The Way I See It

Santas and such

While covering the Brush Country Christmas last Saturday I saw all the cute children in line waiting for their turn to see Santa. While my attention was diverted to getting the chamber’s winners names written down, my boyfriend, Mark, was watching the kids when they actually got to Santa’s lap. Some were fine, but there were some who didn’t want […]

Prayer Walk thanks

The Issues Class at First United Methodist Church would like to express our gratitude to all who helped make the inaugural Community Prayer Walk a success. When we began making plans in October, we did not know how it would be received. While not as many attended as we had hoped, those that did felt blessed by the experience. We […]

State Capital Highlights

Texas’ high-level bickering continues in redistricting

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott last week accused the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division of delaying the requisite preclearance of new state House and Senate electoral maps adopted last spring by the state Legislature. In a Dec. 1 letter to Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez of the Civil Rights Division, Abbott said that such delays harm Texas […]

Texas Politics

Cain recognizes the obvious, quits campaign

A dios, Herman Cain. The only black Republican presidential candidate for 2012 finally admitted Saturday that the heat from allegations of a 13-year extra-marital “friendship,” on top of earlier allegations of sexual harassment, was a “continued distraction” to his campaign. “As of today, with a lot of prayer and soul searching, I am suspending my presidential campaign,” Cain said at […]

Voters may decide fate of street closure

Currently, seven people on the Pleasanton City Council are making far-reaching decisions on behalf of the citizens of Pleasanton in regards to the design of the $2.5 million dollar Community Center/Library. The council is currently split by a margin of one vote (4 to 3) on important community center/ library issues which will affect this facility which will remain long […]

Writer’s Roost

Grocery checking, bagging stopped for me years ago

Recently, I read about a trend I’d never embraced and that is beginning to disappear. Grocers are starting to do away with checkout lanes where the customer can do their own checking and bagging. I had my fill bagging groceries as a youngster although there were some particularly rewarding moments. But, I have rarely ever bagged my own groceries gro- […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Veterans Day

Last November 11, I was in Red Deer, Alberta, during Remembrance Day. It coincided with Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Australia and also in England. This day is singled out to honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces of these countries. Other countries also honor their soldiers, but this Anglican relationship […]


“…A date which will live in infamy”

December 7, 1941. Seventy years ago, this Wednesday, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and pushed the U.S. into World War II. Almost a decade before, America had placed embargoes on their exports, because Japan was overtly attempting to squelch Chinese exportation to the west. The U.S. resented Japan’s expansionism, but did not enter the war until directly threatened. Before nine […]

Winners announced for Brush Country Christmas and Posse’s lighted parade

Pleasanton’s Main Street area was busy Saturday afternoon with dancers from Hermann Sons and the arrival of Santa Claus and the pet and bike parade. While the Lion’s Club Leo Group provided Christmas music, children lined up to tell Santa what was on their wish list and to have their photos taken. Walgreen’s graciously donated the photos once again this […]

Like Butter Baby

David De La O II is more than skin deep

The walls are pecked with the crew’s paraphernalia, awards, memories, posters and inside jokes.  Notes of bands like Sublime and Motorhead float through the air of the small room. David De La O II sits, orange Tootsiepop in mouth with art flowing out of him like that of a concert pianist. His instrument of choice a tattoo machine. A low […]

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