Category: Editor’s Column

Eighteen years later: Thoughts on the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapse

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I am sure my memory starts at age five, though I likely have memories from well before then. But my older memories do not have discernible metrics of time that were present then: no clocks or calendars, no acid wash, no sharp versus rounded lines of older and newer cars, and …

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Writer’s Block: Positivity and Perspective

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com There’s an old joke you may be familiar with. More of a weary punchline, really. Anytime someone is acting like a curmudgeon — full of pessimistic, half-glass-full, nihilistic thoughts about the futility of life — someone inevitably tells that person that they need to lighten up, to be …

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Writer’s Block: Babes and Bluebonnets

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Welcome to March! For the Rio Grande Valley, March is a time of interesting dichotomies. A time in between times. A time of cold and gray days brought on by the last hurrahs of winter-like cold snaps, and a time of piercingly sunny and hot days predictive of …

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Writer’s Block: Small Observations

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sometimes I struggle with what to fill this space with every week. Kind of paradoxically, when your options are nearly limitless, you can suddenly find yourself at a loss for what to do. Having too many options can occasionally feel just as constricting as having too few. Such …

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Writer’s Block: Spring is Trying

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Even though the first official day of spring won’t be heralded in for another month with the arrival of the vernal equinox on March 20, it’s usually a pretty safe bet that all things green and growing will get off to a substantial head start here in the …

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Writer’s Block: Cowboy Creed, Revisited

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com You hear stories about the good ol’ days. You hear stories of the time when towns were so small that you knew all your neighbors and folks never locked their doors at night because why would you when you can name everyone in your no-stoplight-town? You hear stories …

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Writer’s Block: Wishy Washy Weather

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Is it going to be gray and foggy today? Or will the sunshine be so bright that its rays light up the landscape so vividly it hurts your eyes? Will it be cold, windy and rainy? Or will it be eerily calm and warm? Should I wear the …

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Writer’s Block: Connected Disconnect

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Rio Grande Valley is a place apart — a region located at the southernmost tip of Texas and made up of four counties that form an awkward, almost triangular shape. It’s bordered to the east by a literal border — an international one with Mexico, to the …

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Writer’s Block: Ode to the Super Blood Wolf Moon

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com As a life-long science fiction aficionado, I often gaze skyward and think of the potential heights humankind might one day reach among the stars. Starships that travel the galaxy and, as the opening credits for the Star Trek franchise say, explore new worlds and new civilizations? Perhaps. Or, …

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Writer’s Block: Ready to be WOWEd

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I’ve got to admit: being a reporter is a pretty cool gig. I get to spend my days learning new things, meeting new people and experiencing new things. One day, I’ll get to have a conversation with a town mayor, the next a CEO for a billion-dollar company, …

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