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COMMENTARY: Vouchers bad for Valley

The Texas Legislature has once again been called back to Austin to pass an education savings account voucher program that legislators in the House have rebuffed time and time again. These vouchers would provide up to $10,500 for some individuals to attend private schools.

COMMENTARY: Biden, Democrats created crisis at southern border

Joe Biden’s border crisis is out of control, and the latest numbers from the Border Patrol show there’s no signs of things getting any better. In September alone there were 260,000 encounters – a substantial increase since this time last year and the highest on record for the month of September since 2000.

COMMENTARY: Divergent forecasts highlight essential role of oil

The U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. government’s official source for energy data and trends, has issued projections of global oil demand growth between now and 2028 that are half the projection of other major official sources.

COMMENTARY: Uncle Junior’s meritorious service recounted

My uncle, Yrineo Rodriguez Jr., affectionately called Junior, served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1969.

COMMENTARY: Disarm domestic abusers

Before the Lewiston, Maine, spree shooting suspect began voicing plans to “shoot up” his community, there was already a red flag that he might someday commit a mass shooting. The same red flag was also present well before a Florida Republican donor shot his wife and then killed himself in a restaurant parking lot three weeks ago in Palm Beach, Florida.

COMMENTARY: Texas Hispanics need ability to choose schools

As a recently retired Texas State Senator from Brownsville with 36 years of legislative service (four years as a member of the Texas House and 32 years as a state senator), I can attest that the Hispanic community would not only benefit from school choice, but that they truly need the options and opportunities that education savings accounts would offer.

COMMENTARY: Vote for our water future

Amistad and Falcon reservoirs, our main sources of water for our cities, industry and agriculture, hold the lowest water levels observed since they were built. This lack of water impacts every aspect of our life in the Valley.

COMMENTARY: School voucher proposal not good for Hispanic students

As we continue on in yet another special session, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are determined to continue ignoring the needs of our Hispanic community by pushing their latest extreme school voucher bill, SB1.

COMMENTARY: SBA honors veterans

As the U.S. Small Business Administration prepares for National Veterans Small Business Week, it’s a time to recognize veterans’ remarkable contributions during their service and as entrepreneurs.

COMMENTARY: Price controls: Hard choices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced the first 10 drugs that will be subject to Medicare’s new price controls. More drugs will follow each year.