Category Archive: Editor’s Column

Jul 21 2017

Writer’s Block: Memory Lane

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Time is a funny thing. It’s known as the fourth dimension. The first three length, width and height, can be mathematically represented by a three-dimensional graph with an X, Y and Z axis. We can move forward or backwards, side to side, or up and down each of …

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Jul 14 2017

Writer’s Block: Chance of Showers

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A small rumble of thunder sounded overhead Tuesday evening. So gentle was the sound that at first I couldn’t tell if I’d heard thunder or my neighbor moving something next door. I turned on the light outside and cracked open my front door while Stephen Colbert’s image glowed …

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Jul 07 2017

Writer’s Block: Fire Up the Grill

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Barbecue. Is there anything more quintessentially Texan than firing up a grill and slowly smoking various kinds and cuts of meat to savory, juicy perfection? I think not. We are known for our briskets and fajitas and chickens and sausages. We are known for our secret barbecue sauce …

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Jun 30 2017

Writer’s Block: American Values

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com What does it mean to be an American? What values define our nation and unite our people across political, religious, racial, gender and socioeconomic divides? As we gear up to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our forefathers’ signing of the Declaration of Independence those can feel like weighty …

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Jun 23 2017

Summertime is Turtle Time

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It begins with a text message, or a status update on Sea Turtle Inc’s Twitter and Facebook. “Yes!!!! Public release!” From that moment on, the clock’s ticking. Baby turtles only have so much energy and so much time to get into the water and hide in the safety …

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Jun 09 2017

Writer’s Block: Safety First

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Like a lot of people, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of the USS Independence, which was set to pass by Isla Blanca Park as it was towed to the Port of Brownsville for dismantling. And, like a lot of people, I kept myself up-to-date with its expected …

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Jun 02 2017

Writer’s Block: Summer Rains

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I sat in my living room watching TV a few nights ago when a tiny, brightly colored map of the Rio Grande Valley popped up in one corner of the screen. A marquee beside it spelled out a weather alert that rain would soon be traveling through the …

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May 26 2017

Writer’s Block: Goodbye and Good Luck

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If, at any point over the last few years, you’ve had the opportunity to call or stop by our office then you might have been introduced to Sergio. His is the smiling face and friendly voice that most often greets people here at the PRESS and PARADE. He …

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May 19 2017

Writer’s Block: To the Class of 2017

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Congrats, Class of 2017! You’ve done it. You’ve arrived at graduation day. You’ve got your cap and gown, your stoles and cords, maybe even a class ring. Your family, friends and teachers are ready to cheer you on as you cross the stage this weekend and cross the …

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May 12 2017

Writer’s Block: Happy Mother’s Day, Mom

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Last weekend, as I was visiting my parents and enjoying a meal with them Sunday afternoon, my mom non-so-subtly began to drop hints about Mother’s Day. She and my dad had been discussing how their church plans to celebrate the holiday this coming weekend when Mom casually mentioned …

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