State Capital Highlights

Lawmakers stay or another special session

Gov. Rick Perry on June 26 summoned lawmakers back to Austin for a second special session of the Texas Legislature to begin July 1. Perry ordered lawmakers to write and pass legislation to do three things: • Regulate abortion procedures, providers and facilities. • Fund transportation infrastructure projects. • Establish a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital […]

The Way I See It

Defending the filibuster

Late last Tuesday, toward the end of our workday, I began to watch the live feed of what was happening in Austin inside the Capitol. Senator Wendy Davis – D, Ft. Worth – filibustered so that certain legislation – Senate Bill 5 to control abortion in the state – would not pass. Her efforts – and those of a rowdy […]


Illegal Immigration Continued

Normally I let a column go after one run but this is too important to let slide away. My editor took out a part of the article that recommended immigrants be placed in a YMCA like facility. She felt that this sounded like a holding cell type idea; fair enough I can see how that thought could form. So to […]

Texas Politics

Abortion extremely contentious issue

The recent flap in the Legislature’s special session was capped by a 13-hour filibuster on the final day, June 25, that successfully stalled the vote on an anti-abortion bill until after the midnight deadline. While the capitol was packed with mostly pro-choice women chanting and cheering, Fort Worth Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and Senate Democrats killing the bill heavily favored […]

Writer’s Roost

Popped over ‘The Pond’ to jolly old England, Scotland

I f I’da known Billy Shakespeare’s momma was a Webb, I’da worked harder in English Lit classes. But, I got a book full of lessons on my second “pop over the pond” (that’s British for “flew over the Atlantic”) on many things Brit and some things Scot. London and Edinburgh are great places to visit, but I wouldn’t want to […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

If cows could talk

“If you are in a hurry, be deliberate.” Neil and his wife were young Alabama cattle farmers. He was very attentive to his stock, subscribed to many livestock publications, kept up on new management practices and was always in a hurry. Jenny was a practical but kind-hearted livestock person herself. Both had jobs in town. Their first-calf heifers had started […]

Sizzling Summer Scavenger Hunt begins next week

The Pleasanton Express Online Photo Scavenger Hunt will begin July 10. Our theme this round is “Sizzling Summer”. We will be posting photos from Summer months that the Pleasanton Express has taken over the years. We are creating clues for you to solve and win great prizes. Wanna play? It’s easy. We will post 25 photos a week to a […]

San Antonio AirLIFE recognizes “Leaders in Emergency Care”

San Antonio AirLIFE hosted its annual “Leaders in Emergency Care” recognition dinner on Friday May 24, 2013 in San Antonio. The dinner was held in conjunction with AirLIFE’s Emergency Care Conference on held on May 24th – 25th. Braving the overcast skies, over 100 attendees attended the affair. “The purpose of this annual event is for AirLIFE employees to recognize […]

Fox questions contract between EUWCD and former GM

The Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District Board of Directors had a lengthy agenda at their three-hour regular meeting on June 28. Among the many issues was the proposal for contract services between EUWCD and former General Manager Mike Mahoney. EUWCD President Steve Snider called for an executive session on the item. When they reconvened into open session, the directors voted […]

Flashback – Angus cattle, fire and Little League

60 years ago Atascosa County is one of the 152 counties in Texas that have been designated as drought disaster areas, and livestock feed from the Commodity Credit Corporation is already reported en route to South Texas for the relief of harassed ranchers and farmers. At the same time, the county mobilization committee was directed to meet Thursday afternoon to […]

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