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Letters To Editor

Sunday 05/22/2016
Random act of kindness has a profound effect
Posted: May 22, 2016 - 12:00 am

“Do unto others BEFORE they do unto you.” Kindness, that is. I also don’t calculate if they’ll pay me back! Last month (4/26) one of the many kindnesses I have received also included a friend. We had gone out to eat. She has had a stroke, so whatever lark we take is difficult. It was a “Pay it Forward” moment. We were told the check had been paid! (LOL — why didn’t I get a steak?) It was early, so I scanned the restaurant hoping to find the benefactor. Frustrated, I quizzed the manager/bartender who divulged no info except the people didn’t know us! What kind of love is that? Why us? How could I ever repay them?

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Sunday 05/08/2016
DUNCAN: Time to make a change
Posted: May 08, 2016 - 12:00 am

In November, voters in Seguin face a critical decision. No, I’m not talking about Hillary vs. Donald — there’s one much closer to home. The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees has lost the public’s trust and confidence. I don’t need to go through the litany of missteps and poor governance — if you’ve been following the news for the past year, you know what I mean. A change is needed, and Fresh Start for Seguin ISD is here to facilitate that change.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
The gift of life
Posted: April 20, 2016 - 12:00 am

Blood is called the “gift of life.” We Christians, however, would add: “Well, so is Jesus/Easter.” There was a flyer at work for a blood drive. It said my donation could save up to three lives. I’d like to simply HELP just ONE life! I ache I can’t donate. I’d like to return the favor I received. I’ve wondered if Jesus had type O negative blood, because O negative is the universal donor. That means anyone can receive that blood. Anyone can have Jesus, too. He died; bled for all.

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Sunday 04/17/2016
On anniversary of son's death, healing coming through
Updated: April 17, 2016 - 2:44 pm

Today is April 17, 2016. It is the one year anniversary of our son's death to suicide.

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Tuesday 03/22/2016
Roane’s pay bump unnerving
Posted: March 22, 2016 - 12:00 am

These comments are written in response to the latest actions of the Seguin ISD Board of Trustees.

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Thursday 03/17/2016
Roane’s raise is unwarranted
Posted: March 17, 2016 - 12:00 am

Concerning Mr. Roane and his raise and the school board extending his contract, I think it is without merit.

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Sunday 03/13/2016
New Berlin Farm & Feed comes to the rescue
Posted: March 13, 2016 - 12:00 am

In October 2015, the annual New Berlin 4-H H.G. Muelder Memorial Hunting Celebration nearly had to be cancelled due to the effects of Hurricane Patricia in our area. This 4-H event is the club’s largest fundraiser. At the last minute, New Berlin Farm & Feed owner Dennis Moehrig came to the club’s rescue and offered his place of business as a site to host the fundraiser. Despite the weather, the fundraiser was the most successful on record for the New Berlin 4-H, thanks to Dennis’ help and support. The youngsters recently recognized Dennis and New Berlin Farm & Feed with a plaque for his generosity. Thanks again to Dennis and all others who supported our kids and this fundraiser.

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Sunday 02/28/2016
A lesson learned about love
Posted: February 28, 2016 - 12:00 am

Valentine’s Day brought another slant to heartfelt emotions. That day Mark had a heart attack. To be sure, he reaped all the jabs about his heart, bursting with love. His stents now keep his blood flowing. Ludicrous as it may sound, that made me think of Jesus. We Christians have no problem thinking about His love during this season of Lent. His heart really did burst with love. His hands were nailed far apart so we’d see that His love would never stop flowing. Valentine’s Day is over, so has our love stopped flowing? The pressure is off to get flowers and candy, so will we no longer show love? (In fact, when I got a love text Sunday, I responded with, “I’ll tell you tomorrow, so you’ll believe it.”

