The Way I See It

Our cowboys are our legacy

The Young Farmers took a chance last year to expand their rodeo into a festival event. By adding a barbeque cook-off, entertainment and activities going on during the two-day event, they increased their attendance and made some money as well. These men (and there are a few women who are helping) have turned the event into one that will surely […]


Grow the Economy

More talk, more posturing, more politics but no discussion on how to fix the economy. Yet not to worry the president is going to give it his focus, for the umpteenth time. Just this last month our country had a deficit of over ninetyeight billion dollars. This means the national debt will be increased by a little over a trillion […]

Big Business in Atascosa County

I will be the first to say I support big business and economic growth in Atascosa County. Yes things are busier and hectic traffic is not fun, but I would rather be in our economic state than the rest of the nation or world. With big business comes changes, this I do understand. The one change that I am writing […]

State Capital Highlights

Road -funding legislation finally passes

A third called session of the Texas Legislature began July 30 and ended Aug. 5 with the task completed: passage of legislation to create a new funding path for transportation projects. Given the contentiousness of the two previous called sessions that each lasted a full 30 days, lawmakers plowed their way to comparatively quick votes to give Gov. Rick Perry […]

Texas Politics

Cornyn, Cruz learned what LBJ knew: Runoff’s matter

The latest United States senators from Texas, Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, know what a predecessor, Democrat Lyndon Johnson, knew well: runoff elections matter. LBJ was Senate Majority Leader when fellow Sen. John F. Kennedy beat him for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960. But because he was a powerful senator, from a critical state, Kennedy picked him as […]

Writer’s Roost

George Jones’ cousin, Casey was

Casey Jones was a barbecue man. Ran his business in a travel trailer stand. Yeah, I know that’s a poor attempt at poetry, but it’s the best way I know to get into a story about a relative of the late country singing legend George Jones. And, since I never knew Jones and can’t lend anything to his biography, this […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

Hay Fever and Cars

I n searching for a cause to explain the increase in “hay fever” incidence in humans, some scientists have postulated that it might be the increase in the burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels. Humm? In their defense scientists are allowed, even encouraged to speculate. In this case their reasoning is; the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) has […]

In Memory of Joey

Yellow balloons dotted the skyline, as the Memorial Walk for Jose Luis “Joey” Saenz III drew to a close. Saturday, Aug. 10, marked the third year his family has held the event. Saenz lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom, on Aug. 9, 2010, in Afghanistan. Saenz was a 1999 graduate of Pleasanton High School. The Guadalupanas from Sacred Heart […]