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Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 24, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Amistoso and friendly

Letter to the Editor,

Amistoso and Friendly

Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing is a dam that serves as an international bridge which crosses the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo.

The dam connects the United States-Mexico border cities of Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila and is jointly owned by the United States Government and the Mexican Government.

The international boundary crosses the center of the dam where Amistoso El Águila and Friendly The Eagle have majestically stood side by side atop Amistad Dam/Presa la Amistad for 48 peaceful and pleasant years.

But now things are different, things have changed.

Friendly: I’m sorry my government will be building a wall across the center of the dam.

Amistoso: You mean a wall will be built across a bridge.

Friendly: Yes, that’s what I understand; after all these years we will be physically divided, you on one side of the wall and me on the other side of the wall.

Amistoso: But why?

Friendly: My President thinks we need it and so do some people.

Amistoso: But we’ve been friends forever, standing here together, overlooking our respective country’s beautiful land and our lovely people.

Friendly: I guess some people don’t see it that way. You and I have seen both good and bad people come across from both countries.

Amistoso: Mostly good people.

Friendly: Unfortunately, it is those few bad people that have caused this problem.

Amistoso: But we’ll still be friends, right?

Friendly: Of course, we are our country’s great and powerful symbols that have endured the test of time and we will prevail as friends even though we will no longer stand side by side, but in our heart and soul we will always carry the great love and respect our people have for each other.

Amistoso: I see the construction crew, or rather de-construction crew coming. I guess this is the end of an era.

Friendly: Change is always hard.

Amistoso: I’ll miss you. Adios amigo!

Friendly: I’ll miss you, too. Good-bye my friend!

As they bid farewell, a single solitary tear rolls down their faces.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Legion of Marry ACIES Annual Consecration Ceremony and 70th Anniversary Invitation for all Active and Auxiliary Members

The Legion of Mary in Del Rio, Texas

Praesidium at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
With Spiritual Director Father Martin Alonso Bustos González
And Praesidium at St. Joseph Church
With Spiritual Director Father Antonio O. Moreno

Invite all active and auxiliary members
To the Mass celebrated by Father Martin with
ACIES Ceremony
Annual Consecration
to Our Lord Jesus Christ through the Intercession of
The Blessed Virgin Mary
On Sunday March 26, 2017
At 1:45 P.M.
At Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary

On Saturday, May 6, 2017
At 12 noon
At St. Joseph Church Parish Hall
Archbishop Gustavo Garcia Siller
Will speak at the Legion of Mary
70th Anniversary Banquet


La Legión de María en Del Río, Texas

Praesidium de la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Con el Director Espiritual
Padre Martín Alonso Bustos González
Y Praesidium de la Iglesia de San José
Con el Director Espiritual Padre Antonio O. Moreno

Invitan a todos los miembros activos y auxiliares
A la Misa celebrada por el Padre Martín con

Ceremonia ACIES
Consagración anual
A Nuestro Señor Jesucristo a través de la Intercesión de la Santísima Virgen María
El domingo 26 de marzo de 2017
A la 1:45 p.m.
En la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Celebrando el 70º  aniversario

El sábado, 6 de mayo
A la 12 del mediodía
En el Salón Parroquial de la Iglesia de San José
Arzobispo Gustavo García Siller
Hablará en el Banquete del 70º  aniversario
De la Legión de María

March 14, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Big brother, simple sister

Letter to the Editor,

Benevolent Big Brother Government (BBBG) and Sweet Simple Sister Citizen (SSSC)

BBBG: I’m your bossy, I mean, benevolent big brother; I’m here to take care of all your healthcare needs.

SSSC: Thanks for being so kind and generous; helping me out this way.

BBBG: I’m a whole lot smarter than you are; I know what’s best for you.

SSSC: You’re my BBBG who knows everything and knows what is best for me.

BBBG: I know you need free birth control pills so you won’t get pregnant.

SSSC: If you say so, but I’d really like to have children someday.

BBBG: Sure, sure, someday, but not now. This is not the right time for you to have any children. You can’t afford to have children; you’re poor, you don’t have an education and you don’t have a job.

SSSC: Can you help me get a good education and good job so I won’t be poor?

BBBG: Yes, sure, someday; but for now all I can give you is free contraceptives.

SSSC: Okay.

BBBG: Now if your birth control pills don’t work, then I can give you a free abortion.

SSSC: I’m not sure I would want to have an abortion if I got pregnant.

BBBG: (Sighing exasperatedly and speaking slowly so SSSC can understand the complexities of modern day life.) Please pay attention carefully to what I am saying. You – cannot – have – a – baby.

SSSC: So if I wasn’t poor; if I wasn’t uneducated and unemployed then I could have a baby?

BBBG: Well, not really, because then you’d be fabulously rich, you’d be highly educated, have a demanding and lucrative paying job and you wouldn’t want to have a baby.

SSSC: So when could I have a baby?

BBBG: I guess, never.

SSSC: Oh. (Bemoaning; feeling sad and lonely because BBBG will never allow her to have a baby.)

