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Monday, August 7, 2017

August 6, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * A political epiphany





Letter to the Editor, 

A Political Epiphany 

Grace Lace, the Republican candidate and Trace Place, the Democratic candidate are running for the United States Senate seat from Texas.

Coincidentally they had attended the same elementary school and had been in the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program. They laughed and joked that Grace was the “gifted” one and Trace was the “talented” one.  Grace and Trace had been campaigning and competing against each other beginning in elementary school for Student Council President. 

Everyone thought they had politics in their DNA because both had ambitions of being President of the United States. It seemed like they were totally and completely consumed with politics; they ate, slept, dreamed and breathed politics.

Then the unimaginable and unthinkable happened; not just that the Independent candidate won, but that both had came to the startling and life changing revelation that their heart, mind and soul was restless until they could find respite from their relentless and unyielding search for the highest purpose in their life; to be of service to others, to live for the highest ideals possible, to give their life to a cause greater than themselves, and to be genuinely happy in life. 

Finally both found their ultimate calling in life; they both responded to a higher calling; Sister Grace is a nun in the Carmelite cloistered community in Carmelita, Texas and Brother Trace is a friar in the Franciscan monastery in Santo Francisco, Texas.  Only the hidden designs of divine providence could have practically overnight transformed two of the most politically ambitious and driven people in the country into humble, loving, obedient servants of God.

They had been afflicted with a preponderance of affluence and inflicted with prevalence for influence, when all the time what they truly sought was celestial aspiration and divine inspiration. They had futilely sought after the elusive elixir of winning every election and welding political power, when what they were truly searching for was eternal enlightenment and perpetual peace.

The one sadness in life, not to be the person God created us to be! 

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio






Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * The real housewives of Riverville

















Letter to the Editor,

The Real Housewives of Riverville

Buena-Vista Golden and Cienegas Dorado, friends since high school, affectionately greet each other at Place of the Sun Mall. 

Hi-hi! Kiss-kiss! Hug-hug!

Cienegas: How have you been? You look faaaaabulous!

Buena-Vista: I’m doing great! You look marvelous!

Cienegas: It’s summer and it’s just sooooo hot!

Buena-Vista: Remember what we used to say when we were poor and didn’t have an air conditioner, ‘How hot is it?’

Cienegas: ‘It’s as hooooot as jalapeƱos!’ 

Both Buena-Vista and Cienegas boisterously burst laughing out loud, so loud that passersby turn and stare. 

But they are oblivious to the stares and just think that everyone is obviously looking at them because they are both so rich and gorgeous.

Buena-Vista: Have you been to the new cosmetics store, Selosa?

Cienegas: Of course! Don’t be silly, I was there on opening day, I just looove it!

Buena-Vista: I do all my shopping in Dallas or Houston, but when I need a quick picker-upper, I just dash into Selosa for a touch of sophisticated elegance in this God-forsaken, desert for dummies, tumble-weed town.

Cienegas: I know what you mean; I can baaaaarely stand it here. One does what one can with what one has. And fortunately I have a lot of money to spend on pampering and preening myself to look gorgeous.

Buena-Vista: And you always look gorgeous.

Cienegas: Thank yooooou, you do too. Really! I mean it! Life is definitely treating you well.

Buena-Vista: Well, to tell you the truth, I may look great on the outside, but honestly on the inside I feel strikingly sad.

Cienegas: I don’t admit it to other people, but because we’ve known each other since we were young and poor. You know, I’m also feeling pretty miserable. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather be rich and miserable than poor and miserable. Remember how much fun we had when we didn’t have the burden of being sooooo wealthy and beautiful. 

Buena-Vista: We were just plain Vanilla Buena-Vista and sweet Chocolate Cienegas.

Cienegas: Sooooo plain and sooooo simply sweet.


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio 





July 30, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * Public warning to Catholics by Father Henry Clay Hunt III





Thursday, July 27, 2017

Obituary for Bertha L. Tijerina - Active Legion of Mary member


Obituary for Bertha L. Tijerina

Bertha L. Tijerina, age 93, entered into rest on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Del Rio, Texas.

