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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Deplorables are not dispensable and disposable

Letter to the Editor,

Deplorables are not dispensable and disposable

My name is C.L. Fish. 

This is my depressing and distressing, sad and sorry story.

First they legalized abortion, and I said that’s fine with me because I’ve already been born and it doesn’t bother me if they want to kill their babies.

Then they legalized assisted-suicide, and I said that’s fine with me because I’ll never want to kill myself and it doesn’t bother me if other people want to kill themselves.

Then they legalized euthanasia, and I said that’s fine with me because I’ll never want to end my life and it doesn’t bother me if other people want to end their life.

Then they said that I was a deplorable who was dispensable and disposable, and I said that’s not fine with me because I don’t think I’m a deplorable who’s dispensable and disposable; and it very much bothers me that they want to dispense with me and dispose of me.

So I did everything I could so that I would no longer be considered a deplorable.

I contacted my Congressional representatives and told them I was not a deplorable, there must have been some mistake and they needed to fix that slip-up.

I gave money to the lobby that represented the newly identified deplorables just like me, so that they could wine and dine the Congressional representatives to vote against legalizing dispensing and disposing of me.

I protested with big banners that read, “I’m a person, not a deplorable.”

I boycotted the companies that detested deplorables.

I wrote “Letters to the Editor” stating why I was not a deplorable.

I tried to rally other people who would think I was worth saving; there were not too many people who thought I was worth saving. 

Most of the people I contacted thought I should be dispensed with and disposed of. 

They told me that I only cared about myself.

I guess I came to realize too late, that I never really cared about others and now others really don’t care about me.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Presidents' Day

Letter to the Editor,

February 20: Presidents Day

God and religion have been important to U.S. Presidents throughout American History.

Presidents Day is a great opportunity to remember that in America, God is and has always been foundational to this country and to our system of liberty.

Past Presidents have rightfully recognized God and religion.

God and religion have been of substantial importance to this country’s most revered and highly respected presidents as evidenced by the following notable quotes from Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan as each focused on the fundamental role that God and religion play in American rights and government.

The belief that our rights come from God and that religion plays a prominent part in our nation’s public life is not partisan or sectarian; rather it is the uniquely American experience.

George Washington: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable." (Farewell Address, September 19, 1796)

Thomas Jefferson: “Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?” (State of Virginia Notes 1785, and on the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.)

Abraham Lincoln: “This nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” (Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863)

Franklin D. Roosevelt: “This nation has placed its destiny in the hands of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God.” (State of the Union, January 6, 1941)

John F. Kennedy: “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”  (Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961)

Ronald Reagan: “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” (“Evil Empire” Speech, March 8, 1983)

When taking the oath or affirmation of Office of the President of the United States most Presidents have used a Bible to solemnly adhere to their promise and some have even added to the required statement the solemn words, "So help me God."

Happy Presidents Day!
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 11, 2017: Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes


Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comforter of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. 

Look upon me with mercy. 

When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal.

I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. 

My loving Mother, obtain my request. 

I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity.


Friday, February 10, 2017

February 9, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Letter from the law firm Cheatem, Swindell & Lye

Dear Editor,

Respectfully requesting a retraction of rancorous rumors

Letter from the law firm Cheatem, Swindell & Lye

The Del Rio News-Herald is currently running an advertising campaign entitled: “Fake News is No Joke! Get your news from a trusted source!” with pictures of our clients to try and sell the newspaper as a source of news to be trusted.

We represent: Extraterrestrial Beings, not “Space Aliens”, traveling inside a Spacecraft not an “Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)”, Sasquatch, not “Bigfoot”, and Loch Ness, not “Monster”.

Our clients demand a prompt retraction and a sincere and genuine apology.

Their good name and reputation has been besmirched and they take great offense in their being ridiculed and made the butt of jokes that are condescending and demeaning.

There has been irreparable damage done by your repugnant and disreputable advertisement calling them “fakers”.

If they don’t exist, then how can it be that there are pictures of them to prove that they most certainly exist in this wonderful world of ours, where unsolved mysteries abound and inexplicable phenomenon flourish? 

They take umbrage and certainly find it offensive and cruel to insinuate that they are not real, when there are millions of people who have seen them, and there are millions more who believe they exist even though they have never seen them up close and personal, yet in their heart of hearts they believe wholeheartedly.

If your newspaper does not cease to run these false and derogatory advertisements we have no recourse other than to legally sue for libel.

We hope that in good faith, you will print a retraction and that will be the end of this sad and sorry episode, and we can all put this unfortunate incident behind us, and all of us can continue to live in peace, harmony and serenity. 

Otherwise, you leave us no option other than to continue fighting for our clients’ good name and reputation by not having to contend with these hideous and horrendous advertisements spreading egregious lies.

Letts Cheatem
Ittza Swindell
Will Lye

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Plant Earth

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February 16, 2017: "Prayer as a Simple Look Turned Toward Heaven" a lesson presented by Father Antonio O. Moreno at 5:030 pm at St. Joseph Parish CCD Room 11

You are cordially invited to a lesson presented by

Fr. Antonio O. Moreno
“Prayer as a Simple Look Turned Toward Heaven”

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 5:30 to 6:30
Place: St. Joseph Parish CCD Room 11

All Are Welcome!

Hosted by Little Handmaids of Our Sorrowful Mother

Call Cami Murphy 830-308-9840 for info.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January 31, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Pro-life wins!

Letter to the Editor,

Pro-life wins!