BBBG: (Lamenting; sometimes SSSC is so difficult. Poor thing, she doesn’t understand the way life works. I’m so glad she has me to tell her how things work and what is best for her.)

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio

Friday, March 10, 2017

Letter to the Editor,

Make America Godly Again

On February 18 in Melbourne, Florida, the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, called the crowd to pray, bowing her head and leading The Lord’s Prayer. We have never seen a first lady start a rally with The Lord’s Prayer honoring God in such a humble way. 

She was mocked and persecuted for doing this when instead she should be applauded for the courage she exhibited. We should be proud of our First Lady. It is refreshing to see the First Lady of the United States recite The Lord’s Prayer in public. May we see prayer coming back, front and center after all these years, for it has been neglected for a long time!  May we reclaim our heritage as “one nation under God” and stand in simple humility and prayerfulness as Melania Trump did!

God has a way of picking unlikely material, a thrice married billionaire and his former nude model wife. God surely works in mysterious ways. Wouldn’t it be beyond the believable for God to hand victory to almost defeated Christians on issues such as pro-life and religious liberty by such unlikely material?  It's the possibility that Christians prayed for leading up to the November 8th presidential election. It's a good thing God works through and in sinners, or none of us would have a chance. Imagine The Lord’s Prayer was spoken through a sinner; we are all sinners but with faith we ask God’s forgiveness.

Political correctness is built upon shifting sand, Christians build upon The Rock. We cannot see the details known perfectly to God.  We must pray for God’s Will to be done. God who is merciful and loving will provide for us and deliver us from evil.  Our national motto: In God we trust.

Let us pray for our President Donald Trump and our First Lady Melania Trump, for wisdom, fortitude and many graces in their public and private lives.

Aligned with God, America will become great again.

Our Father who art in heaven . . . .
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * LOCAL * Letter to the Editor * Conversation between a cleaning lady and a celebrity

Letter to the Editor,

Conversation between a cleaning lady and a celebrity

Valentina Brillante: Good morning Mrs. Streep.

Meryl Streep: Good morning Valentina, please call me Meryl. I keep telling you every time you come to clean my house to call me by my first name because we are all equal.

Valentina: Yes, Mrs. Meryl, as you wish.

Meryl: Not Mrs. Meryl, just Meryl! You can call me just by my first name.
Valentina: Yes, ma’am.

Meryl: Very good, now we can talk for a few minutes before you start cleaning my house. How have you been?

Valentina: Well, to tell you the truth I am very happy President Trump has issued a temporary ban that affects seven countries of concern.

Meryl: But Valentina, you’re an immigrant! How could you possibly be for a ban that is against your people?

Valentina: Well, Meryl, for your information I am not an immigrant, I was born in the United States and I want to live in a country that is safe and secure and free from terrorist’s attacks. Free from all terrorists both outside and inside the womb. Because I believe abortionists are terrorists, especially in my neighborhood where Planned Parenthood specifically targets our weak and wounded women. I am also happy that President Trump took immediate action on day one to stop the support of abortion with our tax dollars overseas. And that he has nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Meryl: Well, I’ll be. Valentina, I think it’s time you started working. I pay you to do your work, not to shove your politics in my face.

Valentina: That’s exactly what my husband said when he listened to your speech at the Golden Goble Awards.

Meryl: You watch the Golden Goble Awards?

Valentina: No, when I go home I don’t like to have anything to do with the people I work for during the day or to think about work. I enjoy relaxing and watching football and mixed martial arts with my husband and son. My husband said he saw you on social media.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Baby boys and baby girls

Letter to the Editor,

Baby boys and baby girls 

When mom and dad see their baby's ultrasound for the very first time and the primary healthcare worker says, “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!”There is serious doubt that they will vigorously protest and virulently reply, “What a most ancient and antiquated concept! I don’t believe babies are born with a specific sex. Let’s not rush into things. Let’s give our child a few years to decide to self-identify as male, female, neither or both, whatever is their chosen preference.”  Obviously not.

And in the days before ultrasounds, when the doctor told mom and dad, "It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” For certain mom and dad didn’t say, “Not so fast doctor, let's not be so quick to jump to such rash judgments! The plumbing may be male or it may be female but we have no idea how our child will identify themselves later on in life. And we cannot justifiably label our baby with one specific sex. It’s their choice." Obviously not.

Obviously, when mom and dad first hear the exciting and wonderful news that they will be having a boy or a girl, they immediately start thinking about appropriate boy names or girl names and purchasing baby boy clothes or baby girl clothes. Why? Because they recognize that all babies are inherently born with a specific biological sex, and well over 99% of the time, there is neither physical ambiguity about this at birth nor emotional uncertainty about this in the years that follow.

Obviously when mom and dad are getting the baby’s new room ready and when they are perusing the latest baby products for their baby shower registry; they are definitely just thinking about their precious little boy or little girl bundle of joy.

On the day of their birth, the baby boy will be greeted with baby-blue colored balloons and the baby girl will be greeted with baby-pink colored balloons. And so their life long journey begins forever with the words, “He’s a Boy!” or “She’s a Girl!”

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.

Del Rio

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.
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