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Cast your vote for Villarreal
Posted: February 28, 2016 - 12:00 am

I urge you to vote for Ruben Villarreal for U.S. Congress, Dist. 15. With this being an open seat, we need more than someone who is a school board member or a lawyer. We need someone with credible experience. Ruben served Rio Grande City in the capacities of councilman, mayor pro-tem, mayor and economic development chairman over the span of 14 years.

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Wednesday 02/17/2016
NJROTC a positive for the community
Posted: February 17, 2016 - 12:00 am

A day before the beginning of Seguin ISD Christmas holidays, I stopped at the Shell station located at the intersection of East Court St. and State Hwy 123 to buy some needed items. As I got out of my truck, I saw a young man and his mother approaching the entrance to the store. The young man stepped in front of his mother and opened and held the door open until she entered the store. Then he saw me approaching the door and although he had already entered the store, he walked back to open the door and held it open until I walked in. I told him, “Thank you son,” and his reply was, “You are welcome sir.”

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Spending spinning out of control
Posted: February 17, 2016 - 12:00 am

I am finally writing this letter to the editor because of the imponderable, luxurious spending habits of local government entities.

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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Thanks to the staff at GRMC
Posted: February 10, 2016 - 12:00 am

My husband, Frank, checked into the hospital on January 21, 2016 for a hip replacement. After two days, Frank was wheeled down the hall to the organized Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit where he remained for two weeks. Since he is elderly with Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years, his recovery process was unusually difficult for everyone, but the unit is filled with professional  and compassionate people who seemed to  understand his misery. Doctors, physical therapists, nurses, and nursing assistants in the rehabilitation unit at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, thank you.  

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Sunday 02/07/2016
Endorsing Reyes for judge
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 12:00 am

I have served as the District Attorney for the 25th Judicial District of Texas for the last seven years. The cases my office prosecutes are all filed in the district courts. These cases include capital murder, murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, sexual assault and numerous other felonies. 

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In Guerrero’s corner
Posted: February 07, 2016 - 12:00 am

We moved back to Seguin in 1992 and like everyone else in Guadalupe County, the County Tax Office became an integral part of our lives.  You just can’t live here and not do business at this office. From our first visit to the present we have observed a friendly and courteous staff.

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Sunday 01/31/2016
Thanks from Falkenberg family
Posted: January 31, 2016 - 12:00 am

On behalf of my family,

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Endorsing Reyes for judge
Posted: January 31, 2016 - 12:00 am

I have been active in conservative politics in Guadalupe County for many years. Over the years, I’ve met many politicians, most of whom honestly want to serve, but few of whom possess the qualities that make them truly outstanding candidates.

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Sunday 01/24/2016
Paying it forward
Posted: January 24, 2016 - 12:00 am

Nine ladies from our Beta Sigma Phi chapter were having dinner at Garcia’s Tuesday evening. Our waitress came to our table and told us our meals were paid for by this kind gentleman who was also dining there. We were so surprised. So “many thanks” to you, if by chance you are reading this. What a generous man! All of us decided to go out and pay it forward to someone else.

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The power of God
Posted: January 24, 2016 - 12:00 am

A utility company reminds me of God. One of its trucks drove by me displaying the slogan: “Your kind of power.” The company is beyond reproach with utilities, but I thought the slogan egotistical and narrow-minded; certainly, presumptuous and erroneous because they do not have my kind of power. My name “Valerie” means strong; brave; powerful. Yet, even I don’t have my kind of power. 

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Thanks to all who helped
Posted: January 24, 2016 - 12:00 am

Each year Seguin spends four days celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Sunday 01/17/2016
SISD board, Roane are on the right track
Posted: January 17, 2016 - 12:00 am

The decision to give SISD Superintendent Stetson Roane hiring authority os one of the best decisions made by the SISD Board of Directors in the past several years.

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SISD trustees fail us yet again
Posted: January 17, 2016 - 12:00 am

Community speculation about the dialogue that occurred in executive session at Tuesday night’s board meeting is exceeded only by the great overall disappointment in Seguin ISD’s Board of Trustees.

