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Today is a landmark day for me.  It is my birthday. Today I turn 62. Yes, today is the day I can legally retire, start collecting social security and enjoying the life of an old duffer. It … more
1826: July 2, first Anglo Gonzales settlement attacked by Indians – settlers evacuate the area 1850: July 1, City Council ordained that south one-half of Church Square (Block 32) be … more
To float or not to float? That is the question. Or maybe I should say: that was the question. Within the last 10 days, there were two unexpected notices announcing the dual postponements of the … more
Two years ago today, I started on the most epic adventure of my lifetime. It was the fulfillment of a 50-year life-long dream, an epiphany for my outlook on life, and was the catalyst for my … more
Father’s Day weekend is upon us, and this year I am having all sorts of conflicting emotions about Father’s Day. I am musing a lot about my relationship to this weekend and am thinking … more
There was a moment a long time ago when Hell tried to rule the planet. It was a time of evil, of hate, and some of the vilest men in history. It was a time of giants, when true legends came … more
This is a sad day in the history of governance in Texas.Saturday night, in less than an hour's time,  both houses of the Texas Legislature overwhelmingly approved an amendment to the property … more
Three days in May. And just like that, they were gone. It was Memorial Day weekend, and yours truly had big plans to do absolutely nothing. Rest. Relax. Catch up on lost sleep. Let’s … more
1854: June 25, Mr. Miller attacked by panther 1883: June 9 – T.J. Ponton, District Attorney, has a pasture in the southern portion of the county, and in the last two weeks the wire … more
“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” --Winston Churchill   The sounds of the sirens wailing in the distance … more
Dear Editor,   To lessen some confusion after a recent article, I would offer the following comments. The work in process to restructure the county’s EMS system is a joint project … more
I’ve been thinking a lot about the date May 4. If you remember last week, I wrote about the opening of my daughter’s new museum, the American Museum of the American Civil War, which … more
It was a day over five years in the making. Realistically, it was a weekend almost 10 years in the making. Last week, I travelled to Richmond, Va. to visit my daughter Stephanie Fitzwater-Arduini, … more
We had a real clean race. No provisional votes, no over-votes, no spoiled ballots or rejected ballots. The air conditioning malfunctioned at the Waelder Community center where we were stationed … more
The second annual Gonzales Inquirer Come and Taste It Craft Beer and Wine festival this past weekend reminded of the title of one of Charles Dickens’ novels. It felt like A Tale of Two Cities. … more
1854: May 6, the contract for the Female Academy has been let to John Mooney May 13, a supper was held and $250 was raised for completion of the Methodist Church … more
I am excited to report that the Texas House recently passed my legislation to provide a stable funding source for Texas state parks. It now awaits one final vote in the senate before heading to … more
Last Saturday morning I learned a bunch of things and need to pass ‘em on to you and I’ve relearned some things too. Let the cell phone ring on. Don’t try to one-handed find … more
It is Tuesday morning, and my stress level is at an all-time high. This is the weekend of the Gonzales Inquirer’s Craft Beer and Wine Festival and I have hundreds of loose ends that have be … more
PAST A long (three months) time ago in a galaxy far, far away… The envelope appeared on my desk without much fanfare. It was from the South Texas Press Association, and it was an … more
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