COVID Confessions: Different responses, different results observed from Vietnam

When I stepped into the taxi, the driver shook his head and adjusted his mask a little more tightly. “American?” he asked. “You have more deaths than anywhere in the world! You are lucky to be safe in Vietnam.” I was lucky. As I write, Vietnam has reported no deaths from COVID-19 and only 326 infections in a country of almost 100 million. In January, Hanoians celebrating Lunar New Year gathered along the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake, taking pictures in traditional dress and carrying blooming pink peach blossom trees on the back of motorbikes as they hurried to join family celebrations. Read the full story at themonitor.com

COMMENTARY: Remembering Roy Hess, former Monitor sports editor

Legend. Iconic. Giant. Roy Hess was all of these when it came to RGV sports and more specifically journalism in the Valley. For more than four decades, Hess dedicated his professional life to telling the stories of Valley athletes. Even when he decided to change careers and become a nurse in Harlingen, Roy continued to roam sidelines and gyms with pen and paper in hand. Read the full story at themonitor.com

LETTERS: Article praised

Article praised Congratulations on a terrific article about the Ramirez doctors. Back in 1960, my grandmother, Emilia Schunior Ramirez, was teaching Spanish at Pan American College....

COMMENTARY: Memorial Day has become a day of personal recollection

Memorial Day is our day to honor and mourn our soldiers — ordinary men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, laying down their...

COMMENTARY: Seeking equality in relief funding

As part of the greater response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act, which provided the state of Texas with $11.2 billion...

COMMENTARY: Turbulence in Hidalgo County

For the better part of three months, Hidalgo County has faced historic challenges in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community’s response has...

LETTERS: Gratitude deserved

Gratitude deserved There are no words to express our eternal gratitude to our first responders during this devastating COVID-19 pandemic. The doctors’ and other medical personnel’s...

EDITORIAL: In memoriam

Rio Grande Valley residents have always held strong appreciation for departed family members, as well as for those who have been willing to place...

LETTERS: Let experts run briefings; Coronavirus and dementia; Improving mail service; Older children warrant...

Let experts run briefings The daily briefings of the Coronavirus Task Force are invaluable! The medical (scientist) experts should be the ones conducting the briefings,...

EDITORIAL: Bad decision

“I asked him, ‘What do you think?’ He said, ‘Well, if you’d like it.” With that short sentence, President Trump might have destroyed one of...