Category: Editor’s Column

Editorial | The Cisco Kid takes a final ride

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  You’re reading my last issue of the PRESS as Editor. Allow me to wax poetic on my time here, as briefly as I can.  I’m happy to say I’ve finally made peace with the community I first called home. Doing so in two years is, compared to people who have run …

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Editorial | Before death must we part with Abbott

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The day Governor Greg Abbott declared he would not impose a new mask mandate despite rising cases throughout the state, I, fully vaccinated since April, contracted COVID-19.  The day the Rio Grande Valley saw 648 new cases for COVID-19, the first time cases have reached that number in months, every breath …

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Opinion: At the mercy of waves

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com There is an obvious relationship between Cameron County’s COVID-19 cases and Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño’s tone at his press conferences: as the wave rises, so, too, does the urgency of the captain’s voice of this ship we’re all aboard, looking down as the crest refuses to roll back, hoping for …

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Letter from the editor: For What It’s Worth

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com We’re wandering in a well-lit room. We being any of us taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously. In that well-lit room, there’s an elephant we can see clearly, the gravity of the contemporary world’s first global cataclysm, screaming as we go from the rooms’ four corners: shopping at H-E-B in ill-fitting masks, …

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Editorial: Cameron County consolidates carelessly

    By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel-South Padre Press and our sister publication, the San Benito News, have been reporting the COVID-19 pandemic as it spreads throughout the Rio Grande Valley, namely on the precautions Cameron County, San Benito, Laguna Vista, Port Isabel and South Padre Island have taken. Both newsrooms are dependent …

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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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