Fiscally fit report for Pleasanton

According to certified public account Wayne Beyer, the City of Pleasanton is in fine financial shape. The city received an unqualified opinion – the highest that can be received for their fiscal year 2012. The General Fund ending equity was $4,303,989 as of September 30. That is a $1,196,000 increase from last year. Sales Tax income was budgeted for $3.2 […]

The Way I See It

Clown around at Relay For Life

While cancer is definitely nothing to laugh at, the theme for this year’s Relay For Life is Celebrate Under the Big Top. The circus atmosphere will give to the underlying theme…the hope to celebrate more birthdays. Fund raisers such as these also hope to raise awareness. Throughout the night, trivia and facts are shared and then there are the luminarias. […]


Mid-East Peace

One of the major trouble spots in the world today is the Mideast. This could be a headline today, tomorrow, and for a whole bunch of yesterdays. The start of the troubles lies way back in biblical times and will not be dealt with here. For this go round we will start in 1947 when the UN granted Israel the […]

State Capital Highlights

Water, school-testing bills advance

House Bill 5, legislation proposing to change public school testing requirements, and House Bill 4, proposing to fund water infrastructure, drew spotlights at the state Capitol last week. On March 27, the 150-member Texas House debated and approved the bills, which now move on to the Senate for consideration. Conference committees will be called on to work out any differences […]

Texas Politics

GOP True Believer: Tom Pauken for Governor

Tom Pauken, who considers himself one of the truest of the conservative Republican true believers, says he’s running for governor in 2014. Pauken isn’t fazed that Gov. Rick Perry, who appointed Pauken chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, indicates he might run again – for governor, and maybe for president. Or that Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott, who’s been quietly raising […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Federal Department of Whimsy

A pril 1, 2025 Headline: Wine and Cheese Banned from American Diets The presidentially appointed Director of Taste has declared the selling and/or dispensing of all fermented beverages derived from the fruit of the vine is to be prohibited in the United States. In addition, certain varieties of cheese whose aroma has been defined as “too stinky” by the Sniff […]

Writer’s Roost

Amazing number of ideas come from a B&W movie

I t’s rewarding and enjoyable to be somewhat retired. I say somewhat, because I still pen this piece every week and do a certain amount of emailing and phoning seeking more opportunities for readers to see this missive. Some health conditions and a state of mind — an aversion to lawn and garden work and physical labor in general — […]

It’s a win win win situation

Register for Strawberry Fest, Disney on Ice tix and more

Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After We’re lucky enough to work with the folks over at Feld Entertainment, who have given us tickets to giveaway for this year’s Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After held in San Antonio. Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features […]

FLASHBACK: Queens and Crowns to Flying the Friendly Skies

50 years ago this week •The trio of young ladies who placed highest in the vote count at the first pre-festival talent show are Kathryn Fischer, Marilyn Ulbrich and Nita Griffin and are off and running as finalists in the last leg of the 1963 Strawberry Festival Queen’s race. •Carey Deckard, already a listening habit with folks in south Texas, […]

Time to fertilize?

Q: Is it time to fertilize the lawn yet? A: We are getting close to the time when we can fertilize the lawn, but try to hold out a few more weeks. Our hot weather grasses—St. Augustine, Bermuda zoysia and even buffalo grass—use nitrogen from fertilizer better if the roots are active. This state is reached after you have mowed […]

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