Articles by Philip Sevilla

San Antonio Firefighters Launch Promotional Drive to Change City Charter

On April 11th, San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association (SAPFFA) officials and supporters stood on the steps of City Hall to announce that the association was officially filing three petitions with the City to place charter amendments in a special November election. At a May city council meeting, the city clerk verified that each charter change petition had sufficient registered voter signatures (at least 20,000 each) collected and submitted within the required time frame. The SAPFFA has christened their city charter amendment initiative the “San Antonio First” Campaign. It took the firefighters and their supporters close to two months to raise …


Feisty Tejana Takes On Will Hurd

Meet Dr. Alma Arredondo-Lynch, a fifth generation Tejana who is challenging U.S. Representative Will Hurd for the District 23 seat. In a phone interview she said “I’m a constitutional conservative, a Christian and I’m running to restore traditional family values and the rule of law,  values our District 23 embody. After watching the long list of anti-Republican Party platform votes from the incumbent, it was impossible for me to remain silent. Dr. Alma Arredondo-Lynch (Dr. Alma for short) grew up as a poor Tejana migrant farm worker. She was born and raised in Texas and lived in the state her…


“I Realize the Swamp is the Problem”

Gilbert Garcia writes a column for the  San Antonio Express New (SAEN), the daily news monopoly in San Antonio.  Garcia often covers politics. He dedicated his article on January 25th to Robert Stovall’s candidacy for the seat of U.S. Representative Lamar Smith, long-time congressman representing Bexar County’s  District 21. Now, talk about a swamp! There are 22 candidates scrambling to win this choice seat in Washington – eighteen Republicans and four Democrats. Garcia quotes from Stovall’s video ad: “In the 30-second video, Stovall stands knee-deep in the middle of a swamp, wearing fishing waders and a white ‘Make America Great…


Governor Abbott’s Substantive Tax Reform Plan for Texas

Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott announced the rollout of a thirty-three page Property Tax reform plan for Texas  at a news conference on January 16th. He threw down the gauntlet to entrenched interest groups opposing property tax reform informing Texans all over the state that tax reform continues to be  a high priority for his office. He declared: “Texans are fed up with property taxes being raised with impunity. They are tired of endless government spending while honest hardworking people struggle to keep up with paying their tax bills. We can no longer sit idly by while homeowners are…


A Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our Beneficent Father

In July 1863 the northern army won a decisive victory at Gettysburg, leaving 23,000 Union Army casualties laying scattered about the open fields of the small town in Pennsylvania in the aftermath of the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. An estimated 57,000 combatants from both sides were dead, wounded, or listed missing. The epic battle at Gettysburg became the turning point of the war. Within a few months, President Abraham Lincoln would issue on October 3, 1863 the first annual Thanksgiving Day Proclamation declaring in part: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the…


Why Does Evil Exist? The Battle Against Principalities

Why did 26 people have to die after the deadly attack on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last Sunday with 20 seriously wounded?  Devin Kelley turned his gun sights on church goers between the ages of five and seventy-two, nine member of the Holcombe family spanning three generations, including a pregnant mother and her child in the womb, cold-bloodedly, mercilessly slaughtered. One five year old in critical condition was shot four times. Less than two months ago a gunman opened fire on at the Burnett Chapel Church in Antioch,  Tennessee killing one and injuring seven; nine killed…


Common Sense Approach To Immigration Reform

Is there an American citizen who believes this nation should have open borders and lax immigration laws? Whether one considers the security, economic, and social factors of a perennially broken immigration system, the consequences for the future of America are deeply troubling. The social welfare safety net is sagging at a breaking point with the nation staring at  an astounding national debt load of $20.5 trillion dollars (US Debt Clock calculation at 4.15 pm on 11/2/12017). Violent Islamic-related terrorist attacks often dominate news headlines in the U.S. and abroad with the recent one only days ago in New York City…


“The Bathroom Bill and Responsible Republicans”

After Speaker Joe Straus announced Wednesday he was quitting a re-election bid for his home district in Bexar County (TX House District 121), Kelli Ann Busey, Editor of Planet Transgender, lamented, “We will dearly miss you, Joe Straus, you kept us sane, thank you for your service”. Why did Joseph Straus III quit? No, he didn’t resign from his current office but he’s done with the House. He is effectively quitting his post as Speaker and representative of House District 121 at the end of his term next year and will not run for re-election. Anyone who believes he could…


Broken But Unbowed – A Book Review

On July 14, 1984 Greg Abbott’s life was changed forever. His wife of three years, Cecilia, remembers the day vividly listening to the sounds of an  afternoon thunderstorm at the shop in Houston where she worked. Not far away Greg had gone for a jog. Ten minutes into his run, within an instant, a large oak tree snapped at its base and landed on top of him. He remained conscious but the pain was “immediate, excruciating, and unrelenting,” he relates in his autobiography, “Broken But Unbowed. The Fight to Fix A Broken America” published in 2016. The events of the…


Reading to Children for LGBTQ History Month

October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) History Month in the U.S.  Not so coincidentally, it is also Respect Life month for the Catholic Church. I read a commentary once informing readers that gay and lesbian rights are part of the Church’s Respect Life Month, traditionally in October.  Really? That fellow must come from the same planet as Xochi Mochi who describes himself as a “killer clown from outer space”. Respect Life month in October is about calling attention to the plight of preborn children threatened by abortion and their moms in crisis pregnancies. Drag Queen Xochi Mochi performed…