Letters: Comments countered
But when he states that Abbott should “let President Biden and Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas handle their federal responsibility, which is the borders of America,” he completely loses my support. The problem, and sad reality, is that Biden and Mayorkas have done everything but handle the border! And still people put Mr. Trump on a high pedestal as if he ever looked down toward them rather than the top 1% earners? Slowly but surely Mr. Biden has lead in restoring the world supply chain back to normal. Oscar GarzaPalmviewLETTERS — Limit letters to 300 words; all letters are subject to editing.myrgv.com
Texas Emergency Management officials urge Texans impacted by storms to report damage
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) urges all Texans impacted by this week’s severe storms to self-report property damage using TDEM’s iSTAT damage survey.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Letters: Questions answered
Being a person like Mr. Ben Castillo I like to ask questions, but I would much prefer answering his of Feb 3. We derive the same good that America has received from immigrants for nearly 250 years. Future loyal citizens, talent and people willing to take jobs that our affluent workers turn down. Those vilifying our governor wouldn’t stop because New York’s activities are caused by Gov. The ones we have have been broken for at least 70 years and no administration has taken adequate action to improve them until now.myrgv.com
Letters: Abbott visit just a waste
What a waste of money on useless steel that’ll rot in a few years. Mr. Abbott may do better spending our $32 billion surplus on education, better teacher pay, better security at the schools. Therefore, I believe we should get our priorities straight and boot Mr. Abbott and have a governor who looks to improve people’s lives instead of “a big, beautiful wall,” to quote his idol, Donald Trump. And, Mr. Abbott, let President Biden and Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas handle their federal responsibility, which is the borders of America. It is absolutely imperative that our shelter at the cathedral be kept open to shelter these refugees.myrgv.com
Letters: Heritage and history
I’m a living example of the way our country was formed by different peoples and there is nothing wrong in acknowledging this. My family is one of these families that can see our country and especially Texas from both sides. Theodore Monroe Dorsett, was a member of the Fredonia group, an early group of gringo rabble rousers who sparked the war against Santa Anna. He also, according the records in familysearch.org, was a member of the early Texas Rangers. My third great-grandpa got to Texas in 1826 with his familia and was a close buddy of William Travis.myrgv.com
Montana judge to decide on wolf hunting limits
A Montana judge said he would decide Tuesday whether to continue temporary limits on wolf hunting in the state or to restore quotas and hunting methods before a trial over whether the public was given an adequate opportunity to weigh in on changes in the way the state estimates the size of the wolf population.
Gov. Abbott announces over $355M in public safety grants
Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that his Public Safety Office (PSO) will administer more than $355 million in grant funding for a variety of public safety programs and services in Texas, including victims services, anti-human trafficking efforts, and law enforcement support.
Letters: Close borders
I loved reading Raymond Yates’ letter (Sept. 23), and yes, Raymond, I will help you, but we need more people to hear and help us! Abbott sent the crossers to “Forgetful Joe” Biden, because they will be protected from the Border Patrol by the $385,000 fence built with our hard-earned taxes, or directly to “Giggles” Kamala Harris’ residence. Please help me and Raymond Yates close the borders, because we are facing an invasion caused by this liberal Biden administration! Ricardo Rosales Sr.PharrRemovepresidentIt’s time for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to invoke the 25th Amendment, as Joe Biden has gone off the deep end mentally in a recent event where he was speaking. His diminished mental capacity has already given bravado to the leaders of Russia, North Korea and China.myrgv.com
Letters: GOP accused of hypocrisy
They don’t say good night to their mommy and daddy before going to sleep. Why is it you choose a weapon of war over a child’s right to grow up and live their dreams? The “sand,” of course, is Christianity’s terribly faulty interpretation of the scripture, leading inevitably to ignorance, inequality, hypocrisy, and violence throughout much of history. The “good book” itself contains lost secrets that, if found, could be of great help to us today. That is what democratic Rome did at the end, and that is what democratic Israel did at its end point too, when it slid into captivity in Babylon.myrgv.com
Problems caused by immigrant busing are enjoyed
They can’t let it die, and yet they cannot provide what they advertise, especially with elections looming in the future where local taxpayers may put a nail in their coffins. Coming soon will be a sponsored effort by Democrats to allow voting by those who are not citizens of the United States, both in local and national elections. What remedial actions can be taken to alleviate this catastrophe and return our government to, by and for all American citizens? Those migrants who are truthfully attempting to escape the tyranny and persecution of their home nation can apply at any U.S. embassy, and wait their turn to migrate into the United States. The United States must make illegal immigration seem less attractive.myrgv.com
Letters: Article addressed
The new findings that a culture of lockdowns due to “bailouts” by fleeing migrants is a reason joined by the authors with immigration policies, school lockdowns, complacency and the proximity of numerous immigrant detention centers in three nearby cities. Lockdowns — no actual numbers here — happen presumably when sirens scream on the two highways close to the school. In one report we are told that the Raptor alarm system doesn’t distinguish why there is a lockdown. Or is it another sort of link to immigration policy, which of course belongs solely to President Biden? Has any president for the past 20 or 30 years addressed real immigration reform?myrgv.com
State, feds say six-month maternal Medicaid coverage still under review
HHSC said it was initially told the plan was “not approvable.” Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a statement Friday saying Texas’ plan to extend coverage to six months was not rejected but still under review.