She was born on September 8, 1923 in Mexico.

She is preceded in death by her parents Geronimo and Matilde Tijerina; brothers Jesus Tijerina and Alfonso Tijerina; sisters Englantina Barrera, Criselda T. Garcia and Maria Tijerina.

Left to cherish her memory is her sister Olivia Tijerina and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 28, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 PM at Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. 

Interment will follow at San Felipe Cemetery. 


She was a long time active member of the Legion of Mary. 

She was always recruiting active and auxiliary members and distributing religious items to bring others closer to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to their Catholic Faith. 

May she rest eternally in God's Everlasting Glory! 



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Playing the waiting game




Letter to the Editor,

Playing the waiting game

This was written while sitting in the doctor’s waiting room . . .
A lot of our time is spent waiting.
We wait for the traffic light to turn green.
We wait for phone calls, emails, texts and tweets.
We wait to go to the bathroom because we are doing something important.
We wait in waiting rooms.
We wait until the commercial comes on to get up and leave the room.
We wait on the waiter or waitress to come take our order.
We wait in lines of people and in lines of cars.
We wait on hold on the phone playing music with static and screeching sounds.
We wait for the desktop computer to start up.
We wait for a website to load onto the screen.
We wait for holidays and before we know it they’ve come and gone.
We wait for the plumber and the electrician.
We wait for a special package to be delivered.
When we are young we can’t wait until it’s our next birthday and when we are older we can’t believe it’s already another birthday.
When we are young, we can’t wait because time seems to go by so slow, and when we are older, we want time to wait for us, because time seems to go by so fast.
When we are young we can’t wait to be older, and when we are older we wonder why we ever wished to be older.
When we are young we can’t wait to be older and look forward to the future and when we are older, we look back to the past and realize how much time we have spent waiting for the future to finally come.
When we are young we think how great it is to be an adult and we can hardly wait, and when we are adults we realize how great it was to be a kid.
And our final wait, is waiting for eternity; for our everlasting life to begin in heaven with God.

Writing While Waiting!
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio



Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 7, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * The culture's "new clothes"







Letter to the Editor,

The culture’s “new clothes”

Today’s culture is so fond of its “new clothes”.

Every day “delusionists” come into the culture. 

They spin and weave “new clothes” made of this special, unique cloth that has a way of becoming invisible to anyone who is unusually ignorant.

Everyone in the culture wants to wear these refined “new clothes” because everyone can tell the wise from the fools when they are wearing these “new clothes”.

The culture pays these “delusionists” large sums of money to spin and weave these “new clothes”.

The culture knows about the cloth's peculiar power, and all are eager to find out what idiots other people are.

Some people see the “delusionists” pretending to work away at their empty looms, but they don’t say anything or else they will be considered fools.

All they say is, "It's beautiful! It's enchanting!"

Everyone in the culture condescends to take their clothes off and the clever “delusionists” help them put on their “new clothes”.

Everyone says, "Oh, how excellent are the culture’s “new clothes”!

Nobody confesses that they don’t see anything, for that would prove that they were a fool.

Finally an innocent child correctly states and cries out loud at last, “They don’t have anything on!"

The people suspected this was correct. 

But they thought to themselves, we don’t want to be right, we prefer to be politically correct. 

So they walked more proudly than ever, all with their “news clothes”.

It is not an act of charity to let the good citizens of this land live in their delusion, their persistent insistence that unreality is real.

Rebel by insisting on reality, common sense, and the obvious; refuse the lies and the rationalizations. 

Point unceasingly to reality; and remember: facts are stubborn things that in the end reality will befriend you and win the day. 

It will come; stay steadfast. 

Do not forsake reality!

People who live in this fantasy world will either remain in their slumber or suddenly awaken from their nightmare to face reality. 

Welcome to reality! 

Welcome to sanity!


Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 4, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Drain the swamp







Letter to the Editor,

Drain the Swamp

Swamps are areas teeming with animal life; some animals live in the low-oxygen water like the Spendthrift Shrimp, some animals live at the surface of the water like the Corrupt Crocodile, some animals live above the water like the Wasteful Woodpecker, and other animals live in the spongy areas of land surrounding the swamp like the Red Wolf.

During the last election the populace of this great and glorious land voted to send the Red Wolves to the Washington, D.C. Swamp to devour and destroy the Spendthrift Shrimps, the Corrupt Crocodiles and the Wasteful Woodpeckers.

The three branches of once beautiful, free flowing streams; the Executive Branch of the President and Administration Officers, the Legislative Branch of the Senate and House of Representatives and the Judicial Branch of the Supreme Court and lower Courts, had clogged up and caused the swamp to form a breeding ground fertile for the creation of dangerous and deceitful demagogues who spewed destruction and devastation throughout the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The populace overwhelmingly demanded that the Red Wolves drain the Washington, D.C. Swamp and restore it to its former glory as it was first envisioned by its namesake George Washington, the first President of this new nation and all its founding members, who came together to create one nation under God with liberty and justice for all, who came as citizen leaders to serve and not to be served, to give and not to take, to fulfill their duty with dignity and integrity and not to cause shame and scandal and then to return back to their hometowns and not become overly paid scavenger governmental lobbyists and consultants.

The fiscally responsible demanded the Red Wolves to drain the swamp of all the Spendthrift Shrimps, the Corrupt Crocodiles and the Wasteful Woodpeckers along with all their sullied and stinky sewerage.

The Red Wolves have the power and the strength to stomp out the Spendthrift Shrimps, to corral the Corrupt Crocodiles and to wipe out the Wasteful Woodpeckers.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio







Monday, July 3, 2017

July 2, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Summer time is also church time by Father Henry Clay Hunt III



Summer time is also church time

Dear People of Del Rio, 

I hope that you are enjoying the summer of 2017. 

It is unbelievable that June has already passed and the summer days are escaping us. 

I have come to observe that in our parish of St. Joseph, and I suspect that it is similar in other church communities, that participation in services on Sundays decreases notably in the summer days. 

This is absolutely reprobate and unacceptable to the Lord. 

We do not take a vacation from the Lord; our worship to God does not follow the academic calendar and then we abandon the ways of the Lord. 

This is true for those who are Catholic as well as any protestant or evangelical church. 
Anyone who believes in Christ is bound to keep holy the Lord’s Day. 

For Catholics, that means to go to Holy Mass every Sunday. 

For anyone else who claims to be Christian, that means to go to church every Sunday. 

Jesus is the one who said, If you love me, keep my commandments. 

The third commandment is to keep holy the Lord’s Day. 

From the earliest days of the Church, as expressed in the ACTS of the Apostles, that means that the community would gather on Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, for the reading of the Prophets and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (the Breaking of the Bread). 

There are persons who know nothing of history and much less anything of the Lord, even persons who contribute to writings in this paper, who will comment with their own understandings or opinions. 

There are others who follow their own philosophies and ideologies. 

Let the world live as it desires to live. 

But if it is true that you believe in Christ, make it that you and your family go to Church on the Sundays of the Summer of 2017. 

Fr. Henry Clay Hunt, III



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Acting awards aren't awesome





Letter to the Editor,

Acting awards aren’t awesome

Hello my name is Vista Doolittle and while reviewing the TV Guide, in hopes of locating something worthwhile to watch, which is extremely rare these days, I noticed that the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards show was being broadcast on six channels, maybe on more, but I only have the 70 basic cable channels. 

I can’t imagine having to pay for all those premium channels, which would only be paying more, for more of the same. 

The 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards show was showing live on VH-1, MTV, BET, Spike, TV land and Comedy Central, talk about overkill.

And it got me wondering, why are there even acting awards? 

It’s adults playing a child’s game of dress-up and pretend, which we all played when we were young, and no one gave us awards for our frolicking-antics, and we certainly didn’t get paid exorbitant salaries for our extraordinary performances.

