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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Austin

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Austin, TX. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Austin's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Austin. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Austin, TX. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
Mediterranean Grocery Austin, TX

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Austin,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Austin, TX, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Austin, TX.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

1.

Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

3.

Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

4.

They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

6.

Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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No. 22/19 Texas falls in overtime at Texas Tech, 37-34

LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 22/19 Texas football team converted a 48-yard field goal in 21 seconds to force overtime, but came up short 37-34 at Texas Tech on Saturday.Bijan Robinson rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries and Hudson Card threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the game.KEY STATISTICS &...

LUBBOCK, Texas – The No. 22/19 Texas football team converted a 48-yard field goal in 21 seconds to force overtime, but came up short 37-34 at Texas Tech on Saturday.

Bijan Robinson rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries and Hudson Card threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

KEY STATISTICS

• The Longhorns struck first as they found the endzone in three plays. Keilan Robinson scored on a 35-yard pass play from Hudson Card.

• Texas took a 10-7 lead after the first quarter, but the Red Raiders came back to go up 14-7 on a 17-yard touchdown throw from Donovan Smith to Tahj Brooks.

Hudson Card scrambled and found Xavier Worthy for a 39-yard touchdown pass to put the Longhorns up 17-14. For Worthy it's his first touchdown catch of the season.

• Texas went into halftime with a 24-14 lead after a 12-play, 82-yard drive, which ended with a Bijan Robinson eight-yard touchdown run. For Robinson it's his fourth straight game with a rushing touchdown and he has scored a rushing or receiving touchdown in 15 of his last 16 games.

• Robinson scored his second touchdown of the game with a 40-yard burst down the sideline to give Texas a 31-17 lead. Hudson Card make a critical 22-yard pickup on 3rd and 10 to keep the drive alive. It's the ninth career multi-touchdown game for Bijan Robinson.

• The Red Raiders put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive to get within a score at 31-24.

• The Longhorns made a crucial goal-line as they stopped Texas Tech on fourth and goal from the two-yard line with 10:18 to play in the fourth quarter.

• The Red Raiders tied the game with a 19-yard touchdown pass by Smith with 7:54 to play.

• Texas Tech kicked the go-ahead field goal from 45-yard with 21 seconds left in the game to go up 34-31.

• The Longhorns drove 46 yards on four plays in 21 seconds and Bert Auburn kicked a 48-yard field goal to tie the game 34-34 at the end of regulation.

• The Red Raiders kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime.

NEXT

The Longhorns are back at home to host West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Real Estate Company Says Four American Cities, Including Oklahoma, Are Better Taco Cities Than L.A.

Throughout our days and years as writing types, we’ve received a fair amount of unique press releases; innovations such as Nadkins and vaginal suppositories laced with THC come to mind.But the mother-of-all-outrage landed in our inbox the other day in the form of an email release touting a sto...

Throughout our days and years as writing types, we’ve received a fair amount of unique press releases; innovations such as Nadkins and vaginal suppositories laced with THC come to mind.

But the mother-of-all-outrage landed in our inbox the other day in the form of an email release touting a story from Clever Real Estate that calls Austin, Texas, America’s “best taco city,” with our beloved Los Angeles coming in at #5 on the list, sending the mercury on our no-fucking-mames meter blasting through the glass.

Say what?! The clickbait has been laid, and against our better judgement about this kind of bullshit, here we are taking it.

Proving figures can be manipulated for whatever effect you desire, like pushing more L.A. transplants into Texas. The rankings were determined by a hearty stew of determining factors, including points for “taco restaurants” and taco trucks per 100,000 residents, the average Yelp star ratings of said places, Google trend scores searches for tacos, and a couple of other things that really don’t matter because it’s all wrong.

