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The Way I See It

Longest day is today

If today seems to be an unusually long day, well you’re right.Most of us know that the first day of summer – today – is the longest day of the year…Summer’s Solstice. What I never really thought about was …. what exactly does solstice mean? Referring to Merriam- Webster dictionary via the internet… solstice is from the Latin solstitium means […]

Option 2 for Community Center is best



I would like to comment on the article you ran on the consultants report concerning the Pleasanton Community Center and Library Project. First, this mostly is information we already knew from previous inspectors’ and engineers’ reports. The one new thing, which is wonderful, is that the environmental testing found NO levels of soil toxicity to worry about. This confirms with […]

State Capital Highlights

Officials react to president’s decision on immigration

President Barack Obama on June 15 announced his decision to amend U.S. immigration policy so that certain younger, undocumented residents will not be processed for deportation. The decision, the president said, should be interpreted as temporary relief from deportation for a specific set of individuals who apply for a work permit and whose presence in the U.S. is not considered […]

Texas Politics

Speaker Joe Straus’s tightwire try for third term

While Gov. Rick Perry has been distracted by running for president, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by running for the U.S. Senate, House Speaker Joe Straus has concentrated on three things: getting re-elected to his House seat, getting reelected speaker, and creative solutions to problems facing Texas government. He beat a primary challenger for his House seat, and has no […]

Writer’s Roost



Having spent a few years in two different life segments in Fort Bend County, it’s particularly interesting to me to watch developments there. It has gone from a rural, agrarian lifestyle to a much urbanized suburb of Houston. That includes the city of Sugar Land moving from a company town, begun with sugar plantations’ slave labor in the 1840s, to […]

Rise in police caseloads discussed at budget workshop




At the June 12 Pleasanton City Council budget workshop, City Manager Bruce Pearson reported the caseload for the Criminal Investigations Division at the Pleasanton Police Department has increased by some 228 percent in the past two years. Also, each investigator carries an average of 69 cases at any one time. The increase in felony cases alone is 300 percent. The […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Black cattle, white bears

My friend and utility consultant, Stevo, often points out the obvious in a sea of obfuscating shrapnel. For example, upon seeing a sailing vessel on the high seas, I noted that sailors in the old days often did not know how to swim. Stevo commented, with the wisdom of my shoeshine lady, “Probably made them better sailors!” Not long ago, […]

Brush Country graduates receive near $2.6 million in scholarship funds



In 2011, graduates from Brush County high schools were awarded $2,544,941 in scholarships and grants. This year’s group of students did even better. Graduates received a total of $2,585,86. Charlotte students received $82,050 among 16 graduates. In Jourdanton, 15 students received $169,293 ikn all. Charlotte High School Total: $82,050 Steven Oropeza$1,000 ……. UTSA Road Runner Schlr.$500……….. Atascosa County FarmBureau Schlr.$500 […]

Oil & Gas Editor

Volunteers needed, to replenish Pleasanton Fire Department

Volunteers needed, to replenish Pleasanton Fire Department. “It’s time for people to become aware of the situation related to emergency responders being taken away to work in the oil fields,” said Pleasanton Fire Chief Chuck Garris, who is also Atascosa County Fire Marshal, continuing, “Pleasanton’s Fire Department, for example, would, in the past, count on nine or so volunteer fire […]


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