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I feel a connection to the place Hurricane Michael hit with its 155 mph sustained winds this past week. My son, Michael, was stationed at Tyndall AFB. I was in Panama City back in 2004 for the birth of his firstborn, Joseph. I was there exactly two years later while Michael fought a serious lung condition he had contracted while serving in Kuwait. I even went to church in Mexico Beach, the town where Hurricane Michael made landfall.

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By the time you read this, Hurricane Michael will have been reduced to an insignificant cluster of thunderstorms spinning off into the North Atlantic. But its impact will be felt for generations to come.

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The bi-partisan support group for public schools, Texas Parent PAC, which endorses legislative candidates of both major parties, for the first time endorsed two candidates for statewide office.

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When we read Nehemiah 4:14b again, to “fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses”, we of course know this is about spiritual warfare – Ephesians chapter 6 is clear about that: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: La libertad es un anhelo permanente en el corazón de pueblos y naciones, y Dios en su infinita bondad quiere que vivamos libres sin hábitos destructivos o costumbres que dañen el cuerpo o la mente.

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Sometimes life is so difficult that we can barely keep it together. All of us have faced serious trials and for those who are Christians, we have appreciated the comfort and peace of God’s presence.

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It would be very easy for people to ignore tragedy around the world as long as it is not pertaining to you or me. However, for those of us in Christ that is something we should speak to God about if it does not grieve our spirits when so many people die or are going through great hardships. …

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Ms. Ford appeared to me a prevaricating, sad person. If this was decided by Mueller, Comey, McCabe, Strozk, leadership, all part of Obama/Clinton justice leadership, Kavanaugh would never be confirmed to the court. He was never one of them, bought, packaged and controlled.

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Fans of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are the newest target of a scam on Facebook that cons people out of money and personal information. The Rock himself has posted a video on social media warning fans to be vigilant and not engage with the people behind this scam.

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I’m rolling on the floor laughing. Entertained by the majority Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which they turned in to a kangaroo court, putting on a farcical inquiry of justice and the rule of law.

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I recently saw a political cartoon by Mike Smith which has a husband stating, “I’m not voting for anyone who runs negative campaign ads.” His wife replies, “So you’re not voting?”

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Once upon a time in the great country of America, there lived two men with “magically delicious” Irish surnames Young Mr. O’Rourke and Young Mr. Kavanaugh.

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Sad to say, folks, but it looks like this will be my last column. No, I haven’t been fired or over-stayed my welcome, and I haven’t suddenly run out of ideas.

It’s just that I will be awfully busy in the months and years to come keeping up with all my money, and I won’t have time for the writing.

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Here’s another reason to love October. The Andale Del Rio Family Health Event is celebrating 20 years this October because it’s been “Rockin’ Family Health Since 1997.” Well, technically, this is actually the Community Health Improvement Coalition’s 21st Andale Del Rio after 20 full years of promoting health and fitness for our community and families. That’s a whole generation!

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The lone gubernatorial debate between Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic opponent, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, took place Sept. 28, in Austin.

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C.S. Lewis wrote about distractions during prayer in his book The Screwtape Letters. “When our minds wander, we tend to use willpower to steer ourselves back to our original prayer. But it is better to accept the distraction as our present problem, and lay that before God and make it the main theme of our prayers. God wants us to be real as we talk with Him and open up about our deepest concerns, fears and struggles, and He is not surprised by anything we mention.”

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Years ago, I was invited to help start a Bible study at a large industrial plant. Several people wanted to meet during their lunch break and study the Bible.

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I am a math professor at Rio Grande College. I came to work here when I received my doctorate in 2009. I sought out this job. I grew up in southwest Texas. I’m proud to give back. I’m proud to work among people who have devoted their careers to helping our communities improve.

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As a parent you are your child’s first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children’s schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is more important to a child’s school success than how much money the family makes or how much education the parents have. There are many ways that parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year. Here are some ideas to get you started:

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They ran presidential spokesperson Sarah Sanders out of a restaurant. They chased Senator Cruz out, following Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Water’s directions. Tea Party conservatives would never do that.

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A few days ago I read in the Del Rio News-Herald that the city was cleaning up some dump sites. They still exist and they don’t seem to go away, such as the favorite one at the Bethel Center on Bedell Avenue. People still insist on dropping off their old sofas and other unwanted items in the vicinity of the center.

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This October, Del Rio firefighters will once again be participating and fundraising for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Department firefighters will be wearing special T-shirts to mark the month, and selling pink wrist bands.

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Well it didn’t take our newly elected city council to get their hands in our pockets.

First the international bridge toll went up. Now property taxes, sewer, and trash. What’s next. Seems like they are talking about natural gas rates.

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Sitting there one day minding my own business when a gentleman stopped to ask if I was the guy who wrote letters to the opinion page. I answered yes.

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I love the month of October. The weather begins to moderate, there are lots of things to do in Del Rio, and it’s my birthday month (yikes, 65 this year!). It’s also the month that this column began back in 2009. Here is an edited version of my very first column.

