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The Way I See It

When August rolls around, I’m almost sad I don’t have kids in school anymore. Almost. Looking at parents buying school supplies – copious amounts of tissues, plastic storage bags, paper and pens, not to mention the clothes shopping – brings me back to realizing those old memories are maybe not so enjoyable. Even the years that I didn’t have to […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



Many folks (and I used to as well) think the County Judge spends the workdays running the county. Yes, the County Judge has a lot of influence in county operations. But most of the departments either answer to an elected official (who does not work for me) or commissioner’s court which I preside over but manages by plurality. And, what […]

Celebrating life and lives



As I grow older it occurs to me that my life span in this world is limited. I have had many friends and family members who are no longer with us. Like other people I had four grandparents. One grandmother died two years before I was born. Emilie Moltzan Domke was my paternal grandmother, born in Warsaw, but—like my grandfather—ethnic […]

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor— I know this newspaper would not want to toot its own horn, but it would mean a great deal to me and the “Stop Forced Annexation in Atascosa County” team if you would allow us to do it for you. What began as an assumed dismissal of our mission through an unfortunate technical glitch, turned out to be […]

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The Way I See It

In this world of hyper connectivity – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, texting, email, and (gasp) phone calls and mail – I feel that we are more disconnected than ever. Gone are the days that when someone called your telephone land line and you missed the call cause you weren’t there to answer. What happened? The person kept calling back […]

Your eyes have it—if you keep them healthy



One difference between the way I live now and the way I lived as a child is sunglasses. During daylight hours I usually wear them if I am going to be outdoors, even when the sky is mostly cloudy, but especially during times of bright sunlight. As a child and even as a young adult I rarely wore them. The […]

Recycling 101

The Way I See It

I’ve had a few people contact us here at the Pleasanton Express to find out more on our recycling options in Pleasanton. A quick phone call to city hall and our City Secretary Andres Aguirre has us filled with information. Aguirre confirmed the schedule and what is acceptable. “Recycling occurs every two weeks. You can set out the recycle bin […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

Last week we left the EMS story talking about funding and discussing ESDs (Emergency Services Districts) which are the special taxing districts I have mentioned. Bexar County, Montgomery County and Harris County (and many others) are funded by these. I have not found another county our size that does not share the EMS responsibility with the cities or have ESDs […]

Local Matters



Community, service and opportunity. Atascosa County is filled with non-profits whose mission it is to improve lives and strengthen community. Non-profit organizations are fueled by those who bring passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done that matter. Consider giving some of your time and talent to create lasting solutions that improve life for everyone in Atascosa County making […]

What was life like before (take your pick)?



At age 77 I am able to remember what life was like before a lot of the things we take for granted today—as many people my age can. When I was a small child there were no television sets. We had radios and sometimes record players that played 78 rpm records. Movies and radio were our sources of entertainment and […]


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