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The Way I See It

Are you registered?

There are some pretty important elections coming up in the next few months (it IS February, right?) and your vote matters in all of them. First, if you want to be able to vote in the Primary election (set for April 3 – at least right nowit could change due to the redistricting) you have until March 5 to register. […]

Erosion or revitilization?

Over thirty years ago we moved to Atascosa County. I enjoyed going to downtown Pleasanton. There were many interesting shops on Main Street spiced with friendly owners and employees. It was nice! Then little by little shops began to disappear and nothing was done. Until downtown eroded to what it is today. Progress escaped our civic leaders, some who had […]

Don’t Mess with Pleasanton

I want to send a big THANK YOU to the hardworking TxDot and Atascosa Co. men who were picking up trash on 281 S. While I do realize they were on the clock, they shouldn’t have to spend time picking up trash because oil field workers do not know how to use the receptacles that each of their companies provide. […]

State Capital Highlights

Abbott sues to speed approval of voter ID law

A ttorney General Greg Abbott on Jan. 23 filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to push the U.S. Department of Justice to approve the voter I.D. law enacted by the Texas Legislature last spring. The law has not been given the required preclearance by the Department of Justice. Abbott said his intent is to spur a […]

Texas Politics

Redistricting judges: Compromise or further postpone primaries

A three-judge federal court in San Antonio on Friday told lawyers for minority groups and the state of Texas to either agree to compromise redistricting maps by Feb. 6 or further postpone primary elections. U. S. District Judge Orlando Garcia told the attorneys to come up with a plan, or come up with a later date for the elections – […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Why no farmer poetry?

Cowboy poetry is one of my efforts. I do my best but sometimes when I am in the corn belt or entertaining the Western Pistachio Growers, I’m asked why I don’t do more farmer poetry? I try to explain to them that cowboy poetry is about wrecks; horse wrecks, cow wrecks, sheep wrecks, dog wrecks, financial wrecks, Tyrannosaurus wrecks, the […]

Writer’s Roost

Of writers, reporters, editors and newsmakers

Everyone likes a good story — readers, writers, reporters and editors. And, yes, most newsmakers like good stories, especially if it’s positive and about them. Over the years, I’ve been blessed to be involved with some major news stories, sometimes the type of news which one would rather not have to report — such as the attempted prison break in […]

Oil & Gas Report

Trojan Construction bringing many oil firms to Charlotte

I n early 2010, Charlotte business owner Randy Balderas and I entered into a discussion about the onset of Eagle Ford Shale drilling activity. Randy said he was interested in doing all he could to make his Trojan Construction business available to oil firms. He already had experience in performing certain services for that industry, albeit there wasn’t that much […]

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