Local Matters

What does hunger look like in Texas? In Texas 4.2 million people are struggling with hunger. More than 1.6 million of those are children. According to Feeding America, many of us do not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities. People struggle with hunger in every county and congressional district in Texas. They are our neighbors and […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Construction update – The Sheriff and his crew are doing a great job with the large task of running their office and the jail during the major expansion of the jail. The reason it affects all the offices is that the ripple effect of the jail addition which requires an expansion of the kitchen and laundry. This expansion requires moving […]

Pete’s Periódico:

The state budget, the fundamental reason the Texas Legislature meets every other year, is not a typical family budget. At over $250 billion, the budget is incredibly complex––it was an honor to play a small part in its formation and provided a unique opportunity to fight for Senate District 19 priorities. The $250 billion in the state budget comes from […]

Horny toads coming back?

The Way I See It

I was reading an article the other day about how horny toads (horned lizards/frogs) are becoming more noticeable again in the Texas landscape. They have been bred and released by several zoos and it seems to be helping their population. When I was a kid, we would take our spoons and wouldn’t have to dig very deep in our sandy […]

This shouldn’t be so difficult

“They did their job, now you do yours”. – Jon Stewart speaking to Congress regarding health benefits for 9/11 1st responders Last Wednesday, comedian and advocate for 9/11 first responders, Jon Stewart sat before a House Judiciary Sub-Committee, (or should I say, a portion of the committee) to encourage them to fully fund legislation to pay for health care benefits […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

One of my favorite stories when I was young and growing up here in Pleasanton was the story of “The Little Engine That Could”. As you probably remember, the story’s signature phrase was “I think I can”. If you remember the plot, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain after its engine breaks down. Larger engines were […]

F is for Friends

For a person with autism, forming and keeping friendships can be tricky. They may not know how to start a conversation. Body language can be confusing. Anxiety may increase their tendencies to be tonguetied. They may not understand why when they reach out to a friend, the friend doesn’t respond right away. They may worry what they did wrong. Often, […]

Happenings in Poteet

Last month a strong storm with high winds hit part of Poteet. Fortunately there were no reported personal injuries or damage to any residences. There were however several large trees branches broken and a few trees uprooted. The city crew went out to clear the street of debris. I know there a many residents who have cleaned up the branches, […]

How blessed we have been

We don’t always reflect on how lucky we are to be alive, to have our health, to have our homes, our families, our friends and more. We should take time to consider how different things might have been if we weren’t so blessed. I was born in Chicago on April 26, 1941. Pearl Harbor had yet to be attacked. My […]

Local Matters


There are only 18 summers in childhood. How are you going to make your child’s summer count? The easiest way locally is to show up weekly for the City of Pleasanton Parks and Recreation 8-week Summer Program. It’s free on Tuesdays from 10-noon. There will be a variety of activities such as trades, skills, hobbies and sport-related events, with a […]

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