EDITORIAL: Viral costs: Congress could help Trump address high prices of drugs

The new year will give Trump a Democratic House and Republican Senate. If the three parties are willing to work together to seriously address it, perhaps they can make progress toward reducing one of the largest factors in the high cost of medical care in the United States.

COMMENTARY: Is the US, China trade truce actual relief?

Perryman: Tariffs are already harming affected industries in the U.S. and China, consumers have been negatively affected, and economic performance has suffered. ...Let’s hope the truce holds and progress is forthcoming.

EDITORIAL: We hope next Legislature avoids old divisive issues

Editorial: We hope the majority of our lawmakers agree with our governor that such discriminatory and divisive matters should be left to lie where they fell two years ago.

LETTER: My photos with the president

On Oct. 28, 2000, I personally met and took pictures with our 41st United States president. I was invited by my nephew, Raul Villarreal Jr.,...

LETTER: Impressed with Bush, not so much with the Gulf War

I met George H.W. Bush in Iowa when he was running for president in 1980 (he carried Iowa) and was very impressed. Since he is...

EDITORIAL: College-university agreements benefit many students in Valley

Editorial: The traditional university model doesn’t meet the needs of many students who can’t stop working or who have other special circumstances. Those circumstances shouldn’t unreasonably limit a person’s ability to build a better future, and it’s good to see that institutions in South Texas and beyond are expanding options that help students improve their lives.

EDITORIAL: Suicides, overdoses reflect need for more mental health resources

Editorial: We should encourage a growth in careers in mental health research, treatment and counseling. Universities would do well to expand and promote their courses and degree plans in such careers, so that high school students and young adults recognize such offerings as valid career options.

COMMENTARY: My one and only meeting with George H.W. Bush

"America needs men like this, but we also need to learn how to appreciate men like this." -Louise Butler, member of The Monitor Board of Contributors

EDITORIAL: Purges of voter rolls require improved registration methods

Editorial: The loss of voting privileges seems an extreme penalty for non-participation. Our legislature can address the issue in the upcoming session. One pre-filed bill would enable qualified residents to register online, which would facilitate another step that has proven successful in several states: same-day registration.

COMMENTARY: A long-term forecast for the US economy

From M. Ray Perryman, a member of our board of contributors: The United States economy is expected to see long-term expansion. How well we deal with challenges and make the most of competitive advantages will determine the pattern, but the overall outlook is decidedly positive.

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