Solutions

Second Amendment

A few weeks ago before the latest shooting spree happened this column mentioned the second amendment in passing. A lot has happened since then, so I thought now is the time to expand on the topic, and treat it with both sense and civility. So, before the yelling and profanity reach a deafening crescendo, let us look at the second […]

State Capital Highlights

Texas Legislature enters 83rd session

After passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 by Congress on Jan. 1, “98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up,” President Obama said. The act, signed by the president on Jan. 2, extends unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans who are looking for work, makes no cuts […]

Texas Politics

Fiscal Cliff may call for fiscal penalty - to Congress

If you were a Momma and the Congress was under your watch, and you encountered this Fiscal Cliff fiasco, you’d probably at least put them in timeout. Maybe even wash their mouths out with soap. What is this brinksmanship? Though, that may be a misnomer to have the “man” in there. It seemed like a long, long time before enough […]

Writer’s Roost

Small town movie theaters endangered species

I t’s disconcerting to see something that was significant in your life at one time appear on an endangered species list. Technology is said to be placing small town movie theaters in that category. Now, it’s digital movies, which means a costly upgrade in equipment and a lot of independent theaters, particularly in small towns, will close their doors rather […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Working Mothers

Pam and I were having a deep discussion on cow psychology. Subjects such as horn envy, chuteaphobia, the empty nest syndrome at weaning time and unsightly hair on udders. Then she brought up a subject that I have wondered about myself, even as a cross-species problem; females working together in a tight community. We all know the tension that occurs […]

Flashback: Musical memories and thank yous



50 years ago this week •The Pleasanton Eagle band – 125 strong will take part in Governor John Connally’s inaugural parade Tuesday afternoon in Austin. •Three of nine Pleasanton Eagle musicians, who completed in tryouts, qualified for the regional band at Mac Arthur High School in San Antonio. Peggy Rogers was chosen as an alto clarinetist with the regional band […]

Sheriff’s office makes arrest in home invasion



The Atascosa County Sheriff’s office moved swiftly last Sunday in making three arrests on a reported home invasion which was reported shortly after 4:00 a.m., January 6th. Sheriff David Soward stated that after a 9-1-1 call was received, sheriff’s deputies responded to the 500 block of Timbercreek in the Shalimar Subdivision where the home owner reported two subjects had forced […]

Businesses, beware of scams



Complaints have been received from several business owners of a possible scam operating involving promotional products such as t-shirts and jackets. A suspect has been arrested after his inability to produce paid items which were ordered through the company he allegedly is employed. Though the company is legitimate, the suspect has not been employed for over two years according to […]

Tax Season may run behind schedule, warns Liberty Tax Service

Federal tax forms and those of many states may be delayed due to fiscal cliff legislation

Virginia Beach, VA – Liberty Tax Service, a subsidiary of JTH Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:TAX), alerted consumers today of possible delays in the filing of tax returns due in part to the late Congressional approval of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Many of the changes to tax law affect the forms to be used for 2012 tax returns, and […]

2012 Has Been…. A Year Of Fatalities




Although no one is immortal, we often forget this as we go about our daily lives. It is only when we lose someone we know, especially when it is sudden and unexpected, that we are reminded of this fact. In 2012, the Brush Country area saw its fair share of car-related fatalities, with the DPS office in Jourdanton working a […]