Category: Opinion

Rey Avila: A life of service, a life of achievement

By RAY QUIROGA INSIDE SCOOP publisher@sbnewspaper.com We have a poor habit of posthumously recognizing people for their contributions to community and society instead of honoring them when they’re alive. I’m happy to say, however, that Rey Avila was served much better. Throughout his many years of involvement with the preservation and recognition of Conjunto Music, …

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We’re Better Than Michael Vargas, Right?

By RAY QUIROGA publisher@sbnewspaper.com I wonder if the apologists of embattled SBCISD School Board President Michael Vargas would be so laissez-faire regarding the board president’s recent DWI arrest if someone they know or love fell victim of Vargas’ actions and decision on that early fateful morning of July 5th when, according to Harlingen Police, Vargas …

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Letter to the editor: Infrastructure Issues

I have visited your city for the past 21 years straight. My wife is from San Benito. Her mother and siblings still live there. I was just there over the 4th of July holiday. I visited San Benito, Harlingen, Brownsville and South Padre Island. But here’s my concern of your city based on my observations. …

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The tale of the comfortable bus: What Jack has in store for us this week

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com   The question is, “Why?” Why did Superintendent Nate Carman, after supporting air travel for the chess program last year, decide it wasn’t in the students’ best interest this year? What changed? It wasn’t so much the $17 grand in airfare. Of course we know now that students K-12 …

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‘Cleanup on isle 13, please’: How Jack’s In It to Win It

by RAY QUIROGA I won’t pretend to understand the thought process of the top SBCISD administrator and certain members of the school board. Their actions often defy logic, and border on recklessness, to say the least. My only guess is that Dr. (Nate) Carman, the district’s current superintendent, waltzed into town less than two years …

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You Don’t Know Jack: Inside Garcia’s Termination

By RAY QUIROGA publisher@sanbenitonewspaper.com The Inside Scoop There are a number of interesting details surrounding the events leading to last week’s termination of Jack Garcia — the now-former San Benito CISD After School Program Director. To review, Garcia, who had been employed by the district for 22 years — 20 with the afterschool program,16 years …

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Two Weeks After Deadly Shooting, No Answers Coming from City

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com DECEMBER 21-27, 2018   On the fateful night of September 6th of this year, America went to bed learning about the tragic death of 26-year old Dallas resident Botham Jean at the hands of an off-duty police officer who allegedly mistook the St. Lucia native’s apartment for her own …

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His Final Moments: Did Ricardo Treviño Deserve to Die?

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com DECEMBER 14-20, 2018   This community needs to understand the impact Ricardo Treviño’s death can have moving forward and much of it is due to the times in which we live and technology used to record the events leading up to his untimely death Friday afternoon at the hands …

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More Lessons in Open Government

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com DECEMBER 7-13, 2018   Several years ago, at the onset of what was a brief but intense public fervor over the West Nile Virus, it was discovered that there was at least one case of the virus reported here in San Benito and possibly more around the Resaca area …

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Para Que Te Sirve

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 6, 2018   I had the benefit of living through diverse experiences in life and being raised, in part, by my Depression Era grandparents who had, what the “kids” nowadays would say, an antiquated way of doing things. My grandmother, for example, was a stickler for manners. …

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