Political Cartoon

The Way I See It

Very pinteresting

When new trends hit, I’d like to think that I am on top of them. I realize that it is impossible to really be in the know on every new development but I can try, eh? I started seeing very interesting items posted on my friends Facebook walls with Pinterest. My friends were talking about it and asking me why […]

To the citizens of the great city of Pleasanton:

That’s right. I said great. I believe this city is a shining example of what a small town should be. Or what it could be. But the time to act is now. We absolutely MUST approve the closing of a portion of Main St. and the proposed expanded façade for our new Library and Community Center. With an increase in […]

State Capital Highlights

More weeks of deliberation expected in redistricting

On Feb. 1, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals signaled that the Texas House, Senate and U.S. congressional district maps drawn by the state Legislature last spring could take weeks worth of scrutiny in testing for compliance under the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Act provides the basis to cure racial discrimination in elections and election-related processes. Section […]

Texas Politics

GOP US Senate hopefuls before business association

The top four competitors for the Republican nomination to succeed Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison agree that Barack Obama should be retired, along with his health plan. But they tried to distinguish themselves in a joint appearance Feb. 1 before the Texas Association of Business in Austin, including fielding questions about environmental regulations and endangered species. Former Texas Solicitor […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Feedlot consultants: A tribute

When I started practicing feedlot medicine in the late ‘60’s it was a fairly new specialty. Feedlots, as we picture them now in the Midwest and southwest, were not as common. But by this time I hired on with the Diamond A out of Roswell, NM, 20,000 head yards were spreading across the country. They prospered in the more arid […]

Writer’s Roost

Loyalty to two colleges is easy and rewarding

Pulling for two colleges might be construed to be disloyal to one or both. Actually, it’s easy to root for two alma maters and, I suspect, more common than one might think. My loyalties go to Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston. Since my first choice of alma maters, SHSU, has been in the football headlines of […]

Disabled Veterans may qualify to have some of their property taxes waived

Veterans with a serviceconnected disability are encouraged to file an exemption form to have their 2012 property taxes lowered. Some veterans may even qualify for a 100 percent exemption of their taxes under the law. The law provides partial exemptions for any property owned by veterans who are disabled, spouses and survivors of deceased disabled veterans and spouses and survivors […]

April 30 deadline to file for property tax exemptions

For non-profit organizations to receive property tax exemptions, they must apply to the Atascosa County Appraisal District no later than April 30. The April 30 deadline also applies to businesses receiving tax abatements granted by taxing units, to firms shipping inventory out of Texas and may be eligible for the “freeport” exemption on certain goods in transit for certain property […]

Businesses reminded to render their taxable property by April 16

If you own tangible personal property that is used to produce income, then a rendition must be filed with the Atascosa County Appraisal District by April 16, 2012. A rendition is a report that lists all the taxable property you owned or controlled on Jan. 1 of this year. Property includes inventory and equipment used by a business. Owners do […]