The Way I See It

Happy Birthday, Texas

Excuse me while I gloat a bit. This isn’t a parental gloat….nor a personal affirmation of bragging. I’m just proud to be a Texan. Here in South Texas we are so close to the Cradle of Texas Liberty (the Alamo for you non-Texans) that the mere mention of Texas Independence Day make one yearn for BBQ or Chicken Fried Steak […]



Sequestration. Sequestration? Sequestration! Why are we being bothered and bedeviled by this nonsense? What is Sequestration anyway? Sequestration is a series of automatic spending cuts that will kick in at a predetermined time because of two actions. One, the Republican/conservative Party will not raise taxes again, and two, the Democrat/liberal Party will not cut spending. My sympathies lie with the […]

State Capital Highlights

House votes to supplement Medicaid funding

Legislation proposing emergency supplemental appropriations to keep Medicaid funded for the rest of the year was approved by the Texas House on Feb. 21. House Bill 10 authored by Reps. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, and Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto, now moves to the state Senate for consideration. Medicaid serves the poor, the disabled, and older Texans. State funding to Medicaid, like education, […]

Texas Politics

Can Texans afford Rick Perry?

Texas taxpayers who can count may be starting to wonder how much of Gov. Rick Perry they can afford. In the name of good, businesslike government, Perry says he’s planning to spurn the opportunity for Texas to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, the new federal Affordable Care Act. In Texas, going along with the act would add about 1 million Texans […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Spousal Training

One of the most important things in the success of a marriage is spousal training. Many stories exist when a “cowboy type” (male or female) marries someone with an urban upbringing. Usually it is the male heir to the ranch who goes to A&M, falls in love with a city girl and brings her home. Mother and Dad get a […]

Writer’s Roost

Every one of us is just a little bit of a dreamer

I t is my strong belief that we are each imbued with the capacity and the inclination to dream about ourselves and, as young folks, what we can be. As older folks, perhaps the dreams are “what if…” or “what might have been.” In my early teens, I dreamed of being the next Grantland Rice, viewed at that time as […]

Area city, school filings end Friday

This Friday marks the deadline to file for municipal and school elections for Poteet and Pleasanton to be held on May 11, 2013. No new filings were reported as of press time. City of Pleasanton All current Pleasanton City Councilmembers and Mayor have filed for re-election, namely District 4, J.R. Gallegos; District 5, Roger G. Garza, District 6 – Jeanne […]

Flashback: Pursch celebrates 65 years, Boyd was Deer Contest wnner

Good thing the flashback column only goes as far back as 50 years, otherwise, my arm would have to be twisted to mention the happening of a stone age event…it does not take much to twist my arm when it comes to being coy with my hubby’s age/birthday. Happy 56th Birthday Roy! May the Force be with you as you […]

BBQ Turn-n-Burn needs judges for upcoming event

Chamber event set for March 22-23

If you want to eat some of the BEST BBQ EVER, sign up to be a judge for the Turn- N-Burn Cook-Off sponsored by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. You don’t have to have any experience as a judge. You just have to like BBQ. With over 100 BBQ teams participating, the event will need quite a few judges (close […]

Travis’ letter returns to Alamo

Governor Perry, Senate and House recognize historic moment in the making

AUSTIN — Col. William Travis’ plea for help at the Alamo may have been too late for him, but his “Victory or Death” letter’s historic return Friday has marshaled broad support for the Alamo today. “It is not surprising, but still fulfilling to see everyone fall in like this to celebrate the historic importance not only the Travis letter, but […]

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