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BORDERLINES: Almost 300 years ago, in 1722, English writer Daniel Defoe came out with a little book titled Journal of a Plague Year, relating the experiences of the city of London during the bubonic plague that hit that city in 1665 and killed 70,000 of its inhabitants in a single year.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION: One day last week I walked into the South West Texas Junior College library expressing the usual pleasantries and found myself telling my coworker that I felt like crying – and then did.

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GESUNDHEIT: The other day I read how there is a “collective grief” in the air.

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EL SEMINARISTA: Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy ...

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SEE YOU IN CHURCH: It is bad, more deaths and with untold numbers of new cases every day.

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IMHO: As we heard Tuesday night, the first case of coronavirus disease has been confirmed by hospital officials in Del Rio.

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There is little doubt that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives – from virtual classrooms to telecommuting to early restaurant closing times to outright quarantines.

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President Trump tells us to relax, “we are doing great,” this will pass he says. But a Dr. Fauci who as director of the Center for Disease Control said at the same Health and Safety Informational headed by Vice President Pence: “The worst is yet to come.”

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The world as we know it has changed, and cities, states and countries are taking unprecedented steps to protect those around us.

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This week the three of us in the Southwest Texas Junior College Library here in Del Rio have been operating in a continual state of uncertainty. Each day brought a new level of concern over how to protect ourselves from coronavirus while providing library service to our students.

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Our government was created by our founders to be accountable to its citizens. Democracy requires transparency to work. Self-governance requires that people be informed of what our government is doing and to participate in the decision making process. Our elected officials have the obligation to help our citizens navigate resources, be facilitators of information, speak up for the needs and concerns of all communities.

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“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass” (Rev.1:1) … Shortly, which sounds like things will start rolling like a snowball down the mountain, and that’s what is happening now.

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So I was asking the Lord for a word for His church this evening. The first thing I got was 2nd Chronicles 7:14, and then Hebrews Chapter 12 in my spirit man. I know God is speaking, however we are those that must listen, and find grace to finish the race set before us acceptably before God. I encourage all to read Hebrews Chapter 12 in full. This is just a portion.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: De manera breve les voy a contar “La historia de amor más grande de todos los tiempos”.

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We have had many years when problems arrived we looked to governments to solve them. It might be an oil crisis, financial crisis or any other problem.

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I am watching CNN and MSNBC this morning. Trump is the idiot killing America! They were praising former Obama health officials who would have anticipated coronavirus, building hospital capacity, developing tests even before the virus was known, and we wouldn’t be headed for the end of the world.

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There is an invisible enemy among us! Namely, COVID-19, or more commonly called the coronavirus. As many of you are aware we have in the past faced national emergencies, seen and unseen. To name a few, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, swine flu, and 9-11.

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The human body, thanks to millions of years of evolution, is finely-tuned to respond almost instantly to threats and perceived threats. Our brain’s evolutionary mandate has always been “better safe than sorry.” And while that system works – and has worked – remarkably well for threats like saber-toothed cats, it does not work so well in the kind of all-pervasive, long-term anxiety we are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In the midst of panic, when rumors can rule the day, government transparency is more important than ever. So are safety and the expediency of government operations in a crisis.

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When it concerns coronavirus, Trump tries to shrug it off saying/telling us not to panic, and that it will be over by summer. There, the know-it-all has spoken, and Vice President Pence said it’s just a few cases and we are on top of the situation, and we are throwing a million bucks at it. Plus, Congress has just passed a coronavirus bill for $8 billion and stay-calm Trump couldn’t find a pen fast enough to sign it.

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The world as we know it has changed in the last few weeks, and more and more changes are probably coming.

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It’s Sunshine Week in America, and thanks to the leadership of key legislators, the sun shines brighter in Texas than it did a year ago.

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NOTE TO MSNBC, severe difficulty in making arithmetical calculations is called dyscalculia. It’s like dyslexia, but with numbers instead of words. Most people diagnosed with the disorder were born with it, network news anchors are the exception.

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Coronavirus is the news of the day. The last time I wrote about the 12 Areas of Preparedness, I was responding to Hurricane Harvey. Granted, this time we may need to be prepared for a 14-day quarantine in our own homes.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: Quizá mañana o la próxima semana, o el lunes o el martes.

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Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Why speak negative words over yourself or others! Let your words be seasoned with the salt of God’s Word! There is great power when we come into agreement with God’s Word, to build up ourselves and others, as well as speak into our destinies, the goodness of God’s promises. Guard your heart and mind, that what comes in will be that which honors God! Try not fill your life with hatred, violence, or immoral thoughts.

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In Mark 1:24, the demons say to Jesus “Have you come to destroy us?” Sometimes we think that demons are scary things, but they don’t scare our Messiah. Rather, He scares them!

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The small building was on the main street and had been abandoned for years. One day as I passed by I noticed an old man painting the building. Later on it had windows, a door and a sign that said, “Donut Shop.”

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Despite its current abundance in the region, water is becoming one of the most precious commodities in Del Rio, as larger cities nearby have been eyeing local natural resources as a way to supply their ever-increasing demand.

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Fiona Hill, used by the Democrats to impeach Trump, was on 60 Minutes. She didn’t fall for Lesley Stahl’s trick questions. She said, “Democrats are pushing Russian disinformation when they call president Trump an illegitimate leader.”

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“For the thing, I greatly feared has come upon me, and what I dreaded has happened to me.” This is a biblical reference of a statement made by Job in the book of Job. Fear is a powerful emotion and motivates people to react or not act in a positive manner. Uncontrolled fear or irrational fear cripples people and keep them from pursuing and reaching their dreams and living their best life.

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Late last week, I got a call at the office asking me about my most recent column, a piece in which I’d written about encountering Green Jays in the Rincon Del Diablo.

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Trump, the alleged man from God, according to the lady Bible thumper in the devotional page who practically alludes to Trump as a God-sent who is going to put Hispanics where they belong – in Mexico!

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This morning (Thursday) I was reminded of something else I hate about getting jerked back and forth through Daylight Saving Time (DST). The sunrise that blinded me looking east on Cantu will blind me again in another couple of weeks on the other side of DST. It will happen twice with the sunset looking west, too. How many of you have ever thought of that? OK, enough ranting on DST already.

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Les saludo con gusto Pueblo, y como siempre pasemos al comentario de hoy: En la vida siempre se presentan problemas, algunos difíciles, y algunos los consideramos imposibles, pero aquí está una revelación divina; para Dios no hay imposibles.

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Near the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus instructed His disciples on how they should react when confronted with the events leading up to His second coming.