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ACSO: It’s the Law



On September 11, I had the privilege to speak at the 9-11 Memorial Service held in front of the Courthouse in Jourdanton. The ceremony was hosted by County Judge Bob Hurley. It immediately brought back memories from that day in 2001 that changed so many lives in America. It was an obvious attack on this country on our soil, the […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



This past week was a little busy. On Tuesday, I swore in a new reserve police officer for Poteet. Officer Alan Perez is a recent graduate of the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Perez will be on training status for several hours before he will be patrolling our city streets on his own. When you see Officer Perez, […]

Historically Speaking

Six flags over Texas

Good teachers inspire students, and often instill lessons that last a lifetime. This week, Martin Gonzales, Chair of the Atascosa County Historical Commission shares a memory that recalls his earliest influencer in his passion for history. Take me back to Mr. Johnson’s 4th grade Social Studies class at Poteet Elementary, about 1987. For those of you too young to remember, […]

R is for Relationships



Most of the columns I have written on this journey through the A to Z’s of Autism have dealt with younger children. After all, J is only four and B fourteen. But what happens when our baby bears grow up? What happens when that dreaded “R” word raises its head? Yes, I am referring to romantic relationships. Neurotypical teens have […]

Neurons and nuclear reactions



Every thought you ever had rode on the back of electricity. When the rodeo of wild electrons halts in our brains and in our hearts, that is when we die. Life is electric. The horses of our neurotransmitters leap across the synapses of our minds carrying our mail from neuron to shining neuron. The lightning inside our heads carries vital […]

“Old Ironsides,” naval history afloat



She is truly history afloat—U.S.S. Constitution, fondly nicknamed “Old Ironsides.” The nickname is misleading—Constitution was built mostly of wood, including layers of oak that made her hull so strong enemy cannonballs bounced off. And someone exclaimed her sides must be made of iron! U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship in the United States Navy, and also the oldest commissioned […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



Eighteen years ago on September 11, 2001 our country was a victim of a horrendous, cowardly terrorist act of war. This attack by a foreign enemy was the first time on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor, another horrendous, cowardly act of war. Since 9/11/01 our lives as American citizens living not only in the U.S. but anywhere […]

Pete’s Periodico

School is back!


Welcome back to school! To teachers and parents, that is a happy statement––students might disagree. The Legislature certainly agrees; the 86th Legislative Session was a victory for Texas education. From pre-K to 12th grade, mental health and teacher pay, every aspect of education was addressed this session. A system of efficient public schools is a requirement defined in the Texas […]

Historically Speaking

Dies y Seis: Many reasons to celebrate

Celebrations abound on both sides of the US/Mexican border each September 16th. For Mexico the date marks Independence Day. In the US it coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). Of importance to Texas, the event marked a step closer for Texas’ independence from Mexico; and for humanity, it marked the end of organized social injustice at the hands […]

Q is for Quirks



When I was young, my parents tested me for autism. Why? I was a quirky kid. I preferred being alone to being with other children. I didn’t talk much. I tapped my fingers against my thumb repetitively. To this day, I am still uncomfortable in crowds, even when the crowd is made up of family. I’m just not a people […]


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