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: Brexit limbo: Complex economic linkages don’t vanish overnight

The recent Parliamentary vote on a proposed Brexit deal resulted in a decisive “no” to Prime Minister Theresa May’s path for the United Kingdom...