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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."


 

Bundle up, Hell is just about to freeze over......That little paid circulation newspaper on the other side of the county, AKA The Fort Bend Herald & Coaster and Whatever had agreed with the Star for perhaps the first time in its life. After DA candidate Richard Raymond and Fort Bend Sheriff Milton Wright spent thousands of dollars advertising in its pages last week, the newspaper endorsed the very same people the Star endorsed and chided Wright on his goofy advertising letter.

The boys (Raymond and Wright) called the Star “yellow dog journalism.” Now I’ve heard of “yellow dog Democrats” and “yellow journalism” but never “yellow dog journalism.” But then Wright has always been goofy and evidently Raymond is taking goofy lessons from him.

I guess Wright assured Raymond that his (Raymond’s) personal peccadilloes (Hartman’s word) would never be revealed. After all he (Wright) had gotten away with it for years. What Wright failed to take into consideration is that the world has changed since he first ran for office. 

Now everything, including all legal documents, are on the internet and it is easy to do research with the click of a mouse; research that would have taken months years ago. Reporters now love to take a world wide tour--world wide web, that is. The tickets are cheap.

Every word we printed about Raymond was backed up by legal papers which told the story. 

I suppose the Herald has now been dropped from the “most favored media” list, although the wife of the editor is a long-time sheriff’s department employee, and I have often thought there was a disconnect there. Editor Bob Haenel gets real high behind when I mention it to him but it seems very odd to me that a sheriff’s department that goofs up as much as the Fort Bend sheriff’s department never gets criticized by its editor or reporters. This column on Feb. 26 by Fred Hartman is the first time I’ve seen a crack in that boy’s club on the other side of the river.

Now when the sheriff’s department calls a press conference so sheriff candidate and current chief deputy Craig Brady will get some media face time, the Herald will probably join the Star in not receiving an invitation, even though the “press conference” is held at taxpayer expense and all media should be treated equally.

Maybe one of these days Commissioners Court will even grow a pair and decide to do something about the sheriff’s department budget and put a screeching halt to all those “take home” cars that puts such a dent in their budget. Makes you wonder what the sheriff’s department has on the commissioners and County Judge. 

By the way, Hartman’s use of the word “peccadilloes” in his ground-breaking column for Raymond’s problems is putting a dismissive tone to his problems. “Peccadilloes” are defined as “a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.” All I can say is that Mr. Raymond was involved in “trifling” but I wouldn’t characterize it was a “slight sin.” 

Then I’ve never been a member of the boys club.

I’m writing this column (Tuesday morning) before the final primary vote is known. I’ll talk about the results next week. 

One thing I do know is that a lot of Democrats, if they don’t live in HD 27 (Olivo vs. Reynolds), are voting in the Republican primary so they can vote in the DA and County Court at Law Judge race. The race between incumbent Commissioner James Patterson and former FBISD board member Steve Smelly has never really reached a mud slinging pitch. Drats! (I kid the commissioners.)

I’ll get in your face.....When the Republicans censured me and asked me to resign as precinct chair for writing “tacky” things about Tom DeLay and other Republican office holders, I went to the meeting and defended myself. I met them face to face. Never mind that everything I had printed was true; I was just not supposed to criticize other Republicans.

Then when DA candidate Richard Raymond accused me of “yellow dog journalism” and invited the community to come to church with him, I did. I think it is unconscionable for someone to use religion as a political tool and I wanted to beard Mr. Raymond in his own den. 

No fireworks occurred and it did get me to church, but let this be a warning that if you call me a liar, I’ll get in your face even in your own church. I’m one tough old broad and please don’t forget it. I’m not to be “trifled” with.

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