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FRIDAY STATS, 02-26-2021

*All numbers are subject to update and review

 

Hidalgo County uses the case status definition provided by the Texas Department of State Health Service’s 2020 Epi Case Criteria Guide revised November 2020.

News

Governor steps into quick action

Excuse me for just a moment while I make a public plea to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz: “Call me next time, Ted, for free advice before you actually do something stupid. I can save you some pain.”

I mean, was it his wife, a Goldman Sachs managing director, God bless her, who said to him last week during the middle of a devastating Texas freeze: “Hey, Ted, honey, I have an idea. Why don’t we all go to Cancun for a vacay and get away from this dreadful cold?”

Vanguard works to assure parents that safety measures have been implemented

You can probably call public education and what has, or hasn’t, happened to it, one of the greatest tragedies of our time. Can anyone dispute that? Of course, you have to add to that the approximate 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19, which exceeds the number killed in WWI, WWII, and the Viet Nam War combined.

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Sports

PSJA ISD emphasizes health, wellness districtwide

PHARR – As part of its commitment to maintain health and safety at the forefront, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) is once again participating in the annual It’s Time Texas Community Challenge.

Aware of the importance of health and wellness, especially during the pandemic, thousands of PSJA ISD employees, students, and parents are taking on the statewide health competition that mobilizes communities to adopt healthy lifestyles.

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PSJA Memorial Head Football Coach David Brown II announced last Friday via Twitter that he has resigned his position after a 0-14 two-year record: “Hopefully over the past two years here I have positively impacted enough people to inspire them to do the same to others,” Brown tweeted.

Greatest QB of all time

Is there any real money in bookmaking? Maybe I need to look into it. Go to Reynosa and announce my presence to gamblers around the Plaza. Cops won’t bother me there, and thankfully, there is no criminal element that might object to my taking pesos off of would-be drug buyers. The cartel guys might even place some bets, and I’m betting they take it well when they lose.

Opinion

Texans suffer the consequences of a decades-long push for energy deregulation

Texas often prides itself on being a low-regulation state that puts the free market ahead of all else. While this approach does work in some situations, often on a short-term basis, it can also have dire consequences as demonstrated by millions of Texans left without power and/or water.

Kobayashi Maru Test

When James Tiberius Kirk attended the Star Fleet Academy, he was required by the school to take a test that had been constructed so it was impossible to win. Kirk, however, did not believe there was such a thing as a no-win scenario. He, therefore, introduced a virus into the computer software and defeated the Klingons in the ensuing virtual confrontation by cheating. We see that same thing happening today except that the Klingons have been replaced by government apparatchiks.

Millions of Texans dealing with water supply issues

Warmer temperatures over the weekend and continuing this week melted most of the snow from the state’s roadways and roofs. But Texans are still dealing with broken pipes that flooded homes and businesses, damaged municipal water systems, and continued power outages in scattered areas, mainly in East and Central Texas.

Lifestyle

ALAMO - To enhance exhibit displays and purchase needed equipment, the Friends of the City of Alamo Museum will be holding an outdoor fundraising rummage sale Saturday, March 6, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 130 South Eighth Street, Alamo.

The rummage sale will include household items, furniture, some clothing, etc. Donations of items are being accepted from the public.

Rep. Canales makes Texas history again with reappointment as Chair of House Committee on Transportation

By being selected as Chair, House Committee on Transportation, Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, on Thursday, February 4, 2021, made history again by becoming the first Hispanic state lawmaker to lead that influential group of 12 fellow state representatives.

His reappointment by Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, R-Orange, also demonstrates Canales’ ability to work with the state’s Democratic and Republican leadership at the highest level of state government.

Puppy Love Payoff: A Lifetime of Devotion

You might fall for their roly poly round bodies on short, chubby legs, their eagerness to approach life as one big playground, or for that intent look in their eyes that seems to say they would follow you anywhere and do anything in their impressive arsenal of Puppy Powers to make you happy, but what will keep you hooked is the joy you feel every day, sharing your life with a dog.

Obituaries

ARNOLDO “Harold” DE LEON

PHARR – Aroldo “Harold” De Leon, 81, went home to our Lord Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.

IGNACIO “Nacho” MEDINA

ALAMO – Ignacio “Nacho” Medina, 65, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.

AMPARO D. PEREZ

EDINBURG – Amparo D. Perez, 82, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Abri of Edinburg.

Amparo loved her family immensely and found joy in caring for them by cooking their favorite meals and sharing conversation. Her greatest gifts were her enveloping love and kindness. She was a beautiful role model to her admiring family.

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