Texas Politics

Invest or Cut Taxes?

A s the Texas Legislature kicked off its 140-day regular biennial session, the state’s top three leaders were touting the same message: Texas Ain’t Washington. Republican Joe Straus, just re-elected to a third term as House Speaker, bragged that “In the Texas House, we don’t put the Republicans on one side of the room and the Democrats on the other.” […]

Writer’s Roost

Tastes: From sugar cane to coconut to almonds

Okay. I admit it. I have a severe sweet tooth. Growing up, my super-cook mother filled her four boys’ little growing bodies with all kinds of good things to eat. The meals she cooked were large and varied, but she always had that “reward” that came after you consumed sufficient portions of the healthy food on the table. That reward […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The Heeler Mentality

I t all started when my wife asked, “What happened to your head?” “Where?” I asked, thinking I had scratched it in the mesquite or during the night while I was sleeping someone had tattooed “KICK ME” across my forehead. She reached up and touched me above the left ear. “Oh,” I said, “I had a little hair trim.” “Rollie […]

Pleasanton council wants accurate map




The Pleasanton City Council regular session meeting was held on January 3. In attendance were Mayor Clint Powell, Jimmy Magel (District 1), Kathy Coronado (District 3), J.R. Gallegos (District 4) and Roger Garza (District 5). Abraham Saenz (District 2) and Jeanne Israel (District 6) were both out sick. Department Reports Public Works Director, Johnny Martinez, reported that the construction crew […]

Poteet Council receives audit results




It was a quick January meeting for the Poteet City Council, with only two items on the agenda. All members were present: Larry Cantu, Denise Sanchez, Sonny Estrada, Gerard Herrera, Greg Groesbeck and Mayor Roy Ybarra. The first presentation was by Wayne Beyer on the audit for FY 2011. Because there was one council person who would not sign a […]

Rep. Ryan Guillen focuses on South Texas families

Veteran Legislator vows to continue to listen and work hard

State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-District 31) began the new legislative session in service to the people of South Texas following his swearing in at the opening of the 83rd Legislative Session. “I am truly honored to have earned the trust of South Texas families once again,” Representative Guillen noted. Inspired by his late mother’s conviction that people and community must […]

Senator Zaffirini sworn In for new term, marks 83rd Texas Legislative Session



Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, the second highestranking Texas state senator, today (Tuesday) was sworn in for a new term representing Senatorial District 21, which includes all or part of 18 counties and stretches from the Rio Grande to the Colorado River and to the Port of Corpus Christi. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst presided during Opening Day Ceremonies, officially gaveling to […]

Pleasanton trustees recognized, emergency plan reviewed




The first meeting of 2013 for the Pleasanton ISD was held on January 8. Members present were Clinton Henson, Danny Brown, Blasa Chapa, Jamie Downs, Ami Powell and President Frank Tudyk, Jr. Gerald Guerra was not present. This month is one set aside to appreciate the hard work that the school board has done all year. Superintendent Cynthia Clinesmith said […]

Flashback: Champions, Snow and Scouts oh my!




50 years ago this week •What route to go on improving Bryant Street? This problem is perplexing Mayor Richard Wehman and other members of the city council. State Highway department has offered to widen and improve the street as a joint state-city project. The street also has been designated for paving under the city’s voluntary assessment program. •Ramblings…this department has […]

Hurley Auto Parts, and its growth, in a little city growing into a bigger little city



Pleasanton has always been a busy little city. Now, enter the Eagle Ford Shale activity, beginning a few short years ago, in 2010, more or less. What a change we are beholding! One can’t help but notice, driving around Pleasanton, that there’s a lot going on around here! Restaurants are extremely busy at lunchtime. Shopping malls are being built throughout […]


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