One would be hard-pressed to find the scope and diversity of Southern California’s Mexican restaurant scene in the high majority of U.S. cities. We have the good fortune to live in a place where the cuisine of nearly every state in Mexico can be found, in addition to regional recipes that can be traced back to small towns and even home kitchens, not to mention a gracious bounty of Southwestern “Tex-Mex,” North American lunchroom tacos, and the surfeit of international cultures sliding their culinary treasures into corn tortillas, a long list that includes tacos highlighting the cuisine of Italy, Korea, Vietnam, Armenia, Iran, and so many more.

Of course, being L.A. TACO, we’re biased as can be. But there’s no doubt in our mind that a city of Austin’s size is not holding a candle to one that counts vastly more Mexican and Mexican-American people than they have people in total.

But don’t take our word for it. We reached out to food writer, friend, and television host Ali Khan, a former L.A. TACO columnist and former Angeleno who has called Austin home now for seven years, during which he tells us he’s been trying to chase down the kinds of tacos he coveted in L.A.

The man doesn’t mince words when we ask for his opinion on the claims that Austin is the #1 best city for tacos in the county.

“I was working with the James Beard Foundation in Texas this last year, and homie, I’ll tell you right now, Austin doesn’t even have the best tacos in the fucking state,” he explains to L.A. TACO, mentioning that a more interesting challenge would be a fight between L.A. and Houston or San Antonio, given their respective sizes and diversity, or even California versus Texas. “But yeah, that’s preposterous. There’s no way, dude. If you’re talking about breadth and depth, there’s no way a city of this size can compare.”

I can’t even get a good tamal in this town, and I wrote an article on tamales during the holiday times,” Khan continues. “The best tamal I’ve had here were actually brought from El Paso.”

Of course, we love Austin, as does Ali. So, we wanted to know which Austin taquerías he’d point Angelenos to without hesitation. He enthusiastically endorses a few new players in the game: Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ, which he says does Tex-Mex the way it’s done in Texas households with an off-pit smoker and skirt steak fajita over mesquite and pillowy flour tortillas, and Los Cuantos, which comes from an East Austin local from humble beginnings who went to Mexico City and nixtamalizes his own masa and makes great salsa.

The latter scratches the itch when the former Downtowners “misses L.A.” and his all-time favorite late-night L.A. taquería, the Arts District’s long-gone La Reyna in the Arts District, as he often does. He also grieves over leaving our city before the rise of such places as Sonoratown and Tire Shop Taquería.

“What I miss is the salsa bars of Southern California,” he says, also noting a lack of al pastor in Austin amid a profusion of asada, brisket, and barbacoa. “Last time I was in Santa Barbara to shoot ‘Cheap Eats,’ I was like, ‘oh right, you can get twelve salsas!’ I forgot what that even looks like.”

Having cast his Angeleno-Austin-ite judgement upon the land and clickbait listicles everywhere, Khan leaves us with one last word of advice on pinpointing enthralling Mexican food.

“For me, the best Mexican food is always on the street, with some great exceptions,” he says. “For me, the better the margarita, the worse the food.”

Of course, for anyone seeking a taste of a Texan-specific take on Mexican food, there are always breakfast tacos at Austin-affiliated Homestate to start. Which we understand has a good margarita. And then there is the pop-up A’s BBQ, which sometimes serves its meat on tacos (and does not serve margaritas).

That’s located right here, in the #1 U.S. city for tacos and greater Mexican cuisine, as it goes in our book.

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Texas University Pays $165,000 Settlement to Professor Fired for Mocking ‘Microaggressions’

University of North Texas (UNT) has agreed to pay $165,000 to settle a First Amendment lawsuit brought by a former math professor, who was fired after mocking the concept of “microaggressions” as “garbage.”Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative Christian legal group representing professor Nathaniel Hiers in the case, celebrated the settlement as a “win for ...

University of North Texas (UNT) has agreed to pay $165,000 to settle a First Amendment lawsuit brought by a former math professor, who was fired after mocking the concept of “microaggressions” as “garbage.”

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative Christian legal group representing professor Nathaniel Hiers in the case, celebrated the settlement as a “win for free speech on public university campuses.”

“We hope this is the first step in the university restoring its role as a marketplace of ideas rather than an echo chamber for one viewpoint,” said ADF senior counsel Tyson Langhofer.

