Category Archive: Staff Columns

Nov 30 2018

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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Nov 21 2018

School District Playing With Fire and Open Government

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com NOVEMBER 23-29, 2018 Coincidentally, I found myself attending the tail end of an open government seminar Thursday afternoon sponsored by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. Concluding the daylong workshop was attorney Tom Williams of Haynes and Boone LLP who’s been specializing in open government in Texas for …

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Nov 16 2018

They can dish it, but can they take it?

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com NOVEMBER 16-22, 2018 Among all the ironies and coincidences in the growing list of dealings, controversies and shenanigans involving the San Benito school district in recent months, arguably none is more ironic than the observation that certain members of the board and administration appear to revel in the opportunity …

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Nov 09 2018

‘The Apparent Few’: A Lesson in PR

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com NOVEMBER 9-15, 2018   Longtime SBCISD Public Relations Director, Celia Longoria did not resign from her post after 20 years of service to the district. Nor was she fired. She was pushed out. She was called, under a false pretense, to what she thought was a personnel meeting where …

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Nov 02 2018

Big Bucks Behind the Bond

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com NOVEMBER 2-8, 2018 How much is your vote worth? Twenty million dollars, $30 thousand, maybe $50 dollars, or is it priceless? I ask because I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that San Benito was sold out for little more than a song and dance, or maybe a …

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Oct 26 2018

Fast and Loose at Taxpayers’ Expense

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 1, 2018 Let it never be said that our readers are apathetic, especially as it pertains to City and school district matters. As indicated by the veracity and thoughtfulness of the letters we receive, the people of San Benito are passionate about their community, especially when they …

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Oct 19 2018

What we don’t know about the bond

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com OCTOBER 19-25, 2018 The biggest take away — for me, at least — from Tuesday night’s town hall, presented by the San Benito school district and pertaining to the upcoming bond election, isn’t so much what district representatives shared at the town hall, but what they didn’t share, at …

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Oct 12 2018

The numbers behind the bond

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com OCTOBER 12-18, 2018 In a column two weeks ago, I addressed a number of concerns pertaining to the proposed San Benito school district bond, which is on the ballot this coming election and which the voting public will determine its fate. As expected, I received some push back from …

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Oct 05 2018

Keeping it to yourself isn’t always good

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com OCTOBER 5-11, 2018   Anyone who’s had or has a child enrolled in the San Benito school district in more recent years has received at least one of those district-initiated robo-calls informing parents about their child’s latest homework assignment, upcoming standardized test, vacation day, half day or even an …

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Sep 28 2018

The bond that ties (us up)

The Inside Scoop Ray Quiroga publisher@sbnewspaper.com SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 4, 2018 We tend to gravitate to shiny new things, especially when they’re wrapped in nice packaging. Historically speaking, in San Benito, public entities have sold the citizenry on a number of initiatives which have left the people footing the bill, in one form or another. Indeed, …

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