The Way I See It

Ain’t our first rodeo

I know… ain’t isn’t a word, right? But this week I have the liberty of using it, OK? Because really, this ain’t our first rodeo. For the past 47 years, the Pleasanton Express has been the constant factor in the selection of the Cowboy of the Year and the inductees into the South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 1966, […]


It’s the economy, stupid

High unemployment, low job creation, lack of consumer confidence, uncertain conditions, shock after shock to our financial institutions. Dependence on foreign sources for our fuel needs Sacred cows that politicians are fearful of changing. There is a growing pessimism about us, and distrust of our leaders. Also when did the word politician become synonymous with corrupt or prevarication? Can we […]

State Capital Highlights

Education agency explains progress score

Forty-four percent of Texas campuses met federal Adequate Yearly Progress targets this year, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 8. The agency attributed Texas’ score to steep increases required by the No Child Left Behind Act, and mentioned that the state’s request “to use a similar approach with the federal system” and carry over the 2011 AYP ratings into 2012 […]

Texas Politics

Romney goes ‘all in’ with Paul Ryan choice

I n the parlance of the poker game “Texas Hold ‘Em,” Mitt Romney has gone “All In” with his choice of Paul Ryan to be his vice-presidential running mate. The choice of the hardline conservative Republican chair of the U.S. House Budget Committee pretty much puts an end to Romney’s vagueness about his own budget plans. Ryan’s budget is spelled […]

Writer’s Roost

Tales of tires, inner tubes and rubber patches

Guys used to be required to “pass a course” in something that might be called Flat-Tire-Fixing 101, to qualify to drive a car. With what you had to know to enable you to drive the family jalopy (a term for automobiles in at least the first half of the 20th Century), you could easily be granted certification in a high […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Play like I’m not here

Ranch hands and cowboys often get put in the position of playing host to all manner of guests, reporters, owners grandchildren and bank vice presidents. Dave works on a ranch in south Florida. In the right season Florida looks like the Garden of Eden. He had been asked to guide a notable photographer around. He was shooting pictures for a […]

To The Citizens of Atascosa County

When a fellow brother is laid to rest, it is never an easy task, no matter the situation. It was a difficult task to uphold on August 4th, when we laid Jeremy Ward to rest at his final resting place. We would like to thank the community of Atascosa County for the remarkable outpour of support that has been given […]

Pleasanton adopts Building Permit Fee Schedule

The Pleasanton City Council unanimously adopted the City of Pleasanton Building Permit Fee Schedule on Aug. 2. Prior to the vote, the council discussed amending the development fees and permits and establishing new ones. Councilwoman Kathy Coronado expressed some hesitation on some of the residential rates. She stated she was afraid some would not obtain the necessary permits. City Manager […]

A flashback, do you remember when?

So much history in one county, it has been an honor this week to have read a number of nomination letters for Cowboy of the Year and Hall of Fame Cowboys. Most of the deep rooted cowboys began their cowboy days at a very early age and continued until the horse or the cowboy gave out. The stories shared lots […]

Landowners should “insist on a professional”

FORT WORTH – This summer, landowners in South Texas will have a new way tool to help them negotiate oil and gas leases with confidence: the AAPL membership mark. Since 1956, members of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) have publicly committed to abiding by the association’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for the land profession. That […]

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