The case stemmed from an incident in November 2019, when someone anonymously left a stack of flyers warning against “microaggressions” in the UNT mathematics department’s faculty lounge.

The flyer, according to the complaint (pdf), discourages the use of certain apparently innocuous and non-threatening expressions to avoid these so-called “microaggressions.” Statements such as “America is a melting pot,” “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” and “America is the land of opportunity,” are deemed microaggressive, because they propagate the “myth of meritocracy” and promote “color blindness.”

Hiers, an adjunct professor at the time, read through the leaflets and jokingly wrote on a nearby chalkboard, “Don’t leave garbage lying around,” with an arrow pointing to the stack.

Hiers said his department chair pressured him to apologize for the comments and demanded that he attend extra “diversity training,” which he declined. In December 2019, he was told that the public university wouldn’t renew his teaching contract specifically because of his chalkboard message and subsequent response.

Hiers sued UNT in April 2020 for violating his free speech and due process rights. In March, a federal district court dismissed some of his claims, but found the First Amendment retaliation claim “plausible.”

“Taking these allegations as true and viewing them in the light most favorable to Hiers, it is plausible that the university officials unconstitutionally punished Hiers for refusing to affirm a view—the concept of microaggressions—with which he disagrees,” wrote Judge Sean D. Jordan, a Trump appointee.

In a statement regarding the settlement, those representing the university said they hope this will allow them to shift the focus back to their educational mission.

“The agreement allows the university to devote our attention and resources to our mission rather than to years of protracted court proceedings,” UNT said, adding that its “commitment to our faculty members’ rights to free expression and to our students’ rights to an inclusive, nondiscriminatory educational environment” remains unchanged.

Women’s Basketball’s Blair Schaefer elevated to Assistant Coach

Schaefer enters third season with Longhorns women’s basketball programAUSTIN, Texas — Texas Women's Basketball head coach Vic Schaefer announced Tuesday that Blair Schaefer has been elevated from Director of Operations to Assistant Coach. Schaefer had served as the Director of Operations the last two seasons for the program....

Schaefer enters third season with Longhorns women’s basketball program

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Women's Basketball head coach Vic Schaefer announced Tuesday that Blair Schaefer has been elevated from Director of Operations to Assistant Coach. Schaefer had served as the Director of Operations the last two seasons for the program.

"I am proud to announce the elevation of Blair Schaefer to assistant basketball coach here at The University of Texas," Texas Head Coach Vic Schaefer said. Both as a player and then as a Director of Player Development at Mississippi State, then coming to Texas and having to fill the shoes of Director of Basketball Operations, Blair has proven to be the most organized person I believe I have ever been around. I think she has proved in her two years here at Texas her ability to manage, communicate and organize our team, staff and program to be the best that most have ever come in contact with.

I know our administration has been extremely impressed with her abilities as Director of Basketball Operations and now I believe it is a natural progression for her to move into an assistant coaching role, as she has a dream of being a head coach one day. As a successful player in the Southeastern Conference, having earned a place on the All-Defensive Team her senior year, competed in two national championship games and played on an SEC Championship team, her knowledge and ability to communicate and teach will enhance our team, our players and our program. Both Blair and I appreciate our athletic director Chris Del Conte and President Hartzell for their continued support of our program and approving of this role for Blair."

Schaefer has been a key part of the Longhorns program, which put together a historic 2021-22 campaign, culminating in the program claiming its first Big 12 Championship Title since 2003 and making a second-consecutive run to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

As a student-athlete from 2014-18 at Mississippi State, Schaefer was part of one of the winningest classes in program history, as her senior class posted a record of 126-22. During her four years, the Bulldogs were national finalists in 2017 and 2018 and made the NCAA Tournament every season. Following graduation Schaefer spent the 2019-20 season as Coordinator of Player Development with the Bulldogs, before making the move to Austin in 2020.

