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Commentary: Medicaid should put recipients’ needs ahead of corporate profits

Unless the Texas Health and Human Services Commission decides to cancel a procurement or delay a decision until the Legislature can act, three of the state’s largest nonprofit children’s health plans, including Driscoll Health Plan (DHP), may lose out on the state’s $9 billion annual Medicaid contract. This decision could impact 700,000 families, pregnant women and children statewide. The commission’s focus should be on making the right decision for the recipients rather than strictly following a flawed procurement process that affects nonprofit health plans currently serving our communities. Losing Driscoll Health Plan from this contract would be detrimental to the Corpus Christi community and the South Texas region.

Editorial: Texas Republicans take more steps to do away with state’s tradition of free,...

The Texas Republican Convention in May passed a resolution requiring people to register as party members before they can vote in future party primaries. Democrats, on the other hand, chose not to follow suit.

Commentary: Republican voters have become slaves to their party bosses

America has experienced some embarrassingly cultic, racist and repressive moments over the past couple of hundred years: the Mormon polygamy experiment in the 19th century; Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow politics in the south after the Civil War; the anti-Chinese riots in San Francisco in the 1870s; Woodrow Wilson’s crackdown on free speech during World War I; internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II; McCarthyism’s “liberals are pinko communists” campaign in the 1950s, to name just a few. The leaders of those movements all knew they were turning the citizenry in an anti-American direction, but were too drunk on ignorance, self-importance and power to stop themselves from going there.

Commentary: Tracks left by ghosts and other evidence of early man

Some 21,000 to 23,000 years ago, in what is now called White Sands National Park in New Mexico, a cluster of people, young men and women, perhaps some children, were playing in a shallow water hole. They may or may not have seen, far in the distance, herds of mastodons and wooly mammoths. Judging from the evidence they left in the form of fossilized footprints, this group was neither running away from nor walking purposefully toward something. They were simply milling about, like people do when they are having fun splashing in the water.

Letters to the Editor | Week of June 24-29, 2024

Letters to the editor published in The Monitor, Valley Morning Star and The Brownsville Herald during the week of June 24-29, 2024.

Editorial: Keeping families together, regardless of their status, should always be a priority

Two weeks after establishing perhaps the most restrictive refugee policies in our nation's history, President Joe Biden has about-faced and announced more compassionate, and reasonable policies regarding undocumented immigrants.

Editorial: Limiting Farm Bill benefits doesn’t account for changes in enrollment or the economy

The 5-year farm bill that governs billions of dollars worth of programs ranging from crop subsidies to school lunches and food programs is running on borrowed time. The last bill expired in 2023 and its provisions have been extended while partisan bickering holds up new legislation in Congress.

Commentary: What kind of person do we want as our country’s president?

I was 7 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and destroyed most of the U.S. Navy. I was 9 when the invasion of Europe happened, probably one of the most complicated in history. Those years of growing up and events birthed a question in me that became a lifelong one: How can good people do bad things? As a near-lifelong student of World War II and its history, my research actually found a book by that name, that question. Why does that matter now?

Editorial: Amid threat of storm damage, Valley residents need to know: We can’t always...

We’re barely three weeks into the hurricane season and the Rio Grande Valley already could be facing its first weather-related challenges of the year. Sitting on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico and the mouth of the Rio Grande, the Valley has grown accustomed to such threats. In severe cases, local officials routinely issue disaster declarations that enable residents to seek government assistance with covering the cost of property losses and damage.

Commentary: Only PVAS could handle recent large animal hoarding cases

On March 30, McAllen police stopped by a nondescript house in north McAllen to investigate a report of a serious stench. Turns out it was live dogs, living in their own excrement, room after room full of them, 90 in all. The one cat on the property was the only one capable of grooming itself.