Category Archive: Opinion & Advice

Jun 23 2017

Letter to the Editor for June 22, 2017

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, I have been otherwise involved or I would have responded to Walter Birdwell’s letter of 1 June earlier. I don’t know why, however, as I am becoming weary of his diatribes. Still, I realize that if we each, in our own time and place, do not stand up to …

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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 23 2017

Rio History: Treasure Hunting on South Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Our first story begins in a cloud of dust. Jeff Erkenbrack and a friend were in the process of demolishing a six inch block wall to make room for an expansion of Running Etc., a sporting goods store located in Virginia Beach when they found the first artifacts, a …

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Jun 16 2017

Letter to the Editor for June 15, 2016

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, Thanks be to God! It is my most fervent desire to publicize my gratitude to my Lord and Savior. My journey after waking up to a brain hemorrhage on April 19, 2017 can only be described as miraculous. I was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery and …

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Jun 16 2017

Rio History: Sea Beans

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Sea Beans have been found in the tombs of the Pharaohs, in burial grounds throughout Europe, in the ashes of ancient Viking campfires on Iceland and along the shores of virtually every body of water in the world. Probably the most ubiquitous drift seed found germinating on tropical beaches, …

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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 09 2017

Rio History: Mammoth Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Most people who hear that mammoth bones and teeth are occasionally found on Padre Island ask the question, “Is it true mammoth elephants once lived on Padre Island?” Yes! The Columbian Mammoth did indeed roam this area, but that was before Padre Island (estimated to be only around 3,500 …

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Jun 02 2017

Letter to the Editor for June 1, 2017

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor: It is the height of irony that Rasmussen would bring up ignorance in response to my letter that was critical of Ms. Chamberlin and him. Maybe it is not too ironic, since ALL Trump supporters are ignorant to a great degree.  My wife did not sign any of the …

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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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Jun 02 2017

Rio History: Col. Sam’s Dream, Pt. 2

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In April of 1926, the Dallas News published a story about a proposed 5000 acre park to be located about halfway down Padre Island from Corpus Christi. Travelers would reach the park by driving along a road of hard-packed beach sand that would connect the north and south end …

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