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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


Connect the dots.....There is a story on the front page of the Star this week about an incident that happened in a bar fight which goes to show that in some political races in Fort Bend, it pays to contribute. What is so disconcerting about this story is that it involves both the law enforcement community and the judicial system as well in Fort Bend. Chief Deputy Craig Brady’s political supporter was given a “get out of jail free” card by the judge who is Chief Deputy Craig Brady’s neighbor, County-Court-At-Law Judge Sandy Bielstein. Not only was the man arrested for fighting in the street, it was upgraded to a felony when a controlled substance was found in his pocket.

His “get out of jail free” card was after a call to the judge from Craig Brady. Chief Deputy Craig Brady has been running for sheriff for years, but he began in earnest and the hardest since the first day of now Sheriff Milton Wright’s current four year term.

Wright himself announced that Brady would be running for his office on the day that Wright handed out “anonymous” thousand dollar bonuses to all enforcement personnel.

My complaints about Chief Deputy Brady go back a long way. He was deeply involved with a former sheriff who was rejected by the voters. As a result of that, he was fired by the incoming sheriff and only got his job back after suing the county and working to get Wright elected.

While Chief Deputy, he has used his clout to get his sons out of scrapes, even as he acted inappropriately around them. He divorced his wife of 35 years, which is none of our business except that at the same time, he got a jailer who worked under him pregnant and married her. Some of that time had to be on my taxpayer dollar.

Complaints about his actions go back years and I can cite many of them which I will in the coming months.

You have to ask yourself why Sheriff Wright would put up with him until you remember that Sheriff Wright doesn’t know how to run a sheriff’s department himself and besides, it would interfere with him playing golf several days a week, or playing his squeeze box, and various other entertaining habits.

There is some consolation. It is another whole year before Craig Brady can even file for sheriff and another several months after that before the primary vote and then another several months before the general election. Craig Brady is constitutionally unable to behave himself for that long.

Oh, by the way, he does have some bumper stickers out. Perhaps you are thinking you won’t get a ticket if you are sporting one of those bumper stickers. Fool alert! There are just as many cops in other jurisdictions, which you may have to drive through, that feel the same way about him as I do. Don’t test it or you may get a ticket for DWBBS--Driving with Brady Bumper Sticker.

To take you into my confidence, dear reader, I hardly know if I should mention his name or not. Does it hurt him or help him? The Tom DeLay school of thought is there is no bad publicity and any time your name is mentioned, it helps your name ID with the public. So I am loath to call him by name.

Yet, how are you going to know who NOT to vote for unless you know his name? Believe me, you will be hearing it a lot before the election in two years.

Yep, I believe I’ll just keep mentioning his name.

A citrus year.....Have you noticed the number of oranges on the trees in Fort Bend this year? They are loaded and in many cases, dropping over the fence into the public right-of-way. At least that’s what I say. I mentioned the other day that I was going to drive around and make Katharina (the exchange student) jump out and pick up oranges in the right-of-way. My son said to save my gas and Katharina’s dignity; he’d buy me a bag of oranges.

Millie says many of them aren’t sweet either.

I don’t know about all that. I just know I now want to plant one and I know that some confluence of rain and temperature has made a once-in-a-decade abundance of crop.

One more note.....The Sugar Land Cultural Arts gala and play was a big success. Honey, there was no culture going on that night, although I think I remembered all my lines.

To those worried about making fools of themselves, I told them I wasn’t worried as I made a fool of myself every week, right here in these pages.

A new county western title.....The day after New Year’s eve I told my daughter, “You’re too young to be old,” when she complained about staying up past midnight. I thought it sounded like a good CW song title and I give it to you. If you write it, you have to dedicate it to me.

Happy New Year!.

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