Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – RESPONSE TO PREVIOUS LETTER

In response to Dr. Sparks letter about the proposed tax rate hike, I would ask him to consider that for at 17 of the 20 years I have lived here the citizens of Mission have lived under the false assumption that a fast growing city could continually lower its taxes and keep up with increased…

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Fried to perfection

Southern Fried, a restaurant based originally in McAllen, has arrived in Mission. One of the charms of the establishment, which boasts a menu of fried fish filets, shrimp, chicken strips, wings and homestyle sandwiches, is that it is local, and family-owned and operated. Conveniently located just two minutes from the Progress Times office, Southern Fried…

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9/11, 19 years later

As I practiced reading and writing in a small, bustling kindergarten classroom, tragedy struck the nation. Most people who were already adults have their own perspective of the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. It is often claimed that young people, particularly those who were children at the time, have no grasp of…

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Say No to Taxes

I am writing this letter in response to the upcoming vote to raise taxes in the city of Mission at the meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020.  I have a question for the city.  Why would the City Council of Mission want to raise taxes in the middle of a pandemic when so many people…

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Letters to the editor

To the Editor: Do you know who’s voting by mail this election? Donald Trump. And do you know who’s making it harder for everyone else in the country to vote by mail in the middle of a global pandemic? That’s right — Donald Trump.  He and other White House officials have gone on record with…

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Coronavirus Will Not End Our Commitment to Public Education

Column by Senator Jane Nelson and Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, May 2020 Last session, the Texas Legislature passed HB 3 to invest more state dollars in our classrooms and give a much needed salary increase to our teachers. With the coronavirus pandemic, we have learned to appreciate even more the role of our schools and…

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UTRGV School of Medicine Graduation — Historic Moment

Column by Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Last Saturday the Rio Grande Valley witnessed a truly historic moment, a moment that for many of us has been a longtime dream. Thirty-nine students graduated in the inaugural graduation ceremony from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine! They will forever be honored as the…

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Governor Orders Schools Closed, Not Instruction

Column by State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa The education of our children is a top priority. However, the most pressing issue at this time remains the health and safety of all our fellow Texans. For this reason, last week I wrote a letter to Governor Greg Abbott urging him to use his authority to cancel…

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A reason to rejoice

In this time of fear during one of the holiest days of the year, we reached out to several local religious leaders who shared with us messages of Easter hope. How do you feel on this Easter day? Are you greeting the day with great joy? Are you celebrating that God has moved in time…

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President Trump, Tell U.S. Residents to Stay Home

Column by Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa There is no doubt that the best thing all American’s can do right now to help contain the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home and practice social distancing. In Texas, I support the leadership of our local officials, who in coordination with their public health experts, have…

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