Articles by Phil Sevilla, Editor

We Wish You A Merry Christmas … The Alamo Torch

As we approach the close of the year 2018 A.D., we offer this special Christmas edition with a historical look at the origins of the most widely revered solemn lullaby composed over 200 years ago and the origins of Santa Claus traced back to the real historical figure of St. Nicholas who lived in the 4th century. In the New Year we’ll go over the highs and lows of 2018 and map out urgent issues confronting our nation, state, and  city in 2019. We started 2018 reeling from the horrible massacre at the First Baptist Church in  Sutherland Springs that…


November 6th Election: Just the Facts, Ma’am

What is going on in the 2018 midterm election?! The political pundits and daily blogsters are just about going insane. By any measure this midterm election does not fit into anyone’s familiar experience with voters during a non-presidential election. Let’s just keep this commentary to the point, stay with the facts and, with your indulgence, dear readers, allow this writer to take another shot at convincing you to support some important local initiatives when you vote tomorrow. As of the end of early voting last Friday evening, 4,884,528 Texans voted during the two week early voting period in this 2018…


Hysterical Lies and Deceit Dominate City’s Campaign To Squash Charter Amendments

“The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.”  Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain Of Crumbs. “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”   George Orwell, 1984 Author Elena Gorokhova grew up in Russia in the ’60s and ’70s before the collapse of the Soviet Union. The deception and lies perpetuated by San Antonio city leaders in their VoteNO campaign take a page out of the Soviet Big Brother…


City Charter Amendments Expose Major Rift Between City Leaders and Electorate

What is going on with the local city propositions on the Bexar County ballot for the midterm, non-Presidential elections on November 6, 2018? This commentary could be subtitled “Lies, Deception, Distortions, Smoke & Mirrors” to describe the frenzied drama going on in San Antonio between the power brokers who run the city and citizen-led groups to clamor for reforms to increase voter/resident representation in city governance. The featured photo represents the main antagonists in the fight for votes at the heart of the charter amendment resolutions on the November ballot. Christian Archer is a political strategist who specializes in Democrat…


Mixed Messages From Church Leaders

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, head of the archdiocese of San Antonio,  has been one of the most vocal leaders of  the Catholic Church speaking out against the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance policy on illegal immigration. Archbishop Garcia-Siller, published a statement earlier this year on the immigration crisis, saying that the administration’s policies “will punish the majority of immigrants that want to come to America, the land of the free, for a better future.” The Jesuit periodical, America Magazine, publicized another statement on video by Archbishop Garcia-Siller where he condemned the administration’s zero tolerance policy as evil, unjust, “the way the devil…


The Real Victims of a Broken Immigration Policy

Jared Nathanial Vargas, a 20 year old college student at Northwest Vista College who grew up in San Antonio went missing Saturday, June 14th.  His family suspected foul play and asked friends and family members to start a prayer chain to help find him and bring him home safe. He had been missing three days when his scorched body was found in an apartment complex on Jones Maltsberger in San Antonio on June 16th by firefighters responding to an emergency call. The cause of Vargas’ death was ruled homicidal violence by the medical examiner’s office. The “alleged” perpetrator, Ernesto Esquivel-Garcia,…


Victory for Texas Conservatives at GOP Convention

If you want to know why the results of the Texas Republican Convention last week at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio should be of interest to all Texans and if you’re even vaguely curious about who the winners and losers were among the power brokers and factions who descended on the downtown convention center in the Alamo City, read on. Your correspondent was one of 8,700+ Republican delegates from all over the state who participated in the largest Republican convention in the nation. The purpose of the biennial state convention is to elect state party leaders,…


The Stoning of Cynthia Brehm

One of the most dramatic and profound  passages in the Gospels is the scene where the pharisees bring an adulteress to Jesus to test Him. The law commanded them to stone her. Early in the morning He came again to the temple … The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery … He stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at…


Primary Runoff Election … Conservatism 101

Election day for the 2018 Primary Runoff is next Tuesday, May 22nd. If you haven’t voted yet and you care about defending traditional conservative values in Texas, do go and vote in this election. Low turnout is expected in this midterm, non-presidential election year so your single vote counts a great deal. As of May 18th, 12,060 votes have been logged in the Democratic Party primary runoff, 10,690 on the Republican side. There are 1,049,400 registered Bexar County voters.  For polling sites on election Day, May 22nd, go to the Bexar County Election website. Russell Kirk (1918-1994), considered by many…


Express News Targets Cynthia Brehm

San Antonio Express News ran a derogatory piece on May 9th authored by columnist Gilbert Garcia drawing attention to the divisions in the local Republican Party of Bexar County (RPBC). Local Republicans who are familiar with Garcia’s machinations shrug and comment that’s par for the course since in their view he is a shill for the Democratic Party. One Republican Party precinct chair wrote, “It reads like a hit piece authored by a Democrat. My heart truly melts with the warmth of Mr. Garcia’s genuine care and concern for the welfare of the Bexar County GOP … or is he…