Category Archive: Staff Columns

Dec 04 2015

A CHRISTMAS STORY- (a challenge for the community)

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ Editor [email protected] It was the Holiday season, and we had just been released for Christmas break. I was seven years old at the time.  I was outside playing some random game that the neighborhood kids and I invented (as was customary in my days); when, all of a sudden a huge, …

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Oct 15 2015

OH S.N.A.P.- Food stamp fraud in the Valley

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ EDITOR [email protected] You can’t have your cake and eat it too……..Or so we thought. When the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) first kicked off, the idea was to help provide food-purchasing assistance to families with little to no-income here in the U.S.  And it did. However, now, it seems to be …

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Sep 10 2015

OPEN YOUR EYES- Identifying the problem and solution to the suicide epidemic

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ   Editor [email protected] Somewhere, at this very moment, in this little town we call San Benito, there is someone who is seriously thinking about taking their own life.  They may be sitting in your classroom right now, or have a locker just a few rows down from you, or it may …

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Sep 03 2015

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH- The Injustice that is our Child Support System

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ   EDITOR [email protected] Before We Start, Here’s Some Facts You Need To Consider: Every child needs both financial and emotional support from both parents. Every child needs both parents in their lives. Now let’s get down to it: The other day, I had the unfortunate experience of reading one of the …

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Aug 20 2015

PTSD- Post Traumatic Sports Disorder (The importance of youth sports in poverty stricken areas)

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ  Editor [email protected] (San Benito, Tx)- Outside a local corner store in an area known as “La Palma,”  sat a young, fairly tall man crouched over with his elbows on his knees.  His eyes deadlocked on a fence across the street, almost as if he was hypnotized by what seemed to be …

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Aug 17 2015

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS- RGV FOOTBALL- 2015

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ   EDITOR [email protected] I wonder what the satellite image of Texas looks like from outer space on any given Friday night during football season. I’d have to imagine the illumination beaming from down under would be too bright to even capture a vivid image. Well, whatever the case, I know one …

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Jul 13 2015

Well played Dr. Puig, Well played

By Steven Ray Hernandez   editor [email protected] Once upon a time… in fact, it was about 3 p.m. on a Thursday afternoon, and in case you’re wondering why I am starting this story off like a fairy tale, it’s because just like a fairy tale, this story’s ending was “too good to be true.” So …

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Jun 19 2015

SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE- Why Christopher Gallegos’ death is a tragedy for us all

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ   Gandhi once said,” I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” Unfortunately, this community realized that this past week when it lost a young soul, 19-year old Christopher Gallegos who was stabbed at a graduation party …

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Jun 01 2015

Our So Called “Obnoxious and Irritating” Fans

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ  Editor [email protected]   “Be prepared for the most obnoxious and irritating team you ever played.”  That was a quote taken from social media this past week, warning a New Braunfel’s area citizen about the Lady ‘Hound’s softball fans. Well, the individual who posted the above comment had two things right about …

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May 25 2015

TIPPING 101

By Steven Ray Hernandez Editor [email protected] I’ll make this real simple. Anything less than 15 percent is unacceptable. To tell you the truth, I don’t even think 15 percent is acceptable but let’s just say I’m being “generous.”  As a general rule, I would say anything between 15-25 percent should be the norm. Now, why …

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