College isn’t what it used to be. The typical college student is no longer someone who has just graduated high school, lives on or near campus as a “full-time student,” maybe works part-time and graduates four years later still listed as a dependent on his or her parents’ tax returns.
With about one in four people uninsured, Texas ranks last in the number of residents with health insurance. This dubious distinction, coupled with poor use of limited resources, compounds the delivery of health care to a rapidly growing population.
It may sound quaint and old fashioned, but many Texans still believe that the first priority of politicians in Washington, D.C., is to represent the interests of the people who sent them there. For the owner of a small business that depends on exports, it means supporting public policies — on taxes, regulations and trade — that allow us the best chance to compete in a global economy against foreign companies that often receive financial support from their own governments.
A political nobody just three years ago, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is the first official candidate vying for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. His was a noisy entrance into government, marked by outspokenness and partisanship that clearly delighted part of the public even as they irritated many of his colleagues. In a remarkably short period, Cruz has become a national figure — and one who is often misunderstood. Here are five myths:
At 2:30 on Wednesday morning I was awoken by my 18-year-old son.
On Nov. 10, 2009, Alex Brown died in a single-car rollover crash on her way to Seagraves High School in West Texas. She was distracted by text messages on her phone.
Over the past 18 months, I’ve written about the extraordinary changes taking place across Mexico, including its impressive reform agenda, growing high tech sector, dynamic supply chains and deepening regional integration. Yet to achieve Mexico’s and North America’s full potential will require moving forward on a number of key challenges, the most pressing of which is rule of law.
Running on the front page of Sunday’s Monitor was a story about an old issue: my involvement in the 2011 Boeye Reservoir project proposal. Yet another in a series of articles addressing this matter, this article referred to numerous statements from previous articles written by former Monitor reporter Dave Hendricks.
Sen. Ted Cruz says he wants to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service. This is a phenomenally bad idea, one so obviously wrongheaded it’s hard to believe he really means it.
Freshman Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is running for president, hoping to gain the Republican nomination by bringing together conservatives, libertarians and evangelicals. On foreign policy, that’s a tough balance to strike. Yet Cruz has crafted his own brand of hawkishness tailored to please even his tea party supporters.
When business owners provide healthcare coverage for their employees, they do their best to choose plans that not only cover the desired care, but also provide a degree of predictability in terms of cost. Unfortunately, there is a practice occurring across Texas that is surprising Texas employees and their families with unexpected medical charges.
Texas has been on the front lines in the battle against the abuse of our lawsuit system and ensuring that it is used for justice, not greed.
Technology plays an important role in the classroom and in distance learning, but legislation being considered in Austin that would expand online learning has nothing to do with technology or improving education. In fact, this legislation would authorize “virtual vouchers,” which would siphon tax dollars from our neighborhood schools and hand them over to private online vendors that are more interested in profit than results or accountability.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education released a report that has the latest high school graduation rates across the country. What is significant about this report is that there is a yearly increase in the number of minorities, especially Hispanic and black students who are graduating from high school at the rate of 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013.
The own words of our McAllen Independent School District leaders have provided lots of contradictions and raised unanswered questions in their frantic push to get approval of their proposed $297 million bond issue:
Over the winter, hundreds of kids from the Rio Grande Valley area came home for their first college winter break. It was great hearing all about their freshman semesters — the friends they made, the classes that excited them, the tough moments they faced. I was even more excited to think about what’s next — what this group of outstanding youth will do for the place they come from in the years ahead.
Sharpen your pencils because testing season is here again. Walk the halls of any Texas school and it is quite evident that the minds of all involved have turned to the STAAR or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests. The habitants of these important institutions have been plagued with the effects of test preparation for months now. Frazzled hair, slumped shoulders, drooping eyes are all signs that the tests are nearing. Those are just the teachers.
I spent early Thursday afternoon at Sandpipers Resort. It’s a retirement nudist resort in North Edinburg, and it was nothing like I had expected.
SAN DIEGO — The latest controversy to spice up America’s culture wars involves a magazine cover, chili peppers and a dash of overreaction.
Today I will travel to Tokyo to join Akie Abe, wife of Japan’s prime minister, as the United States and Japan announce a new partnership to educate girls across the globe. As part of this effort, the U.S. government has launched an international initiative, called “Let Girls Learn,” to help girls in developing countries go to school and stay in school.
Today is National Agriculture Day and for more than 40 years we have celebrated this as a time to pause and honor the American farmer.
If you live in Texas, you have undoubtedly heard a thing or two about the recent earthquakes. The Texas media is filled with reports about how fracking and wastewater disposal wells, which frequently accompany the fracking process, are causing Texas to become more like earthquake-prone California. This concept is pitched to the public as common sense: more earthquakes are occurring at the same time more fracking wells are being used. Yet, correlation is not causation. And bare data can be manipulated into support for any position.
