Great Reads

The case of the missing coal furnace


When I was six years old my family moved from Chicago to Montrose, Colorado, a nice town of about 4,000 people on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide, about 64 miles from Grand Junction. It is difficult to think of any American town as being isolated, but in 1947 Montrose could have been on the edge of the earth […]

Privileged and embarrassed


I’ve been mulling over the most recent happenings involving two black men getting arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. One of the men has been identified as Rashon Nelson. He is a 2017 graduate of Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania with a degree in finance.      As I shake my head and wonder what the manager was thinking, I’m reminded […]

The wedding fiasco that wasn’t


I’m sure everyone with a Pleasanton Express subscription is waiting with bated breath for a word from Robbie. So to satisfy the masses, or at least a few old co-workers, I thought I would write a little update regarding this exciting life of mine. First things first, my new job. I am thoroughly enjoying it. There is much to take […]

There’s strawberry shortcake, strawberry wine, strawberry funnel cake, strawberry ice cream …


Oh goodness! It is that time of year again where all things strawberry will be served at the Poteet Strawberry Festival. And while the list rattles off much like  Forrest Gump’s friend, Bubba Blue, talking about shrimp, there is so much more than these delicious berry treats! While getting together the information for our special section I was typesetting the […]

We’re as mad as …


  No, I’m not channeling Peter Finch’s character Howard Beale – the disillusioned anchor from the 1976 movie, Network. But I could if a certain trade sanction happens.      Newspapers across the country are faced with the possibility of tariffs on newsprint.      This will not just affect newspapers, but ALL companies who rely on the Canadian imports […]

The big and little of it all

By now you have been hearing about The Big Give – a combined effort to raise funds via an effort online. There are so many worthy non-profits who will benefit from this and some are from our own county. I’m a member of the Pleasanton ISD Eduction Foundation and we are participating this year along with Atascosa Family Crisis Center, […]

Voting season is here


Early voting is underway for the March Primary election and as of Monday, Janice Ruple, Election Administrator said that turnout was light. I realize that many registered voters actually prefer going out on election day – which, by the way, is next Tuesday, March 6 – to cast their ballot. Me? I really try to vote early when I can. […]

Harvey remnants remain

I had the pleasure to head south to Port Aransas to visit with Mary and Murray Judson good friends/publishers of the South Jetty and their ad sales rep Jackie Linn. I had no idea what to expect. When I saw the devastation – still after six months – I was dumbfounded. Visting with the Judsons and hearing all they went […]

What do you practice?


While scrolling through Facebook the other night, I came across this video of a young boy asking “what do you practice” through my feed. I figured he was reciting someone else and found out that it was from Prem Rawat also known as Maharaji. I’m not advocating any type of mystical meditating guru teachings, but when I heard the young […]

We vote – or do we?


I have been a registered voter since April of 1962. As I recall, I actually registered on my 21st birthday. I was then going to college in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Back then you had to be 21 years old to vote. The national voting age was lowered nine years later to 18. On March 10, 1971, the United States […]

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