State Capital Highlights

EPA air pollution plan sparks reactions

AUSTIN — The Obama administration on June 2 publicized what it termed “the first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.” The plan, a set of proposed actions to be administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, states that, “cutting carbon emissions will help prevent up to 6,500 premature deaths and 150,000 asthma attacks among children.” In a news release […]

Texas Politics

Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia dies in I-35 pile-up

Grace Ann Garcia, a well-known Texas Democratic political operative who worked for both Bill and Hillary Clinton, was killed in a six-vehicle pileup on IH 35E in Waxahachie Monday (June 2). Garcia, 59, was traveling to Dallas from Austin for a fundraiser for Democratic nominees Sen. Wendy Davis for governor and Sen. Leticia Van de Putte for lieutenant governor. It […]

Writer’s Roost

Father-in-law was the original ‘Ol’ Man with Rock’

On several occasions, including a few Father’s Day columns, I’ve written of my late father and those particularly special moments in his all-tooshort 57 years. This year, I’m going to memorialize another great father, my late father-inlaw, Joel Clifford Bollinger, known all his life as Jay or J.C. The reason he was known by the initial is somewhat amusing. Jay […]

On the Edge of Common Sense

The Roto Tiller Saga

It all started because Jo wanted a small lawn behind the house. Tom encouraged her. Tom’s friend offered to lend them his heavy duty, magnum, HumVee version of a tiller. Jo borrowed my Dodge 2500 Ram diesel to pick it up in Sierra Vista, 30 miles away. I received the call at sundown. “It won’t start.” “Try to jump it, […]

New fire station study, haz-mat clean-up time approved

Several items were approved and discussed at the regular session of the Pleasanton City Council held on Thursday, June 5. In attendance were Council members Doug Best, District 1; Abraham Saenz, District 2; Diana Prasifka, District 3; J.R. Gallegos, District 4 and Jeanne Israel, District 6. Roger Garza, District 5, was absent. Growth gets approval Four subdivisions and retail Final […]



Red McCombs to speak at Poteet C of C Banquet

60 Years ago- A large new parking area for melon farmers has been opened up near the public scales, according to Marshall Henson. The area formerly was occupied by the D.D. Hoover Construction Company. This area has been caliched. It is located between the Tom Royal Tractor Co. and the Quillian Motor Co. and extends to the rear of the […]

Mother’s guilt, a gift that keeps on giving

As everyone who reads my Rambles knows, I’m always writing about the many ways I fail as a parent. But this time I thought I would share a rare glimpse of me getting it right. Two weeks ago the youngest was graduating… from 8th grade. Out of three kids, this was my first Junior High graduation. Graduation gown included. The […]


Launch of “Our Energy Moment” Coalition – a big plus for future of Eagle Ford shale, Pearsall shale natural gas drilling

They’ve been holding back. Yes, production firms have been reluctant to drill natural gas wells in the Eagle Ford and Pearsall shales. Not only those intervals, but the Austin, Buda, Edwards, Olmos and Navarro, among other plays, that also lie beneath the surface of our South Texas landscape, that can be exploited where natural gas can accompany crude oil. Of […]

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