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Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9, 2018: Del Rio News-Herald * From Page 1 A * Letter to the Editor * Traditionville and Modernville

Letter to the Editor,

Traditionville and Modernville 

Once upon a time in the serene, sleepy city of Centerville everyone lived in congenial community and courteous civility, but then some increasingly grew wearily-tired and jadedly-bored of all that was old-fashioned and traditionally-conventional; they wanted everything to be innovatively-new and modernly-contemporary

Some remained dedicated and devoted to all that was old and traditional; they wanted nothing that was newfangled and currently up-to-date.

The once docile, dormant city of Centerville grew aggressively alienated and deeply divided. 

Some citizens of Centerville treasured the old and traditional; while others trashed the new and modern. 

Some Centerville residents trashed the ancient and antiquated; while others treasured the fashionable and in vogue. 

They each typically treasured what the other trashed.

The once peaceful, placid city of Centerville was eventually split-down the middle-of-the-road. 

On the right side of the road, all the traditionalists lived; while on the left side of the road, all the modernists lived.

The traditionalist and the modernist parts of town grew, until there was nobody who lived in Centerville anymore. 

Centerville became a ghost town with empty edifices, hollow homes, no heart and soul. 

The modernists and the traditionalists each had their own separate and distinct lives; they wanted nothing to do with the other. 

They each lived in their entrenched enclaves and echo chambers. 

Because there were no centrists left in Centerville, the city was eventually dissolved; the town of Traditionville and the metro area of Modernville came into being. 

Traditionville townsfolk kept their town just as it had always been; Modernville citizens changed everything; nothing stayed the same. 

The citizens of Traditionville unanimously voted to keep the status quo, preserve and protect everything that was historic and venerable; the citizens of Modernville unanimously voted to change everything that was from a by-gone era with something that was state-of-the-art, cutting-edge, as quickly and swiftly as they could.

Those in Modernville who didn’t want to change were told they had to move to Traditionville; those in Traditionville who wanted to change were told they had to move to Modernville.

Marian CasillasEd.D.
Del Rio

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018: Del Rio News-Herald * Letter to the Editor * "Creeps and Pervs Broadcasting"

Letter to the Editor

“Creeps and Pervs Broadcasting”

Last year Time magazine heralded the year of ‘The Silence Breakers'. 

Seven men from our government sponsored radio and television stations were no longer working due to claims of sexual harassment.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) now known as “Creeps and Pervs Broadcasting”, along with National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting System (PBS) are sponsored and subsidized solely by taxpayer funding and major corporate donors.

In August, John Hockenberry was jettisoned from his NPR program "The Takeaway" with an audience of 3 million listeners on 270 stations. 

In October, NPR's former editorial director and then senior vice president of news, Michael Oreskes was summarily ousted.

Also in October, NPR host of Minnesota Public Radio, Garrison Keillor, creator of "A Prairie Home Companion” was kicked-out. 

In November, Charlie Rose, PBS host of his show “Charlie Rose” and “CBS This Morning” anchor was removed.

Also in November, NPR Chief News Editor David Sweeney was dismissed.

In December, Tom Ashbrook, radio-host of NPR's "On Point" show broadcast on 290 NPR stations, was axed.

Also in December, PBS suspended Tavis Smiley, whose interview show “Tavis Smiley” aired nationwide and also hosted a podcast on NPR. 

These seven men were entrusted according to their mission statement to “educate, entertain and express a diversity of perspectives”. 

They were not to make of themselves all-powerful emperors in the publicly funded broadcasting empire.

This is a golden opportunity for the President and Congress to keep our hard-earned tax dollars from being dumped on this liberal, leftist-leaning media of national radio and television stations and once and for all drain the swamps of NPR and PBS.

Government-sponsored radio and television should not be given our tax dollars to pay these “creeps and pervs” their outrageous salaries and perks and make of them controlling and powerfully influential-makers-and-breakers and thought-shakers in the media conglomerate funded at the expense of the American people. 

The time has come to eliminate government sponsored media.

“All Things Considered”, remember all these “creeps and pervs” were “Made possible by…..Viewers like you."

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018: Del Rio News-Herald * From Page 1A * Letter to the Editor * Personal assistants