For more than 100 years, the natural resources under our feet have anchored the Texas economy, creating good jobs, funding for schools and roads and stability for our state. Today, the oil and gas industry’s positive economic impact for Texas has reached historic levels. In 2014, the Texas oil and natural gas industry paid a record $15.7 billion in state and local taxes and royalties — the highest such collection from the oil and gas industry in Texas history.
Private university police beat a man suspected of stealing a bicycle. The violent episode was captured on a dash camera but when questions arose police refused to release the complete video.
I am a good swimmer. In the water I am totally relaxed, not fighting my body, moving in sync with the buoyancy. It offers an amazing feeling of freedom and tranquility.
McDonald’s recent announcement to phase out the use of chicken raised with antibiotics in its U.S. restaurants has a win-win scenario. The company could give their customers what they want and simultaneously earn high praise, deservedly, for protecting public health.
Sunshine Week is celebrated nationally this week and raises awareness of the public’s right for transparency of public records.
BROWNSVILLE — My teenage daughter is a devout vegetarian and lover of animals. She follows the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals website religiously and always informs my family of the injustices society inflicts upon nature’s furry friends.
SAN DIEGO — Fox News host Megyn Kelly and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., are the political odd couple.
The juxtaposition of the Justice Department’s damning Ferguson report and President Barack Obama’s fine speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was coincidental. But the founders of the civil rights movement would certainly have found it providential, so I’ll go with that.
The gender pay gap has been a topic of research and debate for decades. Although the Equal Pay Act of 1963 made it illegal to discriminate against women in the payment of wages, differences persist.
WASHINGTON — So it turns out Hillary Clinton will face a serious challenger in the primaries, after all. Her name is Hillary Clinton.
The Monitor’s Editorial Board is looking for several people to serve on our Board of Contributors. Writers would not be compensated but rewarded with a large audience of readers. We’d like at least four columns per year on various subjects.
Last week, after much politicking and debating within the Republican party, 75 of the 245 Republicans in the United States Congress joined the 182 united Democrats to keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from shutting down.
International Women’s Day, which is celebrated today across the world, is defined by the United Nations as “a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women.” And so as we celebrate this year, we reflect on issues that women face in our own community and examine ways that we can empower women in their ongoing struggle for equality.
“There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
Inside the cafeteria of Emiliano Zapata Elementary School in La Joya on Thursday morning, about 125 first-and second-graders sat “crisscross applesauce” style on the floor listening to mother and daughter co-authors read their children’s book, titled I Pledge Allegiance.
WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi looked as if she might charge the well of the House and confront Benjamin Netanyahu personally.
Too many small business owners in McAllen stress enough trying to keep afloat without needing to worry about the costs associated with the state’s business margin tax.
Three times in the past 20 years, an Israeli prime minister has headed into an election while openly battling a U.S. president. The first two times the incumbent lost, establishing the Israeli political maxim that endangering relations with Washington was ruinous. In 1999, the loser was Benjamin Netanyahu, who calculated, wrongly, that he could outmaneuver President Bill Clinton by appealing to Congress. Remarkably, a politician known for his caution has now bet his career, and the future of the U.S.-Israel alliance, on the same strategem.
Jobs are growing in Texas and more families in McAllen are sharing in the promise of Texas. But there’s more work to do.
This week, the Supreme Court will hear a case that threatens to ax the subsidies millions of Americans receive for health insurance purchased on Obamacare’s federally run exchanges. And a sizable chunk of the population seems to be cheering for exactly that result.
Remember when you were young and full of energy? Maybe you are still full of energy, and although a lot of us are not young anymore, we’re still young at heart.
With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living beyond America’s borders — accounting for 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power — establishing stronger trade ties is an important tool to help our economy grow.
The world hurtles to hell in a hand basket: ISIS; climate change; nuclear proliferation; the growing economic gap between the rich and everyone else elbow for space on The Monitor’s front page.
Since the beginning of time, people have naturally staked out boundaries for their abode. As populations increased, communities or towns or villages sprang up, usually along family or tribal lines. After God confused the people with different languages, the people of the Earth split up according to their language.
Four million people have weighed in on a communication policy matter — the largest number ever to voice an opinion to the Federal Communications Commission. Most of those people agreed on one thing: The Internet is too important to be left to private companies’ direction without oversight.
In his recent State of the State address, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said: “We must do more to help veterans return to civilian life. Not all wounds are seen.” And he is right. With 1.7 million veterans calling Texas home — more than every other state except California — this is the place where bold policies designed to help brave military men and women can be a model for other states.
Rudy Giuliani feels unloved. And he suggests you should feel that way, too, thanks to a compliment deficit from our cheerleader in chief.