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There is talk circulating through Hidalgo County among some elected officials concerning the impoverished and how to make their lives better. I think I even saw one message go by: How to put an end to poverty in Hidalgo County.

I know how to end it, or how to cut down on the percentage of poor people, but few will like it: Limit the number of children a poor person has to include only the number she and the father can personally afford.

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Observations Commentary

There are a lot of things to love about the RGV. Local politics being one of them. Some cities take politics to the next level. Alamo is one of them. Over the years, some elections have turned into classic battles.

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If you own residential or commercial property in Pharr, look for a price hike on your utility bill starting next month; and if things proceed as expected this week during a special called meeting, your property taxes will increase as well.

According to city reps, however, there is a silver lining in all of this for city property owners.


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The World of Sports

Football spirit was in high gear last week at PSJA Stadium.

The PSJA High Bears hosted the San Benito Greyhounds last Thursday, Sept. 12, in a non-district contest at PSJA Stadium. The Greyhounds prevailed, 34-13.

In an intra-rival contest, the PSJA Southwest Javelinas took on PSJA Memorial Wolverines last Friday, Sept. 13, at PSJA Stadium. The Javelinas took this one, 41-14.


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The recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities by Yemeni Houthi forces demonstrate once again that an aggressive foreign policy often brings unintended consequences and can result in blowback. In 2015 Saudi Arabia attacked its neighbor, Yemen, because a coup in that country ousted the Saudi-backed dictator. Four years later Yemen is in ruins, with nearly 100,000 Yemenis killed and millions more facing death by starvation.

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Ephesians 5:22, 28 & 33, Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord ... husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself ... each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

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God IS gracious! A blessing we take for granted is language, which has connected us to one another from the time of the Garden of Eden. Humans are designed to be relational beings and our biblical roots are deep, though not always obvious.


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EDINBURG – The Edinburg Rotary Club recently presented honored the Migrant Education Program from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District.

“I want to thank the Rotary Club for allowing us to present. It was such a special moment, because we had our top migrant students from each of the high schools share a little story,” ECISD Migrant Coordinator Patricio Escamilla said. “It was impressive to hear some of their stories.”

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On behalf of my wife and I, we wish our son a very happy 32nd birthday this week. The picture you see here was taken back in 1993 when he graduated from kindergarten in May of that year. The first day I picked up from kindergarten the previous August, he said, leaning on the door so I couldn’t pry his hands loose, “I can’t leave yet, dad.”

“Why not?”

“Because I haven’t learned how to read yet.”

Actually, he could read by then, but not as well as he wanted.

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ALAMO - The Alamo Chamber of Commerce-Miss Alamo Scholarship Pageant Committee on Sunday, February 17, hosted the Miss Alamo 2019 Scholarship Pageant at PSJA Memorial ECHS Roberto Gomez, Jr. Performing Arts Center --theme was “Girl Power.”


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EDINBURG - Maria Irma Rodriguez, 66, entered eternal rest Sunday, September 15, 2019, at her residence in Edinburg.

Mrs. Rodriguez was a lifelong resident of Edinburg.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ubaldo Rodriguez.

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Hermelinda "Nana" Villegas, 57, went home to our Lord Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.

Born in McAllen, she had lived in San Juan and in Mission.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ramiro Villegas, Sr.

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Maricela Moreno De Cortez, 66, died Saturday, 7, 2019, at McAllen Medical Center.

She is preceded in death by her son, Noel Cortez.

Mrs. Moreno De Cortez is survived by her husband, Ramon Armando Cortez of Pharr; four children, Geraldo (Laura) Moreno Cortez of McAllen, Ramon Cortez of Pharr, Mapy (Marco) Nereyda of Michigan, Monica Michel Cortez of Pharr; ten grandchildren; her mother, Maria Moreno Infante of Mexico; and a sister, Zenaida Macias of Alamo.

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