"I love The University of Texas, our team, and this coaching staff and to be able to continue to grow under the leadership of so many here is such a privilege," Blair Schaefer said. I can't thank Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte and President Hartzell enough for allowing me to further my coaching career with Coach Schaefer. Yes, every day he is Coach Schaefer at the office, but let's face it, being able to work with the best and knowing he's who he is, is one of the greatest opportunities I could ever ask for. I worked hard as a student-athlete for the opportunity to play for him, and we did it at the highest level together. Since then, I've continued to work hard professionally for the opportunity to coach with him, and now I get to live out that dream as well. This next chapter will be one for the books and I'm so grateful. Hook 'Em!"

As a junior, Schaefer helped lead Mississippi State to the program's first trip to the Final Four and national championship appearance, starting three games during the tournament. Her role greatly expanded as a senior, when she started all 39 games and averaged a team-best 32.1 minutes per game. She drained 97 three-pointers on the year, which ranked second in MSU single-season history, while averaging 9.1 points per game.

The four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection was tabbed the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017-18. During her final season with Mississippi State, Schaefer established herself as one of the team's best defenders and earned a spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team.

For her career, Schaefer played in 135 games and started 43. She ranked third in Mississippi State program history with a .385 three-point field-goal percentage for her career and also sits at fifth in career three-pointers made (175).

Following graduation, Schaefer worked as a broadcaster for ESPN and the SEC Network, serving as a color analyst for regular-season games. She also participated in ESPN's coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

The announcement of Schaefer as an assistant coach completes the staff, which also includes former All-American and WNBA player Christy Smith as Director of Operations.

"As we have been able to hire Elena Lovato and Sydney Carter back in the spring and now both Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and Blair Schaefer as assistant coaches, I believe we are a better program today at The University of Texas," Vic Schaefer said. "My philosophy has always been to surround myself with great people and great coaches. I believe I have been able to do that once again here at The University of Texas. It's a great day to be a Longhorn!"

Letters to the editor: Sept. 25, 2022

Austin American-StatesmanMedicaid managed care programs areessential in treating mental conditionsRe: Sept. 11 commentary, "Lawmakers must help impr...

Austin American-Statesman

Medicaid managed care programs are

essential in treating mental conditions

Re: Sept. 11 commentary, "Lawmakers must help improve rural mental health care."

As the executive director of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, I was pleased with the commentary on the importance of Medicaid managed care when it comes to treating mental health conditions.

As social workers, we see and treat a wide variety of mental health illnesses and conditions. It’s important that we not only talk about opportunities for improvement in the mental health space, but we must also recognize existing programs that work to support the mental health provider community.

Social workers participate in Medicaid managed care through the coordinated care aspect of the program. As the piece mentioned, this model is essential when it comes to providing high quality and comprehensive treatment.

Having a system in place that manages communication is helpful to the patient and social workers. We are grateful for Medicaid managed care and we echo its importance.

Will Francis, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers – Texas Chapter, Austin

Maternal mortality rate data is

critical in preventing deaths

The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed nations. Texas is among the states with higher death rates.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just announced that 4 out of 5 maternal deaths are preventable. Despite this, Health Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt chose, in an election year, to prevent maternal mortality data from being released on the legally required date of Sept. 1. This deadline of every even year is designed to produce data that can be used to help find prevention strategies. These strategies are often funded by the state legislature, which meets four months later. The data, completed by the hard-working Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee, was available prior to that date.

This data is essential to understanding and preventing future deaths, and the delay has the real effect of causing more maternal deaths. Gov. Abbott should demand this data be opened to the public and legislature immediately.

Diana Weihs, Austin

Money for Abbott's mean-spirited

grandstanding, but not for teachers

Gov. Abbott, in acts of petty vindictiveness, is foisting immigrants on fellow Americans in other states.

He finds funds to bus these people — mostly Venezuelans escaping an authoritarian regime — for other municipalities to deal with.

This is mean-spirited, political showboating at a cost of around $14 million as of mid-August, yet he can't find, or refuses funding to keep teachers in our schools. Educators are some of the most important people in our lives, and we need them. We don't need Greg Abbott.