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THAT EGG you had for breakfast this morning was one of about 450 a typical factory laying hen produces in its short life. Starting at the age of four months, those hens lay about an egg a day until they are considered depleted at the age 18 to 20 months. That’s significantly better than broiler chickens, which reach slaughter weight at eight weeks, but far worse than the 5-year life span of a farm bred chicken. Depleted laying hens are slaughtered, and their flesh enters the secondary food market ending up as chicken nuggets and other processed chicken items. A typical egg factory will produce 1 million 12-egg cartons each year.

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Have you noticed lately that conflict and disagreement are more abundant than unity? Though the average person would give peace as the answer to what they would like to have more of, we are bombarded with an environment that is filled with arguing, strife, and criticism.

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Normally she does not have them, but lately she has been rolling and scratching especially at night because she has gotten fleas. Anyway, I love that little dog and she goes with me a lot and I have even made her a little bed in my pickup from one of my old jackets.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz wants to deport immigrants brought to the United States illegally when they were younger than 16 – even though this may be the only country they’ve ever known.

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When one’s conscious is becoming seared with a hot iron, then one’s ability to accept the leading of the Spirit of God dwindles. Instead of feeling the loving conviction to turn back to God one becomes deaf to the voice of the Spirit to turn. One has to be so very careful not to allow yourself to remain there.

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If you noticed that I made a mathematical mistake in my last article, then I am thankful – because it means that you really read it! God is definitely the best mathematician around, and He showed me that January is NOT 6 months before the Feast of Tabernacles (Sept./Oct.), but April is! So I owe an apology about this.

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My first cousin had a top secret security clearance, working at the Pentagon for near 30 years. I recall her joking that the FBI knew more about her than she knew about herself. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh has withstood six such FBI examinations, as he rose to highest levels of judicial confidence.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Honor it!

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke campaigning for U.S. Senate was asked, “How do you feel about NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem? Is it disrespectful to this country, to the flag, to service members in Afghanistan, and those former service members, retirees and veterans?”

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In Friday’s debate Cruz said he has travelled across Texas. Beto has travelled to all 254 counties of Texas wanting everyone to come together to address the pressing issues Texans deal with every day.

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The “Buzzard Gulch” Economic Development Corporation is on the warpath and maybe even after some council scalps unless they get a fast lane at the toll booth just like “Eagle Pass and other border cities down from there.”

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You’ve been to the doctor and had your blood tested. Your A1C number came back somewhere between 5.7 and 6.4. Hmmmm … you could be classified as pre-diabetic with blood glucose levels that high. But whew! You heave a sigh of relief because you were worried. After all, you are overweight, like your sugary drinks, and have diabetic relatives. But you’re not there yet. You’re not diabetic – yet. Do you even need to care?

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September 15 – National Felt Hat Day – came and went with nary a ripple of recognition from the general public or the national press corps.

Again.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: If the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” (Matthew 24:42-51)

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The Hebrew history and language is amazingly deep! There are so many beautiful jewels from Heaven in it, and so many prophecies about our Lord Jesus – many are fulfilled already, how He would be born of a woman (Gen. 3:15), in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), of a virgin (Isa.7:14). How He would come from the line of Abraham (Gen.12:3 and 22:18).

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After negotiations that seemed like they might drag on longer than those anti-nuke talks between Donald Trump and the North Koreans, the U.S. Senate competitors finally agreed to debate.

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Walking circumspectly and soberly before God is wise! Redeeming the times for they are evil. With full assurance of faith we stand in Christ alone! Dare we try to stand on another foundation or go another way than through Christ and His shed blood for our sins. How many now desire to repent as they scream loudly for mercy which shall not be found once in the abyss?

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy. Un dicho popular dice: “Dios nada vende, todo lo da” y esto es verdad, porque Dios entregó a su hijo a morir en la cruz sólo porque te ama.

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There will never be a bright future for haters who excuse their plight in life on decades old sins of the distant past. We have abandoned our high founding greatness, falling into a cesspool of politically correct snow flake helplessness, led by false promising evil politicians!

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In a few weeks, Texans will choose their next U.S. Senator. As former mayor of El Paso, I have observed Mr. Beto O’Rourke over the years and closely follow the current campaign.

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I am unable to attend this last reunion of the U-2 “Ancients” due to recent rotator cuff surgery that has now torn loose again. However, I have a few words for the group.

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The evangelicals went whole hog for “Tiberius the Dumb,” perhaps thinking him a sort of savior come to “Make America great again.” But while I have no statistics, my gut feeling is that at least some evangelicals are having second thoughts about Tiberius as a God sent.

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Open your wallet right now. What cards do you find? Most folks have a driver’s license, right? Then there are the military ID, school ID, work ID cards. You probably have multiple insurance cards – health, auto, life, home, Medicare. How about a debit card or some other bank card? And I’ll bet you have more than one credit card, too. I hope you have a voter registration card and plan to vote Tuesday.