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Letting go of a long-held business grudge
Updated: January 21, 2016 - 3:46 pm

Well, I did it.

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Sunday 01/10/2016
A win for cancer patients
Posted: January 10, 2016 - 12:00 am

Cancer patients and their families have something to celebrate. Congress just passed the largest budget increase for cancer research in more than a decade. This new funding will play a pivotal role in our ability to discover new cures and find new ways to prevent and treat cancer.

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Sunday 01/03/2016
Time to ride off into the sunset
Posted: January 03, 2016 - 12:00 am

The past 18 years serving as your Guadalupe County Tax Assessor/Collector have been a very rewarding and challenging experience. I have enjoyed the relationships that have been built within our Guadalupe County family and the countless outside organizations. Those relationships have been critical to the success of this county and I feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of such a life enriching organization.

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Appreciative of ‘Letters to Santa’
Posted: January 03, 2016 - 12:00 am

I want to thank Seguin Gazette for keeping the Christmas tradition of printing the “Letters to Santa” from our students.

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Sunday 12/20/2015
Thanks from the Sunrise Lions
Posted: December 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

Thanks to our loyal customers and our wonderful sponsors, the Seguin Sunrise Lions Club experienced another most successful Christmas Tree sale. We would like to publicly thank our sponsors: At the Gold level, Guadalupe Regional Medical Center, NAPA Auto Parts of Seguin, and Campbell Floors; at the Silver Level, Diane Terp Realtor with Century 21/United-D&D and Aaron’s Rental; and at the Bronze level the First National Bank of Beeville, Alamo Industrials Group, American Bank of Texas, Kimberly A. Illhardt CPA, LLP, Moreno Construction, El Ranchito Restaurant, Ken’s Equipment, PAC GLOBAL, HEB, Tres Hewell Funeral Home, Advanced Concrete Restoration & Design, Tri-County A/C & Heating, Evelyn C. Arentz Property, and Siempre Sustainable Network.

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Neighbors helping neighbors
Posted: December 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

My husband and I are blessed by the many people who help us. He used a wheelchair and I have a walker. As we travel around town many people step up to help us.

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A Christmas reflection
Posted: December 20, 2015 - 12:00 am

The biology professor told us freshman, we’re born dying. He got my attention with that remark, because I was 18-years-old, 10-feet tall and bullet-proof. Death, as a part of me was nonsense. Therefore, I thought him daft (or, at best, “just an old guy”.)

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Sunday 12/13/2015
Political correctness a problem
Posted: December 13, 2015 - 12:00 am

Although there has been an overabundance of national news coverage concerning the San Bernardino massacre, there has been a dearth of coverage and/or comments from our community. Therefore we render our thoughts on the matter. 

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Calling on Sen. Cornyn for funding
Posted: December 13, 2015 - 12:00 am

Hope is critical to the fight against cancer. Whether it’s hope for a better treatment or just a better day, hope is what keeps most cancer patients going; it’s also what’s on the horizon on capitol hill when it comes to increased medical research funding. For the first time in a long time both sides of the aisle are moving toward substantially boosting the budgets of the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.

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Wednesday 12/02/2015
Stay positive, keep fighting
Posted: December 02, 2015 - 12:00 am

Since my resignation as Seguin ISD Trustee and Vice President I have received an outpouring of prayers and good wishes for my ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer and would like to let everyone know how very much I appreciate the emails, cards, flowers, calls, etc. that I have received from so many of you with words of encouragement. My family has been taking wonderful care of me, especially my husband Chris, but all of the contact received beyond the walls of my home remind me that life goes on and that I want to get back to mine!

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Invest in finding a cure
Posted: December 02, 2015 - 12:00 am

Each of us is only one degree from someone with cancer. We all know someone who’s battled this disease, and many of us have fought cancer ourselves. I traveled to Washington, D.C. recently to represent the voice of cancer survivors and patients in Congressional District 15. When I met with Roberto Sada, Legislative Assistant for Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, I explained to him that there is perhaps no better way for Congress to support the fight against cancer than by funding that fight.

