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Small schools and rural communities are critical to Texas’ success, and anything negatively impacting small schools or the communities they support hurts us all. Our world is changing rapidly, but the need for rural communities and small schools still exists.

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Trump’s grease crayon fiasco over Hurricane Dorian’s destructive path had a disconcerting similarity to Sesame Street’s “The Great Cookie Thief” story read to my pre-Kindergarten son in 1979, https://is.gd/W48e1e. His level of crazy thought it prudent to contradict Weather Service experts warning millions in the way, although creating unnecessary fear for Alabamans.

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It is interesting to note that Hong Kong which finds itself in the throes of further impingement by the government of Communist China of overturning some vestiges of its former sovereignty, finds itself rallying in public protest utilizing the signs and symbols of the United States of America.

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The best thing we can do in El Rincon is to “keep it wild” was Karen Gleason’s response.

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The book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe, the true story of a slave family who endured the horrors of slavery, was the catalyst for effectively ending slavery in our country. Now there is a book/movie “Unplanned” by Abby Johnson, the true story of a former Planned Parenthood abo…

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It’s been a year since my father went from this world to his Heavenly Father’s arms. My father always spoke to me about what he wanted when he died. Both of my parents had already purchased a burial spot and my father gave me instructions of what he wanted.

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In reference to Karen Gleason’s column Rincon del Diablo: Keep it wild

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In the past few years, we have seen many local business improvement projects take place in Del Rio. Driving through the city, you don’t have to go far to see these incredible beautification projects. Just to name a few:

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The Texas Legislature recently passed a long-overdue increase in teachers’ salaries amounting to 7.3 percent of the previous base salary. They now make a comparable salary to some part-time elected officials. They also threw a bone to retired teachers.

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The new Ram football helmets are ugly. The dual, segmented horn helmets are awesome and should be reinstated. Constant change seems to be an accelerated tactic of the times and should be resisted.

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I support cash bail reform. Lack of money should not be a barrier to bonding out of jail. Our system is based on the premise of innocent until proven guilty.

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This was the week America wasn’t. History’s Nero fiddled as Rome burned. Our Mad Hatter went full-Monty Queen of Hearts meets Captains Bligh and Queeq.

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This post is not directed at anyone specifically. Property taxes were just increased. Water prices were just increased. Just heard water prices may go up AGAIN. Seems to be a problem in this community. Either incompetent employees or unbalanced staffing levels in various departments.

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As animal rights advocates and rescuers, we have been following the story of the 38 little dogs found abandoned on a property in Vega Verde. Although they had been abandoned, a local veterinarian deemed them to be healthy.

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Immigration admitted and Statue of Liberty welcomed my family fleeing Russian and Ottoman anti-Semitic persecution; circa 1903. It was a message of hope, boundless opportunity and safety bringing wave after wave of immigrants. My maternal grandmother cried because the “Streets weren’t paved with gold.”

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Our community’s “safe space” has been invaded by the two billboard advertisements prominently on display on a major thoroughfare.

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The gullibility of those convinced Sandy Hook firearm violence against children never happened, but Pizzagate, Hillary’s and sex trafficking, did. True believers spread easily refuted nonsense and QAnon-type conspiracies.

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Dear Brian,

Thank you for your editorial of Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Thank you for not waxing about politics.

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Rapists and criminals, that’s what Trump calls us. We do have criminal elements in the Hispanic community and also the Black communities. We stick mostly to petty stuff like robbing liquor stores, convenience stores, burglaries, carjacking, and sometimes we even kill each other over drug deals.

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Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law to stop infanticide of babies born-alive after abortion, and another law barring local governments from doing business with the abortion industry.

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I have long lived by the axiom that when something is just totally false and inane it is best not to dignify it with any sort of response and that is what I have long been doing with the “Another View” political cartoon series. However, the cartoon in the Aug. 2 issue of the News-Herald depi…

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What the leftists hold near and dear to their scheming, screeching, and overly-sensitive little hearts is for total, complete mind control. What they advocate is that everything they are for is held as the truth, nothing but the truth so help them Big Government. And everything that they are against is held to be on the wrong side of history, radically enforced by the Long Arm of Their Laws.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio, Texas

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I wish to thank Brian Argabright for his thoughtful editorial which appeared on July 19.

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People flee their oppressive regimes, to be liberated from dictators and tyrants; only to set up their own oppressive regimes where they become the dictators and tyrants.

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When President Trump called the southern border situation a “crisis,” the national Democratic leadership and their collaborators in the leftist-controlled mainstream-media conglomerates decried his assessment as false and foolish.

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Los Amigos del Cementerio Loma de la Cruz express our gratitude to the Del Rio News-Herald for their excellent coverage of our recent rededication of the historic cemetery Loma de la Cruz. The positive exposure given to our organization in the local news provided the community with the renovation efforts that have taken place for several years.

