Professions celebrated

There certainly is additional congratulation due to Valley View High School for not only graduating all those pictured in The Monitor on June 2, but also for calling out the specialty efforts of the electrical trades, patient care techs, flux core welding and pipe fitting specialties.

Too often these and other professions are hidden and not celebrated. These students will be providing all of us with services that make our lives safer, healthier, more efficient and at the very least more livable.

Thank you, VVISD, for making their efforts more visible.

Ned Sheats, Mission

 

Drug patents won’t change

In James Edwards’ letter (“Don’t weaken drug patents,” June 2), he expressed concern that legislation I’ve authored would limit pharmaceutical companies’ ability to improve medications by weakening patent law. But the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Act doesn’t change patent law and wouldn’t prevent manufacturers from improving the effectiveness of medications. Rather, it deters drug companies that purposefully game the system to prevent cheaper drugs from coming to market and block access to lower-cost alternatives. The legislation will encourage competition within the industry and lower drug prices.

Patents allow companies to recover their investment in developing medications, but some have abused this system to wrongfully stifle competition, leaving Texans paying exorbitant prices.

The arthritis drug Humira has been on the market for 15 years, and thanks to hundreds of patent applications three competing drugs that are available outside the U.S. won’t be sold here until 2023. That’s not innovation. That’s taking advantage of the system to keep competition out.

Drug companies that abuse the system have run unchecked for too long. By empowering the Federal Trade Commission to target these anti-competitive practices, we can stop bad actors and lower Texans’ cost at the pharmacy.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Washington, D.C.

No thanks, Mr. Biden

When Joe Biden says he wants to make America “normal” again, does he mean he wants to add another $9 trillion to the national debt? That’s how much the national debt increased under Obama’s and Biden’s watch in their 8-year administration. This is the highest ever combined by all their previous predecessors.

No thank you, Mr. Biden, no sane hardworking American would ever want that again.

Imelda Coronado, Mission

Inner debate

A few decades ago an elderly Cherokee Indian talked to his grandson about the debates that go on inside of people. He mentioned that there were two wolves inside of us that carry on a debate. One wolf is evil and the other one is good. The evil wolf displays anger, arrogance, envy, lies and vengeance.

He also explained examples of an evil wolf bring constantly angry, telling lies and trying to get even with people.

The other wolf displays compassion, generosity, kindness, humility and truthfulness.

When the elderly man had finished his talk, his grandson asked, “Which wolf wins?”

The old man answered: “Which one do you feed?”

Pete Romero, McAllen

Opposing war offends veteran

Memorial Day is when all Americans should come together to honor our fallen warriors. One’s politics should be set aside on this day. But the left-wing editors of The Monitor just couldn’t help themselves. They used at least five of their 10-paragraph editorial criticizing our president’s actions, which they could have used to honor our fallen.

As a veteran I find the title of their editorial, “Honor fallen military by not picking fights,” offensive and misleading. Perhaps it should have simply been “Honor fallen military.”

The people writing editorials have the same rights as we citizens do, which is to give opinions that may not be factual. Editorials can carry a lot of clout for many impressionable people, regardless if the articles are accurate.

A one-day truce on Memorial Day by honoring our fallen warriors, and not criticizing our president, isn’t too much to ask of The Monitor editors, is it?

Darrell Williams Sr., McAllen

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