EDITORIAL: Drivers, families should ensure no one is impaired behind wheel

The officials’ recommendations seem so simple that they might be easy to overlook. Ignoring them, however, carries the risk of turning what should be one of the year’s most festive seasons into a time of tragedy — or a lifetime of regret.

EDITORIAL: Much discussion, little action over Valley MPO merger idea

As the Rio Grande Valley grows, many people are calling for local officials to think regionally and combine their efforts for the greater good....

EDITORIAL: Officials should ask military to remove hazardous barrier

Editorial: We trust that officials will raise the pressure on our military to completely remove the barriers, as they are doing more harm than good.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EDITORIAL: Charter schools have proven they deserve to be expanded

The Valley has benefited from the existence of some of the state’s top charter schools, and some say the competition has been a factor in the overall improvement of many traditional public schools in the area as well.

EDITORIAL: AMLO plan for migrants might benefit all parties

Providing opportunities for Central American migrants that also benefit Mexico’s economy should reduce the flow of migrants from both regions to this country, reducing some of the problems that currently cloud the debate over our own immigration policy. U.S. officials should be willing to work with Lopez Obrador on this plan that could bring benefits to all concerned.