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Participate in vaccine study

In August, my husband and I joined a national study here in the Rio Grande Valley.

It is a Phase 3 trial of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna involving 30,000 people at sites all over the country. Their Phase 1 trial of 300 people proved that their vaccine is both safe and effective in developing antibodies to protect against the virus. This trial should confirm this on a large scale and if so, it will proceed to FDA approval and be available to everyone.

Our local site (in McAllen) is recruiting 500 people from the RGV, and are especially in need of more people in these groups: (1) Elderly, including those with conditions that might make them more vulnerable to the virus like diabetes; (2) Hispanics and (3) African Americans.

Injections will be either the vaccine or a placebo (saline solution). Odds are 50-50. It’s a double-blind study, where not even the people administering it here will know who gets what.

All participants will benefit by being reliably tested for COVID-19 and having their health monitored over the span of the test, which will be up to 25 months. Participants will also receive payment for being in the study.

We feel good about being part of something that may soon save many lives and prevent other effects of this dangerous pandemic. Please consider participating for the good of yourselves, your loved ones, and the good of our country.

If you are interested in this study, contact the following, and their friendly staff will be happy to answer all your questions.

Centex Studies Inc., 2020 Zinnia Ave., McAllen, TX 78504; phone (9560-540-7170.

Stay safe.

Kathy Garcia


Democrats’ hypocrisy

The frequently and sanctimoniously used point by leftists and their complicit radicalized media about “President Trump’s caged migrant children” is typically distorted and self-serving as usual.

The Associated Press remarked on this hypocrisy about Michelle Obama’s recent DNC keynote speech, decrying “children thrown into cages,” when in fact, “what she did not say is that the very same ‘cages’ were built and used in her husband’s administration, for the same purpose of holding migrant kids temporarily.”

The difference herein, is the left’s level of hypocrisy and fake sanctimonious rhetoric to which they’ve become so used to.

Imelda Coronado


Conservative vote planned

When sections of society (liberal Democrats) try to appease any and all perversions in an effort to “appease for peace,” it’s wrong, however well intentioned it may be.

You cannot accept certain acts of evil, immorality and lawlessness in the name of amity. If any type of “war” is needed (civil or not) to keep true order, civility and Godly values in place; so be it; welcome it even. Do not allow threats of riots, mayhem and madness to break you.

I do not support any type destruction, but I do support standing ground, defending traditional values and protecting those who are most weak.

I am voting conservative and I will vote for Trump. This is not a vote won by personality but by politics.

Granted, President Trump does not seem to be graced with virtues or the demeanor of a man holding true conservative values, but let’s not kill the messenger; instead simply hold on to the message.

The alternative is an acceptance of a total and complete breakdown of law and order, diminished freedom of speech, chiseled gun rights, biased news reporting and life with a newfound acceptance of lewdness. As a mother, I would never vote for that.

I will vote for Donald Trump.

Lana Hortencia


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