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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Missouri City Mayor Alan Owens ruffled a few feathers last week during regular city council session when he said eliminating the homeowner’s exemption “ain’t no big deal.”

The Mayor was suggesting that police officers being hired by the city to keep crime in check would be the choice homeowners would make and a small contribution at $25 or thereabouts per year.

But he went on to say that anyone who didn’t agree could vote him out.

Well, the e-mails started flying—straight to my mailbox.

Now we will have to see if the challenge brings out any takers.

This grassroots bunch must use Miracle Grow

I’ve seen a whole lot of community participation in various hot items that impact citizens in cities, the county and school districts throughout Fort Bend County.

I have to admit this New Territory group has to be using Miracle Grow to grow such intense organization, planning and research.

It has been absolutely amazing to see the evolution and I admire them for taking a stand and putting forth the effort to get the word out.

The original organizer, Jagi, says he isn’t trying to persuade his neighbors to go against the contract, he just thinks they should have been informed of the plan, been supplied with accurate information on the pros and cons and should have been able to make up their own mind about it all when all the chips were on the table.

And, he and his neighbors are doing just that.

Isn’t it a shame that the board of directors didn’t see a need to share this information with the people who will be impacted by it.

The cities and school boards will be having elections in May and we will get to see how residents feel about those who have been serving as their elected representatives.

Did they do a good job and will they get the vote to continue to serve the citizens of the city or the district?

Or will they get their butts booted out because of arrogance and a power grab?

Whatever happens, we will be in for an interesting show.

Elections this year have provided some interesting twists and turns.

I hope it  continues. It is refreshing.


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