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Thursday 11/26/2015
An alternate theory on the JFK assassination
Posted: November 26, 2015 - 12:00 am

Every November there are several programs on television on the Kennedys and the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy. Last year the Reelz channel presented a new program called “JFK — the Smoking Gun” that may have solved the mystery. (That program is being shown several times this month). Their theory is that the fatal shot was a hollow bullet from a AR-15 assault rifle that a Secret Service agent accidentally discharged. He was in the car behind the Presidential car in the motorcade with other Secret Service agents. The third car had Senator Ralph Yarbourgh, LBJ and other state officials.

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Wednesday 11/25/2015
Lessons from man’s best friend
Posted: November 25, 2015 - 12:00 am

When a ring’s inscription was read, Wilbur became a dog in the movie “The Shaggy D.A.” I don’t assume the form of a dog upon an utterance, but I see some similarities. I wrote about a house-sitting job where one of the dogs reminded me how I try God’s patience. Well, it happened again. This time each dog could portray me. I’m not as extroverted (or “yippie”) as one, but she was certainly as oblivious as I. We’re both happy and content to bop along. Then, there was the male dog. When I left for the day, he was either to go outside, or go in his cage. Once he didn’t follow me out the door. (Often, I, too, don’t follow my master — i.e., God). I told the dog I was giving him the better option of this two choices. After all, I’d rather go outside than be in a cage. (God has urged me to take the better way as well). Finally, the dog just laid down! I’m to have “dominion over the animals,” so I simply scooted him across the floor and out the door. (God ultimately gets His message to me, too). Later, both dogs quietly sat at the door waiting for me to let them inside. It was then, however, they reminded me of God. When I was a “tweenager” (preteen), I learned a song picturing God at my heart’s door. I felt Him yearning when the words were softly sung: “Time after time He has waited…to see if you’re willing to open the door. Oh, how He wants to come in.”

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Sunday 11/22/2015
Many thanks to offer
Posted: November 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

On Sunday, Nov. 8, as I was returning to school in Galveston, I was in a car accident off of Alt. 90 near Belmont. 

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Sunday 10/11/2015
The numerous places God can be found
Posted: October 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

“Where’s Waldo?” He’s found in numerous places on just one page. It’s a surprise where he’s found. It’s equally surprising where God is found. Church, the Bible, hymns are always easy picks. Hymns, though, are not the only ones in the musical venue for God. There are other musical numbers that evoke God (at least for me). That doesn’t mean Broadway like “Jesus Christ Superstar.” It doesn’t even mean camp songs or contemporary Christian music either. Country music might allude to God at times, but that’s till not where I heard God. It was old rock songs that spoke from the radio as I pushed buttons.

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Sunday 10/04/2015
Classic car show a huge hit
Posted: October 04, 2015 - 12:00 am

We attended the Pontiac Classic Car show (Saturday) and it was outstanding.

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Sunday 09/27/2015
Fond memory of Roger Weyel
Posted: September 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

Shortly after moving to Seguin in 2000, we were entertaining my cousin and her husband from California at one of the local restaurants. I was telling them the story of Juan Seguin leaving the Alamo to persuade Gen. Sam Houston to take reinforcements to the mission to save it and how Houston said no and would not let him go back. I told them that he later fought in the battle of San Jacinto that decided the final outcome for Texas independence. I was about finished with my story when a man appeared at our table and politely said that he overheard our conversation and that he wanted to add some information that I left out. After several minutes we all felt that we had a new friend in Seguin, and were appreciative of his story of the founding of the city of Seguin.

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Thanks for Bischoff’s column
Posted: September 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

On Wednesday (9/16/2015) I read my paper. As a citizen of this community and one educated in Seguin schools, I am writing to thank you for publishing the column written by Whitney R. Bischoff titled “SISD Trustee’s column heavy on rhetoric, lacking substance.”