The pro-life movement is bristling with growth, strength and results.

The majority of Americans now self-identify as pro-life.

Most Americans now believe in strict regulations of abortions, even those who call themselves pro-choice.

Eighty percent of millennials believe abortion should be banned after twenty weeks.

More than 300 pro-life laws have been passed in state legislatures over the past few years, that’s more than in the previous decade combined.

Abortion clinics are closing in droves and the numbers of abortions are drastically and dramatically down.

These laws have had the effect of bringing the U.S. abortion rate to lowest level since 1973.

The pro-life movement in America is the motivation and inspiration of pro-life movements around the world.

From the notion that abortion was settled, to abortion being one of the most unsettled political issues of all time is a stunning achievement of what is no more than a rag tag band of underfunded amateurs sitting around kitchen tables, dorm rooms, and meeting rooms in large major metropolitan cities and in small rural towns throughout the country.

The pro-life movement has brought us to the point where most of the country is on the side of the life issues, the point where the ground is actually fertile so that the Supreme Court will be prepared to actually turn the issue back to the states.

The pro-life movement has created the whole life-centered movement of respecting the dignity and sanctity of all life from conception to natural death.

The pro-life movement has created thousands of crisis pregnancy centers throughout the United States.

The pro-life movement has birthed and brought about a ground swell of a massive pro-life youth movement.

The pro-life movement has successfully passed hundreds of state restrictions on abortions.

The pro-life movement has created a global prayer network against abortions and for the cause of life.

The pro-life movement has prayerfully and peacefully counseled women on the sidewalks who have turned around from going into clinics performing abortions and have continued with their pregnancies and had their babies. 

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * From Page 1A * Letter to the Editor * Pro-choice: Choose love

Letter to the Editor,

Pro-choice: Choose love

Mrs. DeLaVida and Mrs. Maten are discussing the Presidential election.

Maten: I know you’re pro-life, but I just can’t believe you voted for Trump.

DeLaVida: I voted against Hillary.

Maten: But you voted for Trump.

DeLaVida: I voted for the Republican platform and for what Trump promised concerning abortion and the pro-life issues, because I believe that voting for a pro-abortion candidate is voting for the killing of an innocent life which is intrinsically evil and my conscience would not allow me to do that.

Maten: Some people would say that Trump is intrinsically evil.

DeLaVida: Some people would say that Hillary is intrinsically evil, but both would be wrong, because people are inherently good; it is the actions that they do or fail to do that are evil.

Maten: Doesn’t that make you a one issue voter?

DeLaVida: Yes, and what better issue to be for, than to be for life; I don’t understand how anyone could be against a culture-of-life and for a culture-of-death.

Maten: It’s not that I’m against a culture-of-life and for a culture-of-death, it’s that I believe in a women’s right to choose.

DeLaVida: I also believe in a women’s right to choose, but the women’s choice has already been made and that choice has resulted in a baby whether that was the intended object of that choice or not, a baby is now growing and developing.

Maten: What if it was not the women’s choice, what about that?

DeLaVida: Of course that is wrong, but committing another wrong does not make it right. There is always the option of adoption. There are many couples who would love to adopt a baby.

Maten: Sure that sounds fine in theory, but what about real life?

DeLaVida: Let me tell you about real life. I got pregnant when I was in high school; I had my oldest daughter with my parents support. I love my daughter and I love my husband who married me and adopted my daughter. That is real life and that is real love.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio 

January 25: Del Rio News-Herald * Front Page * Del Rioans walk for life

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 15, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Convergence

Letter to the Editor,


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the National March for Life in Washington, D.C. are three great movements that happen at the same time of year and are deeply intertwined.

Each January, these three observances converge and reinforce each other and summon all Christians to work together against injustice. 

On the third Monday in January, this year January 16, we observe the national holiday in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

From January 18–25, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed.

This year on January 27, the National March for Life recalls the tragic and infamous decision made on January 22, 1973 by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade, unleashing a devastating policy of abortion on demand.

Both the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement are evidence of our common Christian engagement. 

Both movements seek to secure equal rights for marginalized human beings.

Defending the equal dignity of every human being after birth strengthens our witness to the rights of those in danger before birth. 

The pro-life movement is the civil rights movement of today because it embodies and advocates for the very same principle: the dignity of every human life, which calls for its equal protection under the law. 

Dr. King did not advocate only for the equal dignity of African-Americans/Blacks; he advocated for the equal dignity of every human life. 

The fight against segregation was a corollary of the fight against all injustice.

Dr. King's famous quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere", loudly resounds in both the pro-life and civil rights movements.

When we have the observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the National March for Life in our nation’s capitol, and both of these events in the context of our Christian Unity, together we are recommitting ourselves to end injustice, along with every other form of violence, and to truly build a culture of life that gives honor, dignity and respect to all humanity.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 21, 2017: Second Annual Baby Shower to benefit Amistad Pregnancy Care Center, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall

Second Annual Baby Shower
 for the benefit of 
Amistad Pregnancy Care Center
Saturday, January 21, 2017
1:00PM to 3:00PM
at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 
510 Wernett Street
Come enjoy free 
finger food, refreshments 
and Bingo prizes.
A monetary donation
or any baby items
such as diapers and clothing
will be appreciated

January 22, 2017: Del Rio for Life - Prolife March, starting at 3:00 pm at Val Verde County Fairgrounds and finishing at Del Rio Civic Center with guest speakers