The movie and TV industry is a self-absorbed industry that overly glorifies itself and thinks itself to be more important than it really is in the scheme of things in life. 

These are outrageously rich and over-the-top famous people who spend their lives pretending to be other people and we are supposed to believe them when they portend to speak on serious topics. 

And those who don’t receive awards, shouldn’t there be participant awards, just for showing up for work because isn’t that elitist and discriminatory to only honor the best and forget about the rest.

Another self-absorbed industry is politics, like when the President gives the State of the Union Address; it is broadcast on all the major television networks and also on all the cable news channels. 

I only watch political events on C-SPAN because I am spared from the barrage of commercials and from the endless prattle of broadcasters spewing forth their endless running commentary. 

I definitely do not appreciate someone telling me how to interpret what I just finished listening to. 

I can make up my own mind, thank you very much.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 20, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * LOCAL * Letter to the Editor * Pence: National Catholic Prayer Breakfast




Letter to the Editor,

Pence: National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Vice President Mike Pence recently gave an inspiring address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., saying that the administration is committed to protecting life and religious freedom.

These are some of the highlights of his address:

“Life is winning through the steady advance of science that continues to illuminate more and more when life begins” and thanks to the “generosity of millions of adoptive families” and “through the compassion of caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations”.

He called the President’s executive order on religious freedom an “action to protect men and women of faith in the public square.”

In reference to the president’s meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, the vice president said the two leaders spoke about ways that the U.S. and the Church can work together, such as to counter the persecution of people of faith around the world.

The administration “stands with those who are persecuted for their faith around the world” and “stands with the most vulnerable, the aged, the infirm, and the unborn,” he said.

“Protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign policy priority of this administration”. “I believe we’ve come to a pivotal moment in the life of our nation, and indeed, the life of the world. The Catholic community in America has made an enormous difference in the life of this nation,” Pence said.

“And at this moment, I urge you to continue to stand up, to speak out, to continue to be that voice for the voiceless that the Church has been throughout its history, continue to be the hands and feet of our Savior, reaching in with love and compassion, embracing the dignity of all people of every background and every experience.”

He stressed the importance of daily prayer, “in these challenging times I encourage you to take time every day to pray” because there is “so much need for healing”.

Throughout the speech he reiterated the Administrations’ commitment to promoting and protecting life and freedom of religion.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio




Thursday, June 15, 2017

June 14, 2017: Del Rio News-Herald * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Gloria Steinem: Say what?!





Letter to the Editor,

Gloria Steinem: Say what?!

Gloria Steinem who became famous as a spokeswoman for the feminist movement in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s was recently interviewed.

She stated, “Population is what causes climate deprivation. If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don't want or can't care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn't have the climate problems that we have. That's the fundamental cause of climate change”. Say what?!

“Because women are the major agricultural workers in the world, and also the carriers of water and the feeders of families and so on, it's a disproportionate burden. We need to think about what's called ‘comparable worth.’ The classic example is that people who park cars get paid more than people in childcare centers. It isn't that we care for our cars more than our babies. It's that one group is men, and the other group is mostly women”. Say what?!

She admitted she’s “never really had a job”, although she’s made a career of speaking up for women and her life has been very different from those for whom she champions. Say what?!

She stated, “women will never be fully equal to men unless they have a right to abortion”, that’s right, she thinks equal means being the same, men can’t bear children, therefore, women should not bear children. Say what?!

She affirmed “there are many men who are very strong feminists and humanitarians because it's perfectly clear that it's not about biology, it's about consciousness”. Say what?!

She believes “a system of oppression wouldn't work if it weren't internalized and we internalize it when we raise boys and girls differently”. Say what?!

She said, “Women usually become whole people by being active outside the home. Men become whole people by being active inside the home.” Say what?!

According to radical feminist Gloria Steinem, President Trump’s maternity leave policy “happens to be the same policy as every authoritarian regime on Earth including Hitler's Germany. The Nazis were paying women to have children”.  Say what?!

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio