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Editorial: Efforts to force Americans to switch to electric vehicles ambitious, could backfire

A major element of the Rio Grande Valley’s economy is used car sales. Some local streets might have a dozen or more lots selling pre-owned vehicles. The used-car market is big everywhere — they outnumber new car sales nearly 4-to-1 nationwide — but it seems to be even more pronounced in low-income areas such as ours. It’s no surprise: A lot of people just can’t afford a new car.

Commentary: Donald Trump being given more credit than he deserves

This is a reply to Sherwood Uhrmacher’s letter posted March 11.

Editorial: As refugee numbers grow, officials must stop politicking, address immigration crisis

People who have been to the U.S.-Mexico border, and even crossed into Matamoros, Reynosa or other northern Mexican cities, probably have seen a major demographic change. More people approaching our border, or waiting in Mexico to see if they are admitted into this country, are from Haiti; creole French is becoming increasingly common here.

Commentary: Equal Pay Day: We should give women their fair share

President Kennedy in 1963 signed the Equal Pay Act, the first federal legislation to prohibit sex discrimination in the payment of wages. At that time, women only earned 60 cents for every $1 earned by a man; 61 years later it’s unbelievable that women are still coming up short and the statistics are sobering. According to the Pew Research Center, women on average earn approximately 82 cents for every dollar earned by men in the United States. This gap is even more pronounced for women of color and those from marginalized communities, exacerbating existing inequalities and perpetuating cycles of poverty.

Letters to the Editor | Week of March 18-23, 2024

Discussion about political statements and the accuracy of information dominated this week’s public forum. Other contributions addressed opportunities and compensation for women in the workplace, the importance of history, the unique educational opportunity offered by the upcoming solar eclipse and who deserves credit for social and economic improvements, among other topics.

Commentary: Don’t blame the president for economic conditions

This may not impact those of you who are living paycheck to paycheck, but I would ask you to continue to read on. I often hear people complain that the economy is worse now than it was four years ago. Do you remember what happened four years ago? We were hit by a worldwide pandemic. Was that the fault of the president? Do you remember almost every business that was not critical was closed down? People stayed home with little income. Few cars were on the road. When people did go to the store they wore masks and plastic gloves, and grocery shelves became more and more barren.

Commentary: Intergenerational connections

When my father was many years into living with Parkinson’s disease, he had lost his speech, his ability to walk, to write, and so much more. For most of his eight decades of life he was an accomplished world traveler, author, pilot, humanitarian, anthropologist, as well as a loving husband and father. It was shocking to see him lose so much — struggling to communicate verbally and having to be fed and assisted with his most basic needs.

Letters to the Editor | Week of March 11-16, 2024

This week’s letters questioned police decisions, pretrial treatment of defendants and opposition to the proposed exchange of land between the state and SpaceX, along with the presentation of political positions.

Editorial: Misinformation growth makes free, independent news media more crucial than ever before

It’s never been easier to access information; we can simply tap our phones and open uncountable amounts of information through the internet. Of course, it’s just as easy to post information as it is to read it, and people have used the resource to spread information that isn’t true, either by accident or by design.

Editorial: Mexico isn’t only culprit for lack of sufficient water, damage to Valley economy

After more than a half century as one of the Rio Grande Valley’s biggest cash crops, injecting up to $100 million into the region’s economy every year, the South Texas sugar industry has come to a bitter end — unless creative growers opt for alternative sweetening sources such as sugar beets or even stevia.