Opinions

The Queen returns

Local Matters


Cindy Donaho, Myra Krause, Joye Stanush, Suzy Shearrer, Sue Brown, Cindy Arguijo, Lovetta Arguijo, Melissa and Mary Ellen Heinen, Pat Seay, Aubrey Olle, Jennifer Hayden and Lesley Rakowitz are just a few of the former Cowboy Homecoming Queens I have known. I must say each of them are impressive women who have all become leaders in their communities. In 2020, […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I would like to use this column to periodically revisit some of the county improvements I have led the efforts on since being elected. Before I list any, I want to clearly say that nothing was achieved by me alone. I felt responsible to provide the leadership. I have been blessed with supportive commissioners from day one and great county […]

Ahh … summer

Rebecca Raves


As Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” so happily sings, “When life gets rough, I like to hold on to my dream … of relaxing in the summer sun, just lettin’ off steam.” I am so excited for Summer 2021, which officially kicked off on Sunday in conjunction with Father’s Day. (Although for those in school, it started weeks ago.) But if […]

The story of ‘Big Ross’

Historically Speaking


Howdy, Atascosa County! I hope everyone is well and enjoying the summer of 2021. I for one have been traveling the highways of the Great State of Texas and have been taking in the beautiful sights. Last week, I received a message that was bothersome, not by the sender but by the content of the message. I was notified that […]

Woo Woo and finding your creative self



Many of you know I went out of state to a writers conference a week or two ago. One of the classes offered was Writer’s Intuition by Elissa Wilds. I thought what a great class until they introduced the instructor as a psychic medium. Uh-oh! What kind of woo-woo class had I signed up for? Trapped for two hours, I […]

The naked truth



I ’ve finally decided to tell my side of the story. Names will be named. People will be outed. Just .. you … wait. Some of you have pondered why I left this church or that church. Others of you have driven by my house and wondered why I don’t cut my grass … or my hair for that matter. […]

Proposed estate tax law changes hit farms hard

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M ran the numbers. What it found was that two proposals in Congress to change current estate tax law would hit family farmers extremely hard. The Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion Act or STEP Act proposes to eliminate stepped-up basis upon death of the owner. The For the 99.5 Percent Act (99.5% […]

Crisis intervention



In this week’s column, I would like to discuss crisis interventions as it relates to substance abuse. I find this topic to be important. After all, most of my career has been centered around crisis intervention with the Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (EMCOT). This includes responding to clients at the site of crisis usually with community partners to collaborate […]

It takes a community

Local Matters


I f our community responded as swiftly as it did Monday to all crises what a thing of beauty it would be. For the first time in a long time there was unanimous support on social media to a hot topic. In this case that topic was the chopping down of “Big Ross” – a beloved landmark of an oak […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



This column is from my heart. I am so concerned about Atascosa County’s vaccination rate for COVID that I want to write about it this week. We are in the lowest tiers of counties our size and up for the percentage of vaccination. We have had great initial turnout and I feel most of the high-risk persons have been vaccinated. […]


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