Second Term

First congratulations to the President of the United States on winning a second term. Truly, yours was a remarkable achievement. You ran a campaign almost entirely devoted to attack ads; personal attacks, innuendos, suggestions of felonious activities, outsourcing, class warfare, and any other means available, and all with a minimum of information about your second term. Before dealing with the […]

State Capital Highlights

Incumbents win most races Nov. 6

A merica elected Democrat Barack Obama of Illinois to a second term as president on Nov. 6, with Republican challenger Mitt Romney of Massachusetts winning Texas and 23 other states. Unofficial election night returns for Texas posted by the secretary of state’s office show the Obama-Biden ticket with 3,294,440 votes (41.36 percent) and the Romney-Ryan ticket with 4,555,799 votes (57.20 […]

Texas Politics

Observations about the election

I f there was any question, Texas is still a Red State. Despite Democratic Barack Obama’s convincing re-election nationally in both the popular and electoral vote, he ran well over a million votes behind Republican Mitt Romney in Texas on Nov. 6. The percentages were 57.2 for Romney, 41.4 for Obama, and 1.1 for Libertarian Gary Johnson, the former New […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Recycling isn’t pretty

This fall I’m watching Peyton Manning, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL follow in the footsteps of Bret Favre. They both had stellar careers as heroes of the game. But as their retirement drew near, they signed with a desperate team in hopes of one more year in the spotlight. In a small town with high unemployment and […]

Writer’s Roost

Casual attire is good, but icons stick in my mind

Casual attire is good, but icons stick in my mind Men’s wear has evolved to mostly casual dress these days and that’s okay with me. However, don’t ask me to name any well-dressed “casual guys” because most dressers who stand out in my vision choose other than my own favored “jeans and a buttondown shirt” look. In addition to retirement […]

Senator Zaffirini Pre-Files 30 Bills for 2013 Legislative Session

Priorities Include Education, Health and Public Safety

(AUSTIN)—Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, today prefiled the first 30 Senate Bills of the 83rd Texas Legislative Session that will convene on Tuesday, Jan. 8. “Filing legislation early is critical to advancing the priorities of Senate District 21 families,” Senator Zaffirini said. “Count on me to continue to champion early and higher education and health and human services, including for the […]

Printed notices need to stay printed

An informed citizen is the ultimate source of power in a democratic government, which is why Texas’ governmental entities are required to print notices of their plans for actions ranging from annexation to zoning, and from large expenditures to tax hikes. For several years, lobbying efforts have been underway to eliminate this essential element of government transparency, which bodes ill […]

Fire safety consultants offer solutions to volunteer shortage

Complaints were heard from citizens during the meeting of the Poteet City Council held on October 15. Larry Cantu, Denise Sanchez, Sonny Estrada, Gerard Herrera and Mayor Raul Ybarra were present; Greg Groesbeck was absent. The business of the meeting began with the approval of the September 4 meeting (Cantu abstained from the vote) and the unanimous approval of the […]

Thank You Veterans!

This is the only way I know how to begin this weeks column. Veterans Day always brings memories of those family and extended family members who have served this great country. There are two very special young men who gave their lives for me to have the freedom to vote on this specific day. A special prayer goes out to […]

Pay it Forward this Thanksgiving

The Facebook pages Atascosa County Pay it Forward and Pleasanton/Jourdanton Online Sale and Trade are coming together and collecting food for the food bank. Three locations will be accepting all non-perishable foods to be given to the food bank before Thanksgiving. They are: Café Chris, South Texas Nutrition – Pleasanton and The Attic in Poteet. This Friday a collection station […]

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