Category: Opinion & Advice

How to Avoid the School Morning Rush: Create Connection

By Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS   Stop that!  Be quiet!  Quit playing at the table and eat breakfast! Behave!  Hurry up; you’ll be late!  How many times do I have to tell you, get your backpack ready before you go to bed? It’s easy to slip. When we are rushed to school …

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Remembering Elizabeth Sweeten

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS It wasn’t like a John Grisham courthouse thriller, but the recent jury sentencing trial of Ronnie Huerta was fascinating in its own merit.  Huerta confessed to driving the motorcycle that struck and killed pedestrian Elizabeth Sweeten in March 2018. He had been drinking and under the influence of …

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When we speak only of the gun rights we cherish, our sons pay the cost of their abuse

By ROB AVILA Special to the PRESS A Texan’s son can buy an AR-15 from the local sporting goods store and feel the good weight of it as he pulls the trigger, shooting behind the family ranch as soon as he turns eighteen. For many in this State, that is a right to celebrate, not …

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Parenting styles for the future

By Laura Lyles Reagan The Teen & Parent Relationship Whisperer Between helicopter parents afraid to relinquish control and permissive parents afraid to exert authority, there is a respectful middle ground which is not fear-based. But what does it look like? How do you find that elusive balance in parenting? Social psychologists generally tell us there …

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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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We can’t ignore the American spirit protesters in Hong Kong carry

By ROBERT AVILA Special to the PRESS There is a deep irony anytime the familiar drum beat of Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 song “Born in the U.S.A.” begins playing at a political campaign rally today. Thirty-five years after it its debut, it is still one of the most misunderstood songs in American politics, so much so …

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Nine Days

By Mike Hancock Special to the PRESS It’s the middle of April, and this: “So what do I have to do to pass?” Hypothetically, you’re a student at Port Isabel High School, and you just posed that question to a teacher, on the aforementioned date. What do you suppose the answer is? (A) Throughout the …

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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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