Category: Opinion & Advice

Three Things

By MIKE HANCOCK Special to the PRESS “Speaking of racism, as a boy, I used to love poetry.” Larry paused, a trickle of sweat inching down his brow. We sat in the kitchen of his apartment, but like mine and everyone else’s in the complex, the only air conditioning was in the bedroom. And like …

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A Modest Proposal

By MIKE HANCOCK Special to the PRESS Effective six months upon signing into law: all citizens owning or purchasing a centerfire semiautomatic pistol, rifle, or shotgun must be in possession of a valid Federal Firearms License. The fine for non-compliance is $5000 and/or jail time. In order to obtain an FFL, one must fill out …

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No common sense

By MIKE HANCOCK Special to the PRESS “Those who know me know I’m not a Trump fan. I’ve voted independent the last couple of cycles, and I see myself doing it again. The alternatives are so far off the radar I can’t even fathom it. I like my health plan… you can’t tell me to …

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An introduction

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel-South Padre Press is where my first bylines appeared, in 2013, when I was a senior in high school. I replied to a help-wanted ad in the PRESS for a photographer who could write captions, with only a then-vague declaration that I wanted to write for a living. Sasha …

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Letter to the Editor: 7-25-19

Sir, Here’s a potential take. Out of all the documents ICE will receive, let’s say 10 percent are undocumented. What are they doing to secure the names, address and social security numbers of the 90 percent that are citizens? This sounds like a huge data breach waiting to happen. Since this organization and its agents …

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Colonel Sam’s Dream Part Two

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE In April of 1926, the Dallas News published a story about a proposed 5000-acre park to be located about halfway down Padre Island from Corpus Christi. Travelers would reach the park by driving along a road of hard-packed beach sand that would connect the north and south end …

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Letter to the Editor for the week of July 18, 2019

Dear Editor, I have a sail boat in the fingers of Port Isabel; I sail out to the Gulf of Mexico through the Queen Isabela Channel often. There is a congested section of the way that is not a marked channel it takes you from the Causeway Intercostal Bridge to the Coast Guard station. This …

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Rio History: Colonel Sam’s Dream

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE We “in the know” celebrated a colorful man who had a dream Colonel Sam was a man unafraid to dream. Born in DeWitt, Missouri, on July 10, 1867, Sam left home at fifteen to work on the railroad. A quick learner, young Sam moved up the ladder and …

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Rio History: An Island called Padre

By Steve Hancock Special to the PARADE July 24, 1907: George Sims, president of the Padre Island Development Company announced one of the most important land deals to date when he and his partners paid $12000 for a fifteen hundred acre parcel of land located on the southern tip of Padre Island. Before the drifting sand had filled the …

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Letter to the Editor for June 27, 2019

Let the voters decide Dear Editor, A mayoral “forum” was held recently involving two candidates for mayor on South Padre. Less than 30 people attended. A front-page article and picture of one candidate was presented. The article was written (of the candidate pictured) by his campaign. No wonder the other candidate declined to attend this …

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