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Letters to the Editor | Week of April 1-6, 2024

Comments this week included thoughts on Cesar Chavez’s legacy, over-the-counter birth control medication, states’ rights, the Rio Grande Valley’s water needs and inflation, in addition to continued debate regarding major parties’ presidential candidates and positions.

Commentary: Remembering César Chávez’s legacy in Texas on his birthday

As a veteran civil rights attorney, I have often been struck about how quickly a leader’s legacy disappears from one generation to the next. Perhaps this is because, as a society, we do not do a good job of creating a narrative about important leaders to pass on to our children and those who come after them. All that remains, at best, is their name — not the history of their struggle or the depth of their impact on society.

Commentary: Measles outbreak is alarming

Since the beginning of this year, measles cases have been reported in 11 states spanning both coasts and heartland. The situation warrants enough concern that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning to doctors about renewed measles risk.

Editorial: Easter is victory over death, which also offers the promise that the future...

On Sunday Christians everywhere will celebrate the event that legitimizes their faith: Jesus' resurrection.

Editorial: Valley agriculture is in crisis; need for economic diversity becoming more important

Even with recent developments in retail, finance and aerospace, agriculture remains the biggest part of the Rio Grande Valley’s economy, and three crops have dominated our agriculture market: citrus, cotton and sugar cane.

Commentary: Look at the damage done to the Valley by LNG exports

Last month, the Biden administration announced a pause on new liquefied natural gas export approvals while it reconsiders the impacts these projects have on the public’s health and safety, the climate, the economy and national security. This “pause” is a baby step in the right direction.

Editorial: Misperceptions about Valley continue to affect residents, immigrants and our economy

New York City’s mayor Eric Adams canceled a trip to the Rio Grande Valley this past weekend over concerns of cartel-related violence here. Guess he hasn’t read FBI reports that consistently show this is one of the safest regions in the United States.

Commentary: Protect air service that supports cross-border ties

Texas’ economic partnership with Mexico is an integral component of our state’s long-term economic prosperity, and it’s imperative that we continue to foster cross-border collaboration. For border cities like McAllen, strengthening this bilateral relationship is a major determining factor in reaching our region’s full economic potential.

Commentary: Balancing security, compassion and smart border policy

As the four Texas state senators who live along the Texas-Mexico border, we understand that border security is essential not only for the safety and welfare of everyone who lives in or visits the border region, but also for the efficacy of state services and the strength of our national security.

Letters to the Editor | Week of March 25-30, 2024

Letter writers this week addressed politics and politicians and water scarcity — and safety, among other topics.