John Nugent, Georgetown

The officers he knew would not have

hesitated to save the children in Uvalde

I worked as the jailer for a small town in Montana some years ago. We had a chief, four policemen and a sheriff.

I can’t imagine any one of them not going into that classroom to save those children without hesitation, without “the proper training,” without waiting for direction from superiors.

We had a name for those who wouldn’t have gone in. It comes from the back-end of a chicken – and it’s not an egg.

Ron Magnuson, Austin

It's long past time for the state

to legalize the sale of cannabis

When Gov. Abbott and Beto O’Rourke debate on Sept. 30, I'd like to hear Abbott's rationale for keeping cannabis illegal except for a very narrow range of medical purposes, and O'Rourke's reasons for legalizing its sale for recreational and medical purposes.

In fact, I’d like all Democratic candidates running at all levels of government to make the full legalization of cannabis front and center in their campaigns. It’s the right thing to do from a moral and legal perspective, and Texas is leaving millions of dollars in tax money on the table by failing to legalize cannabis.

It’s long past time for Texas to join the majority of states as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands in legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational use. The good citizens of Texas deserve no less.

Lucy F. Petrucelli, Austin

Immigrants aren't political pawns;

they're humans deserving compassion

The actions of Gov. Abbott are despicable and inhumane. Playing politics with immigrants' lives shows an incredible lack of humanity.

They have traveled far, facing hardship to escape problems in their own countries. Arriving in Texas they are loaded on buses and shuttled across the country. This is Gov. Abbott's "Welcome to the United States!"

In case he has forgotten American history, we are all immigrants except for the Native Americans.

Gov. Abbott, you need to have some compassion and empathy. These immigrants are human beings, not pawns in your political games.

Cheryl Keenan, Lexington, Kentucky

Retired teacher surely made a

difference in his students' lives

Re: Sept. 21 commentary, "I'm a retired teacher. I know you can ban books, but you can't ban their ideas."

The Sept. 21 guest column about book banning is a perfect piece of prose. From the dynamic hook, "I was mortified" to the last jarring sentence, "We never talked about it," and everything in between such as, "A ban cannot destroy our creative nature or our need to question or our need to know or our desire to improve what we have."

The writer, a former teacher, did what all good teachers do. He took a nuanced approach toward an issue, and did it in a vibrant, relatable manner.

To this teacher I say, I would have loved to have been in your class. From your article alone, I know your students gained a great deal of insight and understanding, and you made a positive difference in their lives. Thank you.

Valerie Goranson, Round Rock

Why can't Abbott focus instead on the kids

who fall through cracks under state's care

I have a question for Gov. Abbott.

As reported by the Statesman, "[A] federal judge, backed by a U.S. appeals court, has found that a 'combination of unmanageable caseloads and high caseworker turnover creates a ‘cycle of crisis’ that allows children to fall through the cracks," and that "[h]undreds of children under the state’s care have been forced to sleep in hotels and office buildings, sometimes supervised by unlicensed caretakers."

My question: If the governor of Texas can spend millions of dollars putting migrants who seek a better future on buses, why can’t this same governor do a better job of helping and protecting the children of Texas who also hope for a better future?

Joe Pastusek, Pflugerville

A witness to poor driving calls on

Austin drivers to follow the laws

I have been driving through Austin lately and seeing some poor driving.

One recent morning I was driving south on Lamar Boulevard near 35th Street. I stopped in the fast lane as I saw ahead of me a man carrying a pillow and using a white cane for the blind and visually impaired. A car in the "slower lane" was speeding and almost hit him, spinning him around in a circle. That car didn’t even slow down.Another week I witnessed a pedestrian step out into a crosswalk to cross and a car turning right cut in front, causing the woman to put her hands on the hood of the car to stop herself.

Austin has many schools, including those for the blind or the deaf. Please follow Texas driving rules. Be careful!

Irene Muzet, Leander

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