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GUEST COLUMN: ‘Oh—that’s a truck’
Guest Article, In Our View, Opinion

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Oh—that’s a truck’

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Oh—that’s a truck’ By Miguel A. Cabello Jr.Bridge guest columnistPublished March 25, 2021 [Editor’s note: This article was originally written for adjunct faculty member Deena Garza’s English 1301 course on Sept. 23, 2019.] It’s quite strange what your mind can think of when you’re so close to death. For me, that thought was, “Oh—that’s a truck.” The day was Sept. 11, 2019, and as usual, I was headed to school. As for my mother, she was going to have a typical day at the office. “Hurry up, Mikey; if you take this long getting ready, school will be let out for the summer,” my mom said with that classic motherly sarcasm. Miguel A. Cabello Jr. With a rehearsed tone I said, “Ha ha…very funny… I’ll have you know I’m already ready.”  I felt proud saying thos...
EDITORIAL: 2020: Man, what a year
Editorial, Opinion

EDITORIAL: 2020: Man, what a year

EDITORIAL: 2020: Man, what a year By Erick BarrientosBridge Staff InternPublished Thursday, March 25, 2021 As the title of my editorial may indicate, I’m going to be jumping back into the ­ “fascinating” year of 2020. Let me make this clear from the get go, I want to navigate this review with as much class and eloquence as possible­ because utterance of “2020” is met with a lot of vitriol and resentment. Now that I have the luxury of hindsight on my side, since I made it this far, I can provide fair criticism on the progression of the year. So let’s get this shit show going. Erick Barrientos JANUARY: This was a weird introduction, right? Iran and the U.S. had their big old beef, almost causing World War III. The World Health Organization identified weird cases of pneumonia ...
OPINION: To mask or not to mask?
Editorial, Illustrations, Opinion

OPINION: To mask or not to mask?

OPINION: To mask or not to mask? Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge editorial illustration By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Sunday, March 14, 2021 Gov. Greg Abbott may be a bit in over his head as he mandates to lift the mask policy to start getting things up and running again in Texas. While some places and people still abide by the mask policy, others who choose not to abide by the mandate will increase the number of state cases, as this pandemic is not yet over.
OPINION: Feel the ‘Bern-ing’ love
In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Feel the ‘Bern-ing’ love

OPINION: Feel the 'Bern-ing' love By David J. GarciaBridge Staff InternPublished Saturday, March 13, 2021 Memes are usually a product of their time. They can represent current events or ideas (or just a dumb joke that was running around) that were popular or ridiculed. Memes are almost always surface-level in meaning. On rare occasions, they can evoke something major. The meme world today is also ever-changing. Keeping up with this world is a fast-paced effort; one minute, Damn Daniel was the thing—now, I’d rather get beat with a bat than see that meme one more time. Heck, as I write this, the Bernie meme probably isn't even all that “relevant” anymore. Despite so, certain memes do withstand the test of time (see: classic Spongebob memes). Jessica Rodriguez | Bridge Phot...
EDITORIAL: It’s last March all over again
Editorial, Opinion

EDITORIAL: It’s last March all over again

EDITORIAL: It’s last March all over again By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, March 5, 2021 We exceeded 500,000 U.S. COVID-19 related deaths. Yet, our Texas Gov. Greg Abbott rescinds the mask mandate. I want to believe that our government, and governor, are doing what is best for U.S. citizens and Texas residents, but I can no longer support that belief. David Gomez Jr. Clearly, this is my perspective of the tragedies that took place due to the negligence and ignorance of others, but there is still a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. A vaccine came out not too long ago and so far, the U.S. has been distributing as much as possible in a short time as the Biden administration pledged 150 million vaccinations in 100 days. Yet, they have stated the...
OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema
Entertainment, In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema

OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema By Erick BarrientosBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, March 5, 2021 Cinemark Movies 12 — or as it was known locally in Laredo: the “dollar theater” — is DEAD. Yeah, I know saying it’s dead in all caps is rather aggressive but look it up! Before you continue, do a quick Google search and see what that page tells you, I’ll wait … You’re back? It says “permanently closed” right? That bold red ribbon serves as a weird virtual tombstone, of sorts. Erick Barrientos All I can say is, “What a way to go.” When I got the news, it was shared across Facebook a couple weeks ago by an employee, now ex-employee, with pictures and a caption that read: “And that’s a cut (film emojis)!! Goodbye Cinemark movies 12 (crying emojis), I am glad I...
EDITORIAL: Black to the future: turning tragedy to triumph through the lens of a black woman
Editorial, Opinion

EDITORIAL: Black to the future: turning tragedy to triumph through the lens of a black woman

EDITORIAL: Black to the future: turning tragedy to triumph through the lens of a black woman By Brittany Stubblefield-EngramBridge Staff WriterPublished Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 For most, the thought of February relates to love and plans of how Valentine’s Day will be spent. For others, it puts the fate of our weather’s future and arrival of Spring in the paws of a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. However, for me, the approach of February means that for 28 days, 29 during leap years, it is a time I hope the world places their anti-blackness on pause and celebrates the black people who constructed civilization’s greatness. Brittany Stubblefield-Engram Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It was chosen as the second week of February bec...
OPINION: Washington Celebration holds important local heritage
Editorial, Opinion

OPINION: Washington Celebration holds important local heritage

OPINION: Washington Celebration holds important local heritage By Gabrielle A. PratherBridge Staff WriterPublished Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 In the month of February, many special holidays and occasions are noted such as Valentine’s Day and Black History Month but locally, there’s one major event that dominates Laredo culture. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration is a citywide and month-long extravaganza honoring the first U.S. president George Washington. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association sponsors the series of events that were created in 1923, which involve numerous organizations. Historically, the inaugural celebration was held in 1898 as a way of encouraging American patriotism along the Texas-Mexican border. This was a way of joining both neighbors as one and ce...
OPINION: Year off to unexpected start
Editorial, Illustrations, Opinion

OPINION: Year off to unexpected start

OPINION: Year off to unexpected start By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 It's a new year with hopes of a better future than the past year. Let's start off with former President Donald Trump igniting chaos upon the country, our newly elected President Joe Biden successfully moving into office under the sleepy eyes of Sen. Bernie Sanders in mittens, and finishing off the first month of the year with an uprising in the stock market.
EDITORIAL: Student loan forgiveness on horizon under new administration
Academia, Editorial, Education, Opinion

EDITORIAL: Student loan forgiveness on horizon under new administration

EDITORIAL: Student loan forgiveness on horizon under new administration By Brittany Stubblefield-EngramBridge Staff WriterPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 The push for federal student loan forgiveness has begun. “OK, now let’s cancel them,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted out on Jan. 20 after newly sworn-in President Joe Biden announced student loan forgiveness as part of the administration’s first 100-day agenda. With nearly a half million likes and more than 50,000 retweets, it is the cry of many Gen Xers and Millennials alike. The temporary suspension of payments and interest on federal student loans, due to COVID-19, was set to expire at the end of January after an extension was granted by former President Donald Trump. Following a request from Biden, the Dep...
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