Category: Opinion & Advice

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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Rio History: The Pearl of Allah

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Legend has it that, feeling death’s approach, Lao Tzu, a sixth century BCE philosopher known as the father of Taoism, gave his nephew a small amulet upon which he had carved representations of Buddha, Confucius and himself — the legendary Three Friends.  He told his nephew he had …

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Letter to the Editor for January 31, 2019

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, I am writing to thank Port Isabel residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Port Isabel and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 …

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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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Rio History: Nice Catch

Fossil Fish Found On South Padre Island By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS “I’ll bet you never caught one of these,” Marion Desoto said as he handed me a small rock with the outline of an ancient fish clearly visible on its surface. He’s right on that count, I thought to myself as I …

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Letters to the Editor for January 24, 2019

Special to the PRESS Editor, The Cover Up is as bad as the Crime. No one can give another permission to break the law. Everyone should have been taught, as a child, not to take something that you did not pay for. Even a 75-year-old man knows he cannot take signs of his opponents. Especially …

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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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Rio History: One Man’s Trash is Another Dog’s Treasure

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS One of the rewards of living here on South Padre Island is the availability of miles and miles of sun drenched beaches. Though I’m not able to enjoy nature during most of the year there are certain times that I can. My favorite times involve trips up the …

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Letter to the Editor for January 17, 2019

Special to the PRESS Hello, I’m curious to know if the community that the Coast Guard Station at South Padre serves is reaching out to help and/or support the crew members there who are continuing to work even though they are not being paid? They are certainly there for the community every time they’re called …

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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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