFTA 2.0”), it’s hard to blame you. Texans admire plain dealing and clear rules. Trade treaties...
Connections – sometimes apparent, sometimes hidden – exist between Mexico and the U.S. They exist among peoples of Mexico, Latin America, and among Mexican Americans in the U.S.  It is important...
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just announced in a webinar that border wall construction could begin in the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge of South Texas as soon as this month. The...
The morning began with a quick shower and hopes to be ready with enough time for breakfast. The private tour van was scheduled to pick us up promptly at 9:00 a.m. at the lobby of our hotel...
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...
If Hidalgo County residents are to enjoy future economic growth and prosperity, we must reduce our poverty rate. The poverty rate in Hidalgo County is published at 29.5 percent. That is close to twice...

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