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We are so very grateful and humbled by the graciousness of the many friends and neighbors of Susan Ridgway, our mom. The outpouring of love and support is truly a testament of the “can do” spirit of Del Rio and we have felt the love, gratitude and adoration for our mom.

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This is just another example of why we should to be thankful that Hillary Clinton is not the President of the United States of America.

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The 2018 election was telling. Republicans enabled a corrupt executive. Voters couldn’t stomach Trump costing the GOP House majority.

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It’s Christmas Eve and the neighborhood is aglow with strings of ice-colored lights meticulously wrapped around the tree trunks. It is a shimmering illumination giving the landscape the feel of a wintery-wonderland.

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As comedian Gilda Radner, playing Emily Litella, would famously say in her Editorial Reply on the news segment of Saturday Night Live (SNL) when she was gently corrected for her innocent and inadvertent misinterpretations: “Oh, that’s different. Never mind!”

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I was dismayed to read the headline news “Del Rio Councilman gets 3 year probation.”

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Got your attention! Thought so! This is a real-life-story you probably haven’t heard much about, if any.

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Flaring in the Permian Basin just hit record numbers for the second quarter in a row, with operators flaring an astonishing 752 million cubic feet of gas a day – an alarming reality, given the human and environmental risks associated with burning natural gas.

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My Thanksgiving week inventory of “thankful” includes RV travels from my Alpine, Texas home; now where my parents were Winter Texans at Fig Tree RV Resort in Harlingen. Yes, I miss the wilderness of the Big Bend, but the RV needs repairs more available in the Valley.

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Journalists have prided themselves in being the bastions of the free-press valiantly “speaking truth to power,” but recent revelations show they shamelessly kowtowed to the prominent, powerful progressives. Shocking! Utterly shocking! Sarcastically said ...

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With each click of a mouse this shopping season, you are missing a golden opportunity to help your community grow, as well as to discover the hidden gems among wonderful local businesses.

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Some opine: “You’re angry about Trump.” Rather, I’m pained an authoritarian, racist bully tramples our constitution and “Zero Tolerance” cruelty targets children.

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Fifty-six years ago on this Nov. 22 President John F. Kennedy was a victim of a plot that took his life along with the dreams of many citizens who mourned his death in the United States and around the world.

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This is the guiding principle concerning “Conflicts of interest and avoiding any hint of impropriety,” essential for analyzing public servant/official’s conduct, https://is.gd/90Ro9r. President Trump routinely disregards those established norms.

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We no longer have to bite the bullet enduring the endless escapades of Robert Francis O’Rourke because he’s no longer in the race for president.

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Legacy news reporting died when mainstream media reporters no longer reported what was going-on, but only commented on what a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad President Americans had elected.

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We’re very thankful for returning to the Lower Rio Grande Valley after six years. Our first Sunday began at brunch with a good friend actively assisting immigrants seeking asylum the administration continues exploiting. Then we visited a peaceful place, the historic La Lomita Chapel, https://is.gd/mqrMtB, on the Rio Grande in Mission Texas.

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To clean up the San Felipe Creek, Del Rio’s greatest asset, all swimming in the creek must be prohibited and no camping on or near the creek

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Thirteen thousand plus lies and corruption define Trump’s presidency. “The guardrails are off … he’s becoming ever more incorrigible,” https://is.gd/ZF4b04.

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The Community Health Improvement Coalition, held its first mental health conference on October 10 at the civic center.

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We like popping our popcorn in the microwave; but do we know what microwaves are made from and how they are powered?

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In my opinion something wrong is going on at City Hall in reference to the utility billing.

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According to Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate, “there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath,” claiming human life begins with babies first breath outside their mother’s womb, personhood being imparted via the inhalation of oxygen into the baby’s lungs.

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A woman wrote a letter to the editor titled “Run, Red, Run.” It is a folktale parody promoting the policy of running people out of town for expressing certain opinions. In a move irreconcilable with his “freedom-loving” philosophy, the “constitutional conservative” hero summarily expels the villain from the community for being a socialist.

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Concerning Trump’s Ukraine scandal, former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul’s October third comment, https://is.gd/NOtjTr is insightful. “Why did no one say ‘Mr. President, this is wrong’?” Few enough, it seems.

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Once upon a time there were three little Democrats who desperately wanted to tear down the White House.

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I find it extremely difficult to believe the hospital is doing all it can to facilitate a seamless transfer of service. The hospital has developed a reputation clearly known throughout our county.

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Once there was a little girl who always wore her little red hoodie when she went out bike riding, so everyone called her Little Red Riding Hoodie.

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Trump’s not well, exhibiting eight signs of malignant narcissism, https://is.gd/nb0sds. Among them:

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Sitting in front of the television watching CNN is like sitting in front of a large front-load washing machine at the laundry-mat. Neither is fun to watch, both are routinely predictable and methodically mundane.

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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.