Category: Opinion & Advice

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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Rio History: 18th Century Shipwreck Found on Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS A few years back I was interviewed by Na’Tassia Finley who asked about treasure hunting on South Padre Island. During the segment I talked about the famous Padre Island shipwrecks of 1554. While the camera rolled, I showed her some coins from that same era and explained the …

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Letter to the Editor for February 14, 2019

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, “The Mass has NOT ended!” exclaimed the Pastor as way too many visiting congregants, immediately after taking communion, headed straight out the door. And then a couple sitting beside me murmured in response, “Well, if you’d give a shorter sermon.” Elizabeth Etheridge Laguna Vista Want the whole story? Pick …

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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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Rio History: Choosing the Right Detector

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The following is typical of the questions I have received over the years. “Hello, I’ve been trying to do some research on this hobby as I used to mess around with a ‘junior metal detector’ when I was young. I was wondering if you’d recommend some good metal …

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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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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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