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OPINION: 3 million too many to lose
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OPINION: 3 million too many to lose

OPINION: 3 million too many to lose Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge illustration By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Friday, April 30, 2021 Since COVID-19 erupted onto the local scene in March 2020, the disease took 3 million people's lives. Some lost friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances. May they rest in peace as the fight continues with hope on the horizon.
OPINION: Fear of the unknown
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OPINION: Fear of the unknown

OPINION: Fear of the unknown By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, April 22, 2021 “Good, but you can do better.” Those words haunted me throughout my college career and they still sound strongly. To be clear, no one told me that. This is something that constantly goes through my head. My own personal, unsatisfied boss that lives in my mind. David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chief This spring semester has certainly made that voice—I do not want to say louder—but more aggressive. Each time I miss an assignment and turn it in late, each time I let a classmate down and each time I let myself down. But to preserve each time makes me believe my degree will be worth it. I sure hope so. I have so many friends that could not find work as soon as they graduated. Whether they...
EDITORIAL: 2020: Man, what a year
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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?
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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.
EDITORIAL: It’s last March all over again
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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...
EDITORIAL: Black to the future: turning tragedy to triumph through the lens of a Black woman
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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
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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
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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
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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...
OPINION: Just trudging through
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OPINION: Just trudging through

OPINION: Just trudging through By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 2021 is in full effect. Now that it is February, I must admit I am already losing my grip this semester. No more Trump. Here comes Biden. The first female vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris. Bernie Sanders chilling on a chair in chilly weather. Redditors start a revolution through stocks rather than storming the Capitol. David Gomez Jr. Anyway, that is happening over there, and we are here. In six weeks, we will have had a year surviving a pandemic. Individualism is on high as people wander the sidewalks and highways without a care. Some take it so far as to not wear a mask. Collectivism, I believe, is not welcome in the United States. At least in Laredo, I am sur...
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