Zero tolerance policies traditionally have proven to be of little benefit to anyone other than politicians seeking re-election on tough-oncrime platforms. Stories abound of people sentenced to unreasonable prison terms for minor infractions, and of honors students expelled from school for ca…

Logic not being the strong point of the Trump administration, it claims that it is not to blame for the separation of families at the border, and that a just God is pleased it is happening.The first claim is a lie. Without the administration’s “zerotolerance” policy, there would be no surge …

In the mission to save lives through the power of organ donation, we are often met with a number of barriers in discussing donation with our communities. After pushing past myths and misconceptions, we find ourselves with a group of people who want to donate, but have been misinformed about …

“McAllen Areas Still Look Like Venice,” and “Mid-Valley Towns Still Plagued By Flooding in Wake of Beulah” were just some of the headlines in the Valley Evening Monitor on Sept. 24, 1967. Hurricane Beulah had deluged the Rio Grande Valley with more than 25 inches of rain over a five-day peri…

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Have you noticed the vertical integration of education happening in the Rio Grande Valley? We now have colleges/universities in the area partnered with local school districts that have academies, then early college high schools, and then dual enrollment. Many of these new programs and initia…

E-cigarette use in the United States has increased rapidly since its introduction in 2007. While electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are often touted as a less harmful alternative to smoking, it is important to remember that these devices can be harmful, nonetheless. While the long-term eff…

Now that the warm and fuzzy sentimentality of Mother’s Day is behind us, let’s take a look at the real cost of being a mother. I’m not talking about what it costs to raise a child in the United States, which is $233,610 excluding college. No, I am talking about what having a child costs the …

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