Category Archive: Opinion & Advice

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 26 2017

Rio History: Colonel Sam’s Dream

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Colonel Sam Robertson was a man unafraid to dream. Born in DeWitt, Missouri, on July 10, 1867, Sam left home at 15 to work on the railroad. A quick learner, young Sam moved up the ladder and by the time he first arrived in the Rio Grande Valley in …

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May 19 2017

Letter to the Editor for May 18, 2017

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor; I wondered how long it would take the Birdwells of Laguna Vista, our registered socialists, to come back on my earlier letter to the editor.  Well, they came back in the issue of 11 May with their typical response. First, the folks who set up the original scope of …

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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 19 2017

Rio History: The Galleon

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS A galleon’s weight varied from 100 to 1,000 tons. Her armament could include up to 40 guns of various caliber. The ship’s speed, depending on size and shape, could be anywhere from 4 to 8 knots. A medium sized galleon would carry about 100 sailors and passengers. In addition, …

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May 12 2017

Letters to the Editor for May 11, 2017

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, I thought some other folks might respond to a couple of reactionary letters two weeks ago, but there were no letters to the editor in last week’s issue of the paper, so I’ll respond. Debi Chamberlin’s letter trying to defend the Laguna Vista Recreational Association’s (LVRA) control of all our …

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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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May 12 2017

It’s Your Business

Amaral produces clothing with tropical island flare Special to the PRESS Anyone from former Miss Teen USA Danielle Doty to local television news anchor Amber Dixon can be seen wearing Designs by Rocio. There is an outfit suited for people from all walks of life and tastes. For over a decade, Port Isabel resident Rocio …

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May 12 2017

Rio History: The Lost City of Indianola

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Though its life as a city was short lived, Indianola, Texas played an important role in Texas history. In 1844 the Adelsverein, or Society of Nobility, at Bierbrich am Rheibn, in Germany, had a stated mission which was to provide assistance in the emigration of several thousand Germans to …

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May 05 2017

Writer’s Block: May the Fourth Be With You

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’re a fan of science fiction cinema, and of Star Wars in particular, then this week’s column title is probably something you’ve heard before. For several years now, May 4 has been celebrated as Star Wars Day by Star Wars and sci-fi fans around the globe. Fans …

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