State Capital Highlights

Attorneys general fire off letter to Sebelius

A USTIN — U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius received a letter dated Jan. 2 from 10 state attorneys general, expressing concern over recent action related to the enforcement of the federal Affordable Care Act. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott signed the letter along with 10 other state attorneys general who united in claiming the federal Health & […]

Texas Politics

Obamacare, Medicaid Expansion, Politics, and Texas

There is broad agreement that the glitch-filled rollout of enrolling for the Affordable Care Act, was awful. To call it embarrassing is almost a compliment. Some have compared the Obama administration’s sign-up for Obamacare to the botched response to Hurricane Katrina by the administration of his predecessor, Republican George W. Bush. With this difference: Bush and company had a few […]

Writer’s Roost

Elected Texas state official hit me with a newspaper

Who would you choose as your favorite statewide elected official of all time? An old coot like me, in a long newspaper career, has met a lot of public officials. Let me enumerate my “meetings” with these politicians, then we’ll all cast our votes. Actually, I’m going to name a winner at the end. Meanwhile, let’s detail my meetings and […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The Ultimate in Passenger Discomfort

I fly a lot of miles on a lot of airlines, My best estimate is that I have boarded over 2,500 different flights over the years. That’s more than the average pilot! I recommend it. There are those who do not like to use airlines. They say it is crowded and uncomfortable. That is true, however, it is the safest, […]

Thank you

The Melchers would like to thank the Atasocsa County Sheriff’s Department, the Atascosa County Fire Marshall’s Office, the Poteet Police Department, the Poteet VFD, the Rossville VFD, the Jourdanton VFD, and the Atascosa County EMS who responded to a house fire on December 23, that claimed the life of our mother, Martha Melcher. Their professionalism and compassionate care could not […]

Dear Representative Henry Cuellar and Senator John Cornyn,

Why does the oil and gas industry get to play by different rules than other energy industries? There are a bevy of loopholes that allow the oil and gas industry to pollute our air and water, to keep their questionable techniques and chemical usage secret, and to bypass safety regulations for storing and disposing of dangerous chemicals. It’s not fair, […]

Let the giveaway begin

I noticed on Monday that I had forgotten about some prizes that were buried in a desk drawer. Bad for me not being organized, but good for you! We have a $25 gift certificate to The Good Health Store and Three Sisters along with a few South Texas Regional Medical Center goody bags and a book bag from the Pleasanton […]

Growth and prosperity for Pleasanton

60- Years ago Work is now under way to clear the five and a half acre tract for the new public park in North Pleasanton. The project is being sponsored by the Progressive Club. Mayor C.A. Arrington, who was busy at the park area yesterday, said enough work would soon be done to make a showing. The area was thickly […]

Karnes County, again, as usual, is top crude oil producer in the State of Texas

Texas oil and gas statistics were released by the Railroad Commission of Texas on December 23, 2013. The Commission issued a total of 1,559 original drilling permits in November 2013 compared to 1,586 in November 2012. The November total included 1,381 permits to drill new oil and gas wells, 30 to re-enter existing well bores, and 148 for recompletions. Permits […]


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