Another summer is quickly winding down and parents are getting swept up in the whirlwind of preparations on behalf of their kids. Back to school shopping and planning can be hectic; yet it provides an opportunity to set expectations with...
This month marked the 80th anniversary of Social Security. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law in August 1935, with the goal of giving “some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his...
My husband and I have been ranching in South Texas for many years, and we have worked hard to care for the land my family lives on today. This same testament holds true for millions of other ranchers and...
On July 16, 2003 Salsa legend Celia Cruz died at the age of 78 years in her house in New Jersey after losing her battle with cancer. Behind, she left a legacy of unique style, voice, and decades’ old performances...
The founding principles of Western civilization rest on the premise that governments are created and financed collectively in order to provide services to society that cannot be easily obtained in the private sector. In any modern economy, these “public goods”...
As part of the pre-filing permitting process for the proposed LNG export terminals, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held a joint scoping meeting for Annova LNG, Rio Grande LNG, and Texas LNG, on August 11, 2015 at the...
I represent more than 350 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, which includes six international ports of entry. This includes a new crossing at the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry, which has yet to open but already has had a...
Who speaks for Latinos? Cuban Americans, such as Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas, or Marco Rubio, U.S. Senator from Florida? What Latino issues did they speak for during the Thursday debate among the Republican candidates for president? There was...
While most of us have grown to appreciate the present-day Texas map, the story of the bottom portion of Texas has a rare narrative of its own. Its origins are not in Texas, but in Nuevo Santander (Tamaulipas). Anchored by...
I am a descendant of the famous Oklahoma Land Run. A clever film, “Far and Away,” centers on that event. It can’t tell the whole story but it is thought provoking. So is a visit back to that land where...

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