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On August 4, 2018 Beto O’Rourke visited Del Rio for a townhall where a self-proclaimed Republican woman gave a tangent on border security and “illegal aliens.” With my legal immigrant grandfather who is now a permanent resident sitting in the audience, that really put into focus why I do what I do.

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They are supposed to be reporters not porters, gatekeepers keeping us out from learning what is really going on and only telling us what they want us to know, only their side of the story, only their take, only what’s on their agenda.

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Just to let everyone in Del Rio know there are now two Uber drivers in town, in case someone needs a ride, and those who are interested in becoming Uber drivers, they have a chance.

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It’s storytelling time again

But I hate to inform you, unfortunately there’s no story to tell.

The pit is empty; well the only pit that is empty is the pit of my stomach.

The ink well has run dry, well there are no more ink wells to run dry, since I do not use pen and ink to write but tap my fingers on the keys of the computer keyboard; letters and words magically appear on the screen in front of me. Oh, the marvels of technology! Oh, the wonder of it all!

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The city seems to be at it again, trying to do something about what residents have failed to do and that is: controlling their pets. So I figured I’d try to do my part. I volunteered to catch some stray cats that hung around my house.

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All around us screens are screaming at us. We cannot avoid screaming and screeching screens, whether a movie-screen, television-screen, computer-screen, smart phone screen, or tablet-screen; they are rubbing-out our reasoning and robbing-us of our rationality.

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Rider Escritora was shopping at what some called an antique store, but she referred to as a vintage shop. The store was filled from top to bottom with a dazzling display of what some called junk, but she referred to as hidden treasures. She loved to find enchanting items that brought a twinkle to her eye and a delightful smile to her face.

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Thanks to the Del Rio News-Herald’s extensive coverage of our project, the Barrio San Felipe Arch, many area residents are aware of this unique effort. Unfortunately, that doesn’t translate to “everybody knows about the Arch” — obviously.

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Independence Day marks the date the United States became independent from the menace of political tyranny.

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To the people of Del Rio, I just wanted to take the opportunity to say fairly well. I want you to know that I loved you and I always will. I will miss Del Rio Big Time! I wanted to share a few words with you that I took from St. Paul…

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The city council special called meeting held on June 20 has affected our city and community very negatively. Our new mayor and Mr. Fred Carranza were sworn in on May 16. The city council chambers were packed with standing room only and everyone was welcome by our previous mayor Robert Garza.

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I feel a need to respond to Mr. Chapman’s column of May 17, “There is good news, but the left is blind.” Talk about the blind leading the blind. It seems Mr. Chapman has finally fallen for Mr. Trump. I suppose it was just a matter of time before he fell under his charming spell.

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In mid-May, a divided U.S. House of Representatives voted down vital farm and nutrition legislation to force lawmakers to consider immigration reform. This unrelated issue caused defeat of vital legislation.

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Our Farm Bill is important to agriculture but also to everyone else. It is not just about farms but also about food, nutrition assistance, conservation programs and animal health. My Congressman, Will Hurd, understands that.

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Congressman Will Hurd has been a champion for Texas and American agriculture during his service as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He believes in a Farm Bill that is healthy and strong for the American economy.

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I was reading your newspaper of May 30, 2018, and came across the article about the field turf expenditure. Don’t you think that the figure stated is kind of high $562,212 or .562,212 million. Over one-half-a-million dollars.

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In this month’s issue of the Del Rio Grande magazine there was a story of the legendary “Adelita.” Adelita has been made famous in songs, movies and print. When I first learned, a while ago, that she was buried here in the San Felipe Cemetery, I was surprised.

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Let us reclaim the delights of chivalry and gentility.

In our age of real worries and fears about sexual predators and abusers, we’ve lost the ability to admire each other; to enjoy authentically and purely being congenial with compliments because it gives us joy to admire that which is beautiful, good and true about a person.

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How can anyone take seriously a cable-news-network that brands itself with commercials about fruits? Well, that’s what CNN has done. Those commercials are corny, okay corn is a vegetable.

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Q: You’re against the death penalty?

A: Yes.

Q: But you’re for abortion?

A: It’s a woman’s right to have an abortion.

Q: A convicted criminal that’s been found guilty by a jury of his or her peers and has been sentenced to the death penalty by the laws of that state should be allowed to live, but an innocent baby growing and developing in his or her mother’s womb should be allowed to be killed.

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Father and Son are out in the front porch early Monday morning before the sun rises. Father and Son stand facing each other. Father takes out his clip board with his checklist and with pen in hand methodically calls out all the items.

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My dear people,

Peace be with you. Today marks the time to which we have been anticipating, the Great Holy Days of Christianity. Let us try to pray well in journeying through the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Maj. Gen. Prather,

Thank you for your e-mail. As President of Val Verde County Hospital District, please know that it is my goal to ensure that the District is transparent, open and accountable to all residents of the county.

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I want to take this opportunity to thank all the candidates who ran for county offices. Their interest in public service is to be commended. Congratulations to all. You are all winners! Public service is not for the faint of heart and you have to love your community to want to serve it.

