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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving, Brownsville!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Texas Universities' Open Admissions Policy Closer to Extinction

UH-Downtown is one of only two Texas universities that offer open admission. The other is the University of Texas at Brownsville. Texas Southern University dropped its open admissions policy in 2008. (Source: Nov. 21 Houston Chronicle article)

UH-Downtown may drop open admissions
The goal is to remain accessible while increasing standards, hiking graduation rate

For the article, click here.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Plastic Bag Perspective.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Why vote Tuesday November 3, 2009 For a Veterans Hospital?

Why vote Tuesday November 3, 2009 For a Veterans Hospital?

This Tuesday November 3, 2009 we have a very important election. In fact I would venture to say that this election is more important than, the many boards, commissions, and city, county, state and federal elections of this century. We have the opportunity to GO VOTE FOR Constitutional Amendment 8(H.J.R. 7) to authorize the State to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veteran’s hospitals in this state.” Our State Legislators are to be commended for proposing this amendment. Now it is up to us to ratify it into the Texas Constitution.

Why do I say this?

Well let me try to explain to you my reasoning. Each time I visit the Viet Nam Memorial Wall I choke up and ask my self “why I am here and their names are inscribed there”? The only answer I can come up with is “That is what we might just call the Grace of God'.

I lost friends and class mates and dear loved ones that served. I still shed pent up tears trying to relieve the shadowed sorrow that mortally wounded my soul by that crazy war.

When our fellow veterans came back they were treated with out the respect and gratitude that our nation clearly owed them.

Now as our Veterans age and a new era of Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans come home. It is up to us to make sure they are welcomed and helped to reassemble into civilian life. They must absolutely have their medical needs and harsh emotional wounds attended to right here in our Rio Grande Valley. The very place where they deployed from the safety and warmth of their home, friends, family and other loved ones when duty called. I must tell you that when they return they are never the same as when they left.

Yes the VA Hospital in the RGV is way past due! How can our country spend billions on a border wall and other such things in the RGV? Our state has spent hundreds of millions rebuilding the Texas State Capitol Buildings. It is presently spending more millions for the Governor's Mansion restoration. How then can we forget that great debt of gratitude we owe our veterans?

Today, November 1, 2009, "all Souls Day", I salute and thank all our veterans for their service in all wars it is your heart and soul that has made and keeps our country great and free.

Our sick and suffering veteran's life and limb deserve restoration and rebuilding too!
When asked to do their duty they snapped to, hand saluted and said "yes sir"!

When asked by these same men and women for the hospital they so desperately need
How else can we respond but to go to the polls on Tuesday “snap to” and vote "Yes Sir” on Amendment 8 for a VA hospital in the Valley? We must now turn “the tide of possibilities” into the reality of a VA hospital in the RGV.

To quote professor Samuel Freeman's article in the RGV Guardian today "The ONLY way we will get a Veterans Hospital in the Valley is for the Veterans Administration, the State, and the University of Texas System to work together in partnership to bring both a Medical School and a Veterans Hospital in the valley. Please vote for this proposition. As a veteran, I thank you. for your support"

Ralph Cowen

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