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No more Snowbird jokes

In the past, The Advance used to have fun with the Snowbirds who would flock south for the warm Valley winter weather. Not this year, though. With the southern border closed to Mexican shoppers (unless they fly here via the airlines), and the Canadian/U.S. border closed as well to nonessential travel, Valley businesses can use all the consumers it can find; so welcome, Snowbirds from the Midwest. According to one big RV park in Pharr, the Canadian Snowbirds amount to less than 20 percent, closer to 10 percent, of its bookings, and so far, it seems like it’s too early to tell how much RV business the Valley will lose this winter season. More arrive as we draw closer to Christmas, and it’s usually right after the new year arrives that they really start to arrive here in droves, but what a change it’s going to be for them this year. For starters, they’ll have to buy t h e i r prescriptions at Valley pharmacies instead of crossing over into Mexico, where they’re usually happy with the lower drug prices even if the quality control isn’t as good as the prescription drugs sold here. They’ll also have to see Valley docs and dentists instead of crossing over into Nuevo Progreso. Sure, the dental crowns here cost more, but why not support the RGV instead of Mexico? If a Snowbird has enough money to live part of the year here, and part of the year back home, surely they can give their business to Valley pharmacies, healthcare providers? Also, for the Snowbirds who like to volunteer to help the poor across the border, there are enough poor in the Valley to take up their spare time this year, given the fact that border crossings into Mexico will now be impossible. There are also more people on this side of the border who are now unemployed. So any help our own poor can get, so much the better. About eight years ago, The Advance published what we thought was a fun description of the Snowbirds, but apparently, not all of them had a sense of humor. Obviously, most of the Winter Texans, as they like to be called, are very nice people. That was never in dispute. The point of the old story we published is that some of them can be described in a general way, but we’re not going to do it this year.

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