Articles by Philip Sevilla

Should San Antonio Voters Support the $850 Million Bond Program?

The re-election of the Mayor and City Council members (with some open seats) will be put  before the voters of  San Antonio on the May 6, 2017 General Election ballot. This general election will also include the current Mayor and City Council members’ proposed $850 million bond program. The municipal bond will cover over 170 projects encompassing city work on streets, sidewalks, bridges, drainage, parks as well as a new category, “affordable housing”. Read the city’s summary of the 2017 bond proposal projects . We recently talked with Mr.  Carlton Soules, former Councilman for District 10, concerning the size of…


ALAMO TORCH! Your Conservative Voice in San Antonio!

Welcome to the Alamo Torch, a news, analysis, and commentary service offering an alternative news source to San Antonio’s conservative thinkers. What’s the Alamo Torch about? We believe a well-informed citizenry will influence positive changes in the secular, political, and religious culture of our city. The Alamo Torch is committed to offering our readers a conservative perspective on  critical issues and challenges facing our city and greater metropolitan area. Where events from around the state, the capitol, and our nation touch our lives, we will be there to offer a Judeo-Christian perspective rooted in biblical truth and the guiding principles…


Media Talk 101: Media choices in the light of following Christ

Media Talk 101 is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching media discernment in the light of following Christ founded by Phillip Tefler.  “The focus for most of this time has been on reaching out to media consumers  but since the production of our award winning documentary “Captivated: Finding Freedom in a Media Captive Culture” (2012)  we have had more opportunity to reach out to media producers.  This year we  wanted to be more intentional with  outreach to content creators and the idea of holding a film festival and filmmaking workshops seemed to be an ideal direction.” Phillip Telfer For more…


Is Public School Sex Education SAFE?

Some years back I was talking to one of my officemates, a middle-aged single mother with two twenty-something sons. At the time my son was fourteen or fifteen years old. I asked her how she approached her sons about the sensitive subject of “the birds and the bees.” She smiled and cheerily replied that she simply cautioned them to make sure they stayed safe! So she didn’t care if they had premature sex or not. What mattered to her was they did not get the girl pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted disease. Considering I was at the point of…


Recommendations for the June 2015 San Antonio City Runoff Elections

by Phil Sevilla, Texas Leadership Institute for Public Advocacy Mayoral Election We FAVOR Ivy Taylor for Mayor of San Antonio Our mission is to assist voters residing in Bexar County in making informed decisions during political elections. Our volunteer staff scrutinizes elected officials, vetting political candidates who will promote and defend authentic Catholic moral principles in local, state, and federal offices. This runoff election on June 13th in Bexar County comprises two municipal offices – the office of Mayor of San Antonio and the Councilman seat for District 7. The two candidates in this runoff election are Texas State Senator Leticia…


Religious Freedom or Freedom to Discriminate?

State Senator Donna Campbell (R-SD25), an emergency room physician and ophthalmologist is known as a feisty conservative who takes on tough issues in Austin. Her courageous leadership in the Senate since she was elected in 2012 is a testament to her conservative values informed by her Christian faith. She is beloved by many conservatives in her district and vilified by liberal and radical left interest groups. Senator Campbell does not shy away from lightning rod issues. In the current 84th Legislative session which began in January 2015, she is the key sponsor in the Senate of contentious and what her…