April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month, but unfortunately I don’t think it had much positive impact in the Rio Grande Valley.
For the second time in nearly four years, a sad pre-dawn memorial bicycle ride was held Thursday to commemorate the death of a cyclist fatally struck on a McAllen road.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — It was the day after controversial GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore was defeated in Alabama, and President Donald Trump’s new secretary for the Department of Homeland Security was making a surprise stop in the city of Hidalgo that afternoon. But instead I chose to go to th…
In her North McAllen home recently, Linda Unland Quinn showed two yellow sheets of paper bearing the names and current addresses and phone numbers of 30 of her former students from her first fifth-grade class back in 1967. The list is penned in impeccable cursive — the kind only an elementar…
At a lunch meeting Thursday of the McAllen Citizens League, Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia called me out personally for an editorial in Thursday’s Monitor that referenced the building of a new Hidalgo County courthouse as “unpopular.”
When he was a teen growing up in a poor section of Los Angeles, Caylin Moore’s mother often didn’t have enough money to feed him and his younger brother and sister dinner. “So he would take his hunger pains to the garage and do pushups until he passed out,” his mentor and former NFL New York…
MCALLEN — At Wednesday night’s Ride of Silence, originating from The Monitor’s parking lot, I met a young woman wearing a red felt arm band — marking her as one who has been struck while bicycling on an area road.
My daughter turns 16 in October and is already preparing to take the wheel at that time. She’s my third child and I know this rite of passage is never easy. But unlike driving fears that I had for her older brothers in years past, I’m now scared for her for another reason that I never expected.
Last Sunday morning, about 40 people assembled in the City of Hidalgo at the Hidalgo Pumphouse & Museum for a community hike. Their goal: To get a firsthand look at our present border/levee fence and to get educated on what adding to it, or building a border wall — which President Donald…
Many people talk about the need to prepare our youth for future roles, but few actually let children experience those opportunities. That is exactly what Dora Brown, a vice president of IBC Bank, has been doing for two decades via her unique Minitropolis school programs that teach children f…
Her big brown eyes looked up at me filled with trust, and her soft hand felt so tiny inside mine as sweet, 6-year-old Annie let me help her look for pants to buy earlier this week. She was one of 200 low-income children from McAllen ISD who each received a $100 Target holiday shopping spree …
On a medical mission trip to northern Colombia in 2015, Annette Diaz Franz, of McAllen, stumbled upon an out of the way rancheria where every able woman and girl was weaving unique handbags and other items that they sold to sustain their village amidst an ongoing drought.
In the third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on Wednesday, Trump reiterated his call for a wall on the Southwest border, which would include the Rio Grande Valley.
My 19-year-old son has a severe peanut allergy. And he has for years had on hand a life-saving EpiPen injection device, which twice we’ve had to use.
I only remember meeting him once. He was my “tio,” Jaime Escalante — the legendary Los Angeles math teacher about whom the movie “Stand and Deliver” was made.
Tale of one mother and her son who fled to America so he could go to school, but after Supreme Court's immigration ruling they might be sent back
For two days recently (a total of 18 hours) I participated with 40 others in an important, yet exhaustive, process to help McAllen Independent School District design a five-year strategic plan.
There is an image that I can’t shake from my mind of several young children who I saw last year filling the cafeteria at the Karnes County Residential Center, about 200 miles north of McAllen, where hundreds of women and children who arrived in the United States illegally are detained for we…
Like thousands of parents in Texas this week, I watched my daughter fidget and fret over taking the STAAR tests. She is in eighth grade and so will be taking a total of four standardized exams this academic year, which began with exams this week on math and reading.
Monitor reporters May Ortega and Mitchell Ferman wrote a compelling and disturbing piece that ran Sunday detailing how many college women who spring break on South Padre Island are objectified, groped and even sexually assaulted.
At McAllen’s Public Library on Sunday night, a red carpet was rolled out and a contingency of “paparazzi” were hastily snapping photos as a cadre of very special youth walked, and some rolled, by to view the premiere screening of a short video in which they starred.
My daughter, and I’m guessing many other eighth-graders throughout Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, has been completely stressing this week as she selects high school courses for the fall.
A unique conference is being held at the McAllen Convention Center this week as hundreds of school food service workers from throughout South Texas are here to learn how to make school meals more appealing.
The chatter inside the McAllen Civic Center Auditorium prior to last Friday’s 2016 Children’s Education Concerts by the Valley Symphony Orchestra was deafening.
It’s not often that a room full of lawmakers, city and county leaders and citizens become absolutely still and engaged by a speaker. Unless, that is, they are listening to Sister Norma Pimentel.
WESLACO — At Weslaco City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, three prominent and powerful elected state officials stood before a group of seniors and humbly asked for their advice and guidance in the Legislature and to inform them on how they can work to make Texas a better state and the Rio Grand…
I was at an event hosted by Texas A&M University last week in Weslaco when a Hidalgo County leader, whom I had just seen previously at a University of Texas-related event, leaned back and told me that living in the Valley right now “is like having two boyfriends who both want to date us.”
Kids are ridiculously resilient. They are full of unbridled energy, ambition, hope and trust. And those are the ingredients to conquer whatever may seem impossible in life. But somehow, as adults, those characteristics and passions tend to get whittled away over the years. We end up doubting…
Earlier this month, I rode along with national walkability expert Mark Fenton as he toured South McAllen so he could assess whether this area is inviting to pedestrians and bikers — or is more auto-friendly.
Edinburg residents who attended a meeting earlier this week to protest a proposed fracking site in their neighborhood struck a personal chord with me, especially after an environmental scare in my own nearby neighborhood this week that has left me doubting whether state regulators are really…
I’m sure I’m not the only Valley driver who has experienced this: You are waiting in a line of cars at a red light that turns green, yet the driver in front doesn’t move. Instead, their head is down as they furiously type or read their cellphone. You honk. They finally move, yet no one else …
When Sister Marcella Ewers, president of Juan Diego Academy, walks around her peaceful and picturesque campus in Mission, students stop to give her hugs and hold doors open for her. She is met with generous smiles and adoring eyes by youth, faculty and parents.
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