Congressman Henry Cuellar responds to health care ruling

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court decision upholding the health care law: This decision is a victory for Texans, the middle class and the American people. With this ruling, Americans will continue to benefit from crucial patient protections, lower costs for the middle class, more coverage for families, greater certainty […]

Commissioners approve new hires

Atascosa County Commissioners met June 25 and approved several items related to personnel. Requests by Sheriff Tommy Williams were all approved and include the hiring of: Corey Juber for the position of Deputy Sheriff, Jason Robles as Deputy Sheriff, Elisa Rothenbach as Corrections Officer, Waylon Scott White, who resigned from the Sergeant position to line officer and Kenneth Martinez who […]

The Way I See It

Declaration of independence

Independence. Our forefathers wanted it – so much so they drew up a 1322 word document to specifically separate themselves from the tyranny of Great Britain’s King George III. These gentlemen who set these tenets changed our country forever. I read over the declaration, something I probably haven’t done in many years, quite possibly since my high school days with […]

Political Cartoon

State Capital Highlights

Ruling on health law prompts responses

Texas public officeholders reacted quickly to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 ruling on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Gov. Rick Perry said the majority opinion penned by Chief Justice John Roberts would be “a stomach punch to the American economy.” Attorney General Greg Abbott said the case, in which Texas was one of 26 […]

Texas Politics

Supreme Court: There they go again

While many eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court for its much-awaited opinion June 28 on the constitutionality of Obamacare, another decision June 25, about a Montana state law, got less attention. The high court reinforced its 2010 decision, which fostered creation of “Super PACs” to pump enormous amounts of money – much of it anonymous — into politics. Two […]

Writer’s Roost

Jitterbugging with Judi and Martha Lou

I f you’re past the “gate to old age” — 65 — you’d be fibbing if you didn’t admit to dreaming about your teenage days. Growing up in a small Texas town in the 1940s and 1950s, almost anything you did was dictated by a couple of church groups. Dancing was near the top of the “don’t do” list. As […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Hope in the summer of discontent

I n this summer of discontent, we still have reasons to be thankful to be an American. This 4th of July, we as a people filled our city parks and backyards, watched the fireworks, grilled our burgers and flew flags on our front porches. Once again displaying our loyalty to a concept, a constitution, a country that represents something bigger […]

Longhorn Cavern sporting new lighting system

BURNET — Add one more reason to visit or revisit Longhorn Cavern State Park this summer other than its constant 68-degree environment. Workers have rewired the National Registered Landmark and replaced decades old incandescent lights with hundreds of energysaving, 12-volt halogen lights to better illuminate the cavern’s most outstanding natural features. “We’ve instituted a new slogan: ‘See Longhorn Cavern in […]

Community Center options, RVs on agenda

The Pleasanton City Council will hold its next regular session on Thursday, July 5, at 7 p.m. Among the items on the evening’s agenda are: •Review and acceptance of the city attorney’s opinion on options for the rehabilitation of buildings for the Community Center/Library Project. •Discussion and action on the best option for the rehabilitation of buildings for the Community […]

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