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OPINION: Definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over, but expecting different results.

It’s been said many ways by a variety of sources, but it still comes to the same reality: If you don’t like what you’re getting, change what you’re doing.

Hidalgo County and South Texas politicians, candidates and their campaign workers have made negative headline news for decades – almost a century. They range from actionable professional misconduct by politicians to illegal activity committed in conjunction with their public office: misdemeanors, DWI arrests, suspensions, sanctions, ethics violations, and/or indictments and convictions for corruption.


Singleterry once faced suspension in federal court

There was a period from 2008 to 2010 in which Luis Singleterry, candidate for 92nd District Court, didn’t handle a single federal court case.

He couldn’t. He was suspended. The suspension is one of a few issues that have come to light as the Democrat campaigns for the bench. His opponent is Republican Jaime Tijerina, who was appointed to the bench by the governor in October 2013 after former Judge Ricardo Rodriguez stepped down to run for district attorney.


Hospital district draws opposition

Opponents of the Hidalgo County Hospital District believe an 8-cent tax rate will quickly escalate to 75 cents.

Supporters believe the hospital district not only will improve current healthcare services, but also is essential for a county on the verge of having its own medical school.


County appoints Peñitas mayor as JP

Marcos Ochoa, former Peñitas mayor, is now Pct. 3, Place 2 justice of the peace.

Former JP, Ismael “Melo” Ochoa, who is not related, submitted a letter of resignation to Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia at around 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court appointed Marcos Ochoa to the seat at its Tuesday meeting.


Ousley: Look at the man, not the party

Hidalgo County sheriff candidate Vince Ousley is asking voters to look the person, not the party.

He wants voters to educate themselves and stop following the pack. In the perfect world, Ousley said, candidates for each political party would represent their respective party well. But he pointed at corruption recently uncovered by former sheriff Lupe Treviño and said it's not a perfect world.


Hiring Our Heroes aims at veterans

Veterans have the opportunity to fine tune their interviewing skills and clean up their resume with a job fair hosted by the University of Phoenix McAllen campus.

On Oct. 15, the university, partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce foundation Hiring Our Heroes, will hold an employment workshop and hiring fair.


JP Ochoa abruptly resigns

Ismael “Melo” Ochoa, justice of the peace for Pct. 3, Place 2, submitted a letter of resignation to Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia at around 2 p.m. Friday.

It was effective immediately. The short letter did not give a reason for the sudden resignation. Ochoa ran unopposed for reelection to the office in the March primaries. He also did not have a Republican opponent in the November election.


MissionPink boosts breast cancer awareness

Imelda Martinez was bald for a year while she underwent chemotherapy, but she refused to let her breast cancer diagnosis stop her from living.

“Sometimes I wouldn’t wear my scarf. I’d put on the biggest pair of earrings I had and the highest stilettos, and I danced all night,” Martinez told the thousands who showed up for the sixth annual MissionPink 5K Walk/Run.


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