READ: Full report on Uvalde school shooting
The Texas House of Representatives Investigative Committee on the Robb Elementary Shooting released its interim report on the tragedy Sunday. It is based on weeks of closed-door interviews with dozens of people, including witnesses and law enforcement who responded to the shooting scene in Uvalde, Texas.
Pharr retirement community employee accused of stealing from retiree
A 54-year-old San Juan resident who worked as a Pharr retirement community’s marketing director found herself in jail this week for allegations that she stole nearly $150 from a retiree. Authorities booked Laura Michelle Abbott into the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday on a charge of credit card or debit card abuse against the elderly. The resident reported the allegations to Alamo police on May 13, where he reported that Abbott made approximately $147.34 in purchases without his consent, according to a probable cause affidavit. The Monitor reached out to a spokesperson listed on Brooke Ridge’s corporate website about Abbott’s employment status. Abbott bailed out of the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center on Thursday on a $20,000 bond, jail records show.myrgv.com
Letters: Can’t forget
Punch in, work, punch out, eat, and punch in again only to leave and, and for the second time this week, forgetting to punch out. I forgot that by the door, a specialized lock sits quietly watching the room, quaint and shiny, ready at a moment’s notice. For every ring or vibration of our alarms and alerts, we must not forget. When you get to your driveway and unload the groceries only to realize you forgot milk, do not forget their names. God please help us to forget the hate in our hearts and instead remember to recognize love for the sake of the children.myrgv.com
Letters: How will you vote?
Would you consider agreeing that no individual citizen needs an arsenal of assault weapons, which have been used almost exclusively for the murder of school children and other innocent people? Would you be willing to vote against any political office holder or candidate who wants unlimited access to assault weaponry, without regard to age or mental competence? These are three questions I hope you’ll ask yourself before you vote later this year. McLaughlin called Beto a “sick SOB,” and Beto was removed. Members of a society who have no problem killing children in the womb have no problem killing children in the classroom.myrgv.com
Letters: O’Rourke out of line
By the way, everyone already knows he has publicly stated that he is all for gun control and confiscation. There is a time and place for everything and this was not the time nor place for the wannabe senator, wannabe president or wannabe governor to be espousing his political agenda. Staying out of pressing community matters like gun violence is taking separation of church and state too far. That hallowed concept refers to preventing the state from running the church, and the church from running the state. It is clearly possible for good church members to be a force for lawful standards in the community as well.myrgv.com
Watch live: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Rodney Ellis call for special legislative session to address gun violence
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioner Rodney Ellis will hold a news conference Tuesday morning calling for a special session to address the ongoing gun violence among children.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calls for school safety review in wake of Uvalde mass shooting
In the wake of the Uvalde mass shooting in which 21 people were killed, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he sent a letter on Wednesday to Kathy Martinez-Prather directing the Texas School Safety Center to begin immediately conducting comprehensive school safety reviews to ensure all Texas public schools are following the appropriate procedures to maximize school safety.
Baby formula shortage is making low-income mothers struggle to pay for a product usually covered by the state
The state’s poorest mothers are paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket when they find baby formula because they say they can’t risk waiting for the exact brand and size container covered by Texas’ Women, Infant and Children program.
‘Disability Book Week’ opens world of literary contributions to better understand, empower disabled community
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner joins Texas Governor Abbott and officials from other states to proclaim April 23 – 29 as “Disability Book Week,” which will highlight authors worldwide with disabilities. It also includes books that have a leading character with a disability shown in a positive way.
Gov. Greg Abbott replaces Texas military leader who has overseen heavily criticized border mission
Maj. Gen. Thomas M. Suelzer will take over as the military department’s new leader. He replaces Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, who was criticized for her handling of Operation Lone Star, as adjutant general of the Texas Military Department.
Amazon, Walgreens and CVS limit Covid-19 tests per customer amid soaring cases
As the omicron variant spreads throughout the U.S. and Covid-19 cases spike ahead of Christmas, demand for at-home testing kits has risen dramatically. That prompted Amazon, Walgreens and CVS to place limits this week on how many tests each customer can buy.
Texas colleges and universities get more than $3 billion for campus construction projects under bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott
Before ending the special session Tuesday, Texas lawmakers reached a deal to allocate roughly $3.3 billion to higher education institutions for capital projects. The price tag went up from the Senate's original proposal.
Gov. Greg Abbott adds property tax relief, bail to special session agenda
Abbott has faced pressure from his right to prioritize property tax relief. One of his challengers in the Republican primary has slammed him for not including it earlier in the agenda, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called it his top priority this session.
Gov. Greg Abbott calls special legislative session for redistricting, other conservative priorities starting Sept. 20
On top of redistricting, Abbott wants lawmakers to take up bills on restrictions for transgender student athletes and the allocation of billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds.
Texas to spend $25 million on 2-mile concrete barrier amid Gov. Greg Abbott’s push for a state-funded border wall
The barrier in Eagle Pass is the first glimpse into how much a state-funded border wall could cost. But Abbott’s office says it’s a “concrete barrier” that is separate from his border wall push.
Drivers who hit someone in a crosswalk in Texas could now face prison time thanks to new law named after Fort Bend County woman
Not many days after Lisa Torry Smith died in 2017, after family members learned it was not a crime in Texas to drive into someone in a crosswalk, they decided the law needed to change.