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Once upon a time in the serene, sleepy city of Centerville everyone lived in congenial community and courteous civility, but then some increasingly grew wearily-tired and jadedly-bored of all that was old-fashioned and traditionally-conventional; they wanted everything to be innovatively-new and modernly-contemporary.

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Last year Time magazine heralded the year of ‘The Silence Breakers.’ Seven men from our government sponsored radio and television stations were no longer working due to claims of sexual harassment.

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Personal assistants

“Honey, I’m home,” declares his wife.

Her husband can’t wait to share, “My personal assistants have arrived. ‘Candy’ is in my man cave, and ‘Dulce’ is in my home office,” he excitedly exclaims.

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Vindication, not quite

President Trump, may say he has been vindicated by the release of the recent Republican memo which went nowhere. I was expecting to see Hillary or even Bill in handcuffs and several other individuals, but I guess this didn’t happen due to the Obama Dept. of Injustice which I understand he’s no longer in charge since President Trump assigned his own people. I guess someone is still residing in “La La Land.”

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In my Letter to the Editor after the Las Vegas shooting I stated that these shootings would just go on and on until until the real problem is addressed. President Trump and other of our leaders refuse to address the “elephant in the room,” the 300 lb gorilla, the rhinoceros or whatever name you want to call it.

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I am disappointed that the city administration has failed the citizens of Del Rio

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Noah Faith was raised a secularist, everyone around him was a secularist.

Now he has grown so sick and tired of their rejection of religion and their reverence of relativism.

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The United States of America is one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Religious beliefs challenge both Democrats and Republicans

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There is little doubt that the U.S. Tax Code needs major changes to encourage continued growth and opportunity in our national and local economies.

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Vista Buena and Felipe San both graduated from Riverville High School the same year. Now they were sitting in the beautifully recently renovated landscaped area at the Centro Cívico with the festive lights of the Christmas season illuminating the dark of night.

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When my sisters and I hung stockings each Christmas Eve, we used Daddy’s Army socks. Daddy surprised us one year by hanging up a sock too. My alert older sister pointed out a hole in the toe.

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What are Ms. Hide and Ms. Seek up to today?

We are about to enter into another adventure, in the make-believe world of Ms. Hide and Ms. Seek. They live in the world known as the Internet and the World Wide Web. The net and the web cast their snares around them and they are seemingly lovingly embraced by its weaving and wandering throughout the world. 

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My name is Merry Navidad.

I must have been six or seven years old when my mother asked me what I wanted Santa Claus to bring me, so that we could write him a letter to let him know what I wanted.

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Recently I left a load of brush at the local landfill and noticed that brush was being burned in an open pit. Plumes of smoke were going everywhere. This can’t be a very good idea considering that the smoke goes right over Del Rio since our prevailing winds come mostly from the southeast.

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Think of all the great things that you’ll be able to do with a chip inside your body.

That’s how it was sold to people that didn’t want any discomfort or inconvenience; that wanted the quickest and easiest way of doing things.

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Mr. Rojo Manzana and Mr. Amarillo Plátano are sitting next to each other inside a fruit bowl on top of the kitchen table. They just viewed the CNN ad: “This is an apple. Some people might try and tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream banana, banana, banana over and over and over again. They might put BANANA in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not. This is an apple.”

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Regarding the proposed county sports complex bond, we offer the following facts: The existing sports fields in Del Rio and Val Verde County are marginally adequate for what they are, but there are not nearly enough venues to handle the ever-growing numbers of youth and adults who would use them. This includes football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, baseball and softball.

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About 25 years ago Maverick County mounted a massive push to fund a $50 million bond issue to save a bankrupt feedlot and meat-packing operation. “Save Our JOBS” was the slogan, and a Colorado bond-origination company was hired. Big names signed on – Rick Perry (then Commissioner of Agriculture) endorsed it.

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The US Senate has confirmed Callista Gingrich’s nomination to be ambassador to the Vatican.

Senators voted overwhelmingly, 70 to 23, to approve her for the post. More than 20 Democrats joined Republicans in supporting Gingrich. President Donald Trump had announced in May that he would nominate her.

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Throughout the month, Del Rio firefighters and VVRMC were selling breast cancer awareness T-shirts. For the second year, your firefighters wanted to do something that the citizens of Del Rio could benefit from. Del Rio Professional Fire Firefighters Association Local 3662 in partnership with Val Verde Regional Medical Center raised over $3,000 in October.

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The statues of Amistoso Águila Real and Friendly Bald Eagle are atop Presa La Amistad/Amistad Dam that serves as an international bridge which crosses the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande that connects the Mexico – United States border cities of Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila and Del Rio, Texas.

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For 60 years, I have been ministering to the needy of this area. For the last two years, I have felt that maybe there were people (who speak English) in Del Rio that have spiritual needs that have not been met.

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Vote FOR Proposition 2 and make home equity loans available to more Texas homeowners.

First, it is important that all Texans vote when there is an election.