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* * * January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday * * * January 22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children * * * January 25: The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle * * * January 28: Saint Thomas Aquinas * * *

Friday, January 4, 2019

January 4, 2019: Democratic runners * OPINION * Letter to the Editor * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

The Bad Boys: Bernie – Beto – Biden - Booker

For now, at the beginning of 2019, these are the top contenders in the Democratic Party for the Presidential bid in 2020.

They are already salivating and chomping at the bit, getting ready to run the race for the White House. But first they will have to run in the Democratic primary.

These are the names that have been floated around and have been trending in the news. There might be a dark horse in the running unbeknownst to all of us. Both Obama and Trump began as dark horses who came out of nowhere to win the race, and they both became Presidents.

What makes these boys bad is that their politics, policies and programs will be bad for our country. They are socialist wolves in democratic sheep’s clothing.

If we buy the media hype packaging of these bad boys, we can be sure we’re going to have buyer’s remorse later on.

These are the darlings of Big Media, Big Tech, Big Entertainment, Big Money and Big Celebrities.

It is gratifying for the soul to see that even though some Presidential candidates in the past who spend an extravagant amount of money on their campaigns did not win, which means that people are not that easily swayed by the barrage of political advertisements that money can purchase. 

In other words, the voters win. But they will keep on trying.

Big Media will keep on pushing their agenda, but who is really listening to their echo chambers?

Big Tech will continue to censor, but for how long can they hide the truth?

Big Entertainment will continue to proselyte, but for how long can it continue to be not entertaining?

Big Money will continue to pour millions into campaign coffers, but don’t they see that people cannot be bought off?

Big Celebrities will continue to spout their rhetoric and spew their rancor, but who really cares what they have to say?

Looking forward to the 2020 presidential elections? Well, the race is on.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018: It's socialism, baby! * Letter to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,

It’s Socialism, Baby!

Kids grow up protected by their parents, and then they want to continue being protected by their government. If they’re fortunate, their parents were loving guardians, they likewise want to believe that their government will take care of them and love them.

Their parents made sure they were fed, clothed, housed and entertained. The food was free. The clothes were free. The rent was free. The pastimes and pleasures they partook of were free. Free is the only world they know. 

Their parents kept them cool in the summer, warm in the winter. They softened the harsh winds of life that pounded and pummeled them in the lifeboat that kept them afloat from drowning in the flood of sorrow and tears. 

Life in the family was a socialist paradise and they want this lifestyle to continue all life-long. Just like their parents protected them and provided everything free for them, they want the government to take the place of their parents and continue protecting them and providing everything free for them.

As they grow up they should want to be independent and stand on their own two feet and face the strange and unfamiliar world that surrounds them and not want to continue in their dependence either to their parents or to their government.

They are afraid to fend for themselves; they need Big Government to look out after them, just like Mom and Dad did when they were kids. Risks and uncertainty are all around and they must make decisions; they would much rather have Big Government make those hard and challenging decisions for them. 

Just like they looked up to their parents, now they look up to their Big Leaders. Big Government will protect them from all those big, bad bullies who call them names and hurt their feelings.

When they fell down and scraped their knee, they ran to Mom to make things right, kiss their boo-boo and send them off to play. They want their security blanket; they mistakenly think it is socialism.

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas

Friday, November 30, 2018

November 30 - December 24, 2018: Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

November 30, 2018: Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November 17, 2018: New Legion of Mary members make their Legion of Mary Promise at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Left to right:
Elizabeth Arredondo

Elisama "Ellie" Gonzalez 
Cecilia Mendez 
Father Martin Alonso Bustos Gonzalez 
Elisa Arredondo
Lupe Zaragosa 

Yolanda Perez

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018: A fact is a fact * Letters to the Editor * OPINION * Del Rio News-Herald

Letter to the Editor,
A fact is a fact

No matter who says it; no matter how long they say it.
They can scream; shout at the top of their lungs.
They can throw toddler-like temper-tantrums, hold their breaths until they faint; so we’ll give in to their bullying threats and say what they want us to say.
They can give it their stamp of approval on all the decrees, declarations they so desire.
But the fact is; the fact will always be; a baby’s a baby before he or she is even born; the whole human race is divided into two sexes, each one distinctively different: male and female. Both totally and completely equal in dignity and respect but created distinct for the purpose of the procreative aspect of the marital unity.
No matter how much they say it isn’t so; how much they don’t want to believe it, it doesn’t make it so, because the fact is staring them right in their face. We’re all alive in our mother’s womb; we’re all formed to live our life as male or female.
There’s a baby in his or her mother’s womb; that baby is either a boy or a girl. It’s as simple as that. Everyone instinctually and intrinsically knows those are the facts-of-life, even a toddler recognizes it. Ask a toddler, “What’s in mommy’s tummy?” The reply will always be, “A baby!”
Ask a toddler, “What are you a boy or a girl?” The toddler will look at you curiously. Of course, he knows he’s a boy; she knows she’s a girl. There’s no doubt in a toddler’s mind. Out of the mouth of babes come the innocent and honest answers.
To all the women who refute it, “That’s just the facts ma’am”; to all the men who reject it, “That’s a fact Jack!”
Throughout human history it was so, it continues to be so, it will forever be so.
A fact is not a falsehood, not a fabrication of the imagination or a fictitious invention.
Vive la vie! Vive la diffĂ©rence! 

Marian Casillas, Ed.D.
Del Rio, Texas