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COMMENTARY: Expect ‘fair and equitable’ approach as Hidalgo County’s budget process begins

BY RICHARD CORTEZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR This week marks the beginning of the months-long 2019 budget process for Hidalgo County. It begins with...

COMMENTARY: Special day set aside for gardening buffs

BY LOUISE BUTLER | BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS Since 2005, the first Saturday in May (May 4, this year), is designated as World Naked Gardening Day....

COMMENTARY: Tragedy becomes triumph

BY LOUISE BUTLER | BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS Depending on how you look at it, April can be a month for tragedy or triumph. On April 15,...

COMMENTARY: Notre Dame — A beautiful lady

BY LOUISE BUTLER | BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS On Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, the music of the spheres produced the last total solar eclipse of the...

COMMENTARY: Hidalgo County Judge: Closing border is no solution

The Rio Grande Valley is one of the fastest growing and safest areas in the country. Much of this can be attributed to the...

COMMENTARY: Hidalgo County Judge: 2020 Census crucial to region

April 1 triggers the official one-year countdown to the 2020 Census that will define our community for at least the next 10 years and...

COMMENTARY: Matchless ‘Baby Doe’

LOUISE BUTLER | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR March is Women’s History Month. It coincides with International Women’s Day, which is celebrated March 8. I was reminded...

COMMENTARY: Jobs aplenty in Texas

As the numbers for 2018 begin to trickle in, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Texas had a banner year in terms of job...

COMMENTARY: Tax cuts one year later

In 2018, provisions of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act went into effect. The act simplified some aspects of the federal tax code...

COMMENTARY: What would Martin Luther King Jr. say today?

Every year, Americans go through the January ritual of honoring Martin Luther King Jr., our secular civil rights saint and martyr. Marches and parades...