Category Archive: Editor’s Column

Aug 18 2017

Writer’s Block: Clear the Shelter

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Being an animal lover can be a dangerous thing. How so? Well, being an animal lover makes it incredibly difficult to take a trip down to the local animal shelter to work on a story about all the cute cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. It makes it difficult …

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Aug 11 2017

Writer’s Block: Winding Down

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I love the summertime. I love the long days filled with warm sunshine and the hum of cicadas so loud they can clearly be heard indoors, even with a television or stereo turned loud. Throughout winter and spring, I eagerly await the arrival of summer. I yearn for …

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Aug 04 2017

Writer’s Block: Cat-iversary

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It wasn’t my first trip there, but somehow I knew this time would be different. There are paw prints leading up to the door, painted on the asphalt with the same shade of safety yellow used to mark the outlines of the parking spaces. Big paw prints. Larger …

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Jul 31 2017

Writer’s Block: Time for TIFT

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Almost eight decades. That’s how long the Texas International Fishing Tournament, or TIFT, has been around. Seventy-eight years. That’s a long time and it marks TIFT as one of the most long-lived traditions in the Rio Grande Valley. If TIFT were a person, it would likely have kids, …

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Jul 21 2017

Writer’s Block: Memory Lane

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Time is a funny thing. It’s known as the fourth dimension. The first three length, width and height, can be mathematically represented by a three-dimensional graph with an X, Y and Z axis. We can move forward or backwards, side to side, or up and down each of …

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Jul 14 2017

Writer’s Block: Chance of Showers

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A small rumble of thunder sounded overhead Tuesday evening. So gentle was the sound that at first I couldn’t tell if I’d heard thunder or my neighbor moving something next door. I turned on the light outside and cracked open my front door while Stephen Colbert’s image glowed …

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Jul 07 2017

Writer’s Block: Fire Up the Grill

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Barbecue. Is there anything more quintessentially Texan than firing up a grill and slowly smoking various kinds and cuts of meat to savory, juicy perfection? I think not. We are known for our briskets and fajitas and chickens and sausages. We are known for our secret barbecue sauce …

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Jun 30 2017

Writer’s Block: American Values

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com What does it mean to be an American? What values define our nation and unite our people across political, religious, racial, gender and socioeconomic divides? As we gear up to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our forefathers’ signing of the Declaration of Independence those can feel like weighty …

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Jun 23 2017

Summertime is Turtle Time

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It begins with a text message, or a status update on Sea Turtle Inc’s Twitter and Facebook. “Yes!!!! Public release!” From that moment on, the clock’s ticking. Baby turtles only have so much energy and so much time to get into the water and hide in the safety …

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Jun 09 2017

Writer’s Block: Safety First

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Like a lot of people, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the USS Independence, which was set to pass by Isla Blanca Park as it was towed to the Port of Brownsville for dismantling. And, like a lot of people, I kept myself up-to-date with its expected …

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