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VP Mike Pence and a delegation including GOP Senators John Cornyn and Lindsey Graham visited border detention centers, https://is.gd/PQIMGX.

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Recently, the City of Del Rio Economic Development office announced a survey asking for the public’s input about making the city more prosperous. I hear over and over about how Academy Sports, Olive Garden, and Target should be in Del Rio. While these businesses may add a small portion to quality of life, they don’t solve the over-arching need for economic prosperity. These businesses will come if Del Rio is prosperous, no doubt. It would financially beneficial. Not the other way around.

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Every Veteran’s Day at cemeteries across America you see veterans being remembered with an American flag at their gravesites.

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The real “concentration camps” are not the facilities on our southern border as the National Democratic Leadership asserts; rather they are the facilities throughout the United States, in mostly minority neighborhoods, where babies are being savagely slaughtered.

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“Trump’s Child Detention Camps Cost $775 Per Person Every Day”, https://is.gd/xMGm3h, answers some of why GOPers oppose a Green New Deal among progressive reforms. Condoning “Zero Tolerance” cruelty sends an intended message and politically connected friends in the private prison industry prosper, including former Trump Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, https://is.gd/BgPLCm.

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United San Felipe (USF), an independent non-profit organization is dedicated to encouraging a renewed interest in researching historic Barrio San Felipe. Its members intend to assure the preservation of the distinct barrio’s cultural legacy to benefit future generations and secure its place in both Texas and American history.

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With a grateful heart I want to say thank you to all of you and ask the readers to join me and express their appreciation every time they see Border Patrol agents, ICE agents, law enforcement and military. First let me share the following with you to clarify my reason for writing this letter.

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Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Del Rio News-Herald and especially Karen Gleason for outstanding coverage of the San Felipe Exes reunion, the dedication of the San Felipe Arch, and rededication of the Loma de la Cruz Cemetery. It is good to see San Felipe take center stage for good cause and as a viable part of this town.

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On Independence Day be inspired and illuminated, not just by the spectacular firework displays, but more importantly by the sacred words that reflect and urge freedom in our faith-filled lives.

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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

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The last year or two has seen an unusual number of U.S. natural disasters: major hurricanes, massive Midwest floods, too many deadly tornadoes, severe wildfires, subzero cold spells, some of the hottest years on record, etc.

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Trump willfully and forcibly continues separating children from families/responsible adult(s). They’re kept under intolerable overcrowded conditions, denied appropriate nutrition, medical and emotional care, https://is.gd/DO6dd9, Bare hours in soiled diapers create a painful rash is the least of it!

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One day, Suzy asked her Auntie Libby, named after Lady Liberty, to explain Socialism to her. Suzy looked up to her Auntie Libby, thinking highly of her.

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On the topic of asylum seekers / immigrants / undocumented / illegal immigrants coming into our community. As of today (June 13), an article will be released in your paper regarding the opinions of two citizens on this humanitarian disaster created by our national leaders and reaffirmed by our local leaders.

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Mr. Hurd’s recent article “Addressing the border crisis” is a case of trying to cover his tracks.

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Isn’t anybody in the administration concerned about “conflicts of interest” or “avoiding any hint of impropriety,” https://is.gd/yozI7Y? A Russian proverb observes: “A fish rots from the head down.” Indeed.

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In Del Rio, Texas, are numerous teenage, unwed mothers. If you live in Del Rio, you may very well know of an unwed pregnancy/birth instance. Though government agencies are in place and the public school district serves unwed mothers. Does the San Felipe Del Rio community try to discourage unwed birth? Do parents talk to daughters about avoiding sexual relationships by refusing boys? Do parents talk to sons about respecting girls and refraining from trying to entice?

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Hello everyone: When I hear or see the word SAFE, I get focused. The reason, I have been a safety professional for over 25 years. I’ve dealt with aircraft safety, traffic safety, vehicle safety, explosive safety, chemical safety. Did I leave anything out?

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Too busy to honor House subpoenas furthering constitutional oversight, Trump watches Fox and Tweet-rants criticizing (R) Rep. Amash. Reading the Mueller report, he stated Trump’s behavior meet the threshold for Impeachment and AG Barr intended to mislead the public.

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O’Rourke is in a crowded field of 20-plus and counting Democratic presidential candidates running for the nomination of his party in the 2020 election.

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The Democratic Leadership is filled with doom and gloom prognosticators who tell us that the world is going to end; in 10 years according to Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, or in 12 years according to Democratic U.S. Representative from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Unless we heed their dire and dismal warnings, sacrifice our lifestyle at the altar of the god of climate change, who demands we change everything or else we die.

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According to USA Today May 8 there’s been “3 mass school shootings in 11 days.” We’re afflicted by an infectious, generational disease. How dare the “adults” do that to us?

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A class action suit should be filed on behalf of all preborn babies demanding that they be protected while they are growing inside the walls of their mother’s womb, the border wall protecting them from all invading forces both foreign and domestic.