Letter to the Editor,

Personal assistants

“Honey, I’m home,” declares his wife.
Her husband can’t wait to share, “My personal assistants have arrived. ‘Candy’ is in my man cave, and ‘Dulce’ is in my home office,” he excitedly exclaims.
His wife thinks, just more tech junk, while exasperatingly rolling her eyes.
“That’s nice,” she responds trying to keep the peace.
It’s no use arguing, he’s enthralled with all the latest electronic gadgets and can’t wait to waste his money on purchasing the newest models.
“Look, let me show them to you”.
He authoritatively states, “‘Candy’, pour me a drink and bring me my slippers”, his wife is giving him ‘The Look’, he laughs“Just kidding” and continues“‘Candy’, play something by Harry Connick Jr.” ‘Candy’ responds, “Are you sure that’s what you want me to play for you because you don’t like him or his songs.” 
He sheepishly informs ‘Candy’, “Harry Connick Jr. is my wife’s favorite singer, she swoons all over him and compulsively watches his daytime talk show on DVR.” 
“Oh, okay, I see,” robotically responds ‘Candy’ as she obediently plays what he requested. 
As her husband departs, he lets his wife know, “I’ll be in my home office, so I can show you ‘Dulce’!”
After listening to several songs on the playlist his wife walks into her husband’s home office and says, “Show me what ‘Dulce’ can do.” 
He commandingly says, “‘Dulce’, bring me my smoking jacket and a cigar”, again his wife is giving him ‘The Look’, “It’s just a joke, okay, now for real,” he solemnly swears. 
“‘Dulce’, make an appointment at La Bella Vida Beauty Salon for my wife; put her down for the works.” ‘Dulce’ responds, “Are you sure because you were saying how outrageous the list of your wife’s expenses had become.” 
Flustered, he adamantly declares, “Yes, of course, only the very best for my most beautiful bride.” 
His wife walks out muttering, “How dare he say my expenses are outrageous, when he is the one who is spending gobs of money on his ‘Candy’ and ‘Dulce'."

Marian CasillasEd.D
Del Rio

Friday, February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018: Del Rio News-Herald * Community Pride - An in focus page dedicated to local giving * Meditation Corner * The soundtrack of our life

Del Rio News-Herald Column

The Soundtrack of our Life

When we were in our mother’s womb, we blissfully listened to and danced to the rhythm of our mother’s heartbeat, the very first love song that tenderly touched our life forever.
Every birthday celebration began with the “Happy Birthday” song sung in unison by all the attendees at our birthday party, celebrating another year of life. 
Every Christmas season we were regaled with the songs of celebrating the most joy filled and wondrous time of year; with the Christmas Carols from “All I want for Christmas” to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” to “What Child Is This”. 
Each year ended with the traditional “Auld Lang Syne”, as we said goodbye to the year that had just ended and we said hello to the year that had just begun. 
At various sporting events and ceremonies we proudly and patriotically stood with our right hand over our heart to honor our country with the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” the National Anthem of the United States of America and we were all moved with the words “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” 
At graduation ceremonies the graduates processed to “Pomp and Circumstance” as they entered to receive their diplomas. 
At wedding ceremonies the bride gracefully glided down the aisle to the playing of “The Wedding March” while all stood to greet her and the wedding party. 
At military funerals the solitary bugler played the solemn “Military Taps.” 
In the morning the first song that played when the alarm went off and then we kept hearing it in our head all day long and we couldn’t get it out of our mind no matter how hard we tried.
The music we heard in the shower that kept us singing and dancing as we splish-splashed around the streaming water in our soapy birthday suits.
The music we listened to at work, at home and while driving in the car.
The music we heard in the movies.
The music we listened to while we did homework or housework.
The music we listened to in our surround sound entertainment systems or in our ear buds.
The music that brought back memories of smiles shining brightly or tears profusely shed; the sweetness that filled the heart with overwhelming joy or the sorrows that broke the heart into a million pieces. 
And finally when we depart this world, the heavenly, angelic choir singing that awaits us for all eternity.
Each and every one of us has our own playlist of the songs in our own soundtrack of the story of our life.

Marian CasillasEd.D.

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018: Del Rio News-Herald * From Page 1A * Meditation Corner * Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Community Pride Page Column

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

The United States House of Representatives passed the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” by a vote of 241-183. Every Republican representative voted in favor of the bill, and all the Democrats voted against it, with six exceptions: among them Henry Cuellar of Texas.

The Act “requires any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital. The term "born alive" means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes, has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles.” The Act contains actual enforcement mechanisms to protect these children.

Professor Peter Singer, one of the founders of the revolutionary modern animal rights movement, was once asked in an interview: “If you were standing in front of a burning house, where there were 200 pigs and a child, and you could save either the animals or the child, what would you do?” He answered, “The suffering of animals at some point is so great that you should decide to free the animals and not the child. One must not burn countless animals in order to save a child’s life.” Would he still say that if it was his child: Esther Singer, Ruth Singer, or Marion Singer?

A similar question we might ask: If you were standing in front of a burning house, where there were the 183 Representatives who voted against the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act” and a baby, and you could save either the politicians or the baby, what would you do? What would your response be? Do you save the cute and cuddly baby or do you save those politically correct politicians?

Words cannot fully express the joy experienced by the birth of a baby. These are but a few:  A baby is precious. A baby is a bridge from heaven to the human heart. The jewel of a family home is a baby. You cannot buy happiness, happiness is born. A newborn baby is like the beginning of all things - love, hope, a dream of possibilities.

What would you rather hear: The crying sounds coming from a baby born-alive or the unspeakable, vitriolic verbiage of 183 House Democrats? Is that what they really believe or were they simply voting along party lines in keeping with their radically pro-abortion platform?

Votes have consequences.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.