Saturday, August 1, 2009


"There's always some new stranger sneakin' glances. Some trigger-happy fool willin' to take chances. And some old whore from Browntown to make advances, advances on your spirit and your soul..." - Bob Dylan, Billy

By Patrick Alcatraz

McALLEN, Texas - After nearly drowning in an acid rain of complaints related to our continuing coverage of the failure by The McAllen Monitor to publish stories about the region's overly-expensive health care, we are obliged to, well, look at newspapering beyond our own geography. And so, beginning next week, this discount news outlet will review publications serving the Rio Grande Valley from edgy Rio Grande City to ever-gagging South Padre Island, garnering sentient resident interviews at all stops. Not that we submit to the crazed idea that we've picked on The Monitor for too long, or (egads!) unfairly, or that we have some sort of vendetta against its editor, Steve Fagan, or the Boys in the Newsroom. We, frankly, just see things and write about them.

But we're hip to reader requests. This roll across the valley, then, is our response.

Of course, we hope you enjoy our dispatches from the field. We are told that there is some good community journalism being practiced in the outs of the RGV. Let's hope we're not disappointed to the point of forgetting about the tour midway through our journey. Oh, and we hope to spice things up a bit by reporting on great eating hangouts in the respective towns, taquerias especially. haha

Round'em up, Rowdy!...Hey, Rita....bring me muh jeans...
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