Category Archive: Opinion & Advice

Apr 28 2017

Writer’s Block: Feathered Fallout

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com We had a bit of a cold front pass through the area this past weekend. Now, for you and I, the temperature drop was fairly mild. It wasn’t even worth grabbing a sweater, but the drop in humidity sure did feel nice. And though the slight dip in …

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Apr 28 2017

Rio History: Up in Smoke

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The letter read in part: “Dear Steve, I just read your story about the various kinds of driftwood to be found on the beaches of Padre Island. You mentioned a redwood table you have in your rare book room. We here in California do not put as much value …

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Apr 21 2017

Letters to the Editor for April 20, 2017

Special to the PRESS Editor: The Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library wish to thank the local business community for being supportive of our fundraising efforts during the past year.  This assistance has allowed us to successfully raise funds to provide programming and resources for the Port Isabel Public Library, particularly in services to …

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Apr 21 2017

Writer’s Block: Happy Earth Day!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This Saturday, April 22 marks a wonderful day to celebrate a wonderful thing: this incredible blue and green marble we call home — Earth. Saturday is Earth Day! According to my sleuthing via another wonderful thing — the internet — Earth Day got its start in 1970 after …

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Apr 21 2017

Rio History: Metal Detecting Tips

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS To me, Spring Break is the unofficial opening day of a new metal detecting season. Thousands of college kids partying on the beach, losing coins, jewelry and sunglasses. Ahh yes, just beneath the warm sands of South Padre Island, lies a veritable treasure trove awaiting discovery. For surf hunting, …

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Apr 14 2017

Letters to the Editor for April 13, 2017

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, Re the letter to the editor 4/6/2017, and the 04/11/2017 Workshop between the Laguna Vista Recreation Association, and the Laguna Vista Town Council: I don’t know where Mr. Schnier resides, but if it is anywhere on Beach Blvd., Fernandez, Saunders, or anywhere near the Roloff park area, he might …

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Apr 14 2017

Writer’s Block: A Three Hour Tour … Almost

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Just like those times when I was a kid, right before piling into the car to begin a family road trip, I was advised to make one final trip to the restroom before the group set off. I laughed mentally as the advice momentarily took me back to …

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Apr 07 2017

Rio History: Why the First Sewing Machine in Texas was Delivered to Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS If it were not for a chance meeting of two brothers on the streets of New York City, separated for almost a quarter of a century, the name Singer might never have become synonymous with the sewing machine. In 1851, you could say that Isaac Singer’s future was “hanging …

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Apr 07 2017

Writer’s Block: Perennial Prickly Pear

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly. If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden!” That quote has stuck with me since the moment I first …

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Mar 31 2017

Letters to the Editor for 3-30-2017

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, Life in the Rio Grande Valley can be so nice with friends and family. Unfortunately,workers in the industrial technology field sometimes face the difficult decision to travel for their occupation as wages outside the valley are generally much higher and jobs more abundant. With low wages and a shortage …

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