This week there is not one over arching topic to cover, just a series of observations and comments. First, the election is over deal with it. If your candidate or candidates won, woohoo, if your candidate or candidates lost, boohoo! Now contact your representatives and let them know what needs to be done, the order the problems need to be […]

The Way I See It

Are the Mayans right?

I f the Mayan calendar is right, then December 21 is the day the earth will be destroyed. Life, as we know it, will cease to exist. (Cue the R.E.M. song now – “it’s the end of the world as we know it…”) Really? Because what if there is a secret symbol on the calendar much like in music, you […]

State Capital Highlights

Lawmaker asks to use rainy day fund for drought needs

Texas should spend some of its “rainy day fund” on water issues, state Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, suggested in a letter to Gov. Rick Perry last week. Deuell pointed to U.S. Drought Monitor data that says 94 percent of Texas is classified as abnormally dry, adding that the state climatologist called the months of October and November the driest in […]

Texas Politics

Politics: Necessary, and not necessarily evil

I like politicians. To me, describing someone as “a good politician” is a compliment, not an insult. And I particularly like good ones. Sure, there are bad ones, just as there are bad cops, bankers, teachers, doctors, journalists, and everything else. But most politicians are not. Most are well-meaning, public-spirited, and trying to do the right thing. Sure, all of […]

Writer’s Roost

There’s an urge to say remember back in aught...’

I n the wonderful world of community newspapers, I have reached a special senior status that I’m going to put to the test in January at the Texas Press Association Mid-Winter Conference. For newcomers to this weekly column, I’m a retired editorpublisher. I spent more than 50 years working at small town newspapers. I write and self-syndicate this column and […]

RV Park ordinance amended

During the workshop held to discuss RV Park Ordinance amendments, Pleasanton City Manager Bruce Pearson presented to the council several suggestions to amend the current RV Park Ordinance. On July 5, the mayor and council voted to impose a moratorium on RV Park development until the staff had a chance to look at how these unique developments impact the city. […]

City to hire administrative asst.

The Pleasanton City Council voted unanimously to advertise to hire an administrative assistant for the city hall staff, with the primary responsibility of processing deposits on a daily basis. This was part of the Dec. 6 regular council meeting. Pleasanton City Manager Bruce Pearson said they discussed this at the previous meeting and he was asked to bring some documentation. […]



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