Category: Opinion & Advice

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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Rio History: Treasure Hunting at Isla Blanca Park

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The tide was out when we arrived at Isla Blanca Park at the southernmost tip of South Padre Island. My friend John headed to the water to hunt for jewelry while I worked my way south to a small sandbar that is only visible at low tide. As …

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Letter to the Editor for January 10, 2019

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor; Our occasional U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela gave his report to the people about the shutdown and wall in the issue of Jan. 3.  He doesn’t avail himself of the sizeable amount each Congressman is given to send letters and/or reports back to his constituents, so this is it. He …

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Writer’s Block: In the Glare of the Spotlight

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On more than one occasion throughout 2018, the Rio Grande Valley was under the scrutiny of the national media, political and social spotlight. For various reasons last year, our collective home became a bright pinpoint of focus on a national scale several times — whether that was the …

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Writer’s Block: Looking at the Year Ahead

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I’m not going to say I’ve already failed at my new year’s resolutions, but… I’ve already failed. My plans to exercise on the first day of the year? Never realized. Hopes to cut down on simple carbohydrates and junk food? Dashed! However, I’m not sad about it, and …

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Rio History: End of an Era

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Last week: “Jackson had an army of 5,100 men. They included mounted regulars, volunteers, United States Dragoons and a mixture of Kentuckians and Creoles. They were joined by the Battalion of Free Men of Color. It must have been a very ironic moment for the Lafitte brothers, to fight alongside …

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