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Grateful to live in Seguin
Posted: September 27, 2015 - 12:00 am

Just another example of the wonderful people we have here in Seguin. On Friday, Sept. 18, my husband arrived at Well-Med for his doctor’s appointment, accompanied by our little Chihuahua, “Miles.” At approximately 9:30 a.m., I received a call from Mr. Jerry Rutledge. Mr. Rutledge had found Miles in the Walmart parking lot.

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Wednesday 09/16/2015
Seguin ISD’s attitude problem
Posted: September 16, 2015 - 12:00 am

Pause for a moment before referring to the Seguin ISD School Board Members as “arrogant.” Smug might be more appropriate.

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Thursday 09/10/2015
Finding God in all places
Posted: September 10, 2015 - 12:00 am

House-sitting reminds me of God. The obvious reason, of course, is because I’m also taking care of (however badly) His house (my body and soul). Recently though, something else stirred my thoughts that way.

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Sunday 08/30/2015
Fair and balanced?
Posted: August 30, 2015 - 12:00 am

We have observed that the Seguin Gazette has taken a sharp left turn off the main highway of “balanced coverage” on the political scene.

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Reach out and touch someone
Posted: August 30, 2015 - 12:00 am

“Reach out and touch someone.” That may be a slogan a phone company no longer says, but I still hear God saying it. There are a myriad of ways to accomplish that. My presence, smile or money are some ways. Maybe I can do all three at the same time — like at the benefit for Johnny Kinsather. Dusty Springfield once crooned, “The only one who could ever reach me, was the son of a preacher man.” Since Johnny told me he was the son of a preacher man, I always sang that to him. The benefit now gives me the opportunity to reach out and touch Johnny and God. That happens by heeding God’s directive and touching Johnny’s family. I haven’t a clue who they are, but it doesn’t matter. God doesn’t require me to get name, rank and social security number of those with whom I reach out and touch. Indeed, He didn’t. (To this day, I always think of an anonymous donor I had 20 years ago! Nice matters.)

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Sunday 08/23/2015
Heartfelt thanks to medics, responders
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 8:25 am

I am writing about the SUV wreck on IH-10 5:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 16). If at all possible, I would like to thank the medics and nurse on scene.

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Sunday 08/16/2015
Thoughts on the voter ID law
Updated: August 28, 2015 - 8:25 am

Reading Mr. (George) Rodriguez’s (Aug. 7) editorial helped me see more clearly what was possibly behind the reason the current voter ID laws were put in place. Nevermind that he shows his hypocrisy in almost a single breath by saying challenges to the laws are about playing the politics of fear, then states that this will result in your vote “becoming meaningless,” “facilitating voter fraud and manipulating elections.” It is well established that these laws were enacted as a solution in search of a problem, with voter ID fraud prosecution in the inconsequential level. This fraud must be prevented, of course, but those who are eligible to vote should not have unnecessary obstacles before them. We already have such a dismal record of participation in our elections. 

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Wednesday 08/12/2015
Tavern on the Creek offers a warm welcome
Updated: August 12, 2015 - 8:23 am

From the inlaid tin ceiling accents, to the deco inspired chairs, every detail was well thought out. High end accents with a nod to the past offer an inviting venue for one and all.

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Cornyn’s curious claims
Posted: August 12, 2015 - 12:00 am

In this week’s version of Sen. Cornyn’s weekly email to constituents he makes some spurious claims about Pres. Obama’s new EPA regulations and energy costs; especially how they will affect Texans. If anything the new regulations will hasten the switch from coal to natural gas for electricity generation which will improve the Texas job outlook.

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Sunday 08/09/2015
A long list of “thank yous”
Posted: August 09, 2015 - 12:00 am

A long list of “thank yous”

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Sunday 07/19/2015
PFLAG float met with support
Updated: July 26, 2015 - 12:09 pm

After the SCOTUS ruling on marriage, some of the PFLAG (Parents Friends/Family Lesbian and Gay) membership were understandably afraid of the reception the Fourth of July Parade entry might receive.

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