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Political forum highlights differences during early voting

About the only thing U.S. Ruben Hinojosa and challenger Eddie Zamora agreed on during a recent political forum is that veterans need better healthcare.

Zamora, a Republican, said with two sons in the military, the wait times for veterans to receive healthcare service is unacceptable, while Hinojosa, a Democrat, said he was dismayed to learn of the break down at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and he’s working to fix it.

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South Texas Indian Dancers Pow Wow is Oct 24-25

Years ago, the Lipan Apache Indians were among the Native American tribes that roamed the area. Today, the Apache culture is being preserved by the South Texas Indian Dancers with their sponsor Robert Soto, a descendant of the Lipan Apache Indians.

The South Texas Indian Dancers will host their 25th annual South Texas (Way South) Pow Wow at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main, McAllen Oct. 24-25.

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19th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival starts Nov. 1

Fall is here and the amazing butterfly migration is underway in the Rio Grande Valley. Along with the butterfly migration comes the 19th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival where butterfly enthusiasts from all across the country gather to enjoy the beauty of nature in her colorful array.

The festival runs Nov. 1-4 at the the National Butterfly Park, 3333 Butterfly Park Drive, in Mission, featuring field trips and tours to butterfly and birding hotspots all across the Rio Grande Valley. In addition, a range of seminars will be held for beginners as well as for seasoned veteran butterfliers who wish to learn more about butterflies and the unique habitat offered by the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

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Letter to the Editor: Do the County Commissioners think Voters are Clueless?

They are trying to convince us to vote for something we already have.   The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court is asking that we vote to create a Hospital District that would increase our taxes to 75 cents per $100 of value. To put this rate in perspective the county has a rate of 59 cents per $100 valuation on homes and businesses. A rate of 75 cents is $215,615,000 in taxes a year and this number would increase each year because it is based on your property value. The result will be that the poor will lose their homes because of this tax.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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