The Way I See It


The new year is here and with that a new beginning. While 2011 was a decent year, I always have hope that the year ahead will be even better. At the top of my wish list is a healthy year…for all. Whether it is to eat better, exercise more, eradicate a vice etc., all it takes is doing it one […]

Political Cartoon

Letter to the City Council of Pleasanton

The petition drive concerning Pleasanton’s Community Center and Library will come to a close this Thursday night (January 5th) at the city council meeting. The city council will be presented with over 500 signatures of qualified voters of Pleasanton who want their voices to be heard on two issues: 1) Design of the Community Center and Library, & 2) Partial […]

Support appreciated

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful community for all the support we have received. On October 31, 2011, an accident dramatically affected our family. Pat was involved in a motorcycle accident. According to the Doctors at University Hospital, we are very lucky that he is still with us. With all of the terrible things that […]

State Capital Highlights

Jan. 1: Opening day for list of new laws

One way to kick off the year 2012 is to look at all, or in this case just a few, of the bills that contain language taking effect as new state laws on Jan. 1. Thanks to the website <http://> , Internet-using citizens have easy access to a list of 21 such bills. Here are brief statements on […]

Texas Politics

Presidential primary pace about to expand

The American process of picking the parties’ presidential candidates is about to shift into a much higher gear. After the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3 and the New Hampshire primary on Jan. 10, the battle for the Republican nomination shifts southward, to primaries Jan. 21 in South Carolina and Jan. 31 in Florida. Until now, the person-to-person “retail” campaign in […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Taking the other side

Like many of you, I receive all kinds of news stories, jokes, blogs, etc. Last week three items came my way that stimulated a predictable knee-jerk response. ‘Why?’ I asked myself, ‘can’t I be more generous and examine the opposite side of view.’ So I will. The first item was, “In France, eating animals becomes legal obligation.” The government is […]

Writer’s Roost

Menial labor jobs said to be ‘beneath’ some

“Boy, don’t ever let me catch you backing up to get a paycheck.” — spoken by L. Ray Webb to his son, Willis, circa 1947. Most Texans — certainly those who grew up in small towns or rural areas — will have a full understanding of that statement: “You had better have worked hard enough to honorably face your employer […]

Benefit for Riley

Fund set at ANB

On Jan. 21, at noon a benefit will be held for Sug Riley of the Somerset/Poteet area. Riley’s mobile home burned to the ground on Dec. 27, 2011, off Smith Road and Highway 16. The benefit will be held at Buddy’s Place on K Street in Somerset and will include the sale of barbecue plates and an auction. A fund […]

A sale you cannot pass up: Get your photos today!

Are you a Brush Country Sports Fan? Do you have a relative that plays for Pleasanton, Jourdanton, Poteet, Charlotte or McMullen County? Do you enjoy the photos that run in our newspaper each week? If you answered yes to any of the above, then we have one heck of a deal for you. The Pleasanton Express is running a special […]