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EDITORIAL: Reload

The failure of SpaceX Starship SN1 prototype on Friday was a setback for a project that’s already behind schedule, but we don’t join the...

EDITORIAL: VOTE

Local elections might be the most important in our system of government. City, county and state officials enact the majority of laws that regulate our...

EDITORIAL: Flying high

Rio Grande Valley airports have been investing heavily lately in improvements, new terminals and runway expansion, and with good reason: they’re getting busier. In...

EDITORIAL: Connection

Brownsville officials have announced a goal of providing broadband internet access across the entire city. The city would benefit greatly from such a service. We...

EDITORIAL: Vote

Early voting ends Friday for the March 3 Democratic and Republican primaries. Registered voters who can’t, or prefer not to, vote next Tuesday, are...

EDITORIAL: Going Green

President Jimmy Carter famously installed solar panels at the White House in 1979. Just as famously, Ronald Reagan had them removed shortly after he...

EDITORIAL: No sanctuary

President Trump’s reelection campaign is heating up, and with it is his campaign against illegal immigration. Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence...

EDITORIAL: Closure

John Feit is dead, and his fate is now in the hands of his maker. His case will now join thousands that are sent...

2019 RGV Citizens of the Year: Valley MPO officials

Many cities and towns comprise the Rio Grande Valley, yet it generally is regarded as a single entity, with common characteristics, goals and problems. Its residents can be seen as one big family. Like any family, the relationships among the member cities and counties are complicated. Despite their commonality they sometimes come at odds, competing for key businesses and other features that can boost the economy not only of the Valley as a whole, but also of the host city. Clashes over the placement of institutions such as the medical school or funding allocations have even raised consternation from state officials who said no allocations would be considered until local officials stopped bickering and presented a single regional request. Sometimes, however, sensible, regional thinking develops on its own, and that happened in a big way when the Valley’s three metropolitan planning organizations, which plan transportation projects for the areas they cover, agreed to merge into one regional body. Read the full story at themonitor.com

EDITORIAL: Off target

Donald Trump won favor during his 2016 presidential campaign for his promise to reduce federal spending and completely eliminate our national debt within eight...